Once upon a time there was a writer – we’ll call her ‘Hatty’* who had a brilliant idea: she would go to the local university library for the day, armed with her laptop, a flask of coffee and a pack of mince pies and there she would write, uninterrupted by housework or Facebook (and rather cleverly using the library’s heating and electricity instead of her own).
And lo, it came to pass that she did.
She arrived at the library at 10am and left at 6pm (rather tired and zombie-fied. Please remember this).
She spent the evening at home feeling rather smug. “Yes, I was in the library all day….” she boasted on the phone to friends and family. All was well with the world.
About 10pm that night when she realized that she had left her memory stick in the computer. (At the end of the day, for some variety, Hatty had packed away her laptop and used one of the library PCs, on the ground floor, where there is student chatter and eating and drinking is allowed. She was ‘down with the kids’. What fun!).
With trembling fingers, Hatty rang the library (it stays open until midnight. Handy). No-one answered.
She tried to push the thought from her mind that, apart from a couple of files, nothing on that memory stick was backed up! (I know, I know…! It’s hilarious). Not just everything she’d worked on that day, but loads of stories, article ideas and ‘work in progress’ stuff was potentially lost for ever…
She rang her long-suffering beloved who calmly suggested a mercy dash to the library, to try to retrieve said memory stick. He drove. Fast. It was a long, tense journey.
She kept thinking,”What if…?”
When they arrived, Hatty stormed into the building. Librarians scattered. There were still people there – working! But there was no-one on that PC station – she looked, she saw, she breathed out – she grabbed it! The memory stick WAS STILL THERE!
And when they got home, Hatty and her beloved had a couple of stiff drinks and backed everything up. For more information on backing-up your work – just in case you know anyone as stupid as ‘Hatty’ – see Simon Whaley’s useful post here.
*’Dopey’ might actually be more appropriate