Sandra

Sandra

Female
Location
Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
Stupidly, I've wiped my laptop in an attempt to get it to re-start. Not all backed up (obviously!!) but biggest loss is Scrivener. Does anyone know if what was on there is held somewhere in some sort of Cloud?
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  • Are you a ...?
    Self-published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Crime
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    John Lawton, Dorothy Dunnett, Ajay Close, C Brookmyre, Peter Temple, S.J.Bolton, Declan Hughes, William McIlvannay, Adrian McKinty, Karen Campbell, Andrew Greig, A.L.Kennedy etc.etc.
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Laidlaw; Troy series; Lymond saga; Dirt Music; Broken Shore; Borders trilogy; The wrong kind of blood; The shiny narrow grin; We that were young ; The Cutting Room; Dead Sharp (Len Wanner); How to paint a dead man; Sheer Blue Bliss, Electric Brae. GWTW,
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    For readers to be able to forget themselves in my characters; to give them the sort of joyous transportation that so many books give me.
    Your worst habit?
    Preferring to read rather than eat (or feed my family).
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    In my office at home (but wrote one novel while riding pillion around the Highlands & Islands.)
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    'Published' in anthologies, and self-published - nothing paid for! I'm also an artist so I like (need to/insist on) designing my own covers, and have illustrated a couple.

