>Well, I didn’t catch up today like I’d planned. But I have a good excuse; I know own a new computer. NOt only a new computer, but a whole new operating system!
>I’m getting close to the climax of the novel, and the end of the journal I’m writing in, and I’m wanting to start entering it into Liquid Story Binder, but I’m so, so committed to finishing this in handwritten form, first.
You see, when I first started writing, I didn’t have a computer, or even a typewriter. So I wrote by hand; even though my handwriting is atrocious (so utterly, utterly atrocious, as you can see in the picture) it was what I had.
>So I got laid off from my sweet, awesome job. This sucks for the finances, but you know something? This means LOTS of writing time. I’ve been carrying my little red notebook around, scribbling, and I’ve written probably around 20k in the past couple of weeks. I’m rather happy with that. At the very least, I write for an hour or two before bed. Today, I’ve spent most of the day with the notebook in my lap, writing a paragraph here and there between distractions (It’s very hard to write with a toddler and a preschooler around.)
Well, I found a deal online, where students with a .edu email address can get a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for $30. For $30? Why the heck not. The reviews from friends who have used it have been good, so I decided to take the plunge.
Oh. Em. Gee.
It’s what Vista SHOULD have been. It’s fast, responsive, and shiny. It does cool things, and my laptop is running the way its specs say it should.
It put me a little bit behind on my word count, setting everything up, but overall, I’ve installed a LOT of operating systems (some multiple times) and this was by far the smoothest, fasted install and setup yet. I’m very impressed, and for the first time, I’m going to give Micro$oft props for not blowing yet another OS.
On the NaNo front, last night I broke 40k. My aim is 50k by the weekend, and to continue beyond as far as I possibly can. I’m getting into the meat of a new story, and things are really starting to roll.
I’m also competing with Snark.Gallant; we’re running neck and neck, and I’m hoping to overtake him tonight. 😉 Of course, he hasn’t updated for the night, so the bastard has likely added a few more thousand. A worthy opponent indeed.
I just bought a $50 mouse. No, seriously. In all fairness, it claims to give 15 months worth of battery time, so I should make up the difference in battery usage.
You see, my old laptop mouse has taken a beating. I’ve used it a great deal, and it gets knocked off the table a lot, so the right mouse button doesn’t work well, and the left is starting to fail. It’s also getting less responsive. So, the time came to buy a new one.
First, I bought a belkin from Target. Public Service Announcement: Do not buy belkin products. That mouse won’t work without a mousepad, which is useless for a laptop! If It can’t work on my couch cushion, I don’t need it.
So I splurged on a Logitech M505 in a very nice shade of red. Not only is it stylish, it’s Logitech, and you just plain can’t go wrong with Logitech stuff.
So far, I like it. It’s fast, responsive, and doesn’t care if I’m using it on my jeans leg or the table.
We’ll see in 15 months if it lives up to its packaging about the battery life.
As for NaNo, let’s see.
I haven’t written much in the past few days. I think the problem has been that my husband has been home all week, thanks to my injured foot/ankle. That does not make for a creatively-inclined writing environment. In fact, he’s been here ALL. The. TIME. It’s mental interference. So, I’m taking today off for schoolwork and such, and this week I’m going to hit the writing hardcore and catch up to my word count deficit.
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