Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Miracle at the Pinkstons

Another episode in the soap opera that is my life . . .
Remember last week?

Well, this is what I look like today:

Not the red hair, but I'm definitely crying happy tears.

I shall explain.

After discovering that the flash drive I used was corrupt, I sent it off to a data recovery company in Florida. They were awesome and they did the best they could, but they told me a little while ago that they didn't think they would be able to help me. I tried not to get too down, but it was hard.

I did have an earlier version of the story burned onto a disk and I decided to pull it up and see how much work I would have to do to bring it back to how it was. I put the disk into the drive and went into my computer, and somehow clicked on the wrong thing. Up came a drive I didn't know existed, and there, sitting there, in all its glory, was THE BOOK.

I'm still in shock. We looked all over this computer. I looked everywhere I could think of. My husband looked all over the place. We thought the computer had been wiped clean. Not so -- the book was still there. That's right, the one I've been working on for years, the one that had hundreds of hours of research. The one that it would be almost impossible to recreate.

We had been told through countless prayers that the file would be recovered. When the guy in Florida told me that it wasn't possible, I was really wondering if I had completely misunderstood those peaceful feelings of the Spirit. Not so -- the answer just came in a different way than we had expected.

Miracles happen, guys -- they really do.

29 comments:

Jaime Theler said...

That's great! I am beyond thrilled for you!

Anne Bradshaw said...

This is such a thrill to read, Tristi! I've felt heart-sick every time I've thought about you and your lost work.

What a blessing. Your family will remember this miracle throughout their lives.

Shirley Bahlmann said...

Wow, Tristi, your story gives me warm fuzzies. Sometimes it's hard for me to believe in miracles, but your story makes me look up toward the heavens and say, "Oorah!"

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Tristi -

How FABULOUS! I'm so totally excited you found it. I can imagine the relief you're feeling.

BTW - I should have followed your advice about backing up in a more timely manner. My laptop crashed and went to laptop Heaven in the middle of printing stuff for DB. Really, really bad. We're still working on recovering our stuff. I may need some names of places to send the hard drive to. :)

Candace E. Salima said...

Hallelujah! I am so excited for you. This is me, doing the happy dance. Yahoo!

Marta O. Smith said...

Wow, Tristi! What a miracle! I think this book is meant to be published. I look forward to adding it to my complete, autographed Pinkston collection.

Karlene said...

That's so wonderful!

Katie Parker said...

Yay! A miracle indeed! Glad you got your book back.

Holly said...

Woo hoo!!! I am so happy for you.

Annette Lyon said...

YES!!! I hope you can get the rest of your files back, but this is definitely HUGE! Congrats!

Linda Adams said...

WAY cool!! Congratulations - and so glad when promptings work out like that... they usually do. :)

Linda Adams said...

WAY cool!! Congratulations - and so glad when promptings work out like that... they usually do. :)

Rebecca Talley said...

Wow--that is soooo wonderful. I'm so happpy for you!

Liz Adair said...

What a happy ending, Tristi! We've all been sick about this, and I for one am determined to learn from your scary experience.

Liz Adair said...

This is wonderful news, Tristi. I've been just sick about what happened to you, and I'm determined to learn from your scare.

Shellie said...

Whew!!! Thank the Lord! I am so thrilled for you!

Tamra Norton said...

YAY! When I read this today I backed up my WIP manuscript in your honor! :)

Honestly--I'm VERY happy for you!

Carroll said...

I know all too well the feeling a writer gets when something he/she has worked on for months (if not years) disappears. In my case, a book was lost and gone forever, like Darling Clementine.

But I've also had minor miracles when smaller hunks of text seemingly lost in cyberspace miraculously reappeared. There's no way to express the relief and gratitude. I bet you're still walking on air!

Lee Ann Setzer said...

Woohoo! I'm so glad your "baby" isn't lost!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I've been worried about you. I'm so happy to hear you didn't lose the book.

Don said...

I don't know. This sounds a lot like deus ex machina....

As you can tell, we are all very happy for you!

Dan and Wendy said...

That's great news Tristi. For all of the good that you do for others, serves you right that you get some back on this one.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Awesome!!!! I'm SO happy for you!

Josi said...

Wow, that's amazing. Big congrats!

berlinwritergirl said...

That is so cool. Power of prayer!

violetlady said...

That is so incredible. How awful to have lost all that work. The Lord works in mysterious ways. But -- what is a flash drive??

ali said...

Hallejuiah! I am SO happy for you Tristi! YAY oh YAY!!

Janette Rallison said...

I feel your pain and your joy! I thought my hard drive crashed once taking a story with it and I felt physically ill. In fact, I felt so ill that even after my husband was able to salvage the stuff (probably a half an hour later) I still felt sick. It took my body a while longer to recover than my spirit did.

Anyway, big sigh of relief for you!

Jen said...

I am so glad you didn't lose it!

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