Friday, May 05, 2006

You may begin the celebration.

The ghost novel has been saved.

It looks like I've lost everything else, but the one thing I absolutely had to have, the one document that I could not reconstruct, is here and whole and thank you, Jesus.

A new computer should arrive next week, just in time to write a film treatment and a short script and, of course, get back to blogging about shiny objects.

Thanks to all of you for your positive energy, kind thoughts, helpful suggestions, and encouraging words.

If this has inspired you to back up your work, than there really was a pony in this pile of manure.

Next week, the Planet will resume its regular programming.


Sandra Ruttan said...

Congrats David - so pleased to hear there's a bit of good news out of all of this.

Ted Baker said...

Somebody call Harvard...Duane's a miracle man.

JD Rhoades said...

Oh, excellent news. I'll raise a glass in honor of the computer wizard.

Stephen D. Rogers said...




Daniel Hatadi said...

Good stuff, David. Glad to hear the Wiz helped.

As a side note to those that are now thinking seriously about backing up, here's a post I wrote a few months ago on this very topic.

Back It Up

Stuart MacBride said...

Thank God for that. I think everyone's sphincter tightens whenever anyone looses a book to the IT gremlins.

Ahh... hear that? It's the sound of sphincters loosening all round the world.

Actually, maybe that's an image you don't want in your head. I'll get me coat.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Yikes! Just caught up on this. Every once in a while, I livewire the contents of my laptop (the computer I use) to my desktop (the computer I don't use). I occasionally mail myself recent versions of the novel I'm working on. I've lost short stories to computer meltdowns and various other things that it was painful to realize I no longer had, pictures and whatnot. When I travel, I bring along disks so I can burn info in case security takes my laptop.

It's an awful feeling to lose a manuscript, to have everything go...kablooey. I'm so glad this worked out for you and that I missed all the drama, though it seemed you handled it with aplomb

James Lincoln Warren said...

Only one who has lived through this nightmare can understand what it means to recover one's brainchild. Yes, it has happened to me, too, both the incomprehensible loss and the miraculous salvation.

It is the second most powerful theological proof in favor of there being a God after all, that is, after the existence of the mute button on the TV remote.

Duane Swierczynski said...

Jesus saves, indeed.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Well, something got saved, so that's good.

The biggest question, though, is how much porn did you lose?