It's been a rather frustrating day to say the least. To set all this up let me go back and fill you in on how some things have been going lately.
While waiting on feedback from book 2's advanced readers, I started working on a short story that would/will be told from Allison's point of view. It's meant to be a companion piece to fill in some of the information gap readers may have since the books are told strictly from Alex's perspective. I had a decent idea of what I wanted to do but nothing was working out. I wrote several chapters, even sent some to be edited, and even TeNderLoin said it wasn't up to my previous standards. He was right and we both knew it. I was growing frustrated and just let it set for a while.
The other day I went to him and finally told him that I was going to "scrap" the entire idea and move on to something else because I just couldn't get it working like I wanted it. Neither one of us were happy about it and I really felt the entire series needed the occasional boost from a different character's perspective. I decided to give it "one more night" to see if I could get something and wouldn't you know it ... EVERYTHING fell into place. I talked over my idea with TeNderLoin and we were BOTH in LOVE with the idea. So I started writing.
You have to understand that I write on both a laptop and a desktop computer. I frequently switch back and forth between the two of them. It just depends on where I am at the moment and what I need/want for inspiration to write. I also don't trust "cloud storage" no matter WHAT company it is. OneDrive? Don't trust it. Google Drive? Don't trust it. I will use Google Docs and Google Drive but I don't rely on them. So I don't back my stuff up to them. I'm big on privacy and I don't trust the cloud storage companies NOT to violate my privacy. So I've kept EVERYTHING stored on a USB drive.
Last night I was writing and saved my work. Closed my laptop and went to bed. Everything was fine. I got up this morning and my laptop isn't recognizing my USB drive. I don't know what's happened to it, but it's not working. I've tried it on multiple computers and even went in to Geek Squad and the consensus is ... it's toast.
So what does that mean?
I've lost everything. Well that may be a bit of an overstatement. I do have backup copies in various places (mostly in emails since I NEVER delete them) but most of my original files are gone.
So how much have I actually lost?
This may be the only real bit of good news I've got. Book 1 and Book 2 are done obviously so I haven't lost anything there. I've lost about half of the short story I was working on, but some of that I still have saved so I don't have to start over from scratch. I lost notes on a second short story that is set to be released later on in the series, but those notes are fairly fresh and I think I know most of what I had in them. I hadn't actually started writing the story yet. I also lost 1 chapter of book 3. The big thing I lost was a lot of research that I had done over the last few months.
So what does this mean?
In the long run? Probably not much. I'll be able to get back everything that I lost it's just going to take time. Even the research I'll be able to get again. It's just going to take me some time to get it all back together. It's just really frustrating for me. Now, of everything that has saved me, it's cloud storage. Ironic don't you think?