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Backing up your creations

February 28, 2009

Sam the Koala has become famous, an image of hope from the Victorian bushfires. Hey, she even got to be on cover on the bushfire appeal CD released by Sony.


Last night Karina sent me a Powerpoint presentation – a slideshow of Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden before the bushfire roared through on February 7. Watching it made me cry, knowing that these beautiful works of arts, so lovingly integrated into the landscape, have been destroyed.


This is just one image from the garden.  I can’t imagine how gut-wrenching it would be to have your life’s work destroyed but the artist Bruno Torfs has vowed to rebuild. You can help out by ordering a coffee table book, or the documentary DVD, or even making a  donation. Visit his website for details and many more images.

As a writer, I am lucky. I have the option to make multiple copies of my work, to back up on external drives, flash drives, CD, email copies to myself – the backup options are numerous. But how do you backup a sculpture? I guess artists like Rodin made moulds and cast several copies from the mould, but when something is sculpted by hand, it is unique. No back-up possible.

So with this timely warning, I have backed up the latest version of Reality Check (and the wordles I have made).


Thanks to my writing appointments on Write or Die, the words continue to grow despite my head cold, and Reality Check has approximately 2.5 chapters left until I can declare the first draft complete. And I am really looking forward to that moment, though I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to my characters.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2009 3:44 pm

    Hi Diane,
    What a great post, and yes, it is easy for writers to back up their work. How unimaginable to have something like that happen to an artist or anyone who hasn’t got back up.

    Suz 🙂

  2. Karina permalink
    March 1, 2009 8:36 pm

    I am so glad someone thought to keep a photographic record of the enchanting garden. I just wept at every photo. It was like a figment of a childs imagination, an Enid Blyton wonderland of fantasy.

    • dianecurran permalink*
      March 1, 2009 9:17 pm

      I sent the powerpoint presentation to my writers group, and one of the writers sent me a reply to say that she’d been to Bruno’s Gardens several times, and it was even better than the photos.

  3. Mike permalink
    March 4, 2009 2:58 am

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

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