08 May Five Ways to Protect Your Writing from Zombies

My writer nightmare is about losing words.  Am I the only one whos paranoid about this? I cant imagine the soul crushing despair of working on a book or a project for months on end and then having it all wiped out because I accidentally hit DELETE. Or because a nasty bug ate my computer. Here’s my list of things I do to avoid that apocalypse.

1. When we go somewhere – I hide my laptop in odd places in the house in case of robbers.
2.  I carry a usb stick with me everywhere with copies of everything Im working on in case the house burns down and the computer goes up in smoke.
3. I created a storage email account and regularly email myself updated copies of writing work in progress in case somebody steals my purse with the usb in it.
4.  I have a Dropbox account and store impt files in there too.
5. I regularly save everything onto a backup hard drive. I hide that hard drive in different random places. Then I forget where I hid it..but its still a good idea!
Things I Havent Done but I Probably Should.
1. Get a safety deposit box somewhere like in the movies. Leave instructions for it in my will. (Which I dont have. Because Im too busy/lazy/young to make a will dammit.)
2. Dig a hole in the ground, line it with waterproof stone and store files in it. Maybe a hole on a hill like Cumorah…
3. Go hardcore and tattoo info and entire books all over my body like that cute and clever dude in Prison Break.

What do you do to backup your files and save them from robbers/viruses/fires/earthquakes/zombies? Please share your ideas!

  • Dana

    Ha! I also hide important things in random places around my house in efforts to out smart the three little “aiku” I call my children (because Lord knows they get into EVERYTHING!). When the time comes for me to use these important things that I’ve hidden I can never remember where I put them. Then I think to myself “Damn, I’m good! I’ve hidden it so well that I can’t even find it!”. I also hide things under the mattress 😉

    May 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm
  • Sylvie

    Lani, I’d suggest getting a 200 GB iCloud account. It’s only $3.99 a month and you can store so much there. I back up all my devices (Apple Mac) there. It’s very secure and I know I can download my data again anytime I need to do so. I think it’s worth it for the peace of mind.
    Blessings, SylvieI think it’s worth it for the peace of mind.

    May 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm
  • Dave

    An online backup service. There are several well-known, lots less-known.
    Google “online backup” and take your pick!

    May 9, 2015 at 1:36 am
  • Dolores Trujillo

    I back files up in my cloud account. Where that cloud is hovering, I never know… I am also a fan of sending emails to myself or taking pictures of websites or important info/documents/order numbers for online shopping and storing them on my cell phone

    May 9, 2015 at 8:33 am
  • vaee

    Haha..USB stick and email good idea but hide backup copy and etc in different places, yet I end up not remembering where the heck it is! Lol @ reference to PrisonBreak,tattoo everything on a cute dude.

    May 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm
  • Delle

    Best lines of defense 1) inconspicuous house – shoddy paint, rusted tin roof, probably has nothing of value inside 2) mean dogs – 24/7 surveillance 3) laundry hamper – no one is going to want to check your laundry for anything (wrap item in plastic bag first, lol). As for backups I use google drive, its free. Movies and and music can be replaced.

    May 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm
  • Fred Radewagen

    Get a cloud backup service like Carbonite. %US5/month. Backs up all your files constantly. You can access and download the from any computer when you are traveling.

    May 10, 2015 at 2:28 am
  • Claudine

    Not being sarcastic (because your sarcasm just killed all the sarcasm in the world ahahah) but i would definitely ask Moroni to help me hide it, since he did a really good job with the (Gold)en plates.

    May 14, 2015 at 12:31 am

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