So Tuesday and Wednesday nights I spent revising both The Transcendental Man and Deadliest Cachalot. I actually fell asleep both nights at the computer, but was making good progress. I felt T-Man was ready to be subbed and Deadliest was getting there.
Then my computer decided to lock up and crash.
I can't get the fucker to boot up and now I have no idea if I will be able to save any of my files. It all could very well be gone. Forever. The last time I made a backup was so long back, it ain't even worth considering for much of my work. Now, the music, videos, graphics and other assorted stuff - I'll be disappointed if they are lost, but will deal. It's the 15 years worth of stories, notes, columns, articles and other things I've written that I am worried about. If those are gone, I may very well have to commit seppuku (I have a decent sword collection after all) or something.
The ironic part? This coming Saturday I was planning on purchasing an external drive for the sole purpose of backing up my stuff. Making things worse, I cannot even check my email! For some idiotic reason, I wrote down the passwords for all my email accounts except for the one I've used to submit stories. So I can check all the other accounts via The Other Half's computer (which I'm using now), but I have no idea if I'm receiving any rejections or acceptances. I have to wait until Saturday before the tech guy can look at things and determine how bad things are.
All in all, if I lose all my stuff, I'm gonna be pretty devastated. Sure, I can always re-write The Transcendental Man, Deadliest Cachalot, The Faceless Ones and others, all under the notion that they can only be improved upon, but I wouldn't really have much enthusiasm. The prospect of all my stuff vanishing into the great unknown, along with some records that I've kept for 20+ years, would be enough to make me consider giving up at writing again.
Here's hoping it can all be saved.
EDIT: Well, with help from The Other Half, I found the password for my email and what the hell do you know, there was an acceptance from Microhorror.com. They accepted my flash piece The Memory of Life and have already posted it. Read it HERE.
So the official 2009 tally is Rejections: 3, Acceptances: 2, Potential Catastrophes: 1