Writer Who Didn’t Back Up His Hard Drive Lost Entire Book

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esteban-esposito - July 28, 2015

Sometimes the smartest guy you know is also the biggest idiot that you know. It's been said Einstein couldn't change a lightbulb. Whether or not that is true, he probably put ketchup on his hotdogs and failed at several more of life's basic tasks while developing the theory of relativity. 

Hence is the case with David Paul Kuhn, whose political novel "What Makes It Worthy" was recently published to rave reviews. 

As it turns out Kuhn once had the entire novel done, at which point his computer screwed up and he lost the whole kit and caboodle, forcing him to rewrite it. 

"In 2012, I lost the entire novel to a Microsoft Word bug. The day I lost it was the day I said to my wife's little sister, ‘I'm done!' And then I saw 113,000 words just turn to asterisks. All because I didn't do the automatic updates."

Let that be a lesson. If you're an eccentric smart guy who lacks common sense, hire a cute sophomore from the business college to run your life for you. It's totally worth the money. In fact you can't put a price on losing a painstakingly crafted book because you didn't think to back up the data. At least he got the book done, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have recurring dreams about how much better the first version was. Stop punching yourself, it's been three years. 

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