Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me

Last night I went to a poetry reading in Kingston.  I was caught in the pouring rain which came to us at the tail end of the Issac storm.  I knew I would get wet but I went through it anyway.  To tell you the truth it was sort of fun!  There was lots of water so it was a bit like a ride at a water park.

We have had so little rain this year that I was glad to see it come.  It was nice to be soaked right to the skin.  Thing is that when I arrived I ran right in and only at the half time break when I wanted to get a card from my purse (tucked safely in my trunk) did I run back out in the rain again.

Turns out, my truck did not lock properly and it was gaping open when I went out.  The trunk was filled right to the top with water – about 6 inches deep.  The terrible thing about this, is that my camera and my Mac laptop were both totally submerged.  SUBMERGED.

Worse… My laptop had the only copy of the draft of my novel on it.  Plus all other writing outside of this blog.  Over a year of my writing disolved like sugar in tea.

I have brought it in to see if they can recover the data but I am not very hopeful.  I am sitting now at the public library posting.  I have huge tears rolling down my cheeks as I write and I feel like I have been kicked really hard in the stomach.


UPDATE: After writing this – I remembered that I printed a hard copy of my novel, two months ago, so even with the data lost I can type it again!  Feeling like I can breathe again….

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6 thoughts on “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me

  1. I hate hearing this and understand how utterly frustrating such a loss is. a reminder that I must a) print out all my own writing, and b) back-up the writing on several memory sticks and onto disc.
    Maybe an opportunity for you here is to work your second draft, while retyping your manuscript. G

  2. Hi Laura: I am so sorry! it must be like losing a child….j

  3. Paula

    I’ll introduce you to Be in the question. Do not look for answers. What’s right about this I’m not getting? How does it get any better than this? What else is possible? What would it take for something even better to come from this?

  4. Oh no! I am so sorry that happened to you!

  5. Anonymous

    Chin up young lady…for when i had my first lap ,I thought it was completely fried.Alas ,a young man at Future Shop ,a student doing a part-time job found some of the memory still intake.With ajog of my memory I was able to piece together the missing parts.May not have been the original stuff I had lost but in my eyes was better than what was there.

  6. Laura, you will likely be able to recover your computer files. It’s expensive, but I understand the only way to make files impossible to recover is if your computer was badly burned in a fire.

    I feel for you. 😦

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