My very own laptop!
Posted by E on October 7, 2008
Finally, no sharing or using borrowed laptops! Not since my old bought-used clunker died in 2001 have I actually owned a laptop of my very own! Never mind a brand new one. I always swore that if ever I should get enough money from my writing to afford it, the very first thing I would get is a new laptop. And here we are!
I got this Acer on sale, and even though I hate Vista to bits for ruining what was an incredible, near-perfect system that would have made this laptop run way better than it could ever perform today, it will do for what I need it – it’s light, portable, and the wireless Internet card works perfectly. I put Word 2007 on it, which is somewhat of a bummer since all my other files are older, but it’s an easy fix since I can save down a version or two when I transfer files back and forth on the memory keys.
And no, I didn’t blow my entire Toronto Arts Council grant on it – I got this puppy for less than $500 (I’m embarassed to admit how great the sale was, but it was $399, down from $600, but it’s sold out now), and the rest of the cash is going toward supplies and bills to keep me going while I work on the manuscript. Looks like September is the best month to buy computers since they have incredible blow-out sales for the back-to-school season.
I particularly wanted to wait for a light machine (portability is key, especially if I’m to throw it in a backpack and carry it through Europe again when I go back for the Securitate files), but tablet PCs were financially out of the question, and there was a time when just about every laptop was huuuge, wide-screened and weighted down with gaming boulders. What would I need specialty graphics for? I blame video games for rotting youths’ brains. Thank God (figuratively speaking, of course) for the movement back toward smaller sizes and portability. (this baby is about 14″). And I wanted a cheap-but-good machine to a) stretch the TAC money, and b) not worry constantly about it getting stolen or broken.
But I can’t actually believe that I have been able to buy my very own computer, with my own earnings, generated from my very own writing! The most I’ve ever made from writing is $30-45 here and there, based on submitted poetry and prose – literary journals barely pay anything at all. So this is a momentous occasion in my “emerging writer” (as TAC puts it) career, and besides, the laptop is so pretty I could cry. So here she is, for all to see 🙂