This year I’ve done something I don’t normally do. I am very bad at treating and rewarding myself in general. I end up feeling guilty about spending money on myself and being indulgent. I decided to break the habit and indulge.
I bought a brand new laptop for Christmas and I’m not going to let anyone else have a go of it! It did cost a small fortune but my old laptop is more than five years old, which is the equivalent of about 100 in human years. My old laptop is quite bulky and it isn’t something you can whip out on a plane to get a bit of work done.
It was also made me the subject of ridicule at the writing club I go to. It managed to acquire the nickname “Big Bertha”. At first I wasn’t sure if they were talking about me or the machine. They assured me it was the machine but that didn’t stop me from making an increased effort to lose weight. Being teased for my outdated possession while everyone else has top-of-the-range, fancy-pansy writing machines when they come to meetings made me feel like I was back in school again. The reason I bought Bertha in the first place was to watch movies and so that I had a bigger screen to make editing my photos easier. Now I am firmly focused on writing and my needs for a laptop have changed.
I forgot how much of a pain it is to set up a new laptop from scratch. Although it is undoubtedly easier than it was 20 years ago, you still have to remember passwords, set up clouds and make sure all of your software is working. This is one of the reasons why I haven’t had a new phone in about 4 years but I will possibly need a new one soon and I am dreading when they day arrives.
I’m glad I decided that I deserved this treat. I am now more determined than ever that 2020 is going to be the year that I finally write a novel and I have the equipment to do it. That isn’t to say that simply having a new computer is the reason that I haven’t written a novel up until now but I have less excuses to use because my laptop is more portable.
So, here is to 2020, the year I will be starting and finishing my first novel.