Francine - harvest
I Blame the Dutch mpoetess
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E-mail.

The one freaking thing I forgot to back up before reformatting my hard drive. Because I always use webmail, and I *forgot* that I had three. bleeding. years. worth of e-mail downloaded to Eudora, in order to finally clean out my webmail folders.

Every piece of feedback since 2000 (up to sometime early this year). Every e-mail exchanged with zortified or wolfling [for some reason I hadn't downloaded those yet] or Saber... every original piece of CG feedback, back when I was writing it and people actually had things to say besides "Hey, are you ever going to continue this?"

*poit*

Vanished.

Fuck.

[screaming crying fit]

giogio

2003-08-13 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

*cries for you*

I've got e-mail dating back 10 years in my archive... it's moved computers in plain text files several times and the really important bits are printed out as well.

mpoetess

2003-08-13 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ironically, the stuff that doesn't matter quite so much -- places where my fic is archived, awards/contest stuff, general e-mails about my site that aren't about one specific story -- I hadn't yet downloaded and still have them. It's the conversations with individual people, and the feedback for specific stories, that's getting me. That's like... the proof that I've been here, you know? And for all I write these days, sometimes it feels like my little stash of Bitter Old Fic Hag feedback is the only thing I've got.