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  • The pain of lost creativity is difficult to overcome. My former laptop fried 3 hard drives over the course of 18 months. And I would say for no reason except, to be honest, I dropped it off my shoulder once when I was trying to carry too many things (which may have included a cup of coffee), and it landed on the ceramic floor of the coffee shop. Even though I stopped it from hitting the floor too hard (by trying to catch it with my foot-old soccer habits die hard), even in its protective case inside my briefcase, the lid came apart just a smidgen, and a smidgen is all it takes for dust to get in there and land on the hard drive and somehow eat away at it until it doesn't even recognize itself and the data is gone, lost, irretrievable. Crushing. Anyone, especially IT guys, will tell you to back up everything while you work (Control/command S), but once a week was about all I remembered to back up the system itself.

    Sometimes the gods wrestle control from us mere humans, and no matter what we do or intend to do, we suffer a loss of data - songs, photos, writing, and in my case, a whole week of a revision on a novel. My IT guy at work tried to get it back but couldn't. I chalked it up to the gods telling me to start fresh, that the revision was lousy, but I couldn't even open the novel files for several weeks. I finally moved on, but never could recreate the chapter I wrote that week, the one that I thought was brilliant! (but it flowed so well!...).

    Unfortunately, we artists never stop feeling the loss of the data, the moment, the opportunity. Philosophically, it was meant to be... yeah yeah yeah, but for the creative spirit, the muse, the idea that forms into a sentence we can live with or even like a lot, those moments are few and special. I read these stories and am impressed and moved by how many insights are produced every hour, how many pictures tell a story, how many writers and photographers and storytellers find just that right inspiration and the right words to speak/write to reach me and others through this vehicle. It's a miracle that I hope keeps happening.
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