I've been writing for long enough now that I've spanned several computers. Five, I think. I went searching the other day for an old play that was lots of fun - "The Frontier Wish". I found it! A few computers ago.
Sure, I've backed everything up in various methods. Floppy disks, colorful hard disks, CD's, 64 megabyte flash drives, and even 'the cloud'. (Although I'm still not sure about that one...) But today, I decided it was time to spend some time in consolidation.
I went to my favorite office supply store (and had to leave the car running so the battery wouldn't die on me). I ran inside and quickly perused the flash drive aisle. Amazing! Shocking! Science Fiction! Huge amounts of gigabytes on tiny little decorative ornaments. For cheap! There were skateboards, turtles, monkeys, TV characters, flowers, food items, and tiny little colorful rectangular prisms.
I finally, (after about 45 seconds - remember the car running outside) decided on a small, blue, slightly concave box. The cap on the USB end is bigger than the drive itself. 8 GB. $6.99. I hurried through the checkout and on my way.
All of my writing, from years and years and drafts and drafts, will fit in that tiny little box. With room for at least twenty more year's worth. Now, if I can just keep from losing the itty-bitty thing...
Writing for children is a passion - along with reading kid's books, writing plays for kids, and teaching kids how to write!