Oh no you didn't!
Modern technology is wonderful, except for the inevitable glitch. This of course, is not a malady exclusive to authors. From time to time the dreaded data-eating dragon flies away with your hard work clutched in its greedy talons.
I personally know of one author who lost months (I don't think you can put a timeline on your precious chapters) of work with an innocent enough glitch.
I'd love to blame technology, but when I moved, I decided there was no reason to carry six old heavy manuscripts with me, when I had them backed up onto CD's. So I walked them over to the dumpster, and yes, voluntarily HEAVED them.
You got it...when I put those CD's in now, it pops up with a big message that says "You fool...all data is lost", press OK to continue or "CANCEL" to quit. Six manuscripts. Imagine the loss to the romance-reading world! hahaha
Has anyone else experienced a data, or self-inflicted, or Kathy Bates with a match tale of loss?