Try trashing your Prefs. The Forum used to have FAQs that explains how to do this for your version of Illustrator. Not sure what they've done with the FAQs. It should also be in the documentation for Illustrator and/or in any books on Illustrator that you might have. Look up "Preferences" in the Index.
Words of Wisdom from someone Very Wise: When basic features in Illy go wonky, trash the prefs. Nine times out of ten, that solves the problem.
BTW, you will probably get more helpful replies if you leave out the history and just describe the problem in a few sentences.
Good luck with your project.
Following up on what Toni said, the simple destructive way to delete the preferences is to press Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Option+Shift. The more thorough and reversible way is to Move the folder.
It might also be something with the mouse. You are not being cruel to it, making it squal, are you?
Hi Toni. They took away the fair forums and the FAQs with it. And we have lost some good friends. Nice to see you again.
I'd have been around more often, but every time I go to login, the forum rejects my login info and I have to create a new account. I'm running out of alternative email addresses and user names. Not sure what you mean by "fair."
BTW, a book I illustrated (365 files in all) comes out in September. The Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt. On Amazon if you click on Surpise me enough times, you'll get to the illustrations. I did the job in five weeks. Without Live Paint, I can't even imagine how long it would have taken! I'm making the shift away from editing and more toward graphic work. Fingers crossed the trend continues.
Very nice, Toni.
Fair, as opposed to ugly.
You may try to post an open request for help with the login issue in the Forum Comments forum, http://forums.adobe.com/community/general/forum_comments. I am not sure John, http://forums.adobe.com/people/John%20Cornicello, has the time to look into individual login issues, but you may send him a Personal Message if no one reacts in the forum.
I would li8ke to see a screenshot of the Illustratoions at the point where the pentool locks both showing all the art and the layers and appearance panels.