#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The One Where the Computer Eats A Morning’s Work

Zounds!  I was doing so well yesterday, working away in my new office, and suddenly the computer gulped down my revisions!  For a while there, it looked as though I’d actually lost EVERYTHING, though some of it was saved on other computers.  First impulse: have a nervous breakdown.  Second impulse: PRAY. 

Thank heaven I skipped impulse number one and had a word with the Big Guy instead.  A few strokes to the keyboard and the chapters returned as mysteriously as they’d disappeared.  But I still have to do the revisions over again–but, as Phyllis A Whitney used to say, “Good things aren’t written, they’re REwritten.”  In my experience, that is SO true.

So, in a few minutes, I’ll be going back to “Big Sky Secrets”.

The woodpecker may be nesting elsewhere–she did return a couple of times, but only for a few minutes, as if to say howdy.  :) 

I’ve decided to give away two copies of “Writing Down Your Soul” instead of one; the book is that good.   For me, journaling seems to be a very necessary practice, my way of meditating.  I don’t write about my day so much as ask questions.  I’ve discovered that God ignores “why” questions most of the time, but He almost always replies to the “how” kind.  :)

Best get back to my story now.  As Dad would say, we’re burnin’ daylight!


15 comments to “The One Where the Computer Eats A Morning’s Work”

  1. Sondra James
      · May 1st, 2013 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I just simply can’t wait until this book comes out !!!! I absolutely love the Big Sky Series…but must say I love all your books. Have a blessed day writing and as my grandmother use to tell me..things happen for a reason. Your revisions will be better for it !!

  2. Pam (nedlnut)
      · May 1st, 2013 at 1:53 pm · Link

    You made me smile today. Thanks! My Dad used to use the same phrase “Come on girl, we’re burning daylight”.

  3. Kim
      · May 1st, 2013 at 2:07 pm · Link

    I enjoy your blogs greatly. I’ve always written short stories, and reading your blog has reminded me how much I love writing. I will not even go into how much I love your books!

  4. judy
      · May 1st, 2013 at 2:57 pm · Link

    So glad it all came back ! Wouldn’t want to miss anything. Most of us usually do panic first and pray later. Glad you got it right !

  5. Kathy Copeland
      · May 1st, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Computers are a little crazy and a little magical. I never know what my laptop will do. Glad you were able to get everything back.Have a wonderful day!!!!

  6. mai
      · May 1st, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    So glad you got your work back. I’ve learn to hit the save button every few minutes after I lost a paper in college (right before it’s due, of course). Can’t wait to go back to Big Sky country.

  7. Norma Stanforth
      · May 1st, 2013 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so glad that you got your revisions back, and that the computer did not destroy your work. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend
    Norma S.

  8. Diana Eagen
      · May 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    How scary for you. Sounds like things got a lot better after prayer.

  9. Lois Rotella
      · May 1st, 2013 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, What happens on the computer amazes me. I have had the same thing happened to me and then it came back. I don’t know how that happens. I am glad you got your work back. Have a wonderful evening.

  10. Cathy
      · May 1st, 2013 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Please don’t lose any of the Big Sky series I have really enjoyed the characters in it.

  11. Gloria
      · May 1st, 2013 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! I’m glad you didn’t lose your work. That is kind of what happened to my comment to you the other night. I lost it and wrote a second one and it wouldn’t send, so I wrote a thrid one and as soon as it went, the other one showed up. It was right behind the first one, and then…it wound up way on down the line.

    You didn’t say if your Blog now requires us to put in those 2 words before we can send the commment, or if it is just mine. I think it is called a ReCaptcha. I knew you’d had some problems with some Spammers, and wondered if it had anything to do with that. Has anyone else had to start doing that?

    • Juanita Rice
        · May 1st, 2013 at 9:51 pm · Link

      Yes, I did, Gloria. :)

      • Gloria
          · May 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 pm · Link

        Thanks Juanita. It’s good to know my computer wasn’t just “picking” on me. :-D

  12. Juanita Rice
      · May 1st, 2013 at 9:50 pm · Link

    “Good things aren’t written, they’re REwritten.”

    Oh so true! And glad you didn’t have to re-write everything. I believe I would have had a stroke right on the spot…back-ups or not.

    Ahhh! Extra security, I see. ;)

  13. Kathleen O
      · May 2nd, 2013 at 9:15 am · Link

    Computers can be the Bain of our existence, but where would we be today without them.

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