Yesterday began with the best of writerly intentions. Shaun and I had planned to write double what we needed for the day and we got a pretty early start. We did some sprints, two 15 minutes and a 30, and I had written 1878 words. So far so good! In a brief break around 11am, I decided to search for a specific photo I took in 2011. I don’t even remember what brought me to it, but as a little window popped up and told me the drive was unformatted I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I quickly googled this term and discovered it was an error that sometimes happens with USB connected devices and is essentially a loss of data. I checked the rest of the folders on the 1TB external hard drive and they seemed to be fine. I have a lot of things backed up in more than one place, but this specific drive, I don’t. It’s such a big drive and my photo files are huge. I have been sporadically culling them over the years, but this folder probably contained 10k photos and videos. Everything I shot in 2011. I can cheer myself with the reminder that I have a little more than 1,600 of those edited and shared on flickr, and I always upload them at the largest size possible. I haven’t had the heart to check my video folder, to see if I had actually rendered a file of my 2011 videos or not. That would be the hardest loss, probably. I’m not calling it a loss quite yet, though. I’m running a data recovery program, and while it’s taking forever (so far it’s found 233 files that I know I had deleted myself, boring!) I’m not letting myself grieve just yet. Optimism!
Needless to say, we didn’t write again yesterday. I freaked out, I cried, I reassessed my priorities, I took down all the Halloween decor and put up Christmas because I needed the holiday cheer, I needed to replace some potentially lost memories with some new ones really quick. I drank four glasses of wine and watched hours of clips on hulu. It was still a good writing day. It was still a good day.
3827 / 50000 words. 8% done!