One of the possibly dumbest things I do is carry my writing with me on a little USB drive.
It occurred to me just last night that I haven’t backed it up to anything in a very long time and it’s very rare that I ever print anything out because of the limited space in my condo and the whole ‘killing trees’ thing that’s so popular these days. Hence the scary.
On that little USB drive is everything I have written in, oh, say, the last 2 years? Give or take. Scary, right?
I started keeping everything on that USB drive when I ended up with multiple computers (I know most people don’t have multiple computers but it just sort of happened…). See, I’ve got one on my desk and another in the living room. The one in the living room used to be my ‘main’ computer until I got this larger, 24-inch iMac. The original concept was that I would sell the older, smaller 20-inch iMac now that I had the 24, but then I had some issues with the 24 that made me keep the 20 around. The 24 has gone in and out of style as my ‘main’, having given me no end of weird troubles throughout the years (always fixed at no charge by Apple thanks to the Apple Care protection plan – but still, frustrating), and I would find myself moving from one to the other as the mood took me (or the graphics card failed). Then I got the laptop for the comfy chair which just complicated matters further and required some sort of portability on my files (as the laptop has no internet access. On purpose.).
What dawned on me last night though, was the thought that, with one accident, everything could be lost; Sam Kane, Evermist, Tabor, Malachi & Madrighan, Darius, Solar City… Here’s all my eggs and oh! Hey! One basket that they all fit in nice and neat – that’s handy!
So last night, I backed everything up. First on my hard drive, then on my external backup which is, oddly enough, specifically for BACKUPS and rarely gets used. Sigh. This way, if something happens to my little USB drive of doom, I haven’t lost all my eggs.
The question I have for you is this: Where do you keep your writing?
…and are you backing that up?