I think I can do it. Only 600 words yesterday, but 1,100 so far today. I’m way behind and I’m not going to kill myself catching up, but I can probably pull ahead over the next couple of days. Today’s segment reminded me that I don’t like writing action scenes, having to go into detail about what’s going on, and that’s slowed me down quite a bit. Once I’m past that, I should pick up some speed.
Lesson learned — Don’t try to get any serious writing done while you’re learning to use a trackpad and a keyboard that’s quite different from what you’re used to. As Thomas Cotterill said in a comment, a trackpad doesn’t give you the control you need for writing and making corrections. And why the hell Apple decided to revive the long-dead, and rightly so, chiclet keyboard will probably be a mystery for the ages. The keys are flat, they don’t travel or make any noise, and the keyboard itself is perfectly flat. All of which contribute to making a bad typist (me) an even worse one.
So the shiny new Macbook gets stowed away until NaNo is over, and then I’ll be buying a Bluetooth mouse to supplement the trackpad.