Among my wide network of writing
and non-writing friends, I am usually considered somewhat of a techie.
I keep my computer programs updated and am not afraid to try out new
hardware and software, ever looking for the items that will make my
life easier. I LOVE my Mac computers and I LOVE
my iPhone (see how happy I am in the photo at right with my
oh-so-wonderful iPhone). My external hard drive and Mozy subscription
(off site backup) give me peace of mine should, God forbid, disaster
strike. And how could I get by without my wireless network in my home
that allows me to write/work wherever I feel like it? Office √ Living
room √ Patio √
Yep, I love modern technology. When I saw the movie Cast Away
and poor Tom Hanks is washed ashore without food or shelter, what were
my first thoughts? “No computer! No email! No cell phone!” I thought I
would die right there in the theater from the sheer idea of it.
Go ahead. You can laugh at me. I probably need to get right into a 12 step group to help me overcome my addictions.
But I’m not so far gone that I can’t admit that I love modern technology until
something goes awry. Then I’m not so fond of it. I had one heck of a
weekend with tech problems (the majority user induced). I have been on
the phone with the wonderful guys at Apple Care for hours. I have spent
a not so inconsiderable sum of money in the past three days buying some
replacement equipment which, as it turns out, may not have been
necessary (even though I will love them too). Still, the hours and
hours and hours I have spent resolving the issues are what hurts the
Please pray for me. This book is due way too soon.