Today I'll share an episode from an author (me) and what I think may parallel other writers at one time or another.
I love to write. I love to read. I love to connect with my readers. I even love to edit- really.
What I don't love is the tech part of writing, or shall I say computer problems.
A few days ago I had a fine day of writing my work in progress. The following day I wanted to continue that warm fuzzy feeling of getting things done.
Think of this next paragraph in slow motion...
I eased the cover of my laptop up into position, just so to avoid a glare from the sun through the windows. The power button clicked softly under my forefinger. I immediately went to "documents" in order to avoid the internet sucking time out of my day. I had ZERO documents!
Speed the reading up...
My mouth fell open. My eyes blinked at different rates just in case that would bring my work back. Nope. All my stories, notes, pictures, everything GONE.
Believe it or not, I didn't panic. No way could I lose all my work. Technology simply would not let that happen to me in the twenty-first century.
My cloud must have rained somewhere because it also held nothing.
Okay, my heart did speed up a bit.
Damn Windows 10!
But I can take care of this... The internet worked fine, so I asked it how to retrieve my files. It only took an hour, but "yeah!" the documents returned.
Not so fast, the black hole of the story still looms. All documents came back in notepad (not the correct form for writing a novel).
I can fix this too. Maybe. Two days later- no I can't. I now have everything in another format that won't open.
After I post this to the always happy blog, I will take it over to a computer-tech-expert-person who has a business of fixing non-savvy tech users' problems.
I will turn this over to a higher power before I wreck and/or lose everything because then you will be reading about... I'm not sure what I would do!
By the way, since I will have the expert at hand, I'm returning to Windows 7. I've had other issues with Windows 10, so I think it's best we part ways.
And what does this have to do with roses and thorns? Make sure you cut the thorns from the rose stems before depositing in the vase.
Have a rosy (not thorny) day:)