Birthdays and Presents

No, not mine. Well, not my birthday, but I did get myself a present, and it came this week: a new laptop. I do most of my writing on a big ol’ desktop computer (actually, I have two–one for writing new words, and one for everything else), but the laptop is nice when I want to go somewhere to write, take on vacation, etc. For this, I had a netbook that I bought in 2009. But the netbook was really showing its age, and last time I took it to a write-in, took so long to start up, find Wifi, and find my flash drive, half my writing time was gone.

laptop-inspiron-3000-magnum-pdp-module-1So I came home and ordered a fun little 2-in-1, a laptop that can fold back on itself and function as a tablet. It weighs the same as the netbook, and cost a bit more (but still very reasonable), but wow is it faster! And so much fun to use both with the keyboard, and as a tablet at other times. I now know why I hardly ever used the netbook–it was too slow and un-functional. This computer is useful for when I’m sitting on the couch and want to look something up, or just surf the net. Even better, this particular computer was on sale at the time, and came with a free 7″ tablet. Can’t beat that!

And birthdays? There were two, and both fell on the same day, March 4th. One was my Great-aunt Marie (yes, I’m named after her), who turned 98. No photos, because she’s always hated having her picture taken! My family went to her house and had a nice, quiet celebration with her and her grandson, who lives with and takes care of her.

The other birthday was our dog Isis! She turned one year old. Now she’s no longer a puppy! Of course, she hasn’t looked like a puppy in a long time. Isis got a trip to the pet store, where she got to pick out several squeaky balls and got a box of treats. She also went to the vet to be weighed: 88 lbs. of cute! We took a photo to compare this year to right after we got her, with the same toy:

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Huntress3ebookWhat I read this week: I finished Huntress of the Star Empire, Episode Three. Wow, what a ride this story is turning out to be! And it works perfectly as a serial–each episode concludes its own action, but ends with a cliffhanger or big question that definitely makes you want the next one ASAP. I guess it doesn’t annoy me because I expect it–and that’s a big part of being an author: fulfilling reader expectations. This one does it all: a fascinating world, with complex characters that we learn a bit more about with each episode. If you like science fiction with some romance mixed in, get it now!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal was to get edits written in for 7 chapters this week. I knew that was a bit ambitious, and it turned out I was right. I got five chapters written in, but the last two turned out to need more work than I anticipated. So I’m going to back down to five chapters this week. Those five chapters include two completely new scenes, so I’m going to shoot for getting everything else done during the week, then getting those done on Saturday, when I attend another write-in. At least I know my computer won’t take 1/2 hour just to start up!

What about you–have you gotten yourself a present lately? Even if it’s something small–mine usually aren’t this “big.” Any recent celebrations, or ones coming up? Have you read any good books lately? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might be working on, whether writing or otherwise? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. You’ve got a good start on writing out, now! I have a netbook, too, bought in 2011, but that extra two years between yours and mine doesn’t translate into a lot of speed. I so very much want something like you gifted yourself! But at least my netbook (once it boots up) connects my Scrivener via Dropbox, so I can write anywhere I can connect to wifi. Yay!

    Your goals are inspiring me for this next Round coming up. Yay!

  2. What a love Isis is – and I love her natural length tail. =)

    Your new laptop looks just like mine! If so, may you love it even half as much as I do mine, which I use for nearly everything. My power adapter and charger just needed to be replaced, but it was under warranty, so, after a few anxious days, I’m up and running with my speedy, trusty second brain once again. =)

    My niece turned 9 on the 4th, and my bestie’s son turned 9 on the 8th.

  3. Stacy, that is the same toy! A little Lamb Chop, her first. Hard to believe, huh?

    Tammy, my netbook worked with Dropbox… after a half hour! It took four to update Windows the night before! Good luck with your goals, and thanks!

    Shan, mine’s a Dell Inspiron 3000 11″ 2-in-1. So happy with it! Hope yours stays good, and happy birthday to your niece and friend’s son!

  4. I just love the Isis pictures. Thanks for sharing them. And happy birthday to the big girl.

    I’m excited to hear about your 2-in-1 tablet/laptop. I’ve been wanting one for awhile now, especially since my hubby’s laptop sort of bit the big one and I’ve been letting him use mine. That’s very frightening to me because I have all of my writing stuff on it and he’s not very computer savvy. So there’s that fear of something going terribly wrong.

    I’m going to invest in a new device for me in the very near future. I’m glad you’re enjoying yours. That makes my decision easier to make.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. What a nice computer. Great deal that you got a free tablet with it! How cute Isis is now and was as a puppy! Just celebrated in a nice quiet, kicked back day, turning 59. The years are flying by!