The new ‘puter/laptop is practically set up now and ready to be put to serious work. Hallelujah!
Today is the first day I’ve actually worked on/with the laptop and I am pleased. The only other thing I need to do is put down the laptop as a writing expense for this year. I don’t want to forget that.
The main thing, naturally, I am having to deal with is the new keyboard and how it is different from the old laptop (affectionately known as “Jakob”). It is actually an easier keyboard for my hands to use when they aren’t 100%; this past week has seen none of my joints being 100%. Since the keyboard is so friendly to my hands I’ve already put down some notes for a sci-fi piece currently on the plate. It has been ages since I’ve written science fiction and this new story idea, not a novel, just a story, has me very excited.
I suppose you could say my current inspiration for science fiction is because of Jean Johnson. For a long while science fiction felt stale to me, but since reading her Their’s Not series, I’ve had a delightful taste of good sci-fi again and having toyed with a specific story line for a couple of weeks, I felt it time to give it a shot.
Another interesting point in my current writing agenda: I can once again feel the difference between a long piece of fiction and a shorter one. I can’t say for certain the sci-fi piece won’t be a novella, although I’m pretty sure it is shorter than 80,000 words; but I know it isn’t going to be a novel – 100,000 words for sure. Being able to feel the difference, tell the difference is refreshing and isn’t putting any extra weight on my writing shoulders. It just feels like a nice little side jaunt, a jog if you will in the writing realm. However, I know myself well enough to say I’ll be jogging here and there as a pleasure run while I’m working hard on the novel, which is serious running for a marathon. Make sense?
In the midst of all this planning and plotting the name for the laptop has been settled on as “Lily.” Now it’s time for me to pull out the nibs and ink and get some words down while my hand can still hold the pen. See y’all tomorrow, Lord willing!