Hey friends, I know there's been a lot of radio silence from me recently, so here's some unfortunate news.
About a week ago, a barely 15 month old Samsung SSD that I bought to preemptively replace an aging HDD abruptly died with no warning.
This happened to be the drive that among other things, I keep all of my files relating to creative activity on, such as my writing, art, music etc. Normally this wouldn't be much of an issue, because I make regular backups of my data, but in this particular case I learned that I had made a big mistake.
I'm not going to try and explain the cosmic chain of events that lead to this error happening, but I discovered after the fact that the last backup for a few specific folder chains was about two years ago, including the one that housed all of my personal works.
So what does that mean? Well, it means that among other things, the following are now gone:
- All of the core worldbuilding/setting/CYOA documents and material for Buggy, Moony and SunnyCYOA
- All of the BuggyCYOA rewrite progress
- All of my unpublished WIP one shot stories
- All of the original project files for my drawings
- All of my work towards the NHNB community art pack
There's a few other things that have been lost which also sting, but those are the big ones that are relevant to everyone here.
Needless to say, life's been pretty unhappy for me lately. I've been maintaining by overdosing on the copium, because the one faint glimmer of hope is that there's potentially a decent chance of the data being recoverable.
The drive is currently in the hands of a data recovery center. I'm hoping to hear some good news one day soon; else I'll be overdosing on the blackpills instead.
My bank account is going to hurt, but it's worth it to me; I know there's no way I could possibly rewrite everything exactly the way I did the first time around, which was the writing I was satisfied with and felt good about.
If nothing else, consider myself a warning example for the rest of you to take heed of.
Even if you have a good habit of backing up your data, don't get complacent, VERIFY THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR BACKUPS!