Greetings from Camp NaNoWriMo, where I’m in the first week of a month-long writing marathon with a goal of 50,000 words.
And I was well on my way to getting out The Next Great American Novel when my keyboard broke. No biggie, you’re thinking. Just go get another one. They’re a dime a dozen and all over the place. Which is true.
Except for this one. The unusual, idiosyncratic, ergonomic keyboard that I’ve been using for decades (this was my third!), the Lite On SK 6000, not only is NOT to be found all over the place, it’s not even manufactured anymore. Hasn’t been for years.
I did have a conventional keyboard and mouse lying around so I could get back to work, after a fashion. But trying to keep pace in a writing marathon using an unfamiliar keyboard and mouse is like trying to compete in a decathlon wearing someone else’s Nikes.
Two dear friends to the rescue!! One found an SK 6000 for sale on eBay, and the other found one on a dusty shelf in a used computer store in San Antonio. MY HEROS!! You know who’s getting a dedication in my next novel.