The computer came into my life around 1995, using laptops when I did reviews in the field. It was a storage of information, basically.
By 1997, when I had gotten my own desktop, I was introduced to the internet -- what a damn big place that was! I found forums, like the now defunct Waking World, where I met people with whom I still communicate today, and people who I traveled 5, 000 miles to meet.
I've known so many people on the computer, and many in person, too.
The computer is where I first sit when I wake up, going through my morning routine, playing trivia, visiting a friend's forum, reading and writing there.
There are emails throughout the day, my sister, my niece, notification of blog comments.
Even when working on my novel , I will keep the computer online. It's an unspoken connection.
The photographs it stores are important archives. Thousands of pictures.
It is an encyclopedia, a date finder, a collector/storage keeper, wordprocessor, darkroom...
*A free-write is a type of automatic writing, where you just go with your stream of consciousness non-stop. There's no thought to spelling or grammar, and no editing of words. Supposedly this opens the mind up to greater creativity. They can be 5, 10 or 20 minutes long. Suggestions for freewrites are always welcome. Visit Evie, with whom I freewrite, at the space between colors.