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04 January 2008 @ 11:23 pm
Why having a copy of your fic is IMPORTANT  
OMG, that was very nearly a (small) disaster.

I was doing the privilege meme in Semagic, in a story file that I already had open. AA-AND - I forgot to change the name and instead unthinkingly pressed regular save, thinking I'd already changed it. Thus completely overwriting the old contents of the file.

NOooooo! There was no other copy of that fic - it had started life as a comment fic and then grown, and I'd never made a regular doc file for it. So for a minute I was all *FUUUUCK* (except not aloud because of the whole small child thing). And I tried to find old autosaves or something and recover my lost fic. And there was nothing.

Finally I found an early version in the draft of all the ficlets I'd started for that drabbleathon before I'd given it its own. It's missing about a page at the end, BUT at least I still have most of it. PHEW!

Recovered fic is NEVER as good as the original with me. It loses some elemental spark. Not to mention I'm always pissed off when I re-write it, which can't help.

Needless to say I now I have Word copies of that fic and another which existed only in semagic. *thwaps self*
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entertaining in a disturbing way: Anders sweetlyssie on January 5th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Eep! I... have had that happen, once or twice. I hate it when it happens, too.
mrsdrjacksonmrsdrjackson on January 5th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Eeek! Glad you were able to recover it. I hate when that happens-I do it all the time with icons and such.