Okay, $150+ later and I have my access to Word, and all of my files are restored. I have updated to the most current Mac operating system (Mavericks), and I have purchased the latest version of Word (and, apparently, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook — gross, gross, and gross). I feel like a tool. I feel used.
But I’m back in business. My computer appears to be running more slowly too, so, YAY!
Now nothing stands between me and writing my stories except everything else I’m trying to resolve. (Also, my knees — actually the IT bands that pass by my knees — are still sore from that little marathon thing I did.)
Update: I’m still finding programs that no longer work due to the operating system upgrade. For example, I can’t access my 5,000+ photos (though I’m downloading the upgrade for that program now). Undoubtedly I’ll find other things that don’t work. But in the good news department, my knees have forgiven me. I went out for a four-mile run tonight (Monday — in the cold rain) and they didn’t act up at all. I don’t want to push them since I have a half marathon in two weeks, but it sure feels good to be able to run again!