May has not been a nice month so far. I’ve got a lot going on the personal front, which has a disastrous effect on my writing productivity. Combine that with Evil Day Job stress…and…
Last night, Princess Monster stepped on my writing laptop and busted the screen (if not more). With everything going on, I admit, I sobbed. Yeah, it’s just a computer. It was an accident. I lost a couple of hundred words for the day, but I can get that back. It’s just the point, you know? Out of three computers she could have trashed, she had to bust my newest, dedicated writing device.
Of course I still have little Betsy, the adorable pink netbook, but she’s hard to write on for very long. The keyboard is just too small. Great for the car or for writing bursts when I don’t want to be distracted by computer games, etc. but my hands are bad enough that I can’t deal with the tiny keyboard for long.
I have my oldest writing laptop, a 4 year old Toshiba with Windows Vista on it. I’d given it to the kids and it’s loaded with games and God only knows what kind of crap they’ve picked up on the internet. It’s slower than molasses. But it does have Word and my hands fit on the keyboard better. I’ve spent the day cleaning it up, deleting the games (sorry kids), running virus checks, defragging, etc. Hopefully I’ll be back in commission tomorrow or Monday at the latest.
Maybe the break will do me some good mentally and I’ll be in a better mood by then too. At least until I get the bill for fixing my laptop.
Ironically, this poor old Toshiba also bears some monster damage. My dad bought it for my birthday four years ago. I was sitting outside writing while the kids rode their bikes in the driveway. I hadn’t even had it a month yet and Middle Monster ran into my chair and I spilled coffee all over the keyboard. Replacing the keyboard was only $140 or so. I have no idea how much the screen will cost.