I have a folder (in iA Writer) where all my journal entries, like this one, start out. Each entry is a text file, its contents being plain text with Markdown syntax. I like Markdown, it’s versatile enough for me, and works well with online publishing due to its HTML-y nature.

I couldn’t find yesterday’s journal entry in my folder, nor the one for the day before. Things like these are always scary, because of file sync and the risks of something sinister overwriting your stuff. I use iCloud for these things, because Dropbox has yet to properly support the iOS file system. If the files were in Dropbox, I’d have version support, but iCloud lack this. I wasn’t freaking out over the missing files or anything, they’re published online after all, but if they could disappear, so could a manuscript.


I found the files in the end. They were in the file list, exactly where they should be. There wasn’t an issue at all. It was just me being an idiot, still writing 2018 in the file names and titles, thus them being sorted as such.

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Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!