After a writing hiatus of quite a few months longer than I intended, I'm back to work on what I will refer to as "the book." I knocked out another 500 words yesterday, and expect to make that the standard day's output. But since I've had these productive impulses before, and since they tend to expire after about a week, I'm employing a few other strategies.
First: A new computer! Yep, I have decided that there are too many games on my desktop machine, it's too noisy, and it confines me to one room of the house. So I ordered a new notebook computer from Dell. It's their new 1420 model. Should be here in a couple more weeks -- although you never know with Dell -- and then the only files I'll transfer from my old computer to the new one are my in-progress writing projects.
I know what you're thinking: Basically, I'm offering myself a cheap bribe to a commit to a project that will probably take a year -- long after the shiny new computer ceases to become a toy and starts looking more like an albatross. Yeah, I guess I am. I certainly don't need a new computer. But you know what? I'm going to consider this as good an excuse as any.
One other thing: Since this new machine comes with no word-processing program on it, I'm going to finally give Open Office.org a try. I've been using it some at work, and as far as I can tell it does everything Word does. And it's free. Bill Gates doesn't need any more of my cash, right?
So, a new computer and a new word processor. This book will practically be writing itself!