Ever wonder why I stick those asterisks in my titles? It’s because the Triberr program won’t let my tribe mates automatically retweet my posts if they have words like “contest” or “win” or “giveaway” in the title. Which seems pretty odd, but there you go.
When I first began blogging, back in the olden days just after Hurricane Katrina, I had a daily blog called “No-No-Nola.” I shut it down five years ago when I left New Orleans. But my Friday “meme,” if you will was the Free-Range, where there was basically no theme whatsoever. Like today.
So…PC or Mac, Mac or PC? I’m trying to decide. I wrote Royal Street, River Road, and Redemption on a little Dell Inspiron 14-inch laptop. Obviously, it had an overactive “R” key. Elysian Fields, Absolution, Omega and Storm Force got written on a Dell XPS-17 that is currently driving me insane. It has keyboard hiccups that send the cursor, mid-word and without warning, to a different part of the screen, where I’m suddenly typing in the middle of the wrong sentence. As I tend to type very fast, this annoys me to no end because I have to stop, move the cursor back to the right place, delete whatever weirdness it has inserted while wandering, etc. It’s apparently a bug with this particular model.
Still, I could live with it until I subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud and downloaded CS6 versions of PhotoShop and InDesign. Now, if I have more than one screen open, everything freezes, even Gmail. This is not acceptable. It’s not worth adding memory to a two-year-old computer to amp up the speed. Still wouldn’t solve the hopping cursor curse.
At the Evil Day Job, I use an iMac with a 21-inch monitor. Love love love. It doesn’t seem to have the issues my past Macs have had, which is the spinning color wheel of death whenever iTunes is open.
But I want a laptop. I have this need for my computer to go with me when I leave home. Like a security blanket with a keyboard.
Macbook Pro? Macbook Air? Or save a ton of money and get another PC, which I’ve had pretty good luck with, cursor issues notwithstanding? Suggestions?
Let’s see…Oh! Here’s a deal for you. I have been revamping my author page on Facebook and hope to be a lot more active on there (and not just on my personal page). Starting from when this post goes live and until Saturday midnight, anyone who goes and “Likes” my page will be entered for a $10 Amazon gift card or an equivalent Book Depository book of choice. Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with posts. I don’t have time! But I will be doing occasional giveaways and exclusive content and maybe a launch party.
You can find me at this link. And just to be fair, if you’ve already liked my page, I’ll do a drawing for a mystery book for you from my TBR pile. I’ll announce the winners here and on FB on Sunday morning. Later, gators!