Sometimes writers develop these odd rituals. I know someone who gets a new laptop for every book. He takes very good care of them and when the time comes for a new manuscript, he sells the old one and upgrades, so it doesn’t cost him that much. Another person can’t move forward without first setting up their soundtrack. These rituals are a way to “get your head in the game.” Many of us work from home and maintaining a home office isn’t always feasible. For many of us office means a desk in a corner or, in my case, an overstuffed recliner.
As I’ve been editing Magic Rises, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my laptop. I feel like I can’t see the book pages. So I decided to edit on the desktop today. This is pretty common – when writers edit, they want a little distance from the narrative. Some change the font, some set it in a different layout, and I, apparently, need to edit this particular book on a desktop.
Unfortunately my desktop decided to get freaked out. A couple of years ago we bought two Alienware desktops. Gordon’s is still running like new, while mine occasionally decides to go off the beaten path into the woods and play with the fairies. The desktop has a really robust cooling system and when you first turn it on, its segmented top rises like crest of an Alien, which is really cool. If my desktop hasn’t been shut down properly due to power loss or has to be manually restarted by pressing down the power button, it doesn’t boot up. The lights are on, the fan is running like a jet, but nothing is happening.
I used to be able to cure it by turning it off, unplugging it, and then replugging it while holding down the power button for a couple of minutes. This doesn’t work anymore. The only thing that works is unplugging it for a while, replugging it and letting half an hour or so pass. I am usually very level-headed when it comes to anger. I’m much more likely to talk then act, but in case of the desktop, I once got so frustrated, I kicked it. Eventually we’ll have to upgrade and get new gaming desktops. I am not sure if I’m up for another Alienware.
Well, I just tried the desktop and it looks like it’s booting up. I will go an try to whip this book into some sort of shape.