Sometimes it still takes me aback that I am a real, honest-to-goodness, professional writer. I mean, I have a degree in Biology. I learned the Krebs Cycle, for crying out loud. And while few 10 year olds respond "I want to wash test tubes" when asked what they want to be when they grow up, even fewer say "I want to stare at a computer screen hoping against hope that the words come soon" either...
So, every once in a while, you have to savor the little victories. Like finding a great keyboard. I know that Marko swears by the IBM Model M, the ancient and noble original keyboard descended from the stone keyboard brought down from the Mount by Moses. He recently discovered a newer version that he likes, and while I was tempted (trust me on this one, folks, if you want a solid gold recommendation on a piece of writing equipment, ask a writer), the price tag was a little steep.
Fortunately, my tastes are much simpler. I found this setup at BJs for $29.99. Disgustingly easy to set up (literally, I plugged in the USB dongle and it recognized both keyboard and mouse instantly. Not quickly. Instantly.), and just the right amount of play in the keys. I don't need a lot of noise out of my keys (I cut my teeth on a thermal print typewriter, back in the before-time when the earth first cooled and computers were the size of Winnebagos and about as fast).
A few goals for me:
1. Don't eat anything over the new keyboard. Seriously. It's nasty. Back before we got the all-in-one, we had a laptop. TheBoy questioned why we had a peripheral keyboard plugged into it one time, noting rightly that it seemed superfluous. I literally did not say a word, but reached down, picked the keyboard up, turned it upside down and gave it a few cursory whacks.
The pile of detritus that fell out of it answered my son's question right away.
2. It's not the keyboard's fault that the internet is slow or the computer is gakking during an update. Seriously, Jay. Push the chair back from the desk, go take a brisk walk around the neighborhood, and reboot the system. Hammering on the keyboard doesn't speed anything up, it only hastens the demise of the keyboard.
3. Write more. Whether it's for the blog, on a piece of fiction, or perhaps even the road rage compilation novel folks have been clamoring for. I swear, folks would not believe the stuff I've seen on the roads, both here and in MA. VA drivers are different than those in MA, not necessarily better, but certainly less profane. There's a reason there's a warning on the Earthf**ker...
Right now, though, I'm diggin' the new keyboard...
That is all.