Do not ever, EVER, email notes and the beginning of your paper as an attachment to yourself. Do not ever, EVER, open that attachment and then write the entire paper except for the concluding paragraph.
I wrote it and saved it repeatedly while doing so. Today I woke up and sat down with much relief to write down the last, concluding paragraph. I opened up my paper and it was just the notes I had sent myself. The entire paper was gone. GONE. Nowhere to be found. Apparently when it is in an attachment, it is in some sort of temporary file that cannot be saved, even though the computer ASKS if you would like to save and makes the “I’m saving your paper for you” noise when you press Save.
Damn you to hell, you frickin piece of junk.
After a half hour of weeping theatrics equivalent to a widow throwing herself onto a pyre, I entered into a state of determined calm. I sat back down and wrote the entire 17-page paper again. The paper is titled How we Hide from Ourselves: The Physiology of the Unconscious. I actually enjoyed writing it, even though I had to do it twice.
The day has passed in a blur and suddenly it is evening. I am still in my pajamas. I am going to go get showered, dressed and Steve and I are going to go out and end this day with festivity. We’re going to party like it’s Friday, baby.
Feb 22nd 2004Uncategorized