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I’m on vacation with my parents and son this week but
brought my laptop along so I could keep up with e-mail, post a lesson for an on-line workshop that I’m teaching, and do my blog posting. Then my computer started doing some really weird things and I had to pack it up for the week. Thankfully my dad let me use his laptop for the posts (thank you God for portable flash drives) but I am silently freaking out about what I’ll do once I get home. In the mean time I’m taking
this as God’s way of telling me that I need to take a vacation from my computer.

As a writer who rarely goes a day without sitting in front of the screen, this will be very difficult. But I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of . . .

Taking a real vacation, including a vacation from technology

Letting my eyes rest

Letting my brain rest

Having a good excuse not to find something to work on

Spending uninterrupted time with family for an entire week

Possibly coming up with some fresh new ideas

God knows that I need to be forced to do these things sometimes. To top it off, Dad forgot his power chord so once the battery runs out, that’s it. So I have to cut my post short.

So I’ll leave you with a question: when has God forced you to take a break? How did you benefit as a writer? I look forward to sharing what I gain from this.

Maybe you can also say a quick prayer for my computer.

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About Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories for both teens and adults. Her recent work includes a story for Guideposts magazine, a chapter in Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts, and the short story Gifts, Volume 12 in the 12 Days of Christmas series. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette offers services as a freelance content editor and writing coach, and enjoys teaching writers. Jeanette lives in the Bay Area and feels blessed to be the mom of two amazing sons.

One Thought on “Computer Withdrawals

  1. Ha! this is such a writer-ly topic, I wonder if non-writers could even relate. Love it!
    My son spent three days in the hospital last month, and I stayed with him. During that time, it was all about his care and no internet connection LOL so I was on a forced sabbatical.
    It was hard–I wanted to check emails, edit my wip, connect to the whole writing network thing that has consumed my life the past year and a half. But in those three days, I taught my son chess, shared a few movies with him, and we reconnected.
    I hadn’t realized how much I had been holding loved ones at bay with my computer obsession before that.
    And when I did return to writing once he was recovered and we came home, I appreciated my family and my writing time all the more. I was able to think about plotting my next book, and even came up with a few ideas on the current ones to make them better.
    God knows when we sit and when we stand. Trust Him with those breaks in your schedule! He knows best.

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