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    Sandra
    Sandra Stupidly, I've wiped my laptop in an attempt to get it to re-start. Not all backed up (obviously!!) but biggest loss is Scrivener. Does anyone know if what was on there is held somewhere in some sort of Cloud?
    14 days ago
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    • J.net
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      J.net Only just seen this, Sandra - how awful. Hope this run of bad luck ends some time soon.
      12 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff So sorry Sandra. My version of Scrivener saves into folders in my documents and I would think that was standard. Maybe someone more technically minded than me might be able to help you retrieve your files??
      13 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine it backs itself up automatically but unless you've specified a cloud location, I think it defaults to your documents. That's very sucky. But I'm sure some techy person would be able to restore your files.
      13 days ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD The files should still be somewhere on the hard drive - which may be more retrievable than you think - though you might need a specialist to fish it out. But unless you configured it to save automatically to Dropbox or similar, then it wouldn't automatically be saved there.
      13 days ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD https://www.steve-hopstaken.com/blog/2015/12/3/how-to-use-dropbox-to-keep-your-scrivener-projects-backed-up
      13 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen When you say ‘wiped’ what did you do?
      13 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra I re-booted, having spent days trying to get it to start after an update. Am hoping to find a hard-drive detective tomorrow.
      13 days ago
    • Barny
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      Barny Don’t do anything which modifies the hard drive - don’t copy things on there, don’t edit anything, don’t turn it on! - basically it’s advisable not to use it at all to give the maximum chance of recovering your files
      13 days ago
    • Barny
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      Barny And be very wary of anyone who says they can recover all your files and restore Windows without removing the hard disk from your laptop. You want them to take the disk out, fit a new hard disk in your laptop and recover files from your old hard disk withut modifying it.
      13 days ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone If by wiped you mean that your laptop starts with a clean version of Windows or whatever, but with none of your documents, programmes, email etc. then I think the prognosis is poor. If it doesn't start properly then it's more hopeful. The first case would be your laptop's recovery procedure overwriting everything with a new image of the operating system.
      13 days ago
    • JD
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      JD AlanP was always pretty handy with recovering that sort of stuff. Not seen him about for a bit though.
      13 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Horrors, Sandra! JD, Alan's moved house and is up to his armpits in renovations. He'll spot this sooner or later.
      13 days ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone Recovery from a hard drive is something I've done several times over the years and there are plenty of free and commercial products to help. Recovery relies on the fact that processes such as standard deletion and formatting leave the actual data files alone and simply remove their entries from the table of contents held on the disk. Providing you stop using the hard drive the chances of recovery are good. The problem with using the 'Recovery' process supplied by manufacturers with laptops is that it actually overwrites the data with a new image of the operating system making the prospect of getting the files back poor. Some of the data may still be retrieved after this (except on a modern Solid State Drive) but it is difficult and may well ne unusable anyway.
      13 days ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone If the system hasn't been 'recovered' as I described, then there's a good chance of getting things back. If you don't do it yourself then you'll need somebody with physical access to the laptop.
      13 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Thanks all. It's been delivered to a local bloke and fingers crossed he'll know what he's doing. In the meantime I've USB & Chromebook partially backing up. Can't believe how stupid I was :(
      13 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine fingers and toes crossed for you. x
      13 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Everything crossed here too and hoping you're feeling better as well everyday...
      13 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Crossing fingers. Toes too cold.
      13 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Only just seen this, Sandra - how awful. Hope this run of bad luck ends some time soon.
      12 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Home and slowly recuperating, though brain has turned a bit mushy
    15 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff I've missed something. What's up?
      15 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Been incarcerated in a S African hospital with cellulitis for 9 days
      14 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff OMG Sandra. I had to google it. You poor thing. Sending big hugs and healing wishes
      14 days ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Glad to hear that you're back home now, Sandra. Take it easy and get well soon! x
      14 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Oh, cellulitis is horrible - so glad you are home. Take it very easy while you're getting over it xx
      14 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Pleased you're safely home again. Hope you get better soon. x
      14 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra still bed-ridden in Hermanus fingers crossed back uk Thutra
    20 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Party at yours, then?
      20 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Bedridden? Hope you're OK, Sandra?
      20 days ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Bed-ridden in Hermanus sounds like a good title. Get well soon! Hope you make it home safely.
      20 days ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty If you're bedridden Hermanus isn't a bad place to be, but home is better. Get well soon, Sandra.
      20 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Hope you're starting to feel better, Sandra. Nothing like your own place when you're suffering.
      20 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Come home, Sandra!
      20 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Ah, well ... rainy & cloudy today ... off to see an ex power station and a motorcycle museum :-)
    1 month ago
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    • JB
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      JB Geometry, love it...! It's just killing me this week but I'll take that over a Cat with constipation ;-)
      1 month ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Sounds fun. I'm dealing with a cat with constipation. Want to swap?
      1 month ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Adrenaline junkies. Who knew?
      1 month ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff :-)
      1 month ago
    • JB
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      JB Geometry, love it...! It's just killing me this week but I'll take that over a Cat with constipation ;-)
      1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Sun shine in South Africa - and scarlet bird in the reeds.
    1 month ago
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    • new-bee-author
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      new-bee-author It's a gorgeous place, and no mistake. I try to get there every year if possible to see friends and relations. And of course, wild life!
      1 month ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Could be a red bishop? A species of weaver bird. They're gorgeous.
      1 month ago
    • Julie C
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      Julie C We were in South Africa in October and it was amazing. Saw a weaver bird building its nest from a simple ring, poking reeds through and weaving them in and out. Big cats at Kruger and feeding/stroking orphaned elephants at a centre in Knysna plus whale watching were our highlights. Robben Island was also very thought-provoking. Enjoy!
      1 month ago
    • new-bee-author
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      new-bee-author It's a gorgeous place, and no mistake. I try to get there every year if possible to see friends and relations. And of course, wild life!
      1 month ago
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    Pinkbelt75
    Pinkbelt75 commented on Sandra's wall:
    Cheers Sandra. I'll take a look.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Pinkbelt75's wall:
    Pinks, I think I mentioned this before - 2018 now open open for bookings: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on bazbaron's wall:
    Thanks Baz, photo is Ullapool, last month. Music uploads limited to those of the right dot whatever - I don't seem to have many of those. But Joan Baez - yes indeed.
    1 month ago
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    bazbaron
    bazbaron commented on Sandra's wall:
    Loving the new profile pic and music, Sandra - Joan Baez an old-time great.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on MosquitoFB6's wall:
    Mozz, gorgeous description, depiction of a dreadful scene and an act of horror.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on new-bee-author's Blog "Weird?".
    Similar here - more so to guess the next words over the page - and I suppose that could be a mark against the writer for being predictable (but there a limit, especially to variety for the sake of it).
    1 month ago
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    L.
    L. commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thanks Sandra! Def not getting myself a music box now!
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on L.'s wall:
    Ooh, I thought, remembering my musical box ... but not like this - what an unsettling tale!
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Ha! Just found myself reaching for the coffee just brewed by a character in my wip
    1 month ago
    • sirtanicmills
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      sirtanicmills I'd say you are well into that, Sandra! (Did it taste ok?)
      1 month ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    @ Whisks - "Hear, hear!!"
    1 month ago

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Self-indulgent novelist, writing for my own enjoyment, but wondering whether perhaps I ought to propel myself out of my comfort zone.
I blog, irregularly, at http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.com and also host http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/ - a prompt-led weekly challenge to write 100 words in the noir/sci-fi/fantasy or horror genres, and excellent practice for tightening one's writing.

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  • Pinkbelt75
    by Pinkbelt75 1 month ago
    Cheers Sandra. I'll take a look.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 1 month ago
    Loving the new profile pic and music, Sandra - Joan Baez an old-time great.
  • L.
    by L. 1 month ago
    Thanks Sandra! Def not getting myself a music box now!
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Thank you, Sandra and, as Athers said, right back atcha.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 2 months ago
    Thanks again, Sandra. And right back atcha. That's a very difficult story you posted in the competition. Which of course I loved.
  • Neil Evans
    by Neil Evans 2 months ago
    Excellent entry
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    Thank you, Sandra. :-)
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    Nice comp entry, Sandra, tragic and spooky.
  • L.
    by L. 2 months ago
    A beautiful and tragic competition entry.
  • jkdavies
    by jkdavies 2 months ago
    Loved your Stamford Apple, wonderful metaphors and bittersweet