I'm now back in writing action after a few days of keyboard troubles.
It's only when your keyboard starts to randomly malfunction that you realise how valuable the Shift key actually is...
I'm a creature of habit, whenever I log on, the first thing I do is check my e-mail accounts, so when I found I could only get ' instead of the @ symbol I jumped to the obvious conclusion that I'd not pressed the shift key, but when I tried again and it still happened (repeatedly) I panicked.
Okay I only went into panic mode for a moment, as common sense returned and I used the diagnostics on my computer. It made a few changes and the shift keys started working again. Until later it did it again.
By yesterday I'd lost any symbol that needed the shift key to access it. I had to resort to copying and pasting the @ symbol to get to my e-mails, or to log in to Twitter and Facebook.
I couldn't ask a question as I couldn't get the ? and I didn't think it was right that a writer should ask a question and not use a question mark. :-)
So this morning my OH went and purchased a new keyboard- a drive to the nearest retail park.
What a shock.
All the keys are raised on this Advent keyboard, including the up and down buttons and separate number pad. This is the first time I've used this type of keyboard, and now I'm getting used to it, I quite like it.
My nails slipped down the edges at first, but as I'm a one or two finger typer I can adjust as is needed.
The letters of the alphabet appear larger which I'm finding helpful. As I don't touch type I'm scanning for the less frequently used keys as I go, but I'm now finding the raised keys very useful as it's much easier to locate the correct letter, so in fact I'm typing quicker.
And of course all new products have to be energy efficient; this one has a Power/Sleep/Wake Up keys too.
I'm pleasantly surprised; and looking forward to seeing if it helps me when I'm in a long writing session.
I'm off to catch up on all the interesting blogs and articles I've missed the last couple of days...