Sunday, May 18, 2008


For you faithful readers, you know a couple of weeks ago I decided that I needed to limit my Internet time. I wobbled in my adherence to the new regime, but was saved by the Dell. Yes. She crashed like crazy---right after I sent out a bunch of queries (see her obituary below). It's as if she let me write the book and the letters but had quite enough. Amazingly, I have emerged from this experience whole and relatively sane. I've discovered the world still rotates without me commenting on blogs and reading the New York Times online. I've even gotten some requests for Paradise, which have gone out between computer seizures.

I haven't worked on my WIP or super-poked people, though. But with my new-found free time, I've begun to think about the next book (Yes. Will wonders never cease.). As I tried frantically to make sure all my files were backed up, I came across things I'd almost forgotten about---things that with a little pruning and prodding might keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

So I'm turning the frown upside down. I'm so Zen now my family wonders where Maggie went. It's time I realized what I have control over and what I don't.

Are you mellow or nervous by nature? Would you be scribbling on a yellow legal pad if you didn't have access to a computer, or biding your time? Do you have to write to be happy?


terrio said...

I'm not usually a nervous person. I'm a procrastinator, I'll worry about things tomorrow. But I'm pretty sure being computerless now would do two things. A) Drive me crazy and B) result in my house finally getting cleaned and organized.

The biggest issue would be getting my school work done. I take online classes so I have to have the access.

Good luck on the requests and happy to hear there's more Maggie MS's in the works.

J.K. Coi said...

Yes, I think I do have to write to be happy. Whether or not that's a good thing is undecided, but it's true. I've been unable to write for pretty much the last two weeks or so, and it's been hell. H-E-L-L
I have the shakes, I'm cranky-worse than normal. It's awful, but hopefully I'll be able to kick that to the curb now that various of my social obligations have been fulfilled and no one will be working to keep me from my computer. Let's just hope it doesn't crash on me. *crossing fingers*

Congrats on the new Dell!

Tiffany Kenzie said...

I have to write to be happy. I'm not a nervous person, but I am antsy. I need to be doing something, my mind needs to be doing something or get agitated and grumpy and violent... ;)

I'd bide my time, my penmanship is beyond scary, and I can't write for extended period of time because my hands cramp up.

A new story? do tell...

BernardL said...

'Are you mellow or nervous by nature?'

'Would you be scribbling on a yellow legal pad if you didn't have access to a computer, or biding your time?'
I've already done just that many times.

'Do you have to write to be happy?'
After writing three unsuccessful novels in the seventies, I concentrated on my day job and raising kids for a couple of decades, and I was still happy. I guess the answer is no.

irisheyes said...

I don't think I am nervous by nature. I'm getting so laid (?) back I'm actually comatose at times. I used to be very nervous and gave it up!

No, I don't need to write to be happy. It's definitely more of a hobby with me than a life's ambition. What I do need to do to be happy is interact with others. I wouldn't do good as a solitary hermit type.

Good luck with the new ms and puter, Maggie!

Janga said...

Great news about Paradise, Maggie!

Since all my writing begins with my scribbling in a spiral-bound notebook, I would continue to write without my computer. But I would hate being cut off from my online communities.

Maggie Robinson said...

Believe me, Terri, my house is NOT clean. I think online classes are so cool. I've never taken one but might.

JK, I think I'm definitely happiert when I write. It doesn't have to be much, just something. The only time I seem to let it go completely is when we go on vacation.

Tiff, I used to have beautiful penmanship, but now can't read all of what i write. When I wrote 20,000 words of TRR in longhand, there was stuff I could not decipher when I typed it up!

Bernard, there's nothing nicer than a family guy!

Irish, my kids think I'm a hermit now, but they don't understand I deal with hundreds of people every day. When I come home, I want to be left alone, LOL...except for my online friends of course.*w*

Janga, you know I can only think when I type...and I can't type!

Tessa Dare said...

Would I have to write to be happy? Hm. I think the answer is yes, but it's not because the act of writing makes me particularly happy. It's because I'd feel like I'd let myself down if I didn't. I do write in longhand when I don't have the computer handy, or just want to be somewhere computer-free.

I applaud your low-internet experiment - I've been doing an unofficial version of the same.

Marnee Jo said...

Yay requests, Maggie!! I've been limiting my computer time too, but not always by choice. My kid has become more demanding about the computer in recent days.

Glad that you're getting stuff done though! I should do that....

Elyssa Papa said...

I haven't written since Sunday, and I've been one mean b**ch this week. So, yeah, I have to write to be happy.

I am a nervous and antsy person... especially in certain situations like interviews or going to a new job on the first day. But overall, I'm a worrier and I live by routines, which makes me incredibly boring.

I love when I'm in that Zen-like space where I'm just mellow and in a "it is what it is" mood. I've been trying to be like that more of late.

And yay again on the Paradise requests. You know I have everything crossed for you!!!

Maggie Robinson said...

Sweet Ely, you couldn't possibly be cranky...I get nervous with new stuff too, although I know it will always work out in the end.

Tessa, you've got a deadline. Happy or not, you've got to write, LOL.

Marnee, that's the beauty of having grown-up kids. I've finally got a crack at the computer.With 4 of them, I never got anywhere near it, not that I would have known what to do. And when they come home, they still go right into my writing room and go on MySpace!