The Aqua-marine Computer

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.

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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!

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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!

 

My Personal Guide to Making Blogging A Worthwhile Pastime ~ Revisited

Post by Carina Spring. 

I have decided to delete the post that originally occupied this space.

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In it, I focused a lot on some vague doubts that had been stirring in the back of my mind.  I am glad I wrote about them and shared them.

In the end, though, they are inconsequential doubts, and my post gave them too much attention and power.

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Now, I feel a sense of freedom letting that post go.

The post also included a list of ideas to help keep blogging feeling like a worthwhile pastime. I may revisit some of those ideas in future posts.

For now, though, it is enough to say that the same truth that makes most creative activities worthwhile also makes blogging worthwhile:

Focus on the doing, the during, the now.

Let go.

And have some fun.

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I’ve kept the comments that responded to the original post. They offer excellent advice, and kindly captured and reflected what matters most. Thanks!

Learning to Blog: Reflections on My First Month

Learning to Blog

On Christmas Eve, it will be exactly one month since I published my first post on homehurrah.com.  It’s been an exciting month for me.  I have learned a lot about blogging, and the process of preparing my posts has been interesting.

Starting a blog has taken some time and effort, and I still have much to learn! The good news is that there are many sources of support. If you happen to be interested in starting your own blog, one of the reference books that I found most helpful was: “WordPress, Absolute Beginner’s Guide”, by Triss Hussey. When getting started, it also helps to refer to informative blogs and websites on the internet. I looked up a whole bunch. http://startbloggingonline.com/ was just one of the many good resources out there.

As I reflect on this experience so far, I want to say thank you to those of you who are reading the blog, and to those of you who have left comments – you made my day!

Looking Forward

As I head into my second month of blogging, I continue to look forward to posting regularly on a variety of topics related to home.  Over the next few months, I will also be including interviews with people who are finding ways to incorporate their passions into their home life: a visual artist, two photographers, and a published author.

I invite you to let me know if there is a topic you would like me to write about, or the name of a song or artist that connects you with “home”. I will do my best to include your suggestions in future posts!

Above image courtesy of desktopocean.com.

Little Drummer Boy – Walk Off The Earth (Feat. Doggies)

To sign off today, here is a very nice version of the Little Drummer Boy, with a fun video that makes me smile! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by homehurrah.com, and I can’t wait to share my next post with you!

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