Girls Write Out
Thursday, June 15, 2006
It doesn’t matter what brand I get, how much I pay, or how many bells and whistles it has, every computer I’ve managed to buy has been a lemon. No Midas touch here. But it gets better. My computers normally manage to crash around edits or deadlines. Oh, wait. I get it. This is what we writers call plotting.

Picture this. Character is a writer. Let’s give her a name. Say, Pollyanna (which is totally not me, just so you know). She’s working on edits for her current story. She’s also a couple of days away from leaving on an RV book tour. We can’t let her go about her merry way, happily making changes to her story, singing while she folds her clothes all nice and neat in her luggage, now, can we? NO! How boring is that?

It’s a bright sunshiny morning and Pollyanna is showered, dressed and happily whistling to the tune of “Whistle While You Work.” Life is good. She grabs her coffee and turns on her computer to work on her edits. Her manicured nails drum against the table. She takes a sip of coffee and notices a funny blinking message on the computer. How odd. After clicking here, poking there, she decides to turn the computer off and try again.

Hours and 25 tries later, Pollyanna’s spirits dip slightly. Her husband interrupts her dilemma and wants to change the phone to digital voice and he wants to do it NOW. More spirit dipping here. Back to the computer. Twenty-five more tries. Still no life in the computer. By now Pollyanna is banging on the lid of the computer. Nothing. She jumps on the computer. Nothing. At seventy tries, Pollyanna’s breathing fire and has pulled out a sledgehammer. Before Pollyanna can hurt anything or anyone, a Girl Scout rings her doorbell, and Pollyanna buys chocolate cookies. With cookies and computer in hand, she heads for the computer store.

She walks up to the window where the nice little ten year old smiles cheerfully. Pollyanna wants to rip his lips off. She eats a cookie to calm down then explains the problem. After a rather lengthy discussion, Counter Boy says it’s a hard drive crash. He’ll get to it in a week or so.

At this point, Pollyanna disses the cookies, grabs the ten-year-old by his collar and grinds out through clenched teeth, “Look. You go back there and tell the powers that be that you have a crazy woman writer out here. She is on deadline. If they don’t do something quick, she could go postal.”

Well, you get the idea. Is this the dark moment when all is lost, or will things get worse for Pollyanna? Well, I’ll let you write the ending to that story.

In the meantime, life goes on. All of life is fodder for the imagination. Right now I’m imagining a peaceful tide rolling onto a white sandy beach where I’m plunked near the water’s edge. I’m reading a Colleen Coble book where the body of a computer geek has washed up to shore . . . .
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:52 AM  
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At 11:05 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I'm feeling for you Di. I don't know why technology is the most frustating issue for me, but it drives me nuts when computers don't work! I got rid of my Dells this year because after my 6th one, I just felt like they weren't working like they did. I have a Sony laptop and a Sony Desktop, but the desktop is nothing special. I think I might get a Gaming computer next time, maybe they are set up for more.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i just got a new laptop 2 weeks ago. i love it! it's an acer widescreen - it's 17inch... the thing is bigger than my tv in my bedroom lol! i love it. it's so good. but i had soooo many problems with my old HP laptop so i gave in the other week and bought a new one, different brand.

but yeah, they always play up when you need them. today i had an exam and i was doing some last minute study - reading some journal articles on a cd and it kept playing up and crashing my puter. typical. but i think i did ok in the exam anyhow... well i certainly hope so i sure don't wanna sit that unit again, it was kinda boring....

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I hate to laugh at your pain, but you crack me up. ROTFL...

Uh, I'll go now before Polly gets the idea to reach through the screen and touch someone. ;)

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm going for a Sony next time, too, Kristin. I hear they're great.

LOL, Sabrina! Hello? Polly's not real. LOL!

Those widescreens are nice, Bethanie! How fun to have a new one! Sigh. I'd settle for having mine back from the store.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Di, Sony and Toshiba are the top rated brands - other than Macs. I have a Sony Vaio and I love it.

Unfortunately I'm a hard hitter on the keyboard and murdered my "t" key. Now my laptop is a desk top with a pug-in keyboard. NOT great for portability.

But within the next month my dh says I can get a new laptop and I'm going for another Sony Vaio. It's awesome. But the next one will have that new Centrino duo thingie - long battery life!

Anyway, girl, I hurt for ya! BIG TIME! I have withdrawl if my computer's down. :o) That's why the "t" key is still stuck. I'd have to send it away for a new keyboard..

Next time, I keep this old one for a back-up -- just in case.

At 1:22 AM, Blogger GeorgianaD said...

I just got an Acer 2 weeks ago, too! I was nervous because I'd never heard of Acer, but the computer whiz at the store was a good salesman....

So far, so good.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

acers used to have a bad name but they have really improved in the past 2 years or so - my brother works in a computer store and he told me so (and i didn't even buy mine off him i bought it in a department store while shopping for an ipod - which i got too_.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I don't think it matters what brand you get, they can all have a lemon, and if you get one, it's a nightmare to get anything done about it. Even with a warranty. I hate making Bill Gates richer, but I don't want to relearn the Mac.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i had 2 HP lemons... it was so terrible! they replaced the first one under warranty and fixed the 2nd one a couple times and then my warranty ran out last month and i gave up fighting them fora replacement so i gave up and bought a different brand from a different store. i'll never go back to that store again though!

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

I'm so sorry for you, Diann! You poor thing. I need a new laptop soon. Mine is a 10 year old Dell. Dark ages, baby!


At 2:48 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Camy, I can't even imagine. Only someone in Silicon Valley could keep an old thing like that running. LOL

At 5:42 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Camy, a ten year old computer STILL running? I can't even seem to keep them going after ten months!! What's up with that? I think I must beat them to death or something.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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