Desk Nomad

I have a perfectly lovely functional desk, which I have discussed before. It is quite a lovely desk and I’m very proud of it, even if it looks more messy these days. I’ve written a lot of words on that desk. It’s a good desk and a good writing space. On this desk, I have my desktop computer which served as my main workstation, writing space, and gaming platform until I purchased a new laptop back in January.

Almost immediately, the laptop became the de facto choice for work and writing. I think this is because it has a backlit keyboard. Writing in the dark on glowing keys is one of the greatest experiences in the world. It’s like writing with a quill harvested from the feathers of angels. Seriously.

The loyal desktop seems to be strictly for games these days, of which there has been quite a bit since I reactivated my Old Republic subscription. That decision may have been a mistake; I haven’t managed to accomplish much writing, but I do have a Jedi Consular who is level 30 now. That’s something.

The interesting thing about getting a fully functional laptop (instead of the tiny Acer I had before) is that now I’m free to wander around the apartment and try out different spaces for work. I’m no longer chained to my desk as I was when I was strictly a desktop user.

To celebrate this new-found freedom, I’ve tried writing in different places. I’ve written on my patio, I’ve written on the couch, I’ve written from the recliner and from in bed. The patio is nice enough but I don’t really recommend any of the other positions.

My favorite place for work, though, seems to be my kitchen table. I should note that this is also my dining room table and my board game/D&D table since, you know, apartment.

I’m not sure why I like working on the kitchen table. It might be the additional space. I can really spread out my worksheets and notes and such all over the table in a way that wouldn’t be feasible on a smaller computer desk. It might just be the sense of freedom. I can look at the place that I have claimed as my home-office-away-from-my-home-office and think to myself that I am living as primitive man once did, unbound by the shackles of staying in one place. I can wander freely as a free man . . . as long as that freedom doesn’t take me out of the range of my Wi-Fi network or outside of the 950 square feet I’m renting.

So, you know, it’s basically the same thing. Almost.

Regardless, now that I have a laptop, I wander. Does anybody else do this?

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2 thoughts on “Desk Nomad”

  1. I’m actually in an unusual predicament, I don’t have a desk I call my own. I’ve been using a laptop exclusively since I got into grad school (though technically I have a desktop at work that I only use on the rare occasions I’m working in the office). I have a desk at home, but it’s really just a place where I keep stuff, and I don’t even have a chair to go with it.

    But right now I’m putting together a new PC, which will be attached to my television as a media center/gaming system. I plan to mostly use it from the couch, with my mini-keyboard/trackpad combo for navigating menus and a wireless X-box controller for games. Unfortunately, this leaves me with no good way to play “real PC games” that absolutely require a mouse and keyboard, so I think I may have to get a lap desk or some sort of standing desk where I can put a mouse and keyboard and still see my TV.

    This is a conundrum for me….

  2. I love, love, love my laptop!!! I can watch TV & be online at the same time (this shouldn’t be as important as it is). It is also a million times faster than my old PC. I look up anything and everything BECAUSE I CAN!!! 🙂

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