It Had to Happen Sooner or Later

I finally broke down and bought a laptop.  Years of working as a transcriptionist has damaged my hands, making my usual writing in longhand slow and uncomfortable; and trying to write in the same space I use for the day job was getting me down.

I know, it’s an extravagant thing to buy when I have a perfectly good desktop in the house, but I’m in a screw-it-I-work-my-ass-off-and-deserve-a-break kind of mood.

I’m not one to plot or brainstorm on the computer.  I still like to sit with a pen and paper on the front porch and scribble down notes about characters and plots.  I use the computer once I’ve roughed out the story and want to give it some shape.  Yesterday, new laptop charged and ready to go, I sat on the couch and typed the opening scenes of the sequel to Winthrop Risk, Detective–The Mystery of the Missing Hamster, with a DVD of Salem’s Lot (the David Soul version) playing in the background.  It was glorious.  By saving the draft to One Cloud, I’m able to easily access it from the desktop when I want to print it out for revisions.

I bought a nifty backpack to carry the laptop in, with plenty of space for my notepad and the reference material I need.  My own portable office.  I suddenly feel wonderfully free.

Now to find a suitable coffee shop to haunt.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ashleyomelia
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:58:58

    I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a desktop. I love being able to curl up on the couch or go to a different room. And I also prefer to do my plotting and character notes by hand!

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    • MJ Belko
      Aug 20, 2018 @ 14:50:27

      I’ve really gotten hooked on it. I’ve been doing a lot of writing directly on the laptop now that I can carry it out onto the porch or anywhere else and work. Feels like a cell door has been opened!

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