Hello! Today’s post is being written from my new computer! For the last while, I have been blogging from my phone! It has been surprisingly effective, but I have missed using an actual computer!!
My old computer was 8 years old (at least), and was acting funny. It probably had a virus. One day, it simply shut down and wouldn’t start up again. I tried different things, but nothing worked. Then, I waited, half expecting it to wake up, but it never did.
Goodbye old friend… and the stories that were lost along with you! A cautionary note: back up all of your work! In many ways, this experience was a lesson in letting go – not of the computer, but of the work that I had not backed up. What surprises me is that I don’t feel upset. Part of the reason might be that I was not particularly attached to most of the work I had saved to my hard-drive, though there were a few pieces I would have liked to develop further. Besides, I have not completely given up hope. At some point, we might still find a way to fix that old computer.
In the end, though, I feel there was value in the process of writing those ideas, and what I learned will find its way into what I write in the future. I miss a few of the pieces, but there is a freedom in releasing, instead of trying to hold on.
In truth, we had been thinking about replacing that old computer for quite a while, so last week we bought a new one. We are still setting it up and learning how to use all of its features, so it will be a few days before I am up to speed.
Welcome new computer! Yes, I know, that is a picture of a diary! But it is sitting on top of the new computer. As you can see from this snap-shot, the computer is a beautiful aquamarine colour! It makes sense to photograph my diary along with the computer because, in some ways, they work best in tandem!
I normally don’t care too much about such things, but I am really happy about the colour of my new computer. They call it teal, but it looks more like aquamarine to me, which is my favourite colour – and I am a pretty big fan of most colours, so that is saying a lot. I think that aquamarine will get me into the right frame of mind when I sit down to work!
I also came to a realization through this period of working without a lap-top.
For me, the process of writing has always started with pen and paper. I would start by writing a good part of the rough copy on paper, and then transcribe those words into the computer, where I would develop the thoughts further. In my time without a computer, though, I realized that, somewhere along the line, that has changed for me.
Don’t get me wrong, my writing process still involves a lot of interaction between the use of a pencil and the development of the idea on the computer. I still write in my diary, and use it to jot down ideas, and to brainstorm. However, the thoughts now flow easily when I sit down to write on my keyboard, and I certainly don’t need to start the rough draft in pencil (though I sometimes still do). I don’t know when this change happened. Years ago? The fact is, though, that the practice of sitting down and writing intentionally seemed to happen a lot less without my keyboard around.
How about you? Are paper and pencil an integral part of your creative process, or are you a techie all the way?
I am happy to have a working computer again, and I look forward to sharing my summer adventures and reflections with you! Thanks so much for stopping by!