The evening started out to be so productive. I cleared out a bunch of email and started typing up the twelve handwritten pages of the Fayubi and Jor scene. But after a page or so I took a break to open an emailed file from church and post part of the contents on the St. Michael's news blog.
Two hours later, I'd force ended MS Word, AOL, a CD burning program, PhotoStudio, Firefox and probably Paint; burned three CDs full of recent photos, deleted a bunch of those same recent photos to clear about a GB of space on the hard drive; and finally turned off the computer rather than shutting it down. All of this activity was basically just to get Word to start responding again by freeing up RAM and disk space. It didn't work.
Fortunately, autosave had all my text I'd typed for the scene, but the church bulletin was another matter. "Recover text from any file" gave me a document thousands of pages long. The most readable part looked like this:
Yeah, that's helpful.
Dang it. Even the photo editing tonight was unsatisfactory.