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I remind myself to do that at least once a week. It's been months since I last took my own advice. And there are some files which I deliberately haven't backed up – like most of the fifty-five chapters of Lessons in Metempsychosis and Saṅsāra – for no better reason than superstition.

But this morning at work, I reached into my pocket for the thumb drive which contains my writing life and it wasn't there. I don't actually remember putting it into my pocket, so it could be safe at home. Only, I usually stick in a pocket as a matter of course, so not remembering wouldn't be unusual even if I had picked up the drive.

I won't know the fate of my work for almost another eight hours. Not gonna panic unless I return home to find it's not there. And if it is there, I'll be taking my own advice, superstition be damned.

EDIT: Found! Now to back up those files.

Date: 2012-10-18 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desigrl.livejournal.com
Google reminder? I like dropbox and sugarsync. Don't need to remember to backup since they do it for me automatically.

*fingers crossed* it's at home.

Date: 2012-10-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaoli.livejournal.com
It's not that I don't remember to back up the files. It's that I'm reluctant to do so. Long story short, I once had four different versions of a singles story and ended up with bits and pieces I wanted for the final version in each. I somehow convinced myself that the over-confidence I felt at having so many copies was bad luck/had led to my carelessness.I told myself that if I tempted Fate in a different way, I'd be so much more careful and humble, blah blah blah.

It's silly, but I still half believe it.

Date: 2012-10-19 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desigrl.livejournal.com
Ah that gets messy and I totally see where you're coming from. Well, I'm glad you found your flash drive and I hope this doesn't happen again.

Date: 2012-10-18 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennfana.livejournal.com
*fingers crossed*

I hope it's at home in a place where you can find it easily.

Date: 2012-10-18 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaoli.livejournal.com
It was home, than goodness!!

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