Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I dropped my computer on Friday.

It broke.

I realized almost immediately that I'd cursed myself. I told someone in a comment or email that A Gift of Time would be ready in March or April as long as I didn't lose any more time to colds or flu or minor disasters. Saying something like that is like asking for the universe to start laughing. Whoosh. Have a cold. Ooh, and here's the flu. Almost done with that? Okay, next up, minor disaster...hmm...I know, broken computer!

I'm so glad I specified minor.

Fortunately, I appear to be up and running again, and it was indeed minor. I thought I might have broken the power jack on the computer itself, but I got a new power cord and it works. Yay!

Several days without a computer though was...strange. I don't know that I would say that I'm addicted because that implies that it's optional in my life when the reality is that for me it's an essential tool for work and communication. I managed to do some useful household chores that I've been wanting to do--my bedroom has new curtains, which is something I've been intending to do for months--but I also spent a fair amount of time at a loss for what I ought to do next. Even my fallback entertainment options are linked to my computer. I read books on my computer, play games, watch television and movies, talk to friends. Anyway, I am quite glad to have it back and not just so I can start writing again.

Speaking of that, though, I tried to write on paper. With a pen. And no. Just no, no, no. I've thought more than once when I felt stuck that I should try going offline and writing in longhand, but...No. Not gonna happen.

This feels like a really boring blog post. I should probably title it that, for full disclosure early on. But I'm back online and wanted to type, so this is a little warm up to get me back to Natalya and Colin. :)


  1. Yeah - I've been trying to write longhand for a while since my laptop died. Completely. Dead. I really need to bite the bullet and figure out how to buy a new one.
    Glad you're back. Tempting to make some other comments but best not due to the possible jinx factor.

  2. I have two words for you both 'backup device'. I can live without my computer as long as I have my phone which is huge - a samsung note. On it I can write (stylus) ok it is really slow, but doable, also I can peck on the keyboard. In addition, it is big enough to read books, do email, and play some silly games. I suppose a tablet would be better, but this is a phone! So I do it all with the one device which I can easily drop in my handbag.
    Judy, how do you live without a computer? You must have something to be commenting here.
    Sarah, I am waiting breathlessly for the new book. I am afraid your lovely christmas story just made it worse. Now I want it more. :) May the universe conspire with you instead of against you.

    1. I have a desktop just not a laptop. I don't write nearly as much cause I can't be in the comfortable recliner to do it.
      I use my iphone to read books, also. It doesn't have a stylus so writing on it pretty impossible and painfully slow.

  3. Glad you're back up and running. I can't imagine being deviceless. But then, I'm a programmer. I have a desktop, two laptops (one provided by work), a Kindle Fire, and an iPhone 4.

    Of course to my other nerdly friends, I'm considered sadly under-deviced.