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Catastrophe! My book is lost!

FML!! I cried. I researched and came up with NOTHING! It is gone. All gone.

50% my fault, and 50% Microsoft's fault!

My writing set up:
Microsoft Word Android App
Microsoft OneDrive upload
on my Asus ZenPad 10

And that's it. I didn't backup to Google Drive, didn't have a copy of the file (not that I knew of), NOTHING!

My tablet hasn't been on Wi-Fi in months, since December when I finished the book. I had been doing all of my edits offline, but in an online file. So, what happens when I finally connect to Wi-Fi???

OneDrive reverts my edited file back to the damn last online file from December!!

This is a horrible Microsoft glitch and I HATE them for it. I was thinking that my edits would upload and replace the outdated file. WRONG! I still don't understand fully why OneDrive did that, but


Thank God I wanted to hear my book read out loud to me, so I copied it to the Asus SuperNote program months ago(which doesn't read outloud BTW) So, I have my edited version, but without the fine tuning editing I had did. Also, it was TORTURE to copy and paste 198 pages from SuperNote back to Microsoft Word. Why did I have to spend over an hour doing that Asus? It was so tedious, but I was determined.

The entire file is stripped of basic formatting: italics, centered text. So I have to do all that shit again. I have to do another run through, and see if I can remember what the hell I changed and if some of it that I remember is there or can be put there 😠😠😠

Now from my horrible mistake I have a new setup. I am still using Word and OneDrive because they are integrated super well, but I use them differently. I will now edit a file that is saved on the device, backed up on the sdcard, uploaded to OneDrive, then Google Drive, and finally emailed to myself.

Something similar happened to me over a decade ago(a file got corrupted on my PC, again Microsoft Word), which is why I got in the habit of emailing my files to myself. Emails never delete. Again, learn from my mistakes:

  1. Work with a file saved to the device
  2. Save the changes to the sdcard
  3. Upload the device file to OneDrive
  4. Upload the device file to Google Drive
  5. E-mail the file to yourself

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