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Without a paddle…

December 17, 2013

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Welcome to a version of hell.

Your hard drive collapses… the one you didn’t back up… the one with all those words… words you laboured over… words you can’t remember… words now lost forever.

You convince yourself it didn’t matter… until you accept that it does… because denial is a tedious and cruel cancer.

It takes conviction – post loss – to continue conjuring words that make more sense than money. But it’s never about choice and always worth the insomnia – because when nothing else matters… everything is possible.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2013 4:49 am

    Give it to the forensic IT guys, $200 an hour, nothing is lost forever.

  2. December 21, 2013 1:46 pm

    writing it the second time around can be rewarding bear, memory is like a woman, full of surprises – some things she never forgets.
    ….. poetry ain’t it

  3. December 24, 2013 9:51 am

    That sucks. Been there, done that. But Pete Bowes is right. It’s a spring that keeps giving. Not to mention what you’ve written is alive in the minds of those of who have read it…which is one of the fundamental reasons we write.

    • December 24, 2013 6:42 pm

      I lost exstensive diary notes, written live on location – levels of detail hard to replicate. But that cured version from one’s cerebral database – those mental sketches certainly possess their own charm. Nothing is ever bad… if we can still conjure those memories and dreams…

  4. December 24, 2013 10:08 am

    PS Try dropbox.com to automatically store whatever files you want — documents, pictures, etc — in a backup zone. It’s free up to a certain size (more than enough for my writing files), and whenever you create or edit a file, it will seamlessly and automatically back up at dropbox. Not only can you retrieve files if your drive crashes or you lose your gadget, but you can access those files if you are on the road without your computer gear.

  5. December 31, 2013 4:42 am

    Oh Bear…that is awful mate. Hope you manage to find them somehow. I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year…now I am hoping for a IT miracle.

    • December 31, 2013 4:54 am

      Best to you Jo for 2014 – I’m sensing it’s going to be a good year..

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