Sunday, August 7, 2011

What I did on my summer vacation

...and what I did afterwards. Let's start with the bad news first so I can get it out of the way and move on to things that will make you and me both happier.

Not long after posting the last entry before this one, my Paleolithic computer died the True Death. I had to buy a new machine, which is good in some ways but bad in others. The worst part was losing everything on my C drive. I'd been backing up my most important files and/or storing them on an external drive just in case something like this happened, but unfortunately, there was one set of files I somehow left behind: my Virtual Hypnotist scripts. I can download the program itself again, and I still have access to the scripts I've posted online; but gone, gone, gone are my bedtime session and morning session. It makes me want to kick myself so hard. Technically, I could try to rewrite them, but I put so much work into getting them just right that I can't imagine doing it all over again. Thank goodness I've reached the point where I can get to sleep without the bedtime session now; otherwise, I'd be really upset.

Anyway, enough of the bad news. The good news is that during my staycation, I was daydreaming one afternoon and came up with a new EMC story idea without even trying. I don't want to say too much about it yet because I write so slowly; it might be months before I'm ready to publish this one. I'll say this much, though: the story is set in the Tenpack of Trixies universe, will feature at least one of the characters from the original "Trixies" story, and will probably be just one chapter long. Of course, I've expected other stories to be just one chapter, and they turned into three- or four-chapter stories, so don't hold me to my word on that. Just be glad I have a nice, new computer to write it on. ;)


dee said...

dependng on what the failure of the system was it may be possible to recover those files. even if the disk won't boot it may still be ok enough to copy of the files. 9/10 times a dodgy windows system hard drive was still readable.

any friendly nearby nerd should have the bits and bobs required to read the drive if you still have it.

something like usb-ide/sata connector if you are using a laptop.

i hate losing files! but at least now your backups will be better.

thrall said...

Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately it's a little late for that. :-/ After the techs I took my computer to couldn't recover the data, I left it with them for recycling. And if that wasn't sad enough, I think I also left one of my soft porn CD's in it!

Erin said...

I'm very glad you have a nice new computer to write your story on! :)

XF said...

I hope you will finish your sequel to "Tenpack"... it's one of my favorite MC stories