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Kim Wilson
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Hamilton, NJ 08610

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Wannabe Writer? Yes!
Computer Whiz? Not!
by Marilyn Freeman

Like most wannabe writers, I try to learn something new every day. This week I found out it's not enough to want to be a writer. You also have to be a computer whiz. I'm a 59-year-old computer illiterate. I never wanted to know how a computer works or why. I want to write my stories, get my e-mail, and chat with my friends in the ICL writer's chat line.

Monday morning I turned on the computer and went to the Internet. I checked my e-mail and got a message on the screen, "Cannot Find The Folder." My first thought was, "Well, where is it?" It was there yesterday! Look for it!"

This is just my luck! My husband is out of town, and the computer breaks down. I shut down and start over. I was sure there was just a little misunderstanding. I turn the computer on. There it is...the same message. Now what?

I talked to the computer for ten minutes. "You can't find the folder, but you can send me this message?" I call the 24-hour help line. Whoever named it a help line never made that call. Mind you, it's 7 a.m.

I get this voice, "aaaa low."

I can tell instantly, I woke this man from a deep sleep. I ask, "Is this the Internet help line?"

"Yes, this is Bob, what's the problem?"

At this point, I knew I was in trouble. This man was asleep, and I knew nothing about computers. I wanted to hang up, but being the trooper I am, I continued.

Bob had me move the cursor and click so many times that I was afraid I would wipe out the whole computer. After an hour of pointing and clicking, Bob gave up, and said he would have his supervisor call me.

I could get into the ICL writer's chat room and that was a plus. I was happy anything was still working. E-mail could wait.

I did check in my handbook, "Internet For Dummies." Apparently the subject "Folders" is too advanced for dummies. In the PC handbook, the subject was there, but it was written in a language that was foreign to me. I made some false starts and decided I could wait a few more days for my husband to return.

Needless to say, the supervisor never called. My guess is, Bob went back to sleep and never gave me another thought.

When my husband got home I took him right to the computer. "Did you call the help line?" he asked? "Did you read the book?"

"Yes! Yes! Just fix it. This is the page where I stopped."

He sat at the computer, click, click, click and the folder is back! I thought of putting my hands around his neck and squeezing. Instead, I gave him a big kiss and a hug. I need him. My computer may go down again, and I have writing to do.

Marilyn Freeman is happily married (39 years), a mom to two daughters and has eight grandchildren. She became a writer when she had to quit her job to stay at home and care for her 88-year-old mother. She has completed the basic writing course at the Institute of Children's Literature and is now taking the advanced course. She prints a critiquing newsletter, From Dolly's Desk for other children's writers designed to share and critique stories and articles. Her work has appeared in Once Upon A Time magazine, Wee Ones e-magazine, Wee Parents, and the ICL Web site.  You may reach Marilyn by sending mail to bwfmef@bellsouth.net or dolllydsk@bellsouth.net.









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