Greetings from a new laptop! Technological issues incited and exacerbated a long absence from blogging. My old and beloved college MacBook stopped typing so well. As a writer, few things are worse than the inability to complete a word or a sentence because the ‘d’ key doesn’t work. That’s where it started, anyway. Then it spread through the rest of the keys in the row – ‘f’ through ‘l’ – excepting ‘a’ and ‘s.’ The issue first appeared in December and quickly disappeared. It stayed when it returned in January. Then, I couldn’t even log in without an external keyboard.
Liquid damage is the silent device-slayer. Perhaps you weren’t in the room when it happened; perhaps it happened months or years ago. But one day, that coffee spill will return to haunt you.
We think somebody else spilled coffee on my old laptop and didn’t tell me. Eventually this destroyed those keys. According to the techs, general functionality would only worsen with time. Repair was an option, but at 5-years-old it teeters on “vintage” status and in 3 years it will be “obsolete” – meaning, if I did repair it, they wouldn’t have the parts if I ever needed to bring it in again. The battery and power cord additionally needed replacing. Finally, my warranty had already ceased, either when I graduated or sometime over the summer. My best option was to start fresh.
So I got a new computer, which I am more than happy with! But, it hasn’t all been flowers and sunshine. Right as I was about to return to blogging, a stray, open, and full mug (not mine) was knocked over and shorted the power. I was delayed another week while it sat in repairs.
I finally have my new computer back with the necessary software installed! I pray nothing else happens. For good luck, and because I feel like alliterating (its color is “space gray”), I think I’ll name it Samuel. Strangely, I never named my old one.
So, I’m back! And the last several weeks haven’t been entirely devoid of name-work. Thankfully (and amazingly) my files weren’t lost during repairs. What’s more, Google Docs helped me acquire some lists of rather unusual names from a game. I can’t wait to write about them!
To my readers, I say – Welcome Back!