I seem to have fallen into a blogging spree, but don’t be surprised if it ends soon. It always does. In the meantime —
Curses! Two inches of snow overnight, with more gently falling. I do not fall gently, though, so I stay indoors until it’s all gone, which is supposed to be this weekend.
I’m thinking very seriously about buying an Amazon Fire tablet next month. I desperately want to be able to write without being bonded to my computer all the time, and my first experiment was a failure. I bought — and gave away — a Macbook Air because I hated the touchpad and the chiclet keyboard, and working on my lap made using a mouse impossible. I live and die by my Mac Mini, but Apple tablets just aren’t worth their astronomical price, not for my very limited needs. The new Fire is only $50.00, though that’s with ads, and I would almost certainly spring for the ad-free upgrade, as I did with my Kindle Paperwhite.
The internal keyboard will be okay for notes, but I see a bluetooth keyboard in the near future if I want to do any serious writing. In total, they come to less than $100. That’s the kind of money I can deal with without feeling that I’ve made a horrible mistake. The Air was a horrible mistake and it cost me dearly. At least I had a grandchild to give it to and didn’t have to try to sell it.
I’m also considering investing in editing software, possibly ProWritingAid. I’m still investigating and pondering. My self-editing keeps improving, but a helping hand might be worth paying for.
The five-day internet outage made me — again — aware of how dependent I am on a technology that can go away at any minute. That includes the computer itself, even though I’m fanatical about backing up — when I don’t forget. My external hard drive could die, along with any of the thumb drives. Dropbox could go away suddenly. I live in a world that has made my life incredibly easy, but it’s also ephemeral.
Last, but not least, for this post, I’ve started reading a blog that I highly recommend. I discovered Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt via comments on The Passive Voice, a blog that I read daily. I responded to her comment, and she, in turn, read and commented on several of my blog posts. We have an amazing number of things in common, including our — ahem — maturity. She’s a superb writer (looking forward to reading the sample of her novel) and has loads of practical advice (and wisdom) about writing. Check out her blog at: https://liebjabberings.wordpress.com/ (Yes, that’s a link. Just hover)