computer woes

I have been without a computer for quite some time now. This past weekend I finally have one again and it’s great. It is so much faster and easier on my hands to be able to type what I am working on. It is a lot easier all around to be able to work from it than it Is to work from my phone or to have to borrow a computer. I have started writing a few things on it and love how I don’t feel like the words I write can’t keep up with the thoughts. The stories are flowing at a quicker pace so hopefully I will have one finished soon. I have a children’s book nearly ready to go, now I’ll be able to put finishing touches on the illustrations since my illustrator this time around is computer illiterate.


While I am busy appreciating all that I can get done on my computer my oldest son was complaining about his. The high school now provides MacBooks for their students which is where all their textbooks are located. It is great in theory, the child has all their textbooks in one easier to carry laptop. It’s a lot easier on their backs. But if you don’t have internet at home (we do not) then it makes it impossible to get your work done after school. So every morning he is at school at least an hour early so he can use the WiFi there to complete his work or to study for a test. However yesterday the internet was down at the school for most of the day. This morning he requested that I drop him off the earliest possible which is an hour and a half before school starts. He usually loves having a computer and his textbooks on it because he can color the words to help his dyslexia however yesterday he wasn’t happy at all.


While computers are wonderful and they certainly help with a lot of things maybe some things shouldn’t be left to just computers.


Is there something that you find easier to do with a computer? Is there something you wish people wouldn’t use a computer for?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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10 Responses to computer woes

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    When my daughters were in school, I would have gladly paid extra to have their textbooks available online to save them from having to lug those heavy textbooks around. Your son is showing a lot of responsibility by asking to go to school early to finish his work! With relatives on the other side of the world, communication is much easier and cheaper with a computer. Banking is easier and faster. Now that I’m responsible for a lot of my mom’s medical and legal issues, communication with her doctors and attorney is done almost exclusively online, and some of it can’t be done on my phone or ipad. I do a LOT online, which is probably why I make an effort to call friends for face-to-face gatherings and send cards as often as I can.

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    • I understand about being able to talk to people on the other side of the world. My oldest brother and his family have lived in South Korea, Belgium, and are in South Korea again. We love when we can arrange to do a video chat, especially at Christmas. I set it up so my parents can see their other grandkids on Christmas Eve when everyone is over at their house for dinner. It’s not the same as all of us being together but it’s as close as we can get until he retires.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    First of all — glad you got access to a computer again.
    Now, to your question: one thing I’ve found SOOO much easier with computers is the sorting and tabulation possible because of features with spreadsheets and other software.
    In years past, I did considerable sorting for various bibliographies and indices — all of which would have been completely manual without access to the software I used at that point.
    And for decades (as I was doing my own taxes), I used a continually-refined spreadsheet that did all the computations for me.
    I remember watching my Dad painstakingly type and re-type and re-type drafts of the novels and plays he wrote when I was a kid at home. That’s a marvel of modern technology — the ability to make your editing changes and just print out a new copy!

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  3. I can understand your frustration at not having internet access at home especially for schoolwork. My grandson went through basically the same problem last year where they lived, since many of his assignments were online and at first, they had no access and then it was unreliable, as were their cellphones. I should hope that the school would be understanding, especially if their own internet was down.
    On the other hand, what a relief about schoolbooks! When I was a kid, I wished we had a set at school and a set at home, since we had a great deal of homework and lugging all the books back and forth was very hard…plus Heaven forbid you forgot one at home or at school!
    I would have lost my mind totally without my computer and internet after moving to KY. How would I know you lovely people?
    I know I would never have been able to put out a decent-sized story with as badly as I type! I remember how hard it was to get enough ‘clean’ copies of my lyrics and poems to send in! I can get a headache just thinking about it!
    On the other hand, I miss real letter and Christmas cards, which have been fewer and fewer. Joe refuses to bank online; he likes a paper trail.I insist on paperwork for all of our medical business. My doctor’s computers always seem to skip a medicine or two on my list every time I go there. I wish they also had hard copies of our medical records.

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    • I love writing letters and mailing out cards. The kids and I have a Christmas card party at the end of November/beginning of December. We put on carols, make a pot of tea and one of cocoa, set out some cookies, then the four of us fill out cards while enjoying an evening of laughter and singing. It just wouldn’t be the same if we sent out virtual Christmas cards.

      Having a hard copy of medical records would be handy. There is always something off on medication/@allergy lists when we go too.


  4. And I am glad you have a computer again! I even message on mine most of the time.

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  5. dave94015 says:

    Reblogged this on dave94015 and commented:
    what are the advantages/disadvantages of using computers for authors’ writing?

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  6. dave smith says:

    when I was without access to computers & the net recently I found I could concentrate MORE on my writing…computers have too many distractions!

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    • They certainly can be distracting but I do not have the internet at home and don’t have any games on my computer so it’s pretty distraction free. I remember checking Facebook or hopping over to Pinterest a lot when I did have the internet and should have been writing.


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