2429.  Saved!

It had been ten years since Cosmos started her novel and now the moment of completion had arrived! Cosmos poured herself a wine and sat staring at her computer screen. Satisfaction! So much water under the bridge in those last ten years, but now, such a wonderful feeling of completeness.

Her marriage had broken up in that time. The ex-husband thought she was nuts writing a novel and it was taking up more and more of her time. They drifted apart, and then they drifted away. It was for the best. The kids had grown up and left the nest. The rent had gone up. The price of groceries had rocketed. Cosmos had three different jobs over those ten years.

There were little things too that had changed. Her eye sight had dimmed. She now needed reading glasses. She had developed an allergy to walnuts. The old car needed its muffler fixed. But now the novel was complete! These little day to day things could demand her full attention. But first an early bed was in order. She would go to bed and read! But where were her reading glasses?

Cosmos pressed the save button one last time. Saved! Yes or no? Yes! “I don’t know how many times that novel has been saved over the last ten years,” thought Cosmos. Another wine! Just another one final satisfying save of the novel! She retired.

The first thing Cosmos did in the morning was to check on her completed novel. She had formatted the hard drive.

34 thoughts on “2429.  Saved!

  1. Nitin Lalit

    Yeah, this happens all too often. It’s all too real. On a side note, I’m wondering whether some guy who reads too much into things will think that this is the story of the Cosmos itself. A fine allegory from which Bruceism emerges that expounds on Murphy’s law (in every possible way) and cherishes the tenets of uber-realism, calling the romantics idiots and the whole enchilada.

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  2. observationblogger

    That’s why I use a Cloud service (for eg Google Drive ) for essential documents. Mind you I always wondered, if my wordpress blog was pulled down how that would unsettle me. There is a way of downloading your blog to your puter and I followed their instructions, but I have no idea how I would retrieve it. I wish I had saved each article to a Word Doc in Google Drive as I went along.

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    1. Nitin Lalit

      You need to start another blog and export the content there. It doesn’t necessarily have to be WordPress though. I think Medium and Ghost also have export your content options. But there sadly isn’t a way to export individual posts. I used to use Dropbox to save every post for a while. You could ask someone who receives email updates to mail you your past content if something goes wrong. I doubt they’ll have everything though.

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      1. Bruce Goodman Post author

        I make four copies of everything – which is why finishing a story on WordPress is so tedious. I have another website with everything posted. The music is on yet another site. And I have two copies on my computer plus backup!

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    2. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I have saved everything – every picture and letter of the alphabet I have ever typed! I have piles of old CDs with things saved on them (they are all over the place and all unnamed!!) so if ever I needed anything I’d spend months trolling through everything. The Cloud saves every thing I do against my will but the button to stop it has disappeared. Apparently I have over 10 gigabytes saved on the Cloud and am entitled to only 5 (for free). So I’m currently blocked. I don’t like the Cloud because of possible Chinese subversion. It’s not impossible that Adam Schiff spends most of his time trolling through my stuff. etc.

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      1. observationblogger

        I have countless DVDs and CDs that I recorded to and now don’t work. My family DVD I made for my son as a three year old now doesn’t play correctly. I agree about your abjection towards Cloud. The Adam Schiff stuff is a bit way off, but I see where you are headed.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      If she’s that much of a dill-brain her novel would probably suck. The last job I had I was librarian at a school and the IT man came and was in my office. I asked him a minor question about changing the default on MS Word. He took one minute to show me and charged the school $31,000. The school principal flipped his lid at me so I told him the same things those Ukrainian soldiers told the Russians on that little island at the start of the war.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          He charged for every breath, I tried to explain to the Head Master that the $31,000 wasn’t for my simple question but for several weeks work for the school. The Head Master wanted to get rid of me anyway because I was a prick – so that was a good excuse!

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          1. Badfinger (Max)

            Ok that makes more sense Bruce… well not that you are a prick but for weeks of work.
            I started to think….I may need to start charging more! Or move to New Zealand

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              The guy was a crook. After he set up the system for the school it didn’t work so I set up a scheme for the library where kids could check on library things and teachers could make bookings for equipment from home.

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