The day I bought the red Dell laptop, it was a cold, blustery day in November. By that time, I'd been working at the local newspaper as a news assistant for several months, and had finally saved up enough money to buy something that I'd always dreamed about getting - my very own laptop.
I'm not sure why I'd never had a computer of my own before. In college, I'd gotten away with just working on homework at computer labs. The prospect of buying such an expensive item (at least it was to me back then) didn't make sense to me at the time. But after college, when I was bitten by the writing bug, I started dreaming of buying a laptop of my own so that I could start writing seriously. I know it probably sounds silly now in this age of smartphones and cheap, affordable computers that we've suddenly found ourselves in. But back then, a laptop always just seemed slightly out of reach.
Until that November day, nearly six years ago, when I finally bit the bullet and bought one. A shiny red one that to me, looked kind of Christmasy and festive and fun.
I didn't know it at the time, but it was the best purchase I've ever made.
The laptop has seen me through 13 books now, and several unpublished, half-finished drafts. It's been with me through thick and thin. It's seen numerous first chapters, rough drafts, bad writing, and the occasional good sentence :). And like a good friend, it's never judged me for any of it. It's just chugged along, like a trooper.
Anyway, my cozy moment this week wasn't exactly something typically cozy, like reading a good book with a cup of tea. But it was a meaningful moment to me when, while finishing up the last few edits of Bulldogs & Bullets, I realized just what a journey this laptop has allowed me to take these past six years. And as I'm about to hit the "publish" button for the thirteenth time this upcoming week, I feel so grateful to it for giving me the tools to do what I love doing the most.
What about you? What was your cozy moment this week? Comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of Bulldogs & Bullets: A Dog Town USA Cozy Mystery (Book 2). The winner will be chosen at random, and will receive the book Tuesday when it hits digital shelves. Good Luck!