Spent the last couple days trying to figure out why my laptop was running so slow and making it so difficult to access my files or run my accustomed number of tasks. A real writing killer.
This is why it's always so important to have current copies of your files on disk so that you can take them to another computer to work on, not that I would have been able to concentrate on writing. I spent quite a deal of time researching online (and reading a book when so frustrated I needed to just take a break).
Someone very close to me did his best to help me fix my problem (he'd better not be surprised to find himself in the dedication with all the help he's given me for so long). The laptop at least works a bit faster, not what I am used to, as I'm very accustomed to going between tasks quickly, but better than the past couple days. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to my writing and art soon, I have many projects that need completion, not only "The Smoky Mirror."