The Importance of Backups & A Disaster Recovery Plan

I come from the IT profession. Twenty-some odd years of it, to be exact. And the one mistake I see people repeatedly make is not backing up their data. The number one excuse? Time. Second? They don't know how, so ignorance is bliss. Listen up. It's not a matter of when your hard drive fails. … Continue reading The Importance of Backups & A Disaster Recovery Plan


Getting SuperGeeky: Paperless Workflow w/ my Mac & Hazel

I've posted a few posts early last year on going paperless. Why go paperless? I hate filing. I love to geek. I love the environment. I despise clutter. For the extra geeky, and for those with a Mac, read how I automatically scan, then have my Mac name, file, sort, and mark documents for possible … Continue reading Getting SuperGeeky: Paperless Workflow w/ my Mac & Hazel

Going Paperless: Data Security

Okay, so you've eliminated junk mail, opted out for all those credit cards, and set up a small portable file system to help you manage all incoming paper. You've decided on a file naming convention. Now what? Before you sign on for on-line bill pay and eBills, consider how you'll protect your data. I mean, … Continue reading Going Paperless: Data Security

Going Paperless: Digital File Keeping

Short post this week as I'm knee deep in the new manuscript. On my last paperless post, I mentioned a few baby steps to help get you started. I'll expand on that this week. Before you get started with scanning, you'll want an idea of how and where to keep all those digital copies. What … Continue reading Going Paperless: Digital File Keeping

Tools of the Trade: Dropbox

I spend months working on a manuscript. The last thing I want is to have my computer's drive die, or just as bad, rewrite entire scenes and then realize I didn't save the previous version anywhere. And let's get one thing straight - drives die. It's not a 2% or a 5% chance, but 100%. … Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Dropbox