You know when you do something and you feel it’s a little… “out there”?
That is; “out there in the world of slightly strange, but still on the right side of socially acceptable”.
This action makes perfect sense to you. Compete, beautiful, beaming sense. And the thing is, you don’t want someone to tell you that it’s perfectly normal; nay, rational. Because somehow, the world thinking it’s weird (and we do know what the world thinks) makes it special. It’s special in its weirdness.
But then, like a wet leaf blown into your face on a windy day (it has happened) you tell someone about this little morsel of prised weirdness. And they nod, finding it reasonable.
Poo. Reasonable is boring. Not the work of an eccentric closet-genius.
Basically, I did something that makes perfect sense. It really isn’t that singular…I wish it was!
All I did was pop all writing files onto a hard drive and then restored my Dell laptop to factory settings.
I installed only Microsoft Word, the rest of Office got left out. I rearranged the start menu, pinned word to the taskbar, then returned my writing files and placed them in optimal places. Voila!
Dedicated writing laptop.
It is beautiful. And not that weird right? Especially since it’s not my sole computer.
But I don’t feel fully complete.
I want to go further. You see, factory settings=a lot of things already installed. So that you can turn on your new laptop, maybe install Microsoft Office, and behold! Ready to go. Ready to go to do a bunch of very basic things. So that people like me, who don’t use their laptops to hack nasa, who only work on Windows (unless it’s a mac, though sometimes even then), can actually use it.
That’s all well and good.
Or at least it was. I bought my laptop for writing. I bought my netbook for writing too. And they both got a little cluttered. In fact, they came cluttered. Filled with things I don’t need. At least not on two.
So how much can I remove? At what point it the laptop crippled? See, I don’t want constant updates. I don’t want to download and install this, that, and the other. I don’t want a hundred processes happening or dozens of programs. I know I sound like an old lady, but I’m craving a little simplicity here. Isolated simplicity; I can do all non-writing things on the Mac or the netbook.
How far can I go? Is it even possible to remove something your laptop really needs?
Wouldn’t it be glorious to open your laptop and be sucked into your writing world? Firstly because you want to be there, but secondly because, really, there is nowhere else to go.
I have decided that it would indeed beglorious.
So if anyone can advise me about further laptop clear-outs, go wild!
And if anyone has done something to aid their writing that actually is weird and wonderful, do share!