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15 Dec

The problem started almost a week ago.

I’d heard horror stories about computer viruses.  I never thought it could happen to my computer.  That’s what I get for thinking.

I have a doozy of a virus.  I’ve been offline and off my home computer since Saturday.  That’s a year or perhaps ten in computer time.  Think of everything I’ve missed in those days.

I’ve had e-mail for several years at work.  I was slow to get a personal account.  I didn’t want to invest the time.  It became an ongoing joke.  Lynn and e-mail. Those two words should never be used together.

I stepped into personal e-mail and the online world three years ago.  I’m even on Facebook, not that I usually post anything. I’ve occasionally given friends and family a small shout-out just to show my computer skills.  Don’t look for me to tweet anytime soon.

I fret as I wait for the tech to work magic.  I know my e-mail is stacking up.  The thought is giving me nightmares.  I could check it at work, but there’s a problem.  I don’t have that kind of time.  I arrive to work at 7:30 and begin setting up for the day, dealing with my small volume of work related e-mail, correcting papers, and putting out what smoldering fires are visible to the naked eye.  Before I know it, it’s time for my students to arrive.

There is more than one computer in my home.  I’ve been married to the same man for over thirty years.  He has computers, but I would never dream of using one.  He is very picky about his things, and the thought of me touching his precious computers would drive the poor man crazy.  For the sake of our marriage, and his health, it’s best I don’t use his computers.  The sacrifices I’m willing to make to preserve my marriage and spare my husband’s life are mind-boggling.

I’ll admit I’ve had a few days where I miss going into my office and sitting at my computer.  The people at the online games I frequent must be missing me.

I’ve missed reading the blogs at Gem State Writers.  When my computer is up and running, I’ll get caught up with my fellow bloggers.

I hope to be back in my office and at my computer by Saturday.  Keep your fingers crossed.

What have I been doing without the use of the internet?

I’ve been reading.

I’ve been writing.

What would you do if you were cut off from your online world?  What new discoveries would you make about yourself?  How would it impact your writing?

 
16 Comments

Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Idaho

 

16 responses to “Disconnected

  1. ramblingsfromtheleft

    December 15, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    Lynn … don’t fret or worry … actually think of it as a blessing of sorts. You can treat this as one did back in the day … when letters were our way of connecting … when we waited each day for the post to arrive from family or a close friend. Time disconnected can bring a kind of joyful solitude in this maddening world of instant messages. Read to write … think wonderful thoughts you can accumulate … thoughts you can share later when the post finally arrives 🙂

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Hey ramblings…
      I’m back. It was a peaceful Christmas. I didn’t have to worry about checking e-mail. There was no internet for me to worry about. It was good. The vacation is over. Sigh. I’m reconnected.

       
  2. Laura Dion-Jones

    December 15, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Computers are oxymoronic, in a way, don’t you think? They suck up a tremendous amount of our time – but also allow us to produce wonderful writing and other incredible things – if we could only stay away from all those on-line distractions and games. Go, Girl! YOu probably missed nothing – especially if you spent your time reading and writing more. That’s the whole idea, is it not?!

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      Hi Laura, I really did enjoy my freedom. I can’t say I got more work done, not with all the Christmas things going on. I am reconnected.

       
  3. Janis McCurry

    December 15, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    If I were cut off from the Internet, I’d probably read. I often feel I don’t “have” the time to read, but I think I’ve actually put it lower on my priorities of living in the life I have, which seems incredibly full and satisfying. Then, if I spend time reading, I think I should be using that time to write. Ah, for simpler times.

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Janis, Janis, Janis. It was wonderful! All good things must come to an end. I am reconnected.

       
  4. Meredith Conner

    December 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Read, read, read!

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      Meredith, excellent suggestion.

       
  5. Liz Fredericks

    December 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    I’d read. And clean. My kids are experiencing a new world order at my house as I no longer have cable. They are . . . gasp . . . reading, playing checkers, talking to each other . . . amazing how things change when we kick out technology. Oops, gotta go, my phone is beeping 😉

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      Liz, technology is…wonderful, in its own special way. I don’t know how we’d function without it. On the other hand, it is a huge time suck. I will miss my vacation from technology. I am reconnected.

       
  6. Peggy Staggs

    December 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I understand about being off line. With the move I missed a lot. So take the time to read and relax, you’ll be back in no time.

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      I did relax. As you can see, I’m reconnected.

       
  7. Clarissa Southwick

    December 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Lynn, It sounds like you’re doing the right things. Hope you’re back online soon 🙂

     
    • Lynn Mapp

      December 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Hello Clarissa, I’m reconnected.

       
  8. Mary Vine

    December 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Yes, lately I’ve been thinking about how much time I spend online. When I come home from work, I spend one hour online, checking sites and email accounts. Later at night, I check my email again. You know the routine. I want to multi-task, so I got a Kindle Fire as an early Xmas present, and checked facebook (on Kindle) while I spent time on my exercise bike. It worked.
    You have to get your name out there as a struggling writer so there you go. But, I’ve also been thinking about how this world is so different now with all this technology. Things will never be the same.

     
  9. Lynn Mapp

    December 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Hi Mary, you are right. Things will never be the same. We can only expect more ways for us to get information, stay it touch, and ways to pull our attention from writing.

     

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