The good news is, I am posting this from my new laptop.
The bad news is, that didn’t come about quite as planned.
Last week, my home desktop decided it was worn out. It had hung in there longer than many desktops do, but it was tired of being the recipient of my stories of manwhores, my ranting blog posts, and my countless essays and short tales of both hope and creepiness. It was probably also tired of Facebooking, Words With Friends, and my inner weather geek’s obsessive checking of Accuweather.com.
It flitted off to wherever tired hard drives go without so much as a goodbye. And here, I thought we were friends.
I’ve been planning on getting a laptop for a while, and even wrote about my intention as one of my writer’s goals for the year. I knew that the flexibility of writing whenever and wherever instead of chaining myself to my desk might help my creative mojo. The desktop saying “sayonara” just expedited the process a little.
A little more than a week went by between The Great Kaput and my laptop coming home with me. Although I of course have a PC in my office at work, things have been crazy busy in the office, and I barely had time to update even my Facebook status to let my buddies there know my unusual silence had nothing to do with a winning lotto ticket and a disappearance to some Caribbean island.
Meanwhile, blogs went unwritten, 500-word-a-day goals went ignored, and short stories went unedited. You don’t know how much an inability to write will make you tweak until you’re faced with this situation. My brain was not happy with this turn of events, and even beer couldn’t help.
But that’s all in the past now. I’m back in business.
My laptop is a Dell, a refurbished one that my ex-husband put together for me. We’re getting to know each and other and enjoying each other’s company quite nicely so far. I think we’re going to be very good friends.
It is amazing how much catch-up I feel I have to play after just over a week, though. I am woefully behind on blog reading. My Twitter has been quite Tweetless. And of course, my stories and other writings have been neglected.
Before I begin catching up on those things, though, I’ve got a lot of housecleaning to do. Fellow writers, let my experience be a lesson. If you do not do so now, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE start backing up your files. After each writing session, I email my work to myself and then both store it on disk and in email files. If I did not do this constantly, I would be in mourning right now. Even one good writing session is too much to lose if your trusty computer takes a not-so-trusty crap on you.
So much of this weekend will be sent setting up all my files – my novel and my short stories and my many, many photos, on my new computer. I’ve got to move them into their new home and make sure they’re nice and comfy. Once I’ve got them all moved in, we can start visiting and having good times again.
I think ManWhore and all the others will like their new home.
Enjoy your weekend, my friends. I’ll catch up more soon!
And finally, a shoutout of thanks to AMC for having a “The Walking Dead” marathon and new episode last weekend. Without that and my Kindle, I don’t know how I’d have made it through a weekend of computerlessness.