Thursday, May 28, 2009

Control Z

My laptop's been a bit of a bastard of late, cutting in and out of its internet connection.

I just wrote something that was a long time in its execution, a painstaking and broken story borne of a headspace not quite my own at the minute.

Upon its completion I decided to copy all the text, and as the blackened prose got near to the top it disappeared entirely. I noted the autosave function at the bottom. No panic, it'll be in the drafts, my mind said to me.

I hit Control Z for the sake of reassurance. Nothing came back.

I went to the drafts. It was in there alright, under 'Untitled Post'. I clicked. The autosave had kicked in at the very moment all of this story had disappeared. One second earlier and it would have saved.

Instead I got a blank white page.


I let a loud and yelping 'FUCK!!!' to the flat and punched the table. I have just applied ice.

This happened just once before, to another true story about another dark time. That day I got drunk, that night I met a friend for the first time, it was a good consequence but this time I don't know what to do because a drink is the last thing that I want.

Use Notepad, folks.


adogwoof said...

I believe you; Mr Bermingham wouldn't though!

No Comment.

Elmo said...

So my evil plan worked. Mwah hah hah hah!!!!!

But seriously - try this:

several different ways to recover lost word files. If it works you can buy me a pack of sweets (no licorice).

Radge said...

AG -

Elmo - Didn't write it in Word but thanks.

Meadow said...

Aw, sorry to hear that. Frustrating. I always write in Word though.

Radge said...

That's all it is Meadow, frustrating. A tendency towards the dramatic earlier.

Holemaster said...

I wonder where all those lost words go.

Meadow said...

Holemaster, you've just given me an idea. I'll be seeing the dawn again tonight.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

aarrrrgh I've been left chewing my fingers after a few of these glitches.

Tis a bitch. I find alcohol helps:P

Dot-Com said...

Words lost in cyberspace... Scary! Notepad.

Kath Lockett said...

Ah yes, all my best work disappeared that way...

Radge said...

Holemaster - To the great Microsoft Word application in the sky.

Meadow - I'm sick of you plundering my blog for ideas. Get your own!

Green Of Eye - For all my words, I did get drunk. And re-wrote it. And I think it's better than the original because I'm something of a God.

Dot - I used notepad.

Kath - No sign of that Moby Dick update, then?

Darren said...

Ouch - a painful lesson we must all learn. Notepad ftw.

Sorry Dude.

Andrew said...

It's happened me more than once. and it happened with the same fucking piece. I never bothered writing it a third time, cataclysmic things would have occured had the world conspired to do it to me again.

I try to handwrite my more heartfelt posts these days.

Radge said...

Cheers Darren.

Andrew - I have it emailed to myself for extra security. One day I'll learn to handwrite again.

Flann O'Coonassa said...

May I be so bold as to suggest you take this out on society, Radge? The cosmos has dealt you a kick in the nuts, and yet those around you have the temerity to be going about their business, without a care in the world? What manner of injustice is that?

No, I suggest you realign universal justice by keying the side of every car within a 2 mile radius.

hope said...

Computers always eat the brilliant words. It's a rule.