If you know me well, you know that I do a good chunk of my writing directly on the computer. If you know me well, you also know that I don’t always take the best care of my computers. I have been working from a laptop/tablet combo for the last few years and it seems to be working out okay. I did have one crash which meant I lost the first draft of Wade in the Water (luckily I had a hard copy) and a few other pieces I was working on (Say goodbye to The Lullaby of the Duchess…).
I’m the type who works on a piece almost nonstop and then laments when my computer fails me. But luckily, I am also the type to print out and revise from a hard copy (shout out to Dr. C for that habit). That being said, I nearly lost Wade in the Water a second time because my computer malfunctioned this weekend. Yes, I had a hard copy but I discovered errors in the piano reduction that needed to be fixed. Plus, I hate putting files back into Finale from scratch. It’s the bane of my existence.
Anywho, this morning when I finally got my computer booted up, I immediately saved everything I have been working on to my trusty flash drive. This flash drive is magic and somehow in three years, I’ve never lost it. Thought I did. Especially when I was stressing through my recitals and everything I had ever written for my recital was saved on that flash drive. I have been lucky with it though. Left it in the computer lab at Campbell once while working on my electronic music final project. I went home and forgot it and all night I panicked because my final project was on the drive and I had no idea where it was. Got to school early the next day (in case I had to start over) and there it was. My beautiful (lucky) flash drive.
So worry not, dear friends. My files are safe and backed up and my computer looks like it shall live to write another day.