It’s the last week of Camp NaNoWriMo, and our last campfire story for 2017. Starting next week our Monday posts will be focusing on issues important to communities and identities that are underrepresented in genre fiction.
Okay, campers, gather round. It’s the home stretch and we’re all getting a bit stressed as the deadline approaches yes? Well, except for those lucky schmucks who already finished. They can sit back and celebrate and good for them.
But for the rest of us, this week is the final count done, when anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Right?
One camper learned that lesson the hard way two years ago. She wasn’t particularly computer-savvy, so when her computer crashed in the last week of nano and she could even get it to start up, she was frantic.
Not only was she going to need to get a new computer, but her whole story, hours of work, was gone!
Heartbroken, she called a good friend who had helped her with computers in the past. “Is there anyway to fix this?”
Her friend didn’t respond right away. Finally, ze said, “Sorry, my executive dysfunction is bad today. I’m not grokking Can you explain how your computer crashing wiped your Dropbox backup?”
“Well, I don’t know if it’s wiped. But the files on my computer, so with my computer down, I can’t access it.”
There was another long silence. “…that’s not how Dropbox works. Come over this evening, after I’ve had a chance to wake up. I’m sure your story’s fine.”
The camper fretted all day and that evening packed up her computer and went to visit her friend.
Her friend set the computer to the side and called opened up hir tablet. “Look, here’s Dropbox. Do you remember your password?”
She plugged in her login information, and there it was—her Dropbox on her friend’s tablet. Her story was saved.
“See?” her friend said, “I told you when we set up Dropbox that as long as you saved your backups here everything would be fine.”
It took a couple of days for her computer to be repaired, and that set her back enough she wasn’t able to meet her NaNo goal on time. But she still had her story, and in the end, that’s what mattered.
So remember folks—it’s not enough to save your work. You need to back it up too. And if you aren’t up on all this computer stuff, it’s always okay to ask for help.