Lost story found!
Shortly after Dave wrote “Plainview” and its sequel “The Blood Cools,” both published in the December, 2010 issue of Crimewave, I was inspired to write a story which fell in between them chronologically. A “tweenquel,”of sorts, it was called “So Long, Al.” In it, the Plainview police chief was retiring with a single regret: he never brought that killer to justice.
It was close to being finished, but still had a few gaps to fill. Then the unthinkable happened: my hard drive crashed. I regret to say I wasn’t a dedicated backer-upper in those days. Thinking it lost forever, I confessed my crime to Dave, and imagined him sighing with relief. Well, that’s not accurate; he was actually encouraging me to write it!
A few days ago, I was cleaning out the cabinet above my computer, and I happened upon an old flash drive tucked way back behind some CDs and manuals. I mean, it was old – a 132-megger. I plugged it in, and to my surprise, “So Long, Al” appeared. I immediately emailed the file to Dave, entrusting him as my extra-safe backup. Hopefully, after we finish “A Killing Snow,” I can return to it.
Moral of the story: well, it’s obvious. And I do. Back up my stuff now. Come to think of it, I sort of did then.