I do most of my writing late at night, after hubby and the kids have gone to bed (and when I should be sleeping.) I do get tired and get to the point I can’t think straight, but I know when I start nodding off at the computer, it’s past time to pack it in. I need to go to bed. This explains a lot about my blog posts, right?
A week ago Sunday, it appears that I ignored all the signs of fatigue and remained determined to soldier on. At 10:46 that night, I overwrote one of my short stories with another one. I didn’t discover it until last Thursday, when I went to print it so I could fill out the weak areas.
Here’s how it happened. I had 2 versions of “Story 1” – one for my class assignment and one for the writing contest. (There were some minor formatting differences.) I discovered more changes after I read the printed copy, so I updated my class assignment version. I decided it would be easier to do the formatting changes on the writing contest version than to make the various text changes, so I did a ‘save as’ on the assignment copy and chose what I thought was “Story 1 – writing contest,” for the file name in but instead, I chose “Story 2 – writing contest.”
There are no older versions to retrieve, I didn’t have a printed copy and I efficiently shredded my notes, which were written on scrap paper. Since Thursday, I’ve been trying to piece it back together again. Yeah, I know – too dumb to deserve sympathy. Take my advice: don’t EVER do this 🙂
Even an idiot (like me) can overcome adversity. At first, my inner optimist was frustrated and berated my careless self. But since stewing about my error can’t rewrite the story, so here are some things I thought of to cheer myself up:
- The contest deadline for the story that got wiped out is 12/1 – the other contest deadline was 11/1. I have a month to recreate the lost story.
- I ended up with THREE copies of the story for the 11/1 contest deadline, so I managed to get the story submitted.
- I copied all of my files onto a thumb drive and will back up changed files every Sunday.
- Instead of using scratch paper, I’m using a spiral notebook when I’m putting stories on paper. The contents of the notebook will not be shredded. (I prefer to use my laptop, but there are times when it’s inconvenient or impossible to do it.)
I’d like to say this was the only dumb move I’ll make, but I’m afraid there will be more lurking in my future. I’ll look on the bright side: my mistakes give me something to blog about 🙂