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April 2, 2007 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

So, after more than a week of blue screens and crashes, I’ve abandoned ship on the desktop. I write to you today from a neat little laptop, which is currently a little shell shocked at the amount of data I’m transferring to it. It’s not quite the spec I would have preferred, but it was an unexpected expense, and I’m pleased with what my £500 got me. While I won’t be doing much high end gaming on it, it suits my needs right now (and let’s face it, if this could run high end games then you wouldn’t have heard from me for another couple of months – I go through phases of that sort of thing, usually initiated by the purchase of a high-end PC).

I’m also glad I went for a laptop – it makes such a difference, not being shut away in the corner of the bedroom. Of course, if I was following the best advice, I’d have some sort of dedicated writing space, but short of buying a new house, that isn’t practical. Being able to write where I like is a good interim measure.

Yes, very happy for now. And Windows Vista makes the whole thing feel like a shiny new toy, which is nice. I’m sure I’ll be swearing at the system until I’m blue in the face within a month or two, but for now, it has novelty value. And it’s very pretty. Best of all, unlike my soon the be retired desktop, when I ask it to do something, the laptop doesn’t sit around pondering for five minutes, before grudgingly acceding. It just does it.

Sweet.

Anyway, enough of that. During my short time away, there have been a couple of writing developments, which I’ll post to the in a moment. Stay tuned.

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4 Comments

  1. MarkApril 4, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Good to have you back, Richard and well done with the launch – I really must get to WHC one day!

    I’m still deliberating over the laptop purchase (definitely not getting a desktop next time), it’s a lot of money but…well, our current PC is going slower and slower all the time.

  2. Richard WrightApril 4, 2007 at 7:03 pmAuthor

    Oh me too – wish I could have been there. Still, I’ll hopefully be at FantasyCon this year, so might finally get to buy you a drink…

    As for the laptop – very happy with the purchase indeed. It makes such a difference, being portable. One of the problems with the PC being in the bedroom was that if Kirsty went to bed, my writing necessarily stopped. Of course, the counter-danger now is that I have to remember to go to bed at all…

  3. MarkApril 5, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Ah, my mistake, I thought you were at the launch!

    All things being equal, I’ll be at FCon this year and it’ll be great to finally meet up with you.

    Still working on the laptop, but it becomes more enticing each and every time I think about it.

  4. Richard WrightApril 5, 2007 at 5:49 pmAuthor

    Heh – I wish. Overseas travel for a book launch is still a little beyond my reach – I couldn’t even get to the London Choices launch in December! Fantasycon though – I’ve rejoined (my membership lapsed in 2000!) the BFS, and in a couple of weeks I’ll buy my ticket and book the hotel. After years (and years, and years) of not getting to these things, and only knowing writers and editors through the InterWeb, it’s both a daunting and exhilirating prospect!

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