Because these things always happen right before a con, I have a sad story of computer troubles to share today, and it includes the words 'catastrophic hard drive failure'.
The gist is that a freak summer storm completely bricked my hard drive. It's unrecoverable except for some serious NASA-level forensics, which means that I've lost every single Photoshop document I've ever made -- all the large masters of old prints, everything I had in progress for the summer cons -- not to mention years of photos and documents.
(Yes, I had a backup! But in a bizarre streak of bad luck, I had just deleted it to make room for a backup of something else
, as it was outdated and I'd intended to make a more current one. And, I didn't do it in time. Murphy's Law.)
Luckily, I store my print-sized finished work on Dropbox, so I still have the ability to print
everything I've ever printed before. And I'd posted some WIPs on Twitter of stuff I had been working on, so I will be able to partially recover some things. In fact, the Zuko picture I just posted was low-quality lineart I recovered from Twitter, traced, and re-colored! I'll be able to do the same for a Daenerys picture
I almost had finished, after thinking about it stops bringing tears to my eyes.
I've ordered not one, but TWO new Seagate 2T hard drives, which will automatically back up to each other. If one goes down, I'll have a limited amount of time to recover files from the second. This is worth the money, but it wasn't cheap, and it took a chunk out of what we're saving for Baby Meruru's arrival in August.
I'm still on my feet thanks to years of diligent savings, but I would like to take this opportunity to point a big blinking neon light towards my Storenvy Store
, where I sell large prints, postcard sets, and button/magnet sets.
I'd also love to see y'all at one of our upcoming conventions:
Anime Evolution: June 28-30, UBC
MiniComi: July 6, UBC
SummerFest: July 20, SFU
Cos & Effect: August 9-11, UBC
Anime Revolution: August 16-18, Vancouver Convention Centre
GeekGirlCon (tentative): October 19-20, Seattle Convention Centre
And please, please
, go back up your files and have a stiff drink for me!</p>