Tolkien, artist


No, Argh is not pirate speak for me today. Argh is just that simple cry of frustration that echoed through my house yesterday afternoon. I'm immersed in keeping up with B2ME and was working on a story featuring a panel discussion of the relative merits of the character Feanor and the premise of whether or not he was the Savior of Middle Earth (OK, I'm letting my geek out here). I had spent 2-1/2 hours on this, polishing it to a truly beautiful story, and switched pages to grab the header. Moving back to paste the header onto the story, the wrong window closed and I lost it ALL! The entire story - dust and non-recoverable.

After tears and total frustration, I dug in again and rewrote it - probably not as good as the original, but at least it got done and posted - after another 3-1/2 hours of work. So I'm now behind by 3-1/2 hours because I had planned on doing three stories and having a start on the fourth. Now I have starts on three, but I have my presentation to do tonight so I will have no time to work on this at all today. Like I said - Argh!

Except for that catastrophe, the weekend was good. We watched four more episodes of Spartacus (season 1) and only have one more disk for that season. We went to Barnes & Noble where I picked up the mag I needed - I got in and out of there within 30 minutes, a record speed. And we hit the grocer for a few things. I now have lunch stuff available again - yippee!

My presentation to the Bead Society is scheduled for tonight and my materials are 95% ready. I'll do the final bit at work this morning. I was up at 2:30 am printing out the last few pages and making sure that I had everything packed and ready to go. Mondays are always very busy days for me and I didn't want to have any unpleasant surprises on a day when I'm running a very tight schedule. I am still going to allow myself to have my hour of coffee, oatmeal and reading though. I think I do need to allow myself a little bit of relaxation. Have a great day!
  • Current Location: Focused on tasks ahead
  • Current Mood: determined determined
  • Current Music: George Frideric Handel - Royal Fireworks Music
EEF. I'm so sorry about your lost words - that's happened to me, too, and there really aren't any words to describe how terrible it is when it happens. Glad you were able to reconstruct, at least, but gah. :(

(I save obsessively, now. Like every two minutes. I've still lost things in HD failures and such, but not as often as when I didn't save like a maniac.)

Good luck with your presentation!
It was by far the most annoying thing to happen to me in many months. What a day breaker. Thanks for the luck!

- Erulisse (one L)
Aaaah that is awful!!! Isn't it possible to retrieve? Last time my music software crashed and took my project down I was able to get my brother to somehow get the data back. I have no idea how he did it exactly, but maybe your local computer genius could help?
I tried everything I could. I back up to the cloud daily, but just hadn't saved often enough for that story. Lesson learned and I will save more often because of it. Very frustrating, though.

- Erulisse (one L)
Ouch! :( I totally understand you. It's awful to lose documents that way, and rewriting is *never* the same as original. :(
I, too, save obsessively. And back-up obsessively. After your hard drive dies and you made no back-up for, like 3 years, you learn your lesson... *thud*
No, it wasn't the same, but fortunately I had copied and printed the entrances of the four principals so that was available for me to write again and to base their segments on. The prose may not have been as sparkling, but it still turned out to be a pretty good story.

- Erulisse (one L)
Argh! That happened to me once... how frustrating and exhausting to have to re-write something you worked so hard on.

Try to always back up chapter drafts someone on the 'net as you're writing them!
My SAVE option will become my favorite, I swear. And I know better. I've been working with computers since the 1980's, I well know how and why to save. It was just stupidity on my part.

- Erulisse (one L)
I save every few paragraphs and also have Word set to save automatically every five minutes, and it still managed to eat 2,000 words a few nights back - still no idea how that happened. Sometimes it just gets plain mean spirited.
The kicker is I have it set to autosave every 10 minutes, but that only comes into play and recovery if the system actually crashes. This time it was my own stupidity in closing the wrong window. Total ARGH.

- Erulisse (one L)
So VERY not fun! I really was happier with my first version, even though a great deal still managed to be written fairly close to my originals. Actually, the story is probably right up your alley since it takes place at the University of Tirion - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
*smoothing ruffled feathers*
My heart goes out to you.

I hope you have a good time with your presentation tonight. You've worked so hard to make it a success!
I'm preening :-) My ruffled feathers are being soothed. Truly it was a horrid experience and one that I am in no hurry to replicate.

My presentation could be made in my sleep, which, since I was up at 2:30 am to do the last bit, might be an accurate description :-)

- Erulisse (one L)