About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.

New Keyboard

Breaking in a new keyboard has got to be the most annoying thing ever.

I didn't want a new keyboard. It was kind of forced on me. There I was, typing away on Old Reliable, when the hubby decides he wants a new keyboard. He's a bit of a technology nut. You know the kind right? Loves to have the latest and greatest gadgets he can afford (I have to add the afford part in there because that's important to know. We're not rich!.)

Off to the store we go. He finds the perfect new keyboard and brings it home. We are not in the house for two minutes before he is thrusting his old ( not really old, he just doesn't want it anymore) keyboard in my face.

"Take it, it's better than that old keyboard you're using."

"But hunny, I don't need a new one. Mine works fine."

"That things old and beat up. Look some of the letters are rubbed off. Just take mine. It has all kinds of programmable keys."

"But I don't need programmable keys. I just need letters and numbers"

"Just try it, you will love it."

Rather than argue about it. I agree, taking his keyboard.

I can see he wants me to use it immediately. He stands towering over me with a look of anticipation. I know what he wants. He is looking to see the joy on my face as I plug it in and watch the keys light up with their orange glow. He wants to hear the happy sigh as I click away on the keys and the verbal acknowledgment of the true superiority of this new keyboard he has just given to me.

Yes, it is pretty. Yes, it is bright and shiny, compared to my old friend. But, it isn't Old Reliable.

Before I could say a word, my old board was tossed into a box and banished to the dungeon that is our garage.


Now comes the hard part, breaking in the new keyboard, or rather retraining my fingers to the keys.

Each keyboard has a different texture, a different feel. The keys make different sounds. I type very heavy, using the pads of my fingers, not the tips, so I fat-finger keys quite often. I found with my old keyboard, the keys seemed a little larger and my typos, less. Already as I sit here, I have had to correct too many mistakes. I can tell it is going to take me a while to get use to this keyboard.

"Thanks Hunny!"