Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WIP Day - I Know I Hit 'Save'

A few days ago I settled down at my desk, pulled out my notebook, cracked my knuckles... And opened my ITB document.  Editing time, it has begun.

I scrolled through the entire book, just to take it in.  Then found something that I did not like, at all.

The final few chapters were no where to be found.  I quickly opened up my email to find my back up copy there... only to discover find that the final one I had emailed myself August 31 was no where to be found.  I swear I emailed it...

I checked my netbook.  Same issue.  Even the version saved on my flash drive was missing the final chapters.

Now, I am pretty OCD about backing my work up.  So this has left me completely perplexed.  I guess the writing Gods didn't like those final few chapters and wanted to make sure I couldn't even read them before rewriting.

Which is okay, I guess.  Since I hated them as well and was planning on an overhaul of the ending of ITB.  Still... it frustrates me like nothing else that "poof" they are gone.  Needless to say, I didn't edit that night.  I grumbled loudly to myself, turned on Charmed, and zoned out to cheesy witchy action.

Now it is about time to kick myself in the butt and get that editing on.  I have already been slacking.  Oh no!  I plan on starting in on the thing tonight.  The first read will be... interesting.  I can't remember most of what I wrote, and I am mixed with a very strong blend of fear, anxiety, and sheer curiosity.

Moral of this story?  Triple check your back up.  Even if it is chapters you hated and were going to completely redo, back them up and make sure they are there.  Grumbling just isn't as productive as editing.

PN:  Just wanted to share these two pics sent to me, of two awesome people holding my book.  I love seeing it in there hands!  And I love getting pics like this!  Totally makes my day.  People seem to be really enjoying PN, which makes me all bubbly inside.  I love you guys.

Keary showing PN off
Kimmel finally got her copy too!

Now, off I go to be mommy.  My boys have both been up since 5AM and both woke up with quite a lethal intent to drive mommy completely bonkers today.  Wish me luck.

How is your first week of 2012 going?  Any updates?

Happy Writing!

8 comments:

Jess said...
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Jess said...

Oh man, that's happened to me, too. Now I always email myself a copy of my updated document before I leave the computer. And save it on a flashdrive. Sorry you lost that work, but it sounds like you've kept a positive attitude about it! Love the PN photos :)

Jenni Merritt said...

Jess - Funny thing is, I always DO email it to myself. So, I honestly have no idea what happened here. I am pretty happy it was just the ending that I hated though. I would be MUCH more full of grumbles if it had been more than that!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Wow - I was scared to even read this when I saw the title. That is very weird.

Trisha said...

OUCH!! That totally sucks, sorry you lost your chapters. So are you going to rewrite them now, or just edit the rest & get back to rewriting when you reach that point again? I guess the latter idea makes sense...

I will definitely send you a pic of me & your book when I have my copy. :)

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Ouch - losing work is the worst! Good luck with the read through!

We'll have to get a pic of me when I get the hard copy of PN this weekend :) Or a pic of us or something. Hope the boys are letting your work!

Jenni Merritt said...

Trisha - I can't wait to see a pic of you with PN!

LLLW - Oh, we will for sure take a photo of you with it! My boys aren't letting me work, but what's new. I will find a happy medium... soon...

Abby Minard said...

Oh no! Someone else had that problem today, too. I just backed everything up after reading her post. You seem to have taken it pretty well- I probably would thrown a temper tantrum, lol.

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