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28th-Apr-2009 09:22 am
Why why why??? I've done it again. I've managed to wipe out an entire chapter that I finished yesterday by overwriting one file with another!!! I had so much fun with it. It was supposed to be really funny...sobs. Grrrr
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28th-Apr-2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm always worried about that, so I use different directories for different versions AND give different file names so instead of having several "Chapter 5"s I have "C5" or "CC5" or "Chap5".
28th-Apr-2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I guess my way just isn't perfected yet and as in this case, I got lazy.

I normally have the entire story in one file, separated by chapter headings. Whenever I know that I'll be making some major changes or additions, I make a copy of the file and append a timestamp to it.

My biggest culprit is that between work and home, I have two computers and a laptop and I try to keep them synched whenever I switch from one to another. Plus a flash drive that I use for transferring files. Perhaps just a few too many.
28th-Apr-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a version control nightmare! But makes it even more imperative to have file names that clearly differentiate which version you're using across multiple devices.

(I write non-fiction books for a living, and last year I was proofreading when I found out that the typesetter set the *unrevised* versions of five chapters instead of the *revised* versions. The publishers and I have different ideas about just whose fault THAT was.
28th-Apr-2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a version control nightmare! But makes it even more imperative to have file names that clearly differentiate which version you're using across multiple devices.

Yes, I definitely hear you there. I must figure out a much better, and more foolproof, way of keeping track. After the umpteenth frustrating time of making this mistake, I should do something.
28th-Apr-2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
*AHHHH* *hugs you lots*
28th-Apr-2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
*gathers hugs* Thanks.
28th-Apr-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Would there be an auto backup somewhere you could access?

I hope you find it again.
28th-Apr-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately no. Argh. Hopefully I can rewrite it. But it never seems as good as the first time.
28th-Apr-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Offers clean hanky and shoulder to cry on. *There, there, pat, pat.*
28th-Apr-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll try to rewrite it again. Argus might either thank me or run screaming with the new version. The poor man is not getting a break.

At the moment, I'm rewriting part of chapter 14 because of discussions with jaxomsride over the Kirsten character.
28th-Apr-2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh no - send for Orac ... or even better, Avon, as I am sure they will find the missing words.

Grrrargh!
28th-Apr-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Avon is trying =)
29th-Apr-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Very.
28th-Apr-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've never done that, but in case, every time I save a WIP, I also mail it to myself on GMail.
28th-Apr-2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea.
29th-Apr-2009 12:03 am (UTC)
I've adopted a system that incorporates the date in the filename, you could add time iff it's the same day.
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