The past couple of weeks have been a challenge on the creativity front, owing to a few different factors, one of which has been the bad behaviour of my netbook computer — which is the machine I’ve been taking to cafes. Basically the battery has more or less died, giving me little more than 1.5 hours, two if I’m lucky.
Since the only way I’m able to get any fiction writing done at the moment is to carve out a couple of hours and abscond to a cafe, this hasn’t been an ideal scenario. Nonetheless, I have pushed ahead and completed those new opening scenes I mentioned, and commenced a first-pass edit of the first sequence of the novel. Huzzah!
I have also bought a new computer this weekend. Double huzzah!
After much agonising and overwhelming encouragement I have taken the plunge and switched from a PC to a 13-inch MacBook Air, which will do me for both cafe writing and work endeavours — once I figure out how to use it properly. For the time being I’ve purchased and installed the Mac version of Scrivener, confirmed the WIP (created on the PC version) will still work, and am all ready to go…
Bring on my next cafe writing session, when I will put this thing through its paces!
This is the first blog post (in fact, the first anything beyond facebooking) written on the new toy, and I’m liking the keyboard, although am having to get used to no “delete” key in the PC sense of the word (deleting the letter after the cursor, rather than before it, which the PC world calls “backspace”). There are bunch of other small things to get used to as well. I guess I will get there in time.
But so far, so good.
I need to set myself some milestones and deadlines for this novel revision or it’ll take forever. The goal for April is therefore to complete the first pass revision (involves structural and plot changes) of the opening sequence, which was originally about 13K words. Perhaps the lure of a new computer will help.
Anyone else made the switch from PC to Mac recently? How’d you cope? (Maybe just tell me you love it!)