On Misplacing Files

I need a better filing system.

I’ve lost and/or misplaced two things on my computer in the past forty-eight hours. Or rather, I’ve discovered the two missing things in the past forty-eight hours.

One. The macro I coded Friday night? I had it saved in a text file, and in cleaning off my desktop yesterday I accidentally deleted it. And since I emptied my recycle bin, I can’t get it back.

Fortunately, it was only about fifteen minutes to recode. And I fixed a problem that I needed to fix (basically, I needed to convert one column from general numbers into currency) in so doing. And I added a few new bells and whistles (like fixing some names) that I was going to add. It’s now a better piece of code, a more complete piece of code. Still no documentation for it, but that’s not high on my list of priorities.

I really do need to document all the stuff that I do, how my macros work and why they do the things that they do. One of these days…

Two. I cannot find chapter three of “THOD.” I wrote a little bit about it here; it’s set in the mid-1980s. I had to do some… odd research for it, too.

I suspect it’s on my other flash drive, which I don’t have here with me. But what if it’s not there?

I do have here, on my desk, my handwritten opening to the chapter. It’s rough and sketchy, and I’m going to retype that today.

It had better be on my flash drive.

On the plus side, in looking for the handwritten pages of chapter three, I realized that the revised dialogue for the first chapter I never incorporated into that document. (It was something I wrote out one morning on the subway, and I ended up leaving it on my clipboard.)

Write away, then! Write away!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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