Mar. 4th, 2012

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Today I got rid of six years' worth of fiction writing, from 7th to 12th grade.

I'm mainly annoyed at myself for having wasted so much time. The love of fiction and the ability to write do not necessarily translate into the ability to write fiction in any serious way, and I don't think I was at fault for not realizing this earlier, but when I look at the time I spent and the direction I tried to set for myself...

Well. I feel better for having got rid of it. I'm not sure why I kept the things I wrote in college, especially since I'm pretty sure I have those on my hard drive somewhere, but I may go back and get rid of those soon anyway.

I figured this all out about five years ago, but I could never quite get rid of that stuff before now. I don't know whether I was clinging to the idea of myself as a fiction writer, or whether I was influenced by my notions of what a person ought to keep for nostalgic reasons. Probably the latter; I do find myself keeping things I don't really want because I think that normal people would, and therefore I should too.
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In more unequivocally positive news: I has a laptop!

Our friend Deia had a laptop that was originally intended for her daughter, but she never really used it, and then the hard drive died. Deia wanted a new computer anyway, so she passed this one on to us.

Charles has two good laptops, or else I think he'd take this one over, because he likes the hardware -- he says it's the spiritual equivalent of a model they've used at K for a while. But he's all set, so it's mine. 3GB RAM, dual Pentium CPU 2GHzx2, 160GB hard drive. Also, it's pink. I don't think he'd really care that much about the color if it were his only option, but it's not, so.

The only problem is that the battery is 95% dead, which is not a pressing issue since I wasn't planning to do my computing elsewhere any time soon. We've ordered an aftermarket replacement.

Charles installed Ubuntu on it, which I haven't used for a very long time -- I had it shortly after college, but my laptop had an iffy connector somewhere, and Windows deals with such things way better than Linux -- so I'm going to have to relearn that. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased.


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