I’m looking into getting a laptop and haven’t a clue where to start. I know one thing, that I don’t want the Apple kind (Mac?), but aside from that I’m clueless.
What brand do you recommend? What brand should I stay away from? What programs/features are vital to have on a writer’s laptop?
Today’s quote comes from Elmore Leonard…
“There isn’t any secret. You sit down and you start and that’s it.”
Last week I didn’t write any posts here on the blog, which is VERY unusual for me since I’m a hard-core stickler for posting Tuesdays and Fridays.
Why no posts?
Massive storms ripped through our part of Oregon, leading to high winds, ice-covered powerlines and trees, and ultimately power outages. A branch fell through the roof of our gazebo and our backyard is littered with larger branches. A tree fell at the entrance to our cul-de-sac but thankfully it was small enough that it only blocked half the entrance so we could get in and out. All over town fallen branches and trees disrupted normal routines, and we got nearly eight inches of snow (I lived in Minnesota so I know that isn’t a large amount, but for west coasters it’s HUGE) and then a powerful ice storm hit.
All this meant no school for the kiddos, who didn’t mind the disruption at all because it meant “camping” in front of the fireplace. We hung a blanket over the hallway entrance and closed off the rest of the house so our living room stayed warm and cozy. To their complete delight, the beast dog slept on his back with his legs in the air between them, and even our cat pried herself from her usual spot on our bed (no power meant our room was chilly and she loves warmth) and spent time with us in a curled up ball on the back of the couch.
Now, while our twins found all the disruption to be a big adventure, me and the hubby–who got the short straw and spent time outside warming soup on the camping stove–missed our power, but enjoyed seeing how much fun our twins were having. So much in fact they were actually disappointed when the power came back on.
Now the Corbett kids are at a grand total of NINE snow/storm days out of school this year. Yesterday was Presidents Day, a traditional no school day for most American children but mine spent they day making up their first “snow” day.
What about you? Any fond memories of family fun during power outages?
Today’s writing quote comes from Nora Roberts, and she said it at RWA Nationals four years ago.
“Don’t whine or complain about how hard it is. It’s not hard. Put butt in chair and write.”
*Thanks to Florence Fois for suggesting this quote!
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Today’s writing quote comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald…
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”