Obviously this is not a chapter.
I have a roommate who was having computer issues. I lent her my flash drive, where I saved all my unfinished story chapters, plot bunnies, research, everything on. I was thinking, since I've seen author's notes all the time who have lost all their work and had to start over. I thought, by saving it on a flash drive, that that would never happen to me. I literally only saved word documents and pictures. But then I lend my roommate my flash drive and the stupid bitch of a tech she called to helps formats my flash drive, despite being told not to because a warning message said I'd lose all my files. And then I spent four hours trying to contact anybody in Microsoft with brains, only to be told they don't have the technical skills required to recover my files and that and I quote "to be honest, once you have formatted your files on your flash drive there is no way to recover it manually."
News flash assholes, I didn't. One of your agents screwed up and you're not doing a damn thing to fix it.
So despite my best efforts to never be in this situation, I find myself here none the less, having to rebrainstorm, replot, and basically rewrite 11 currently in progress stories and one that I had start and wasn't ready to post yet.
This is really frustrating, because I honestly just found the time and motivation to sit down and write again after everything that happened with my dad, and now I have to start over.
So, if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I have to start from scratch. Because I can't afford to pay Best Buy $250 to ship my flash drive out for recovery for several weeks with no guarantee that they can recover my files.
I feel horrible. I had a good cry fest over it. But my hands are tied. I found a local computer repair store will to give it a try for $100, which is better but still pretty steep at the moment. And honestly, if it came down to that, I'd rather start over again and not spend so much money.
I just . . . bear with me please. If any of you write or know someone that does, tell them to back up their files. This is the most soul crushing feeling.