Saturday, October 12, 2013

Games and Whatnot

I finally decided to connect my laptop to the Internet after months of leaving it in isolation. My impetus for this brave decision? I wanted to play games online and needed to download the necessary software.

Since I figured I should be somewhat productive, I also updated a bunch of programs already installed. Happily, my word processor had a new version out and after I upgraded my spell-check worked again. It has been broken since earlier this year, probably the result of some self-preservation mechanism kicking in given how atrocious my spelling can be when writing a first draft.

I'm sure you're wondering whether there's a moral to this story and, yes, surprisingly there are two. First, never underestimate the value of playing games when you could be accomplishing something inherently useful. Second, when something breaks on your computer, don't waste your time trying to fix it by combing through the millions of incoherent articles available online, futilely importing language libraries, and pounding on your keyboard in a last-ditch effort to jar something back in place. If you procrastinate long enough, the problem will eventually fix itself.

Unfortunately, procrastinating until someone else codes a fix doesn't work so well with plot holes, weak character development, and grammar nightmares, but that's okay. Never underestimate the healing power of games.


  1. lol! I totally understand! Stopping by from IU :-)

  2. Hi, Marla. I'm here via Indies Unlimited.

    How did you manage to stay unconnected for so long? I use the Internet constantly for research while I'm writing. If it's down for a few hours, I feel lost.

    1. Hi Kathy. I typically write on my laptop, but I have a desktop computer too. I use my desktop to look up anything I need to and, before recently, to spell-check my manuscripts. I generally don't research much while I'm trying to write or I get too distracted with everything else on the Internet. Thanks for stopping by!