Randomness and the odd attachment to a machine

March 25th, 2009

It’s official. My hard-drive is fried and R has given up working on it and has gone ahead and ordered me a new one. It should arrive by the weekend and early next week I’ll have my old computer back. I’m looking forward to it. I didn’t lose anything because of our backup system and I haven’t been left without a computer – and a laptop at that – but I’ve had a hard time working on this machine and not just because the European keyboard keeps me backtracking and searching for the apostrophe. I have a hard time doing thoughtful work on this loaner because it’s a loaner. It all feels so strange and temporary and unreal. I’m using notebooks for my poetry but I’ve been reluctant to blog from this computer. How strange that a hunk of wire and sturdy plastic has become a comforting item.

Disconcerting, too, and a wake-up call not to get attached to the tools.

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R is taking a little getaway to recover after writing his master’s thesis while holding down a full-time job and never once shirking on the homefront.

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R and I recently decided that we should each get at least one solo vacation a year. I’m thinking Prague. Talk to me, readers, about Prague. (Especially you.)

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A journal that passed on a poem seven months ago emailed me out of the blue and said they’d like to use it in an upcoming themed edition. Seven months. An editor remembered a poem of mine for seven months. There is a wrinkle I need to smooth out, but at any rate it’s flattering.

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I hope to get out of the short snippets mode soon, I really do.

3 Responses to “Randomness and the odd attachment to a machine”

  1. kristen on March 25, 2009 12:22 pm

    Sorry to hear about the computer, but so glad new is on the way. And seven months? I just want to say that is beyond flattering. Think about it. Think about how what you wrote must have struck a chord, touched this editor in some way so that when the appropriate time came, she not only remembered, but made the effort to get in touch and move forward. In today’s move move move forward motion world, I’d say that’s pretty remarkable. And encouraging. Oh, and yes, flattering too. Great news!!

  2. Julia@kolo on March 25, 2009 12:26 pm

    What to say about Prague? It is a wonderful place, lots to see, very kid friendly in certain restaurants, lots of options for pensions or apartments or hotels. We get crowded and hot in July and August, and certain parts are best seen as the sun rises and the rest of town sleeps, but it is a city not to be missed! When are you coming?

  3. Julia@kolo on March 25, 2009 12:27 pm

    Wait, I just reread your post and noticed “solo vacation.” Prague is great solo! When might you come?

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