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R.I.P. CHAPTER 12

Friends, we gather to remember chapter 12 of my novel, which was cruelly taken from us on Monday at 11.20 when my Mac’s hard drive conked out.

Chapter 12 was a special chapter, and one that will live on in our memories as slightly better than whatever I’m going to write to replace it. The loss of chapter 12 will be commemorated by a new regime of obsessive backing-up everything I write every 3 minutes.

Also tragically taken from us were Railway Tycoon 3, the entire Radiohead discography, and 20 gigabytes of tasteful pornography.

 

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  • <a href="http://sarahlotz.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 27th, 2010 @15:21 #
     
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    Ahhh! Sam, nooooooooo. But cherish the brief time you had together, and I hope that chapter twelve will somehow join up in the internet ether with the 30 000 words of pompidou that were also tragically lost in a vicious viral outbreak just weeks before deadline.
    Seriously though, fuuuuuuuuck. I'm really sorry - it sucks to rewrite from scratch.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 27th, 2010 @20:03 #
     
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    Am I allowed to express relief that this happens to Mac users as well? I thought it was just us PC barbarians...

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  • <a href="http://www.amillionmilesfromnormal.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">Paige</a>
    Paige
    April 27th, 2010 @21:09 #
     
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    oh no Sam! *she says quickly backing up her latest manuscript in a panic* so sorry. that sucks massively. commiserations.

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    April 28th, 2010 @08:04 #
     
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    Oh, man. That hurts. Send my commiserations to chapters one to eleven.

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  • <a href="http://www.brainwavez.org/" rel="nofollow">Mandy J Watson</a>
    Mandy J Watson
    April 28th, 2010 @13:19 #
     
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    If I may say, although I back up fairly regularly, it is not regularly enough, and your tweets were a reminder for me to do this - although it takes so long that I have to schedule it for the weekend because I need to use my netbook this week.

    My point, of course, is that like the stories from guests on Oprah shows that have helped millions of people around the world with their addictions and extramarital affairs, your tragedy may have helped to save someone else's novel.

    Just not mine because I haven't started one yet.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 28th, 2010 @13:34 #
     
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    Indeed, Sam. Your obituary has become a cautionary tale.

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  • Sven
    Sven
    April 28th, 2010 @13:49 #
     
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    There are easier ways to avoid data loss than backing up your data. I simply borrowed the Precautionary Principle from the environmentalists: if you don't write at all then you're protected not only from losing data, but also from re-writes, discouraging reviews, 50c royalty cheques, seeing your book for sale for R1 at Bargain Books and sequels.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    April 28th, 2010 @14:37 #
     
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    I believe you're onto something there, Sven.

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  • <a href="http://www.brainwavez.org/" rel="nofollow">Mandy J Watson</a>
    Mandy J Watson
    April 28th, 2010 @18:51 #
     
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    Well I'm successfully practising the "no writing" policy but, unfortunately, I also have a vast collection of photographs and Stuff From The Internet(TM).

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  • <a href="http://kathrynwhite.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    Kathryn
    April 29th, 2010 @12:47 #
     
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    I email all my work to myself. My previous backup system sucked, made no sense whatsoever and the discs land up in the strangest places - try playing Lux Perpetua MS 2003 on your car sound system.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 29th, 2010 @14:08 #
     
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    A friend installed Dropbox for me. But I can't get stuff from my PC over the cyberwaves to my storage site in space. I try and try, and nothing happens. Meanwhile, I get chiding notes from a robot somewhere: "You haven't been using your Dropbox."

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    April 29th, 2010 @16:49 #
     
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    LOL @Sven's R1 Bargain Books moments..

    Some of you may remember that at about this time last year, I lost my entire manuscript for my upcoming collection (not to mention the documentation of the rest of my life) when my laptop was stolen - never mind crashed.

    It was definitely a stable door moment when I bought myself a one terabyte external hard drive.

    Once bitten (by the bolted horse), twice ..um..shy.

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    April 29th, 2010 @16:50 #
     
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    So - deep, heartfelt commiserations, Sam. I've been there. And if I hadn't emailed the document to a friend, I'd have lost all that poetry.

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