I’m blaming the new laptop. Well, blaming has a negative connotation doesn’t it? But really, it’s the new laptop’s fault…except it’s a good thing.
Okay, see, here’s the thing. I loved my laptop. Loved. It was big and beautiful and it allowed me to write anywhere–and by that I mean, in bed, or on the couch, or at my desk. At any rate, I loved it for a lot of years and it was wonderful. Only lately, it’s been a bit…persnickety. And the power cord was a little bit dangerous as in that it sometimes gave off sparks. And the programs were old but I couldn’t see updating them when I knew I’d have to get a new one. So I just kept plugging along, praying that I hadn’t junked it up too badly and it wouldn’t die. Until Saturday night.
Saturday night, I finally purchased a new laptop. And it’s gorgeous and touch screen and the keyboard is silent when I type. I didn’t even realize some of the advancements made in the technology world–I will admit honestly that I don’t keep up on these sorts of things. And there was a sale on exactly what I needed. So I got a lovely new laptop and it took me hours to set it up the way I wanted it and playing with all the different applications and getting Word downloaded (which was a freaking bitch, let me tell you) and installed. I finally got to bed at about 1:30 Sunday morning. And was up five hours later, sitting at said laptop with a cup of coffee nearby, typing away.
In a matter of three hours, I pounded out just about 4k words on Beholden. And then, yesterday night, I wrote a bit more. So really, the new laptop is to blame–but in the best possible way.
I don’t have to worry that things are going to die on me. I don’t have to worry about the program I’m working with being outdated. I can just sit and type, writing all the thoughts in my head, watching them appear on the screen, with the word count constantly growing and right there for me to see. I don’t have to wait for web pages to load (because it’s got a faster processor) when I need to look something up to put in my work. Touch here, click there, boom and done. Information right there, with hardly a break in the though process.
It’s amazing what good technology can do for the creative process.