Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Signs From The Man Upstairs Or Maybe I'm Just Mental

I know all my writer friends out there are going to groan when they hear this because I know better. Really I do. I always back up everything. At least I used to. Last week my computer crashed. Don't know why. I have virus protection and plenty of memory. It just decided to die. Along with it, died two manuscripts and many precious family photos. I think I can retrieve the stuff. Of course I'll have to pay out the wahzoo to do so, but some of the experts tell me that 99% of the time, they can recover lost data. Good news. Sort of. I guess.

I'm trying to make the best of it. I'm one of those fools that looks for signs. No, not freeway signs...signs from God. I'm looking for direction and generally when I ask for it, I get it. I was working on one of those manuscripts, planning to go in a whole new direction with my writing. That WIP is bye-bye. It forced me to go back to another werewolf novel I had been working on about six months ago. When I heard the market was saturated with these stories, I had put it aside.

If you read my blog often, you'll remember that I just went to a writer's conference in Dallas and heard from editors and agents that paranormal romances are still very much in demand...so....I'm back to working on this book and will charge full speed ahead.

See, I took that computer crash as a sign. For many things. Back up everything. Even if it's a page. Back up daily. It also taught me this. I better get a regular old camera. I never do anything with the digital photos. They sit on my computer. What a waste.

But most importantly, that computer crash reminded me to follow my heart. Ignore the market news. Let's hope I can remember to write from my gut, follow my passions. I adore paranormals. I was one of those kids that thought Halloween was the VERY BEST TIME OF THE YEAR...and being an October baby only confirmed it. I'm a lover of shadows, autumn winds and smoke fires. And I'm totally in love with with the hero of my latest WIP, Axl, grandson of Lord of the Wolfen. Here's what he looks like.

So speak up, friends. Do you believe in signs?


Sierra Wolfe said...

Oh, I absolutely believe in signs. I'm constantly looking for them in my life.

So sorry to hear about your computer crash, but I'm glad they will be able to retrieve it.

Alisha Paige said...

Thanks, Sierra. It even gives me the chills sometimes when I receive a sign and it's so painfully clear. If we pay attention, I believe the answers are right before our eyes, whether it's via our guardian angels, God or lost ones that have passed over.

Mark Alders said...

I am backing up my work NOW!!!


Tierney O'Malley said...

Lordy Alisha, thanks for sharing his pic. So hot. And look at his tats. Yum! Thinking about sending the pic to my thirteen year old. LOL
I have a para sitting here begging for my attention. I will definitely work on this one.

Aside from saving everything on USB and hard drive, I always send important documents, stories, contracts, drafts etc to myself. Also, copies are saved to verizon central. So if anything happens I have other ways to retrieve my lost docs.


Alisha Paige said...

Have a safe trip, Mark.

Tierney, thank goodness I had most of my stuff backed up, like the werewolf tale. I only lost two WIPs. I still don't know why I failed to back those two up. Sigh. Lesson learned.

It could have been much worse. I have one cowboy romance, one romantic suspense, one romantic comedy, two erotic paranormal novellas and one full paranormal I could have lost if I'd failed to back up everything. That would have been devastating.

I email everything to myself so I can retrieve it from everywhere.

Have a great day, everyone!

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