For anyone who’s my Facebook friend or reads my Killer Hobbies blog, you know I’ve had some computer issues over the past couple of weeks. The upshot is that first my Internet access, and then a couple of my computers, crashed. Why? Malware!
I had to take my main desktop computer and one of my laptops to technicians to diagnose and fix. Turned out that we had to replace the hard drive on my desktop, and although the technician couldn’t figure out how the malware had affected my laptop, his working to diagnose it apparently solved the problem.
Some of you have undoubtedly experienced this. I have, too, on a much more limited basis. But a writer, these days, without access to a computer? What misery! And it lasted for several days.
Yes, I back things up. And even beyond that, although the technicians didn’t reinstall all the programs on my desktop, they somehow were able to save all the data–although I have to hunt for it. And I’m so untechie that it’s a real hunt.
So… my wish for all of you is that you never, ever, experience anything like this.
Oh, except for those out there who create viruses and malware and the like to harm people’s computers and think it’s fun and funny. Instead, I wish the absolute worst of such stuff, an incurable virus or whatever, on every computer you ever attempt to use.
How about you–has your computer ever gotten ill with a virus or worse?
A couple of days ago, I had to get up very early–I set my alarm clock for 3:15 AM–to take some family members to Los Angeles International Airport for a 6 AM flight.
These days, I seldom even get up before 6 AM. In fact, my goal is generally 6:30. But years ago, when I had a full-time job as an in-house attorney, I had to get up much earlier, especially when my job moved from 10 miles from my home to 50 miles away. Iâ€™d already begun publishing by then so my coworkers knew that, when I arrived at 6:45 AM, I wasnâ€™t really â€œthereâ€ because I would write for an hour before the official starting time of 7:45.
But since then, even when Iâ€™ve had law projects that required me to work in an office, Iâ€™ve seldom had to get up very early. Which now seems a bit of a shame!
On the day I went to LAX early, the drive from my home near Studio City was only about a half hour each way. Compare that to the usual round-trip drive to LAX of at least a couple of hours, thanks to traffic.
I was able to get in a workout at Curves that started at 5:45 AM. I returned home for breakfast and obeying my dogs, then started writing this blog plus my Killer Hobbies blog to be posted this week.
And then I got to work writing.
Okay, I admit that my eyelids were a bit droopy, thanks to my fatigue. Even so, it felt refreshing to start working so early. I think I even got a bit more done that day than I would have otherwise. Although I also admit to taking a twenty-minute nap–and that I still would have liked to have accomplished more.
Will I do it again? Iâ€™d like to, especially if it helps my writing productivity. Not sure yet whether I will… but I hope so.
How about you? Whatâ€™s the earliest you get up to write?
Non-writers have no idea how physically demanding being a full-time writer can be.
What? Do I hear you laughing? Not so fast.
Give some thought to what happens to a body when it spends eight or ten or more hours per day in a sitting position. (Granted, I have writer friends who sit curled up in a big easy chair with a laptop all day, but that canâ€™t be too swift on a body either.)
Wrist and elbow problems, and carpal tunnel, are as frequent as typos for writers.
The spine â€” all those discs and vertebra â€” can turn on their owner, resulting in serious orthopaedic problems.
Knees and hips are joints that are meant to move, not remain immobile for hours on end. (I assume youâ€™ve heard of the condition called â€˜piano playerâ€™s spread.â€™ Same problem for writers.)
And then thereâ€™s the foggy brain syndrome which is a result of hours of being sedentary and no blood reaching the brain.
Writers have to get up and MOVE! Deadline or not. MOVE!
Some folks have home gym equipment like a treadmill. (Please note: Treadmills are only effective if used regularly, not left sitting in a corner.)
Some writers take walks. Thatâ€™s a great way to let your brain toy with your latest plot idea or characters.
Iâ€™m a member of Curves, the 30-minute womenâ€™s exercise program. I havenâ€™t lost a lot of weight, and Iâ€™m a long way from being buff, but it does give me a chance to talk to â€˜realâ€™ people, in contrast to those talkative characters who inhabit my brain.
So, writers, letâ€™s get moving!
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