May 11, 2009

All Is Write . . .

Yes, my friends. I have my lap top back. All is right with the world again. :-)

This post is appearing much later in the day than usual, isn’t it? Well, that’s because I’ve decided to encourage myself to get up earlier in the morning by not engaging the scheduling option for my blog posts (you know, where you can write the post the day before and then schedule it to appear at a specific time/date). I updated my other blog first, and then I started to update this one before I remembered I had to run up to the mall. Then I had lunch, then I remembered I still hadn’t updated this blog. Hopefully I’ll be earlier tomorrow.

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So much for last week’s goals. Did not make my word count obviously, nor did I get my poem written, though I did get a start on it. Since this is my last week before school starts I think I’ll keep my goal simple: more writing and less time-wasting.

One good thing about the lap top not working was that I broke my game-playing habit. After the first day, I didn’t even miss the games. And I also got in the habit of working in my office again, which is also a good thing. Well, mostly a good thing. The leaves are starting to come out on the trees again so the view from the window has improved. However, to see out the window I still have to look at the junk that’s piled up in one corner (two boxes of useless computer parts and a couple of pillows) and the bags of books sitting in the other corner.

The good points about my home office:
** It has a proper desk to sit the lap top on
** I’m surrounded by my books and other writerly stuff
** I can print stuff out if I need to
** The fountain in the dining room is a soothing noise rather than something akin to the Chinese water torture

The bad points about my home office:
** It’s messy and cluttered
** Can’t watch T.V.
** There’s a kitty litter pan just outside the door and every once in a while one of the cats drops a stink bomb

And seriously? The bad points really don’t have a lot of substance. The mess and clutter can be cleaned up, television is distracting, and soon it’ll be warm enough that I can have the window open for some fresh air.

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Though I got my lap top back on Friday, I didn’t really do anything with it until this morning because we were in Hamilton all weekend. I took a couple of notebooks with me but was too busy to get any real writing done, although I did manage to jot down a couple of ideas for poems.

We gave a ride to a friend of the husband (the guys were going to Hamilton for a two-day bowling tournament, I was going for the shopping) and this guy happens to write poetry. We chatted about poetry on the trip up and he invited me to the next meeting of the local poetry group he belongs to. They only meet once a month, but it’s something to look forward to.

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This hasn’t been a very writerly post, but then I haven’t been very writerly the last couple of days. Guess I’d better go take care of that so I have something to blog about tomorrow. ;-)


Jamie said...

First, Hooray, Yippee, and many Congrats on getting your laptop back!! I know you were lost without it. I've only had one for less than a month, and already can't imagine being without it...

Second, I think this post is most "writerly". I love reading about how writers write, and distractions, and such.

One question - I've always though that if I were home all day to write, I'd love to spend my mornings on the back patio with the dogs, writing outside. Do you ever go out to the yard to write? Or would that be too distracting with "nature" all around?

Jamie (sneaking in writing time at work)

C R Ward said...

Thanks, Jamie. It's amazing how fast you can get attached to the convenience of a lap top.

We have a large deck and a huge patio off the back of our house and I took the lap top with me outside last year. It's not really any more distracting than staring out the window in my office, unless the neighbor happens to be lurking around and wants to chat. ;-)

This year will be perfect because even after I start back to school most of my classes are in the morning so I'll have the afternoon to write out on the deck. Just as soon as it warms up . . .