Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thoughtful About . . . Computers

My computer is going blind. Which is to say, its video card is failing. It's annoying on a good day--it won't play video, crashes any time flash comes up--and kinda terrifying on a bad day when the screen just blinks out and then doesn't recover quite as it should.

I still think of this thing as "my new laptop." But really it's four years old, which is about the life expectancy of a computer these days (let's not get into why...). And as I sit here and contemplate getting a new one, I remember a conversation I had with my best friend five years ago. She was getting a new desktop computer, and while she was happy, she was also sorry to let her old one go. Because, she said, she thought that would be the computer she was using when she got published.

I'd never paused to think about the machines that might be tied to certain periods in my life, but it came back to me yesterday while I stared at my crazy-big-looking, wonky screen. And thought to think back on what I'd been through with this one.

I had a laptop in college, but it went kaput shortly after Rowyn was born, so just about five years ago. I wanted to get another right away, but finances didn't permit. So I used an ancient, wheezing desktop for my projects then. That's where I wrote a contemporary romance I pitched to Summerside, another contemporary romance that I thought would be a fun followup to it with another house. Yeah...both of those are just sitting in my Completed MSS folder now.

Then I finally got the laptop I wanted in the summer of 2009. Right before the ACFW conference. I picked based on battery life, and man was I impressed! I didn't have to plug the thing in at all while I was away. Then I came home and got down to work on another historical, also destined to sit on the my harddrive for a while. Then, then I wrote Jewel of Persia on this lovely little Acer. I carried it around with me, writing in every room of the house, often making a desk of the end table in my living room. From there, I went to Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland. Which lead to Ring of Secrets.

Yeah--this is the computer I used to write these books that got me published. This is the computer that will be forever tied to my big break, to those thrill-inducing emails. The computer that has seen born and has saved for me the first books of mine to really get into readers' hands.

Sniff, sniff. I love this little laptop!

So while this isn't exactly a post that waxes philosophical on things of faith, it seemed appropriate to take a minute to be thankful for this gift. It's just a computer. Just a collection of parts that can fail and get sick and find any number of ways to infuriate us daily. But it's also a little machine that has made my life easier. That has seen me through a lot of manuscripts, a lot of dreams, a lot of disappointments. I've cried with it and laughed with it and learned how to work around its quirks. And I'm going to miss it when it's gone.


I'm a guest again today on the Borrowed Book, where I'm talking about a day in my life--don't miss your chance to enter to win a signed copy of Ring of Secrets (one just for the commenters there) and also get more entries into my Box of Secrets giveaway!


  1. My hubby and I were just talking laptops the other day and realized that my current one is between four and five years old. Sigh. The 'mac' word is rolling around, but I'm having a hard time.

    Love the thought of seasons - my laptop has definitely been through a lot with me the last few years, including blogging in Tanzania!! :) Fun way to look at it.

  2. Oh, I get SO sentimental! That next one is what I got published on, so it all worked out okay :)