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Well, Damn

Sometimes I hate Live Journal.

I've been working all day on a new post, a long long long look back on the year that is ending, and all the things that happened in it, the good and the bad.

I know, I know. I should have broken it up. Made it three posts, or four.

But I didn't, and somehow I lost it.

No problem, I figured. LJ has a "restore previous draft" function.

Sadly, however, when I use it, I get a short two paragraph post that I started last night and then abandoned, after deciding I didn't want to post about that after all.

Today's post, the long long long long one (and it wasn't finished), seems to have vanished into the ether, and I can't get it back.

Nor do I have the energy (or time) to recreate it.

Hell of a way to end the year.



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Dec. 31st, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I try to save what I'm writing directly on the internet in different forms, something like that *always* happens...
Anyway, I hope you won't lose the post for 2017! I hope it will be longer! Happy New Year, sir!
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year
Sometimes the possibility of a thing makes the reader imagine even more... so, in my mind, it was the greatest end-of-year post ever.
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
Lost chapters
Have you ever lost any chapter from Winds? Screen it lol

Edited at 2016-01-01 12:20 am (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2016 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: Lost chapters
Never. And you know why? Because I write my fiction with WordStar 4.0 on a DOS machine. Stable as a rock, with none of the glitches of Windows-based systems.
RE: Re: Lost chapters - Caroline Rouleau - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - gman109 - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - tmobsessed - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - mrwho995 - Jan. 1st, 2016 03:26 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - grrm - Jan. 1st, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - Snufkin - Jan. 1st, 2016 04:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - ixious - Jan. 1st, 2016 05:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - presidenttrump - Jan. 1st, 2016 07:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - grrm - Jan. 1st, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Lost chapters - Adelina Popescu - Jan. 1st, 2016 10:06 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Lost chapters - twirlcan - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Lost chapters - Del Brummet - Jan. 1st, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Nothing to apologise for! Happy new year from Norway!

Edited at 2015-12-31 11:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)

Don't you just love tech? 😱
Hope you have a wonderful new year all the same! =^.^= (and less tech glitches in 2016...)

Christian McIntire
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Jack Williamson
I seem to recall Jack saying something about his transition to writing on a computer.

His wife, Blanche, walked past his desk carrying aluminum Christmas garland and somehow the static buildup and her proximity wiped an entire story he was working on.
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
You can still give us the "tl;dr" part of it.
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, most people on the internet seem to be seeing the funny side of it!

I've gotta say it, this is why people use word processors!
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
So frustrating. My faith in LJ is low enough that I developed the habit of writing longer posts in a word processing program and copying it over for this very reason.

Happy New Year, may 2016 be glitch-free.
Jan. 1st, 2016 04:32 am (UTC)

I do the same thing. LJ hates me.

Matthew DiGiacomo
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
This has to be a joke post right? George you know your fandom was waiting all day for this post, hoping for news on you know what and all you manage is "Sorry". Come on, youd think we would deserve better than that.
Jan. 1st, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
No joke. Sorry.
Don't be sorry. - Zachary Basanese - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:25 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Christian Bond - Jan. 1st, 2016 06:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Its ok - Ahsan Syed - Jan. 1st, 2016 01:58 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Caroline Rouleau - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:21 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - DabuLuvsJonclyn - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:38 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Hugo Pereira - Jan. 1st, 2016 05:03 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Bennett Barnes - Jan. 1st, 2016 05:23 am (UTC) - Expand
really dude - Matthew Noel - Jan. 1st, 2016 05:55 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Dennis Reynolds - Jan. 1st, 2016 07:09 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - David Rosenblatt - Jan. 1st, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Um... - robertthetoth - Jan. 1st, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Barry Schwartz
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
The tale grew in the telling. Both teams played hard.
Katrice Thomas Leach
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
That always sucks
Sorry to hear, as i always enjoy your posts. Even the ones about the stinkin' Jets. Hoping for an incredibly awesome New Year for you. ❤
Vincent Amendolare
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Very annoying
As long as nothing like that happens with Winds, we forgive you. ;)
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, do I feel your pain. I've done that on more than one occasion, usually when trying to explain some complicated rules issue in WSFS. Sympathy.
J Deas
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
George, thanks for taking the time even if we didn't get to see it. Cheers to you, and I hope 2016 is amazing and inspiring for you! :)
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
So it goes...
Becca Darling
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Things happen, don't worry!
Tomorrow is a new year, with a fresh start. I hope next year is rewarding for you in every way.

Go have a glass of wine and relax tonight, human error happens!
Caroline Rouleau
Jan. 1st, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
RE: Things happen, don't worry!
Upvote! George is constantly writing, if he is tired and needs tonight off, sobeit. Personally, Ive been waiting for a real Winds update since 2012(whenever Dance came out) and I dont want GRRM stressedwhen he needs to be with family celebrating yhe New Year.
RE: Things happen, don't worry! - James Mitchell - Jan. 1st, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
I recommend using Google Documents. Your drafts will always be automatically saved online.
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful New Year anyhow!!
Darrell Walker
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year
Wanted to wish you a very happy new year . Ill be coloring tonight from my christmas present to myself . Thank you for ASOIAF , A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and the world of ice and Fire . I have found great pleasure in annoying my relatives who only watch the show it made christmas fun :)
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Well, Damn
Well, Damn.

Dec. 31st, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin,

That must feel incredibly frustrating to go through that. Live Journal has a lot of improvements to be made, and updated saves on typed posts would go a long way toward preventing this type of event. Have you considered cloud systems like Google Drive that save your work as you go?

As a dear, long-term fan of you and your works, I was wondering if there was any way you could post a short, concise review of what you had to say, even if it doesn't necessarily come today. I'm sure we all would appreciate anything, even if it isn't the long and complete update you were planning on posting. Have a great New Year's Eve!

Edited at 2015-12-31 11:59 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: :(
Well, the system does have regular saves, and usually "Restore" will bring them back. But today, for whatever reason, it does not bring back today's post but the one I aborted last night.
RE: Re: :( - Lea Stefani - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:22 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: :( - Caroline Rouleau - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: :( - DabuLuvsJonclyn - Jan. 1st, 2016 02:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Request for Updates - DruWithaU - Jan. 1st, 2016 04:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: :( - marybcos - Jan. 1st, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
I've had this happen so many times on the blog as well. For very long posts I normally Copy+Paste into Word or Notepad at periodic intervals.
Jan. 1st, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
I'd write in Notepad (or Wordstar) and then paste into LJ
(no subject) - chris_warrior - Jan. 1st, 2016 05:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
Real sorry. A lot of people were really looking forward to that post. Do you still plan on saying a little thing about the book or should we wait till next year?

So Spake Martin about the Giants: Life is pain and filled with suffering.

EDIT: Also, I'm sorry I forgot -- Happy New Year! :D

Edited at 2016-01-01 05:36 am (UTC)
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