Lost files, motivation killed

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    Lost files, motivation killed

    I've been working writing a couple book series and had most my files stored on a flashdrive. You'd think being in IT I'd be taking advantage of all the solutions for cloud storage out there. Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, and whatever else is out there that I haven't heard of yet. But nope, I went and stored the stuff on a flashdrive. Things like the plot map, maps, notes, snippets, and first draft of my 6 book fantasy series. Drafts of my Stealth Ninja series, plus notes and things (Although, that one i've got print-outs papering a section of wall and I hadn't done as much work on).

    You know when you spend weeks, months, or years, into building an RPG character and then either the character sheet gets destroyed or someone hacks you account and steals all you stuff? Or you game glitches out and you feel like all the air is knocked out of you because you put all that work into it and now it's gone? Yeah, that's how this feels. I mean, I have pieces in other places. I have notes elsewhere, and the pieces to put my first draft together again, and I think I got a print-out of the map somewhere, and I've still got the overall story in my head and notes on my phone, but it just felt like I had done a lot of work to get it all centralized.....and now I can't bring myself to go to that much work again.

    The motivation is pretty dead right now. I'm trying to pick myself back up, but it's not working. Startin' to question myself.

    #2
    Ouch. I'm really sorry to hear that.

    What happened to the flash drive exactly? Was it damaged? Lost? Were the files accidentally erased? Some IT experts can sometimes recover seemingly lost data. It may be worth a try...

    And it's probably too early for you to seriously consider this, but... sometimes, starting again from scratch is a good way to get rid of some clutter and focus on the important stuff to make something even better. Just something to bear in mind for later, I guess.

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      #3
      Thanks Redline I hear what you're sayin'.
      Sorry, I forgot to elaborate. Malware or a small virus corrupted the files I think. I had downloaded a file for Minecraft for a site and apparently some malware followed, so I'm thinking that's the cause, but I can't be certain. I was able to find a program to recover the files because the file system of the flashdrive was dismantled, so all the data wasn't accessible at all. I found a program from the same company as the recovery program to uncorrupt the files, and I tried it on one file which was the first draft of the first book in my fantasy series, and it came back with unrecoverable data.

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        #4
        I've lived through similar losses. Lost all my music source files in high school (recordings and mixes) and later on in life accidentally wiped out a web database for tracking dreams that I created (that other people had been using). Both losses were devastating and propelled me in slightly different life directions. There are more lol but I'll stop there so I don't wake up all my bad memories =P

        I'd triple check that maybe Word or your editor of choice might have saved a backup copy somewhere on the hard disk (instead of flash drive).

        Wishing you the best of luck and feeling your pain. You can try to rebuild and trust that version 2 will be better. I should really double check my backup strategy

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          #5
          Oh no - that is awful

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