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With my arm in sling last week, I found my iPad working overtime. A tablet was more comfortable to navigate than my desktop – the less I had to use a mouse, the better. But I wasn’t simply trading a desktop for something portable. The iPad was only built to do what it does and do it well. Still, it had me thinking about what I’d do differently if I could make it work as I’d ideally want it to in that moment. A bit more computer-like in the program department but with tablet features.

Basically, I wanted to be able to write a book as easily as I could read one. Veruca Salt sort of stuff. Or so I thought.

In the serendipitous way the universe works, I was asked to join the #TabletCrew for #IntelTablets – and give the new Samsung ATIV smart PC a whirl. I like my iProducts but have used PCs at various times over the years, and they did the job, whether writing a screenplay or a magazine piece. In recent years, especially while writing If Emily Posted and delving further into tech discussions here and at BlogHer, I became frustrated by how divided the two platforms are – most often by users who shun one or the other as inferior. I’m excited to see how I can integrate the two into my workday, and see what I’ve been missing. This writer has some new ideas in the works, and the little black book just arrived tonight. Maybe opening Windows will be the just the breath of fresh air I need.

Also, this Internet Explorer video was a trip down memory lane. And by that I mean, wow, I’m old.

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Disclosure: I am being provided with an Intel tablet, but any and all opinions will be mine and mine alone – otherwise, I’d have to change the name of the blog.

Hello, thirteen.

Now that we’ve reentered adolescence, I’ve been thinking about those years before I was tethered to screens. The impossibility of the impossible I knew at thirteen isn’t so different from the potential we find online today. At thirteen, anything and everything seemed attainable. At thirteen, the drama of social life was extreme and it was a job in itself to keep up. It was exhausting. Screens are exhausting.

I got sick contracted the plague just after Christmas, and I gave up on getting much of anything done for a week. I’ll watch movies and read, I thought. I’ll just unplug and relax. Why don’t I ever remember that the one thing I don’t do when I’m sick is relax? That only happens on fake sick days.

I did unplug for the most part. I’d check Instagram and scan my phone for work emails, but seldom went into my office. If I did, the sofa was usually as far as I made it, and then it was TV and tea and remaining optimistic that once the Tylenol kicked in I could do some work. I did what I could.

As the plague faded, the cough stuck around. There’s nothing quite like a cough that won’t quit at 3am to let you sit with your thoughts about where you are and where you’re going.

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you. – Carl Sandburg

This balance I’ve been seeking, this focus I’ve been trying to reclaim, the creativity that hasn’t seemed to flourish the way it once did, these months I’ve spent reading all these great books about technology and screens and our brains has seen it begin to return. But it’s not just what I’m reading, it’s how I’m reading.  I am regaining my focus by unplugging. Not because of the shift in how I use my time, but in the actual cognitive difference between time I spend with and without screens.

I’m not leaving this space, I’m just going to change things up a bit. For the better.I saw so much social good in social media in the last year. I saw so much creativity. I plan to take part in as much of that as I can in 2013.

Bring it on, 2013. Amazing things are ahead.