Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Backups, Critiques, Facebook, and Grass Skirts

Imagine losing twenty-five years of financial records. Or even worse, five years of manuscripts.

I had a week of horror wondering if nothing remained of my computer hard drive. Farm records, emails, photos, music, and *heart thumping horror* my manuscripts. Yes, I had backup. In fact, I had three, one more than I thought I had. In my heart, I knew nothing would be lost. But wondering, speculating about the prospect of losing everything to the wrath of God jangled my nerves.

All is back to normal...relatively. After updating, sorting, slotting, and using words that would rate the stink eye from my mom, my records and manuscripts are back in place. There is still some warfare continuing between my preferred browser (Google Chrome/blogger) and my internet security program (Norton). But I’m not losing any sleep over it.

My advice? Use redundant backups. Online as well as an external drive. I use Carbonite Mirror Image, Norton, and Dell for storage. Seagate is my external drive. If you don’t have backups, for the love of Pete get them. Now. Set them up and then you can forget about them.

At least until you’re working on the sequel to your book and something pops, the screen goes dark and the computer starts beeping.

Critiques. My writers critique site, Unicorn Bell has new blood, fresh eyes. Check out the additions to our team:

Our blog is the crucible of critique, a writer’s realm with crits, information, book reviews, book tours/spotlights, and bloghops. This week the query monster has taken over the site.

In line with our new faces, we now have a Facebook page. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and mosey on over.

Want a good laugh? Check out the duel between our Alex, Blogateer Extraordinaire, Cavanaugh 

And how about this tidbit from the Ninja Captain: From February 4 – 10, CassaFire will be 99 cents at Amazon Kindle, Amazon UK, and his publisher’s site. 

“This sequel to Cavanaugh's first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal

Check out CassaFire. And MK's legs


  1. Glad you saved everything. Chrome didn't play nice on my computer, so I switched back to Firefox.
    Some great additions to the Unicorn Bell.
    Thanks for mentioning CassaFire's sale.
    And careful - Lord Baldernot's legs might blind you...

  2. I'm glad it all worked out. Must backup my files...

  3. I have backup storage...but I often forget to use it. *blush* On the good side, I have a writing site where all my writing resides and I post to it about every 200 words. Congrats on the additions to Unicorn Bell! I'm so happy to be included in the new FB group!

  4. Ooh, yes - backing up is a must! Glad you got things back.


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