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Cursing sleep

3100 words. Was kind of wiped out after yesterday; took a while to gear up again.

How carefully do you (the writers among you) back up your work? I usually do so automatically since I write on one computer and print/edit on another, so the short stories are always on two hard drives plus at least one disk. But with the novel I have to remind myself to resave it to disk every time I've written a substantial portion.

Every now and then I burn a CD-ROM of my entire documents folder, just in case.

There are too many books I need to read. All these highly recommended teen novels, not to mention all the adult fiction I'd like to check out. Yet again I wish I had the ability of the main character in Beggers In Spain--not needing to sleep. Imagine the productivity.

cruelest_month has decided to interview me. She also has the first bit of what looks like a very interesting story up in her journal. Go take a look.

1. If you could live in a book, which one would it be and why?
Hmmm... Well, when I was younger, I always wanted to be Martha in The Changeling. Right now I'm thinking it'd be kind of neat to live in the world of The Eyre Affair, though on the other hand I fear I might find it too chaotic.

2. What influences you the most when it comes to your writing?
Other people's creativity, literary or otherwise. Most of my ideas evolve from multiple inspirations--a bit of description that really struck me in a novel I was reading, a character who seems to emerge out of a song, the mood of a beloved movie. There's also a lot of influence from non-artistic sources. More and more psychology has been creeping into my work since I started university, and my history courses have provided their fair share of ideas, too.

3. Has your work or the work of others ever moved to you to tears? If so, tell me when and how.
If we're only talking about literary work, the answer would be only once. There was this book I read when I was 12 or 13 about a girl who befriends a wild horse, then realizes she has to chase it away and make it scared for her so it won't hang around and be captured and sold by her father's associates. I cried a bit at the end; not sure why that one got to me and others didn't. It must have hit just the right spot at that time. Movies and music make me cry a lot more easily. I'm very emotionally attuned to sound.

4. What author(s) do you dislike the most?
Some of my dislikes are kind of petty. Like when I find an author's work kind of bland and/or predictable, yet said author has tons of fans and admirers. First one that comes to mind is Tamora Pierce. I also dislike authors who pump out brainless schlock which wouldn't sell anywhere if it didn't have their already-established name on it. R.L. Stine would be up there at the top of that list. Otherwise, I'm a pretty easy-going person. I don't usually cultivate dislikes. ;)

5. Who are your favorite authors?
This is always a hard question, because nearly every author I read a lot by, I start to get tired of. I've read four of Vonnegut's books and still quite enjoy him; I love Douglas Adams's work (though I wish he'd left the Hitchhiker's Trilogy as a trilogy); I gobbled up books by Roald Dahl and Zilpha Keatley Snyder as a kid and still love them. For poetry, I like Atwood, cummings, and Elliot. Plays: Wilde and Stoppard. That's just a few off the top of my head.

6. If you be any other writer alive or dead, who would it be? Why?
Honestly? Probably J.K. Rowling. Because she's writing in a genre I love, and she's doing it successfully, and sure there's a lot of pressure but she could probably do just about anything with the last two Harry Potter books and still have a huge fan base for whatever she decides to do next. Yeah, I could take that. ;) Not very interesting, though, is it. I don't know much about the personal lives of authors, so it's hard for me to say.

7. What are your favorites songs/CDs to listen to when you write?
I never have music on when I'm writing. Whenever I try it always ends up distracting me. Most of the time I can't even listen to stuff when I'm writing LJ entries. :P It's great for brainstorming, though. I like instrumentals like Yoko Kanno's anime soundtracks, David Arkenstone, and Tangerine Dream; and lyrical work like that by Tori Amos, The Smashing Pumpkins, Suzanne Vega, and U2, to name a few.

8. How is a raven like a writing desk?
Poe wrote on both, of course. :D

That was kind of fun. I'm open to another, if anyone's so inclined.

I want to make Changeling icons. Was flipping through the book and it made me start reading it again. This is not conductive to me getting on with my reading list. But I loves it. *hugs*

And finally, a tidbit of non-writing-related news. I have a new fuzzy coming home tomorrow; his name is Skip (pre-named, could be worse ;)); I will put up a pic when I have one, for he is cuteness.



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Jul. 2nd, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC)

I used to just have everything on a disk. the problem was, I learned that if I took the disk out before closing work on my laptop, I would lose the file indefinately. I only had to lose chapter 2 TWICE to learn that lesson.

Then I started backing it up on my parents computer. I had my own computer that I shared with my brother upstairs but I hated that environment and I couldn't write there so I wrote on daddy's computer and it made him annoyed. So annoyed, in fact, that he gave me his computer. :D

Then I started saving backups on my laptop, desktop and disk. Problem? I didn' tknow which version was the most up to date and I lost tons of stuff.....especially with evil chapter 3 and chapter 8.

Now....I have really old backups on my computer and everything else is super up-to-date on a disk. I should back it up more often on the computer, but I'm lazy.

My completed novel, however, I e-mailed to myself so I knew I wouldn't lose it.

That is the extent of my backing-up-ness, lol.
Jul. 3rd, 2003 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh, that reminds me of when I used to write on my dad's computer (because until I was 11, it was the only computer in the house). I had a whole bunch of short stories on there that (at the time) I was very proud of, and then his computer crashed and they were all mangled. :P
Jul. 2nd, 2003 07:28 pm (UTC)
By the way, do you go on MSN much?
Jul. 3rd, 2003 05:08 am (UTC)
Er... Well, to tell you the truth, I don't even have the program on my computer any more. Which is suppose is kind of silly considering I still have my addy listed on the site. I don't tend to be much of a chatter, but if you've been looking for me, I suppose I could go download it again and set it up. :)
Jul. 3rd, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)
And both produce notes that are flat :p

I keep them no the invincible PC upstairs and on downstairs. In a sudden fit of fear I put them on floppy discs, but for some reason they all broke almost instantly (probably the magetic field around this house...)

And is he a ferret?
Jul. 3rd, 2003 05:10 am (UTC)
Yup. (For future reference, when I say fuzzy I will always mean ferret. ;))
Jul. 3rd, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
I am a computer scientist in my day job, and I have gotten to be fairly careful with backups. I write on a laptop, and back up with my work's backup system every few days; when I am actively writing novels, I copy the text to my other work machine about as often. Sythyry's journal, which just passed the FDA's minimum novel size a couple weeks ago, is on LiveJournal, its archival web site, and our home machine.
Jul. 3rd, 2003 06:04 am (UTC)
I am super diligent when it comes to backing up material. I keep two separate floppy disks for each project. I have one set and print-outs of the most recent drafts of my novel in a fire-safe box. I’ve just started burning everything to Cds too.

When I complete a draft I mail a copy to myself and keep the unopened envelope in my fire-safe box. (A good way to prove a copyright.)

A good friend of mine is a cartoonist. He went to the movies last week and came home to a burnt-down apartment complex. All of his work, dating back twelve years-gone. He has managed to contact various magazines, etc., and get some of his older submissions back, but all his current work was destroyed. That scares me more than anything lese in the world.

Yea for new furries!!
Jul. 3rd, 2003 06:48 am (UTC)
ideastorm is a writer and lives in Toronto too. He is going to start a local writer’s group. I’m not really sure where in Toronto he is or what type of genre he writes, but I just wanted to let you know in case it would be something your interested in.

_Mary, who is still looking for a local writer’s group of her own. :(
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
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Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
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self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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Henry Holt, 2009

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