Saturday, April 18, 2009

Has Anything Disappeared From Your Computer?

I'm always diligent about saving things I'm working on--but a couple of times within the last few months, the gremlins have been busy.

First, was about 4 pages I'd written on my latest manuscript. Actually I lost the whole thing, but because I use Mozy to back-up while I'm sleeping, I was able to find the manuscript--just not the last four pages.

Then, a couple of weeks ago I did a five page program plan for working with diabetic clients and thought I saved it, to wait for the check to pay for the job. Check arrived today, do you think I could find the plan? No! And yes, I did a Search on the computer, nothing. Then I went to Mozy, not there.

So guess what I did tonight? Wrote the five page program plan from scratch. I've sent it off as an addendum.

Part of my problem is I'm stretched far too thin, this is what I'm doing or have recently done:

Reviewed 10 books for American Authors Association.

Read two mysteries and reviewed them for Simon and Schuster. Have one more to go, plus half way through a mystery from Thomas Nelson that I need to review.

Been diligently working on the program for the Public Safety Writers Conference, plus putting together the folders for the registrants--sending them messages and answering questions via email about the conference.

Working on my own manuscript.

Judging entries for a writing contest.

Have two books to read and questions to come up with for the panelists on the panel I'm moderating at Mayhem in the Midlands.

I won't be doing any of that this weekend because today I'm off to the Yosemite Romance Writers meeting, and Sunday the Hanford Book Fest.

Whew!

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

3 comments:

Kathleen Ryan said...

Hi Marilyn,
I've had emails disappear, ones that I worked on for a long time; I know I hit send, and it appeared to have gone off into cyberspace...later I check the "send" folder because I have that nagging feeling...and sure enough, it's not there! Where the heck do they go? It's happened with pages I've written, too. It's so strange!

I can't imagine how you do all that you do! I'd love to know your secret. Keep up the good work - but always take care of yourself!

F. M. Meredith, author said...

I want to do everything I can until I can't. Does that make sense? I do take care of myself--and I don't last as long as I used to and certainly go to bed far earlier.

Marilyn
a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

Kathleen Ryan said...

Hi Marilyn,
As a cancer survivor, it certainly makes sense to me! I'm with you -- do all that we can until we can't -- live life to the fullest!
You go, girl!