I brought in my laptop yesterday afternoon and the repair guy just called me earlier today, and unfortunately I need a new hard drive, which means all my files that weren't stored on my flashdrive already are now gone forever unless I get a professional data recovery guy to help me out. And while it's frustrating to lose the files, I definitely don't care enough to pay $800+ to retrieve all the files. XD
So I'll be starting from scratch on the chapter I had started, which will likely slow me down quite a bit simply because it's a little annoying to have to rewrite some parts knowing I've likely forgotten most of it (I do have a long not on my phone of what I do remember waiting to be sent to my email though, it's not that bad), and the couple chapters I had planned ill have to start over as well. Thankfully the outlines I had for those chapters were pretty simple and I hadn't added my original ideas to them yet so I should be able to remember it all. Plus I wasn't that impressed with them, so I'll probably end up making them better anyway. XD
The laptop should be fixed by tomorrow, so I'll likely et back to working on everything then. It's frustrating, but thankfully not devastating like it could have been. I'll definitely remember to have all my files backed up and stored in some files on the Internet instead of just keeping it on my laptop from now on!