Power went out while working on my project, and did that good ol fashioned file corruption! My last backup was 2 weeks prior. Uggggh...well that's going to set me back a few more weeks, but I don't give up once I've started something.
"Build Better Characters" by Eileen Cook is a great read if you want to...well...build better characters! It was intended for novels/book writing, but it's easily transferable to games. The exercises are really good.