Saturday, June 6, 2009

Under Attack

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Hello, all. I'm writing from my husband's computer because my computer crashed. If any of you have Macs, you know how completely unlikely this is. Yet, mine crashed SO HARD that the great recovery softwear the company puts out was unable to fix it. So, being under warranty, I brought it to the Genius Bar at one of the Apple stores and they said they would fix it. To "fix" it, they will replace my hard drive. Granted, they will replace it with a bigger and faster one, but the old hard drive has all three of my books on it. In their entirety, in various stages of editing and repair. I was told that likely they will hand me this old hard drive (instead of confiscating it, as they usually do) and that if I'm lucky, I can take it to a data recovery company and retrieve my documents.

Of course I've cried and cried about this. I've cried that I was so stupid as to erase the documents off my jump drive when I bought this new Mac and transferred them from the old one (that I'm on now). But I DID delete the files. So they only copy was on my new Mac. STUPID. I've cried at all the hours and days and weeks and months and years put into these books (even if they aren't publishable YET, they are a PART OF ME).

Ever since the move, I really have been under attack. My crit buddy/prayer partner told me this morning in an email that she felt Satan was doing this. And I have to agree. Since the move, both my daughter and I have been sick. She even had to go to the ER last week for violent throwing up. Of course, I'm still job hunting and have some very good leads, but have yet to hear anything.

I'm calling out for prayer. Prayer for my family. Prayer for my old hard drive and hopefully retreivable documents that I've poured my life into. Prayer for the adjustment we are all still undergoing in a new town, new climate, new culture, new church (although all revisited for me, since this is my's still NEW again). I'll be posting when I can...but for now, there are more important things to attend to.

Like spiritual warfare.

So I'll see you on the other side. Thanks in advance for your prayers!

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Liana Brooks said...

I lost stories to a computer crash. Not finished novels, but ideas and writing I liked.

Now I keep a disc back up done every 6 months or so, a thumb drive, and my newest chapters on Open Office so I can access them from my home computer or my laptop when I'm out and about.

All are cheap/free and save you a lot of stress when computers go belly-up.

*prayers offered*

Moving is always rough, even if you do have the experience frequently. Make a list of all the good things this move has done for you and try to stay positive.

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness! I'm definitely praying for you. :-( I can't imagine how that must feel. (to possibly lose your writing)

Katie said...

Praying HARD for you Jeannie! A million times over. I'm praying you'll be able to recover your data. I can't even imagine how depressed/anxious I would be over this. Keep me updated. Call me when you get the chance!

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh wow! I can't imagine losing three books. You've just motivated all of us to back up, back up, back up. Do you have printed copies? You might at least be able to re-type as you edit? I'll be praying. Also, remember God allows hardships so that the testing of our faith will produce the fruit that he wants in our lives. Ask him for wisdom so that you can grow the way he wants through all of your trials. Hugs!

sherrinda said...

Awww, I hate spiritual warfare, even though I know it happens and we grow through it! I will be praying for a miracle in finding your "stuff"!

Lynnette Labelle said...

That's awful! My heart goes out to you. *hugs* I hope you're able to get it all back.

Lynnette Labelle

Lady Glamis said...

I am so so sorry to hear this news. I will keep you in my prayers. My husband's Mac crashed after only one year. And there was nothing they could do. And it was OUT of warranty. Really, really sucked. But I didn't lose anything, thank goodness. I keep everything backed up in FOUR places. Plus hard copies. I'm super paranoid.

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Ralene said...

You know, I always save anything my CP sends me (with her permission) as well. She'll prolly never need it, but just in case.

I'm sorry to hear about your lost files...I know how much hard work and time are put into them and you can't ever quite replace them.

My prayers are definitely with you and with your family!

PatriciaW said...

Awww, Jeannine. Been there. Twice.

Hold on. Tight. God's still got you in the palm of His hands, no matter what the enemy throws at you.

Maybe your crit partners can help out with recovering your stories?

When you've gotten to a better place, look into online storage in addition to a jump drive on top of your hard drive. (And I really need to take my own advice before I get caught again.)

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