At that time I had also taken an interest in feng shui, an Eastern practice that combines the art of placement with the power of intention. So I boosted the power of my intention that a computer should appear by placing a rose in a vase in the corner of my apartment designated by feng shui as "Helpful Friends".
The next day a woman who I knew as a friend of a friend called me to say she and her family were moving and she had bought a new computer and she wanted to gift me with her old one if I wanted it. I've always worked on a PC and hers was a MAC. Still, I said yes! She said it was old. I didn't care as long as I could keep writing. But then she said it would take her a month to remove all her data and transfer it to her new computer - given that they were moving, packing etc.
I was disappointed but still said yes I would love to have it, wondering how I could go a month without a computer.
Here off was considerate but not ideal for me so I boosted my intention by tying a ribbon around the vase with the rose and also found something heart shaped I placed nearby thinking help could come not only from a friend but from a former date.
The next day (the sequence of events are all documented in my journal), I got a call from a man I had briefly dated back in the early 90s. He was in his early forties, I think, maybe even late 30s but he was an intern? a resident? studying to be a doctor later in life than most and working those long initiating shifts, even as he also worked privately on developing inventions. One night he was waiting for me outside my building, sitting down on a step and obviously falling asleep! So we decided timing was just not right for us and stopped seeing each other.
Ok. Fast forward to late 90s or even sometime in early 2000s when he called me. Conversation from his side was light and friendly asking me what was going on in my life. I told him but kept wondering why he had called and couldn't help glancing at the rose. Finally as I was ending the call he asked me with some force, something like, "Really, what is on your mind most right now?"
So I told him. "My computer died and I can't replace it and I need to be working on my book!"
He immediately offered to give me one of his extra computers! A PC. Could drop it off the next day. Stunned, I glanced at the bow I'd tied around the vase holding the rose, and gladly, however somewhat shocked, accepted!