So I’ve started shopping for a laptop (though I hear the kids today call them notebooks? whatever). Any writer will tell you sometimes you just have to get out of the house to write, and a laptop would make it so much easier for that. Also, for any road trips, writing group write-ins, etc. At the moment I carry my current projects around on a USB thumb drive, but even then I can only actually work on my work and home desktops. If I’m out somewhere, everything has to be done on pen and paper. I’ve never been interested in owning one before, but it’s becoming a necessity as I get more serious about writing.
There are plenty of laptops available in my small budget range, but unfortunately they all have Vista on them. Which pretty much makes me not want to get one at all. I wouldn’t mind a Mac, but they’re too expensive and aren’t compatible with anything else I already own. There are a few available online with XP, but then I have fewer financial options (can’t really drop that much money all at once). Sigh. Facing a crappy OS pretty much takes all the fun out of it.
In other news, Dave Stevens has died. He’s the artist that created The Rocketeer and pretty much single-handedly jump-started the whole Bettie Page pop-culture craze that cropped up a while back. He was only 52. Darned shame.
I’ve started doing a little revising of my Secret Santa story I wrote last year for the writing group’s supernatural collection. I’m itching from a lack of writing, so I’ll try to get an exercise or two done in the next couple days.