One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post is that I'll be getting a new computer to improve my ergonomics, replacing my laptop with a desktop system. I've almost decided to make the transition from PC-land and get an iMac. Time to stop swearing about my Dell and try something different.
Which brings me to the all-important question of what to name the computer. (I love naming things. Naming my characters is one of my favorite parts of starting a new book, and while I never wanted a large family, I kinda regret not having 6-7 kids just so I could use up all the names I love most. And maybe by Kid #7 I could've worn down Mr. Fraser and got him to admit that Malcolm Arthur is just the most splendiferous boy's name EVER.)
But back to computers. For years all ours had sports-related names from schools we or our family members had attended--Buffalo, Quaker, War Eagle, and the like. Eventually, we ran out of mascots and branched out. Mr. Fraser has Niehaus, for the late, beloved Mariners radio announcer, and he calls his iPad Precious, because it is his Preciousssss.
Naturally I name my machines after my historical interests, and I am currently the proud owner of Wellington the Laptop, Napoleon the Netbook, and Austen the Kindle. So I'm thinking the iMac might be Blucher or Ney. Or maybe since it's a home system, I'll name it for one of my people's houses. Apsley, or maybe Malmaison.
What do you think?