Holy freakin’ wipeout Batman Scrivener saves the day

middle finger to PCWell, I finally got fucked by my computer. I was writing at a mcd’s and closed my little PC to go meet my huband at the gym. He was running (I’m still recovering from a cold) and I was going to write while I clicked off his laps for him. There’s a lovely chair with a foot rest in the corner on the upstairs track and I got myself all setup, opened my laptop and stared at a blank screen.

Now, I’ve always been one of those people that is a little too liberal with the F word. I like to say it. Alot. It’s my favorite word in the whole fucking universe. But, as I stared at my computer and silently begged for the screen to come to life, I was stangely calm. This continued even when the computer finally started up and I opened up scrivener to discover that two chapters had been wiped clean. Maybe it’s the lack of energy thanks to my cold or maybe I’ve found some unknown inner peace but whatever the explanation, I didn’t use the F word a single time over the next 90 minutes as I tried to recover what was lost. In a way, I feel kinda cheated.

Scrivener is a really neat program. It has lots of backup features. And if you have dropbox, you’re even luckier because that program keeps old versions of files for 30 days. So, I had 4 places to look for the lost chapters. And that’s what I did for most of those 90 minutes, patiently working my way through tons of rtf files.

In the end, I recovered all of one chapter, thanks to the rtf files and 2/3rds of another thanks to snapshots, one of the lovely features in scrivener which creates uneditable copies of your work. If you rewrite something, and you’ve saved the previous version in a snapshot, you can revert to an earlier version or just use it as a reference. If I had taken a snapshot of the chapter when I deemed it officially finished, I’d have been able to restore the entire thing. But….I stupidly shut my computer without doing that. Or without creating a pdf of the entire book and emailing it to myself, which I always do when I change locations or go home for the day. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson and today’s writing will end with snapshots and pdfs.

Did I learn anything else? Why yes I did, thanks for asking. I learned that PC’s are unrealiable. Well, I knew that. You see, last night wasn’t the first time this computer has crashed. Twice before, it failed to turn on. I wasn’t as concerned though, because all my writing is stored in dropbox. I figured, if the computer was dead, I’d just go buy another. My husband, who uses a MAC and has always used MAC, has never had his computer crash. Ever. So, until I can afford to buy my own, I’m stealing his Macbook Air. Well, starting tomorrow. Today, I grabbed my PC as I was walking out the door. Fuck. I’ve really learned nothing, have I?

Learn from your mistakes and Write On,

Melissa

PS

My word count hasn’t changed much. I’ve been working, but most of Nov was lost to nanowrimo ( I wrote the outine for my next book) and to our annual trek to Disneyworld, a 10k on the east coast and some touristy stuff. I’ve been sick since we got back and it’s hard to write when you’re constantly sneezing. And cleaning the drippy stuff off your keyboard. And screen. And the table around you. And your pjs when you’re holding your laptop. The dog took care of herself. Now that I’m almost back to normal, and my next book is outlined, I’m ready to finish this sucker. My daughter comes to visit in ten days so that’s my new deadline. This time, I think I can do it. I tell you, I can zip out an excellent feature length script in no time at all. Well, 1-6 weeks and when I did a webseries I was writing a 22 page script a week for production. Switching to prose has almost been the death of me. And my husband. He’s tired of me saying fucking almost when he asks if I’m done. So am I sweetie, so am I.

PPS

I didn’t use fuck in the title because I grew up watching reruns of Batman and Robin and I just couldn’t see that Dick Grayson cursing.

PPPS

Fuck. Imagine that repeated about a zillion times. Okay. Now I feel like myself again.

About melissabanczak

I'm cold. Always. I'm currently on the Treasure Coast of sunny Florida and I'm still freezing. Happily, I'm driving distance to rollar coasters in the Orlando area, so that makes up for any shivers. When I'm not writing, my husband and I run half marathons. Slowly. My first novel, How to Sex Your Snake, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes.
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4 Responses to Holy freakin’ wipeout Batman Scrivener saves the day

  1. Cynthia Kester says:

    Love this, Love this, Love this! I say Fuck just about every other word right now. Like you I’m freezing my ass off up here in The Great White North (NW PA.) The only time I’m warm is when I’m in Key West so my goal is to move somewhere near there, but as you know, that is going to cost some money. We shall see! We have a common friend in James. I love him–He’s a RIOT! We had coffee when I was in KW, last April. I laughed the whole time! Would I be correct In assuming that you are “the infamous Melissa Pink Hair with the Good Looking Husband” that JtG blogs about?! Heading back to KW next April. Would be fuckin great if you were fuckin there too, and we could all have some fuckin cocktails! Until then…Merry Christmas to all of you, including your four legged Friends! I have 2 rescues at the moment myself, So sad , I just had to put down my German Shepherd Kane, so I’ll be missing him. But that means I have room for another fuckin rescue! Write on, Melissa, Fuckin Write On!

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    • Fuck yeah, I’m the pink one. Though, at the moment, I’m sporting lots of fading blue. I’m deep conditioning my hair several times a week right now, getting it ready to bleach and repink in January.
      James is a RIOT indeed. I miss him so much. We just started skyping so I get a fix now and then. I won’t be able to swing down to Key West in April. Fuck. You guys will have to have a drink for me. I *am* working on getting back to Florida before next winter though. Not sure where yet. Key West would be my first choice but we’ll see. $$$.
      So sorry about kane. It’s tough to lose a loved one. The fosterdog goes back to her mom and dad in about 4 weeks so I’m having seperation anxiety in small bouts just thinking about it.
      I’m going to go fucking write on and finish this fucking book.

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  2. Cynthia Kester says:

    Planning to buy your new book, so get to work! Good Luck!!

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