Y’all have been helpful with your input regarding whether I should buy that service plan for my laptop, but I still haven’t decided. I’m leaning toward not getting it. I’ve had one laptop or another for the better part of a decade now, and while yes, I have had battery issues a couple times, for the most part, my experience with them has been fairly uneventful. Not to mention the times they weren’t–like when I spilled tea on my keyboard and the cursor turned into a flapping bird and the system wouldn’t boot properly–wouldn’t be covered by the service plan anyway.
I think I’ll just continue to make compulsive backups (ever since an Apple computer ate half the textbook my adviser and I were writing in graduate school, I’ve been anal about it) and hope for the best.
So far, the whole gluing butt to chair thing has been spectacularly unsuccessful on the writing front. I did revise a story before submitting it, and sent out three subs: one to F&SF, one to Cricket, and one to an erotica market, which at least amuses me as I’m hitting the full gamut of my writing endeavors. A bit annoyed at the lack of mail service today, but my post office has installed a new electronic kiosk which weighs and sells postage for large envelopes and packages, so at least I could get my subs out.
Started on a Critters critique for a regular.
E. Sedia reviewed Leading Edge #48 for Tangent and wrote glowing things about my story, “Of Two Minds in Lanais”:
“Magic! Poetry! Fisticuffs! All this and more make Eugie Foster’s “Of Two Minds in Lanais” the best story in the issue . . .”
I did that one time to my keyboard, I spilled coffee on it and the keyboard went kaput. I had to buy another one from ebay. Good thing it only cost me $10 dollars.
Fair enough, hope that I didn’t sound pushy with what I said! I just know that fate seems to make me its bitch and if the accident had been Bek’s fault and I *hadn’t* bought the plan (which I’ve used to replace the burner twice now as well) for $150, I’d be out an entire computer. Just don’t put it in the trunk — you’re just asking for it. 😉
I will say this…Thinkpads are a sturdier make of computer than the HPs are. If that’s a consideration in whether or not to get the service plan…