There was a bit of a glitch in the plans when I came home from work Wednesday evening to find my classic (read “old”) laptop had gone to that great technological recycling bin in the sky, to hang out with my Leading Edge and ALR of distant memory. NOOOOO! Sigh. Well, I’m older than the internet, older than personal computers (*blanches*). I remember how to write by hand—unlike the coming generation of Indiana schoolchildren, who will no longer be taught cursive. What? Cursive came into widespread usage in the 15th century. I suppose it might be time to retire it, but that doesn’t mean I’m not sad about it.
Sorry, back on topic. Well, there’s nothing like not having a computer to keep one from being distracted by the internet. I got out the fountain pen and the paper that can take the ink, and kept going. I have been working on a Google reader post. Jamila Jamison did a great job describing it, so I am only adding a few personal hints. I also continued changing parts of the platform to the pen name when I could do things from my phone.
Thursday I read several of the writing sites and refined my shopping cart for the writing books that had been suggested to me.
Friday, I continued to write in longhand—it’s actually not that bad, and I suggested it on Carrie Mumford’s guest post on Sonia Medeiros’ blog as a good way to jumpstart creativity. I also bought the writing books. I got Kristen Lamb’s We Are Not Alone and Are You There, Blog? as well as Bob Mayer’s Novel Writer’s Toolkit in Kindle editions. I don’t have a Kindle, but I can read them on my iTouch. Man, those pages are tiny, though. I have Nancy Kress’ Characters, Emotions, and Viewpoint and Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering coming in print, but I wanted to get started on reading, hence the Kindle editions.
Saturday, I caught up on replying to comments that had been left on my Wednesday check-in, as well as finally getting around to more participants’ check-ins and other blogs I follow. I also made a (very small) public announcement to a group of friends that I was making this step. I told them my pen name and gave them my website address. It wasn’t all that big a deal, since they’re my friends, but it was another baby sea-turtle step (thanks, Amber West for giving me this new image!).
Today, there will be more writing in longhand. I’m starting to get into the groove. I will try to fulfill my sponsor responsibilities today or tomorrow, and I will continue reading.
So, I’m doing well, despite my sudden regression to the 1980’s. How are y’all doing? Check on everyone here.