YOU GUYS, YOU GUYS, GUESS WHAT!!! I GOT IT BACK!!!!
For those of you just tuning in, I posted a rant only a few minutes ago about how I lost a good chunk of my NaNoWriMo project. To read it, either go to the previous post or click this helpful link.
Before resorting to foamy-mouthed ranting on the Internet, I searched the Internet for a way to recover my lost work. As you might conclude from the blog post with all the capital letters, I did not succeed.
As soon as I published the post, I had a sudden burst of inspiration. What do you do to autosaved files you don't want? You delete them. And where do deleted files go?
TO THE RECYCLE BIN!!!!!
Ah, glorious day! I found the autosaved file in the Recycle Bin where I hoped it would be. I restored it, feeling my life return to its normal happy place.
But then I realized I had no idea where the restored file had gone.
I tried searching for it on my computer... No results. But I was not ready to give up, not when I was so close to recovering my work! So I went back to the website I had been using earlier, which you can find here:
By somewhat following these instructions and somewhat clicking buttons until something worked, I managed to save all the work I did yesterday.
I think the basic gist of it was:
1) Recover the AutoRecovery save of the document
2) Don't panic when you can't find it
3) Open up a new Word Document
4) Go to File > Open and open up the autosaved file (.asd?) from there (that's where the website helped out).
THANK YOU, INTERNET!
THANK YOU, LAPTOP!
THANK YOU, RECYCLE BIN!
:) And now I can get back to work.
NaNoWriMo Word Count: 3270, BABY!!!!!!!