So I was cleaning out an old email account, when I came across a cover I'd made for one of my epic fantasy WIPs. I used to play around with Photoshop a lot (back when I still had it *cries*) and had a blast combining different images and elements to create mock covers for my works. (Note, I didn't create any of the specific images in this cover, I just combined them with various elements and designs to create the overall piece. Credit where credit's due, but alas, I can't remember where I found the images, which is why this is just for fun.)
And then it got me thinking about all the random creations I've lost over the years...due to computer crashes or lost spiral notebooks or a box of old printed manuscripts vanishing in a move to a new apartment. I still have my first broken laptop tucked away in my closet, and on it is all the outlining and writing I did on my original magnum opus I started years ago. There's still a fun story to be told from those notes, I'm sure, but I for the life of me can not remember how the story was supposed to go without them, and I've yet to find someone able to recover the files from that particular harddrive. I hold onto it anyways, just in case.
So how about you guys? Any of you have any vanished masterpieces you've lost and been unable to recover, or that you know are still lurking around somewhere if you can just remember where you put those notes or saved those chapters? Or have you ever stumbled across something you created years ago and totally forgot about until it popped up again unexpectedly?