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Computer H-E-Double Toothpicks

October 8, 2012

Can I say it? H-E-Double Toothpick! Oh what the hell, hopefully you’ll keep following me in spite of a little profanity.

I have been in computer hell. There, I said it again. Hell, hell, hell. Okay, now you really might drop me, but my guess is that you can relate. As writers, computers make our lives easier, until they don’t. And when they don’t, watch out!

For me, computer issues are particularly difficult because I didn’t learn how to use one until late in the game. And just as I get used to one, bam! It malfunctions and I’m at the whim of a computer consultant to help. When my computer finally died this fall, I changed to a Mac, so I could take advantage of their customer service. Yesterday, that didn’t pan out so well. I was put on hold 9 times (forced to listen to really bad music) and spoke with so many different Apple helpers that I lost track of my questions (and my mind). In the end, I was told I’d have to go to the store and have a diagnostic run. Aghh! Another day away from writing to solve a problem that I didn’t create. Or did I?

I believe that we create energy around us and manifest much of what happens in our lives. Does that mean I willed my computer issues? Maybe. Or maybe I’m just a computer idiot. But today was a much brighter day, and I only spoke to one consultant who solved all but one of my issues (the one I need to take to the store). Perhaps the lesson learned was to let go of my writing for a few days. Writers control their characters, their writing habits, and their voice. Maybe what we need is to let go of control and surrender. Hard? Definitely. But here’s the thing; now I’m  motivated to get back to my manuscript when I had been dragging. Energized. As much as I hate to admit it, perhaps the computer glitch was what I needed to get me back on track.

Take time to surrender today. Hopefully, not to your computer or there will be a universal scream of H-E-double toothpicks. But try letting go to one thing and see what happens to your writing. It might surprise you.

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One comment

  1. Well written and universal!



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