Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Learning new tricks--Lenora Worth
I'm writing this on my brand new laptop. My old Compaq computer was on its last legs--as slow as a turtle and as ornery as an old goat. Now I have a new high speed machine that has a lot of bells and whistles. So I'm learning some new tricks. But honestly, I don't ask for much. I just want a machine that lets me do my job in a quick and efficient way. Writers live by deadlines (they don't call them lifelines!) So we really need equipment that works. I don't like a lot of patience and waiting for a computer to load is frustrating and time-consuming. And don't get me started on computers that freeze up and shut down. That does not make me happy.
I only ask for things that work. Such as a phone that actually has bars and enough juice to keep me from having to shout into a little speaker. I only ask for a computer that actually allows me to write at least ten pages a day and save it in two or three places without any surprises along the way. I only ask for electronics that hum and buzz like well-oiled machines, not old donkeys refusing to take that next step.
See, I don't ask for much--just a good coffee pot, a nice refrigerator and stove, a good washing machine and dryer and air-conditioning. Am I spoiled or what? How did people get along without all of these necessary toys? Oh, I'll let our Love Inspired historical authors explain that one. Me, I'm a futuristic kind of girl. Fast forward and onward. Now if I could just get used to this new keyboard. What is your favorite modern device or toy?