Planning and structure

How do I protect my work?

“I remember reading an article which said that over 100,000 laptop and desktop computers were destroyed by lightning every year in the United States. That made me think. And that’s not counting computer viruses, faulty disks, burglary and fire. They say you should always keep a copy of your manuscript in the freezer because that’s the last place to burn down. Certainly you should always try to keep an uptodate copy in a different building altogether.”

“In the midst of the heatwave we had a freak storm. The windows were open, the wind blew the curtains, and the curtains wrapped around the bamboo shoots, which were in a vase of water. The vase tipped over and the water completely destroyed the computer. We did find a man who was able to retrieve some of the files, but at great expense.”