Monday, May 08, 2006

Taking a Break from the Internet











Allen holds a baby raccoon he found under the lawnmower in the barn. It has since been returned to its mother and is safe from our cats and dog, domesticated but wild creatures that love to tear apart baby creatures like this. In the background sits Blue Girl. Allen's been getting the boat ready for a new summer of adventure. (Not anything long and involved like last year, though.)



Spring. It's time to reconnect with the earth and the living things of the earth. Everywhere around us are birds and baby animals.

For the next week, or two, or three, I'll be taking a break from the Internet. It's time for me to be outside a bit and remember that I'm an animal, too. And it's time for me to get into my dreamworld, my writing zone. The Internet can be addictive; I need to break some old routines.

Classes are officially over today (I turned in my last set of final grades), and now I need to turn my attention to my creative life. First, I need to organize my work space. I need to organize my writing room, as well as the main rooms of the house just outside my writing room door. I'm taking over a total of 3 rooms to accommodate what I need to get accomplished this summer: a serious first draft of my next book. I have many books related to my topic, notes, note cards, and rough drafts that need to be situated. I also need to organize my computer files.

I will be getting another computer in the next few days, and I'll need to take some time getting it ready. Two years ago, I got a new Dell laptop and retired my 10 year old IBM. I'm happy with the Dell. I got the smallest laptop they had at the time, and I never expected it to take the place of a full-sized desktop unit. The screen and keyboard are tiny. Long hours of hunching over this little device take a toll on the back and neck muscles. I'd wanted the laptop because I wanted to experiment with making my writing experience more mobile, less tied to one place, but I don't disconnect the laptop from the Internet, mouse, and printer very much. The last time, in fact, was when I took the laptop on my Ohio River Journey. When I get the desktop unit, my little Dell can truly go with me anywhere, and I'm looking forward to that.

I've been using the laptop as my only computer because I couldn't yet afford the computer I wanted: a super-fast dual core Dell I can use to edit digital movies, and store all my photos and music.

I can afford the computer now; rather the money now sits in the bank and that's how we choose to spend it.

So you won't be seeing much of me for the next few days. I'll be settling into my writing zone so I can get some creative work done!

14 comments:

V said...

Woo Hoo! Congrats on the new `puter!
And, grades are in, school is over!
Enjoy your time off. I`ll miss you!
Love and hugs,
V

Vicky said...

My dear, how I'll miss you, but will happily think of you returning to the earth and the nest, burrowing into your creative core.

Lovely, sweet photo.

My love to you,

Vicky

dreaminglily said...

Yay new computer lol Have fun!

And getting back to nature is a great idea. I've been doing that a lot lately too.

Have fun!

~Lily

dreaminglily said...

Oh forgot, great pic. Absolutely adorable.

~Lily

Cynthia said...

New Computer!!! So exciting. enjoy the break. I think it's very important to do this from time to time.

Tom said...

Enjoy your time off, Theresa. I will miss you while you're gone. And I want to read your next book as soon as you get it published. Have a nice break.

ggw07 said...

Sail on with Blue Girl, the new computer, new life, spring into summer, new possibilities!
Gretchen

ckays1967 said...

I will miss you...mush like when you were on your boat trip.

Still hungering for that BOOK.

beths front porch said...

Looking forward to hearing from you after your time in the zone. Much love and hugs...Beth

Jod{i} said...

Awwww What a beautiful little creature...
New computer?? Yeah!


Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

When I was a child my family raised an orphaned baby boy raccoon--his mother had been hit by a car. I bottle fed him and he followed me around like he would have followed his mama. Best of luck on your writing now that school is out. Wish me the same? Teagrapple.

Bhupatkar said...

So uncanny! I got a new laptop and my desktop landed just a few days ago from my hometown! The photo is so cute. Very Aquarian. I take the cue to move into my creative zone! Enjoy the vacation and the trip...

TiAnKa said...

When June 8th arrives, you will be gone for a whole month. Do you think that you might pop in just to say hello and to let us know that you are doing well? I hope so.

Love and hugs,

T

Judith HeartSong said...

thinking of you. Hope all is well. judi

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