5.14.2008

Gone!

OK, this is my first official blog rant! If you hate rants, please move along to the rant-free posts below; otherwise keep reading because if you have ever used a computer ;-) I am sure you will be able to relate.

In case I haven't mentioned it earlier, I have been asked to write a 'How-to' article for the American Sewing Guild's (ASG) 'Notions' magazine. The ASG is a great non-profit organization and some of the biggest names in the sewing industry have been contributers to Notions. It is an opportunity I am both honored by and grateful for.

At first everything is going along smoothly, the first draft of the body of the article is done but I still have to do the step-by-step instructions. My personal editors (Marylynn and Denise) are keeping me from looking like a complete idiot so now the third draft has been emailed to my real editor at the magazine. Great! She likes it! On to the project, photos, tips and step-by-steps.

I spend an entire day back and forth between my office and my studio writing steps, working on the project, taking photos, writing tips, back to the project. You get the idea. I finally finish around 5:00 pm, and before I can send a copy off to my personal editors (to make sure it doesn't totally suck) my dear husband calls to tell me to get ready to go out we have things to do when he gets home. Ummm, OK.

By the time we got home it was late and I was bone tired. I got up bright and early the next morning only to discover that sometime during the night, Microsoft in it's infinite wisdom (HA!) decided to 'Update' my computer and restart it for me!!!! Of course neither the auto save function of that great MS product 'Word', nor the auto save that is supposed to happen when you are shutting down, actually worked! Why hasn't Microsoft updated that?

All of my work is GONE! Yes, I know I should have saved it myself more often. And yes, I have searched my entire hard drive for any remnants, they do not exist :-( That is what I get for trusting auto save and MS!

Another day was spent rewriting it (after spending an inordinate amount of time cussing and searching my HD) I am hoping it is as good as I remember the first being. LOL

5 comments:

Paula said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. That's so tough. :-(

Paula said...

Heidi, there are probably more people reading your blog than you realize, especially since you have the advantage of having fabric shopped in Marrakesh which is "fairly" interesting as far as I'm concerned.

heidi lynn cooper said...

LOL Yes, not many people head to Marrakesh to do their fabric shopping!

As for loosing it all, I swore I wouldn't do the whole 'rant' thing, but I just know this happens to waaay to many of us not to share. Misery loves company and all that :-)

Paula said...

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Alicia said...

Sooooo been there, done that. once lost four HOURS of work on one project (transcribing a Greek manuscript) because my machine DID autosave before crashing - four hours before. And somehow managed to overwrite the save I'd done just an hour before the crash. I bought a Mac two months later. Theoretically the Word (or, in my case, Open Office) is the same but my Mac has never decided I wanted to crash or shut down. Plus it's too cute to throw across the room. Or smack in the screen....

In HS my senior year, before Word had autosave, I was typing up one of my last papers and got ten pages in before accidentally kicking the restart button. No, I hadn't saved. I know, I know...

So believe me, this empathy I'm radiating your way is genuine and hard earned! I hope your fourth draft is able to capture all the great things about the third plus some new ones!