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At my last creative writing session, our facilitator set us up with tasks to achieve at home, during the Easter break and up until our next creative writing group session. We were to write each day, a 5 to 10 minute writing piece about anything. I was pleasantly surprised and rewarded for my efforts; it was a revealing and enjoyable experience and one that proved to be very therapeutic.
MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
This particular creative writing piece below was inspired by my experience with getting my computer up and running again after crashing a number of times and not being able to successfully fix it myself. It turned into a rant and it felt so good to get all my frustration and words of pent-up anger out into a written piece. I actually really enjoyed the process and here is what I wrote…
Title: “My Love/Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!”
If my computer was a person, I would have killed it by now – and had no regrets. The amount of time and energy, I have expended on it, to fix several problems over the last few weeks, has been ridiculous. Hate comes to mind as well – right at this moment, I hate my computer with a passion! So when it decides to have a mind of its own, I tell it and tell it, that I will love and respect it, and I am grateful for all the times it has been faithfully assisting me in achieving my goals. I constantly give it credit for doing a marvellous job, but at times, this flattery, does not seem to persuade him to realize, that when it decides to go off the rails, it just causes me all sorts of grief. This love/hate relationship can’t be good for me for sure! But I keep persisting, in the hope, that if I can pretend to be kind and thoughtful that perhaps, just perhaps – he will be cooperative and just work without a problem. Perhaps chocolates are the answer, I’m desperate – hey computer what about chocolate, do you like chocolate? I think I have gone mad!!!
The chocolates didn’t work! My computer is still not working to its best capacity – actually what I really want to say, is that its performance is shit, and I am sick of it, at the very least! My love/hate relationship with it is stronger than ever and much more hate than love. I proceeded to contact the Microsoft Technical fairies on Remote Assist for the fourth time and praying that if they wave their magic wand again, that all would be good once more, but alas – I discovered that this was not going to be the case and my computer still remained defiant. It’s on the blink again!
Like I wrote before, if my computer was a person I am sure I would have killed it by now, no jokes that is how frustrated I am with him and yes, it has to be a him! Or should I write hymn, a prayer would do nicely right now, perhaps that could influence my computer to get back to working like a responsible, good computer. It has tested my patients to no end and I find myself sitting here observing the actions of the Microsoft Technical fairy, skilfully working his magic to rectify what seems to be an unfathomable problem. There has been a number of Windows 10 operating systems installs and re-installs, along with a number of Windows Office 365 installs and re-installs; and my communications with the Microsoft Technical fairies via my mobile phone and via Remote Assist on the computer – has been very cordial which I have appreciated. I myself have been very restrained, trying desperately to be extra, extra nice in the hope that my attitude towards the Microsoft Technical fairies will result in a perfectly behaved computer but no, no such luck – time to tear my out my hair or go hung myself, or slit my writs…no all too dramatic I know and extra silly – back to chocolates then perhaps?
While I am waiting, waiting for the Microsoft Technical fairies to wave their magic wand and fix my computer, I am forced to write this writing piece, this arduous rant with a pen and paper. I mean a pen and paper, how antiquated is that – just unforgivable computer! So hopefully when this time draining fiasco is over, I will be back to my old self enjoying my computer privileges. But the first thing I am going to do when all is working well with him, him being the computer, I think I will just resort to shutting down my computer – yes shutting it down! I will be plainly ignoring it for a while, as a form of punishment for all the stress it has made me endure. I know, I know – there are much more important things in the world to be moaning about, to be appreciative of – please forgive this rant. Back to chocolates, it’s Easter…yum chocolate Easter eggs!
My computer is now working beautifully and all is, as it should be. And yes, I love my computer once again – well until the next time it decides to be a pain in the ass!
© Karen Robinson, March 2016
Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement. And perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.
For me, this particular writing piece was all about releasing pent-up frustration and dismay. The creative writing task gave me a way of dispensing of that energy, that frustration in a positive manner rather than taking it out on the Microsoft Technical fairies, or my dear husband, or my poor old dog called Jessie. By the end of the above writing piece, I was all good to go – no more angst about my computer … creative writing as therapy at its best I feel.
Written by © Karen Robinson, March 2016
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