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Every now and then, a detail from my life will crop up in my fiction. Usually it's a characteristic of a friend that I tuck in to a character, or half an incident that happened to me, or maybe a snappy comeback I wished I'd thought of in time to make an impression. There's one story element I'll be needing to say goodbye to: my nine year old used Windows XP laptop... which is the model for Victor Bayne's infamous "crappy laptop."
Sadly, technology doesn't last forever. Last April, Crappy Laptop's system became corrupted. I chose to have it professionally fixed. At the time, I probably should've considered throwing in the towel... but I'm frugal and kept insisting it was "perfectly good."
Then last month I brought Crappy Laptop on a girls' weekend with Piper Vaughn and Jayden Brooks. Not only did the browser crash when I was trying to show them how cool Evernote is, but as we were leaving, the system decided to install updates. (Danger! Danger! Do NOT Unplug!!!) ... for FORTY FIVE MINUTES.
When I (finally) got home, I was so embarrassed for Crappy Laptop that I bit the bullet and ordered a replacement. I'm still stunned at how quickly it boots, we're talking seconds rather than minutes. But here's the interesting part. I was going through the old document folder to see which ones were worth keeping, and I found something very cool: the beginning of a story that I'm eager to continue. I actually don't remember writing it at all, but it sounds like me. Plus I checked the file's metadata to be sure it wasn't sent to me by a friend or something :D
Here it is in all its 3lb, touchscreen, 12-hour battery life glory, along with Mr. December. More about the calendar below!
So I thought my tale about the found story starter might encourage you to take a peek--in your closet or under your bed, in your document folder or on your e-reader--and scrutinize the things you don't quite recognize.
Hopefully you too will discover a forgotten gem.
PS - If you like the new Channeling Morpheus wallpaper you see on my laptop, download a copy here. Merry Christmas!
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