Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Forsaken Empire Origins

Recently, I was searching for copies of my original files for The Genesis Trilogy (see previous posts) when I came across copies of my first book, my apprenticeship book, laboriously stored on 3.5-inch "floppy" disks. Who remembers those compact floppies and the original floppies? Ancient history, right?

Deservedly so.
Forsaken Empire Origins

Four 3.5 compact disks held my single precious manuscript in backup, just in case our PC crashed and offered only the heart-stopping blue screen of writing death. Actually, I might be guilty of using as many as 12 disks to back up my massive tome. Excessive? Perhaps. However, because my research involved reading more than 300 books I'd either purchased or borrowed from the regional library when the fledgling worldwideweb couldn't provide answers to my authorly questions concerning all things medieval, the prospect of losing my work induced nightmares.

Nowadays, my nightmares involve storing info in The Cloud (aren't thunderstorms possible?) as well as emails and random thumb drives--all more convenient than my vintage 3.5 compact disks. Even so, these 3.5 inch babies make me smile. After all, they hold the framework for my current Forsaken Empire series. Thankfully, I've managed to protect my PC's files for more than two decades, because .... I no longer have a computer capable of reading these shiny little disks.

Does anyone still use these?


Jan Hall said...

I recently bought an external 3 1/2 inch floppy drive to access some info I had stored on small disks and to be able to reformat disks with personal info.

Amanda Geaney said...

I don't think we have any more of them around. What we do have are the brains to at least 3 long deceased laptops. Every once in awhile I need an old photo or file off them.

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Hi, Jan! I didn't think that any 3.5 disk drives still existed, so I didn't bother to look. When I read your comment, I found and bought one. Thank you so much! We found a few mysterious disks we'd love to look into. Who knows. I might find notes for another book. Hehehehe!

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Amanda, I've been a fanatic in backing up all my most ancient documents on my PCs, but I've always hated to wipe out a hard drive, even when I know I won't use it again. Glad I'm not the only one who saves them. :)

Sparks of Ember said...

I'm pretty sure I still have a few of those 3.5 disks floating around. I wish I still had a floppy, just so I could show my daughter and nieces and blow their minds. This must be what my parents felt like when they told me about 8-tracks. ;)

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Sparks of Ember, I remember 8-tracks! They didn't last for long. :) I wonder if we have any in storage? It is fun to see littles trying to figure out the low-tech options from years ago.