Monday, November 23, 2015

Jesus Saves . . . Do You?

posted by Michelle Griep
I spent Saturday morning at a coffee shop pounding away at my novel. It's what dutiful writers do. Besides, they have some sweet doughnuts on Saturday mornings that are a-freaking-mazing.

So I'm typing along, la-de-da-de-dah, when blink, blink. Every word in my entire 97,000 word document turns into asterisks, like this: ************************* The whole manuscript. Every word. Not. Even. Kidding.

Let me tell you, that was some panic attack, especially when I found out that there's nothing you can do to recover any of it. Turns out there's a Word 2011 bug, and if you haven't updated in awhile, it can happen to you too. Once it hits, the document it attacks is completely unrecoverable. You can read more about it HERE.

The cure is prevention, and that's what today's post is about. So, attention all you Mac owners that use Word . . . UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE! This bug was fixed in the 14.1.2 update. Once you've updated, you don't have to worry about seeing those nasty asterisks filling your screen.

Fortunately, I had my document saved on another computer at home so all I lost was what I'd written that day. Still, 1,000 words is nothing to sneeze at . . . but it's also nothing to hyperventilate over, either. Word to the wise: take time to save your work. Back-ups are gold. Yes, Jesus saves. You should too.


Ane Mulligan said...

That's exactly why I write in Dropbox. I have it next to Documents and I moved all my files there. So everything saves when I close it or hit save. Then it's in the cloud. I also save in CrashPlan. Two cloud places. And I have my settings set to save every 5 minutes. No way I want that kind of disaster. And yes, I update ALL software when they tell me to. I'm such an obedient little puppy. lol Sorry you had the scare, girl.

Michelle Weidenbenner said...

I don't know how you can make this funny, but you did. Eek! I have a MAC and this is my greatest fear. My computer tells me when I have updates though, and I stop to update. I also loaded Carbonite on my computer. Have you heard of it, and if so what have you heard? Thanks for writing, Michelle. It's always a joy to stop in here when I have a minute.

chappydebbie said...

Oops....good thing the rest of the manuscript is saved, otherwise us readers would have to wait even longer for your book. Sharing so others can be warned.

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