Last night I decided I was going to write. Several people have been bugging me for the next installment in the Wayfarer series and I’ve been working on the novel but it isn’t flowing easily. This happens sometimes. My normal response is to wait it out because when it isn’t flowing, I need to go with the flow.
I opened my laptop which I use in the living room. It’s a lightweight both in programming and in physical being. It took forever. I figured it might as I hadn’t turned it on recently. I played on my phone and did other things while I waited for it to grind through all the things it needed to do. Updates, loading, opening, and all of that took at least half an hour.
My sister started a class and had a paper due yesterday. She wanted me to edit it for her. I told her to call me because I was writing. If you don’t know a writer, let me explain. When I’m writing, I don’t pay attention to anything. I will forget to shower, eat, dress, answer my phone. About the only thing which gets through to me (in a good writing session) is my phone ringing because it isn’t just a noise. Fortunately, my sister gets this.
When she got her paper done, she called me. I said no prob, I’ll switch over. I did. I opened my email and tried to download her paper. My computer would not do it. I’ve done a number of editing tasks on this computer including downloading papers from my email before. Yet this time, I could not get the paper to open.
After a frustrating fifteen minutes, I shut everything down on that laptop and moved to my office. Now I don’t like to sit at my desk at night because my legs hurt when I sit at the computer too long. However, she needed this paper edited.
Fortunately, I was able to download and edit the paper for her and send it back. I went back to my recliner and tried my computer again. As long as I was only working in Word and Excel it seemed to be fine.
I kept scrolling through this section trying to figure out how to make the chapter shorter. I couldn’t. It frustrates me because I don’t like such long chapters. After a frustrating time skimming through, I decided I’d work on writing. I got a small amount of writing done but suddenly I was so tired, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Opting to be responsible, I shut down (I’m hoping the computer will be better tonight when I open it) and prep for bed.
By the time I got ready for bed, I was awake. This happens to me a lot. I try to do a lot of my prep stuff early so when I get tired, I can just go to bed. Not last night. I ended up playing on my phone for an hour before I got sleepy again. It wasn’t a bad night but it wasn’t stellar either.