“Write” Here

Yes, not using “Right” was intentional, since this week we are discussing where we write.
And here I sit:

Where I do most of my writing:HP All-In-One

Where I do most of my writing:HP All-In-One

My HP All-In-One has been my place of choice for the past three years…except when it has broken-down three times this past Spring and Summer.

I used to make copious notes with much crossing out, but I found that sitting at a computer is better for me. For one, I can clearly see what I have written. My handwriting was never great, but after years of reading and dealing with my husband’s scrawl, the fact that I think faster than I write and now, have a bit of arthritis, typing is the way to go…even if I have never taken lessons and developed my own 3-4 fingers-on-each-hand style.

Back when I envisioned writing an easy entertaining and instructional cookbook, I made notes everywhere. When I worked at a daily job, I used small notebooks and wrote during my lunch breaks. I had a mini tape recorder and made notes while working around the house. That particular project never really worked for many reasons:1), Aforementioned bad handwriting and trying to figure out notes, 2), it much harder than I could have imagined to transcribe note and then keep track of them and, 3), with the explosion of The Food Network and celebrity chefs, no one can get a cookbook published who is not already famous. Oh, and you don’t even have to be a celebrity chef. Gwyneth Paltrow has put out several cookbooks which have been successful, although, I have no idea why. I perused the first one and she suggested using duck breasts instead of chicken throughout. (Good luck finding THOSE in your local supermarkets and fitting it into your budget; right now, family packs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts are going for less than $2.00 lb in my area. I could mail-order duck breast for approximately $20.00 lb, with shipping and handling, more.) So, I started a blog…which has been neglected, sadly.

And 4), two different mini recorders broke, (there is a sad story about someone trying to use a broken one that played but would not record).I have kept several mini tapes of notes, (what end, I have no idea).

I still have note books in my car, next to my bed and I take one when traveling. I have a small one in my purse, and while I do, occasionally make notes, I forget to use them. The drawback to the notes I made on my PC was that I failed to put most of them on a flash drive, and lost them in a crash last April. I now have a BIG external hard drive, but it is too late for so many story starts and ideas.

I am surprised to see what I have written, and often don’t recognize my own work. Does that happen to you?

I sporadically use my older computer, my Dell From Hell, which does work well as a word

my infamous Dell From Hell

my infamous Dell From Hell

processor.

I wrote a lot on that in earlier years on my old IBM.I still have it, but it is really inconveniently placed; I hate to get rid of it. It’s 20 years old, but a still workhorse.I think I’d do more writing in other places if and when I ever get a laptop. But who knows?

And although I am mostly a ‘panster’, I will go through some of my scenes or writings in my head and do a bit of editing, and that is usually done here:

Some people sing in the shower,I edit!

Some people sing in the shower,I edit!

Yes, in the shower!
Anyone else do thinking there?

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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to “Write” Here

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve had one laptop that had issues, and I remember how frustrated I got, even though I didn’t use it nearly as much then as I do now. I agree, typing is the way to go. Your idea of using an older computer as a word processor is a good one. I have an older laptop in my closet, and if I use that for just writing, maybe I won’t get so distracted by “other stuff.” Hmm. Oh, and don’t give up on the cookbook. A friend of mine recently self-pubbed a dessert cookbook that’s been doing fairly well, and she’s not a celebrity.

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    • I will get back to my blog, Patty, not an entertaining cookbook. For one thing,it’s a lo of work! But seriously, I have found that by giving alternatives, like gluten-free or vegan substitutions,I reach many more people.Plus, I like slipping in gift ideas, emergency preparedness and other topics, which often go over bigger than recipes.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    having my PC hooked to the internet is, of course, a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s very convenient when I need to quickly check some fact or date, or perhaps a word’s meaning or etymology. On the other hand, if I get anywhere nearer than six clicks of Facebook, I’m too tempted to stop and see what’s up.
    Can’t imagine editing in the shower, but I do often create bits of dialog or plot points while I’m thus encumbered. The trick then is to jot down the corresponding notes before I forget all that marvelous creative “flow”.
    I have errant bits of audio tape and even video on various little devices … somewhere. Most are in forgotten formats that I’d be unable to locate a working machine for.
    What a shame that our generation can look back some 2000 years and still “read” what was recorded… but 2000 yrs from now most scholars will find piles of tapes that will be no more useful than thin, slippery lengths of narrow ribbon.

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    • True, Jeff, if they survive at all. I heard that we can learn so much from the lives of people in past generations by the letters they left behind, but now, the only way anyone will know of the lives in this and upcoming generations is their credit card statements.

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  3. Joselyn says:

    We had a dell laptop that lasted (with a couple resurrections) for over 10 years. It finally succumbed to the blue screen of death this past winter. It was really quite impressive.

    I often think about plot points in the shower, but don’t actually get in work done there. If there was a way to work in the bathtub without killing myself or the computer, I would try that.

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  4. I have come up with several story ideas in the shower.

    Since my laptop broke I have been trying to decide if I want a desktop computer or another laptop. Since this is the second laptop in five years I am leaning toward a desktop but have yet to decide.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      The pluses of a desktop are the standard size keyboard and mouse (vs pad).
      The downside would be if you desire portability.
      Memory and disk storage things are more-or less equal (or can be made so).

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