An Ode to My Laptop

29 Nov

My trusted laptop since 2014 died the other week. I know that may not sound like a big deal, but for me, it was like letting go of an old friend.

You see, writers spend an extraordinary amount of time on their computers. There are very few days in the year that I don’t use my computer at least once, if not to write, then to work on my platform or connect with writer friends.

Maybe I should blame The Brave Little Toaster for instilling in my Millennial brain that inanimate objects are living, breathing friends to be cherished. But the truth is, when you spend as much time as I do with these computers, you can’t help but feel some sort of connection with them. In fact, I’ve always named my laptops, just like some people name their cars.

This past laptop was named Luna P, after the loyal toy Chibi-Usa carries from the future into the past in Sailor Moon. It helps bring her joy, but it also keeps her company and assists her in fighting the enemy. That’s what my laptop was to me. A companion that encourages me to follow my dreams, defeat my doubt, and continue on my writing journey.

Since 2014, Luna P has been with me through three moves, five job changes, and eight book releases, not to mention signing with a publisher and connecting with my first agent. I’ve written upwards of 15 manuscripts on this computer. Sent out my first queries. Dreamed up countless amounts of ideas and outlines. I took it to Penned Con in St. Louis, YALL Fest in Charleston, and Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa. Most recently, it ventured to a week in the Ozarks for poetry writing and ziplining. (Okay, so I didn’t take it ziplining with me.)

Over the years, we’ve written in coffee shops, airports, bookstores, and at whatever desk or kitchen table we could find. I secured my first book signing at Barnes & Noble on that laptop. I made many writer friends on that laptop, attending virtual write-ins, critique groups, and chats. I also taught from the first time–both in-person and virtually–via that laptop. I ran my editing business through that laptop. I’ve stayed connected with friends and family throughout the pandemic on that laptop.

There are so many times that my laptop was my connection to the world, but also to myself.

Over the past eight years, I’ve learned so much about my writing style and publishing dreams. I’ve made changes. I’ve made mistakes. Most importantly, I always made the decision to keep going.

Without my Luna P laptop, all of those memories would have been so much harder to make. Maybe even out of reach. I’m very grateful for the access to technology that I am able to have in my life. I’m thankful for how long Luna P lasted and how much we accomplished together.

Alas, it was time to lay her to rest…and begin anew.

It’s scary trying to decide how to move on. So much has changed in laptops since 2014. I spent a few days researching to figure out my needs and what best suited those. I ended up with a MacBook Air. I’ve named my new laptop Rosie, not just for its rose-gold color, but for all the rosie times to come. I’m really looking forward to all the stories we’re going to write together. All the dreams we’re going to meet. All the lessons learned.

Here’s to Luna P and all those fond memories.

Here’s to Rosie and her rose-gold future and friendship,

~SAT

11 Responses to “An Ode to My Laptop”

  1. Paul Bowler November 29, 2021 at 9:02 am #

    I had a similar thing happen to me last year. I’ve had my old laptop for ten years, it’d been with my ever since I started writing and my blogging journey. I was gutted when it finally gave up and went to that big old cloud in the sky.

    • Shannon A Thompson November 29, 2021 at 9:48 am #

      Wow! Ten years! That’s a long time. Sounds like a great ten years of writing. 🙂
      ~SAT

      • Paul Bowler November 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

        Yeah, sure is, its about as long as I’ve been blogging as well. 🙂

      • Shannon A Thompson November 29, 2021 at 12:48 pm #

        Amazing!! I love blogging so much. 🤗
        ~SAT

  2. josiesvoice November 29, 2021 at 9:24 am #

    Amen!!

  3. Sarah Angleton November 29, 2021 at 11:06 am #

    I’m sorry you have to move on from Luna P, though she lasted a very long time. My laptops rarely make it to even five years. It always hurts a little to let one go. May you and Rosie enjoy many wonderful hours of creativity together!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 29, 2021 at 11:11 am #

      She did! Lots of good memories. Thank you for reading, sharing your laptop story, and sending well wishes for Rosie adventures!
      ~SAT

  4. Ken Powell November 30, 2021 at 8:22 am #

    I get very attached to both my laptop and phone. I try to keep both as long as possible and hate it when they die. Three years for the phone seems the limit before it becomes unusable, but I can manage as much as five years with a laptop. To go seven years though is impressive! Your laptop should be mourned but it had a damned good innings as we say here in Blighty!

    • Shannon A Thompson November 30, 2021 at 9:50 am #

      I hear yah! I just had to replace my phone, too. I will hold onto them for as long as possible. I just can’t bring myself to abandon something that’s worked perfectly well for so long. My laptop had a good life. Thank you for sharing your story!
      ~SAT

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