Yes, not using “Right” was intentional, since this week we are discussing where we write.
And here I sit:
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
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:
Yes, in the shower!
Anyone else do thinking there?