As far as I know, as of writing this entry, the final update for the intermission should be posted by tonight. It’s about time that it goes up since I really need to get back to the main storyline again and get that finished up… however, I think I have two fifths left to go for it, if not more.

I didn’t intend to be this late with it – stuff caught up with me. I moved out of my university dormitories on Friday, and after that (and all of the unpacking that entailed) I completely lost track of time.

And then there was my computer.

I upgraded my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 yesterday. I’ve had Windows 10 on my laptop for months (also an upgrade – that one went from 8.1 which I loathed), so I figured it’ll be just fine.

Ha. Hahahahahaha. No.

I didn’t know I was logged into a temporary profile, and me being a dumbass moved all my files into the temporary profile’s documents/pictures/music/etc. folders. And then I noticed a problem with the audio driver, so I did the thing (you delete the driver, and reinstall it and usually it fixes it) and after restarting the computer, ended up in the not-temporary profile associated with my Microsoft account.

Fun fact: when you log out of a temporary account, everything you did in there gets deleted. Did I know this? No, I didn’t. Imagine my confusion when I discovered that I had somehow gained 500 gigabytes of disk space.

So for four hours, I did everything I could to find those missing files – every hidden folder I could open up, I looked for them. Eventually, I gave up and used Recuva, which found almost everything. However, I didn’t need it for everything, because I routinely back up my media to an external hard drive, and all of my current writing projects are on Dropbox or Google Drive or on paper, so it was mostly just a few stray files and some old drafts (from 2006 to 2010). It still took over an hour and a half to go through the list of over 57 000 files and by then, my head and eyes hurt. I had access to the file with the serial in it, but with that many restarts, I was sure I was going to lose something (even though I have Scrivener set to auto-save every minute, just in case). I also very nearly lost my TurboTax files which would have been very bad.

So, don’t be like me. Even if Windows says it won’t remove your files, back them up just in case, because the temporary profile thing (which will delete anything you download or move around) could very well happen to you too. I didn’t have this issue with my laptop, but obviously, it’s a random thing. And Recuva is a good program to use.

Also, I did finally get the audio driver problem fixed. That was probably the least of my troubles yesterday.

So there’s my excuse for not having the update when I planned to have it up. Instead I’m not splitting it at the 1500/2000 word mark (like I usually do to make it less wall of text-y) and just putting it all up at once. After this, we revert back to the original storyline, because wow, I’m behind with that. I’ve got a bit of a rough draft written (like on paper), but I feel like it’s too big of a jump right now so I may have to backpedal and figure out where I’m going with it.

I actually do have most of  Volume 3 planned (the intermission was just something I randomly decided to do), so I’m not 100% making it up as I go along (just 60%), so I hope to tie this all up in a few months as well. I feel like I’ve been dragging out these last two volumes, which is bad because this is the build-up. Shit starts to go down at the end of Volume 3 and from there on forwards, and I’m just trying to set the stage, so to speak.

As for Camp NaNoWriMo… yeah. That is a failure. 5000 words? Something like that. I seem to have the complete inability to actually write my goal during Camp NaNo, but then, I also failed last year with NaNoWriMo proper with only 25k, so I don’t know what it is lately.