Monday, August 20, 2007


Well, disaster hit this weekend.

My wonderful, very tiny, almost always with me, do everything on, laptop had a short. The sound started flitting in and out and the screen began flickering. As it is under warranty (thank goodness) I took it up to Best Buy. They, of course, shipped it off to be fixed. I backed up all my material--well, I hope I did--so now to settle in for 2 to 5 weeks without it.

2nd day almost down...I don't know if I'll make it.

I don't have a writing ritual, but over the last two years, my laptop has been the only thing I wrote with. Not that I NEED it per say, but it is small and light enough to fit in my purse, so I am rarely away from home without it. Lunch break? Great lets write! Stranded? Great lets write! I do have a desktop at home (rather old now, as I built it back in my freshman year of college) but it hasn't been turned on in over a year and it's not mobile. My husband passed down his old Power Book to me recently--but between its size/weight and decayed battery life it isn't that much more mobile than the desktop. It is easier to get to my desk though, so I'll probably be writing on it for the next few weeks. I will also have limited to no internet except at work for a another circumstance that might make me more productive, but I don't know about now.

*sigh* You never really realize how much you depend on/ find comfort in something until it's missing. (Okay, not completely true...I've known for a while the laptop needed to go in...I've been putting it off because there is never a convenient time not to have it.)

Is there a special computer/place/object you usually have/go to work? Do you find it harder to work without that 'comfort' thing?


Rachel Vincent said...

Oh, I'm hurting with you over your loss. My laptop and I are practically inseparable. Seriously. I think I might go into withdrawal after 4 weeks without it.

Good luck!

Kalayna-Nicole Price said...


I wonder what the percentage of laptop vs desktop writers are...and if laptop users are more devastated by the loss of their computer?

Skylar Masey said...


I so totally feel your pain! My fan went out and I know that's not as bad as a short, but I was leery of losing anything from my laptop overheating. Which meant limited use until my bf (also my tech wizard) could fix the problem.

Of course in the mean time I had to take his over since I was writing for a strict deadline. I can tell you I didn't like much of anything about his space (especially the keyboard) but at least I could write!

I hope they get it back in 2 weeks and not 5!

Kalayna-Nicole Price said...

Hi Skylar!

Oh, a fan going out might not be bad on its own, but if the motherboard overheats, it's a major problem! You were smart to limit use. Better safe than sorry.

Yes, other people's space is never, I don't know, right.

Thankfully the computer came back today. Unfortunately they didn't actually fix anything. (They said it had some loose screws that were causing give and thus the short...) I have the feeling it will end up going back because the screen still flickers--just not consistently enough for me a prove it.

*sigh* My luck is it will blow up a week after the warranty is up.