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Writer: Your choice of writing instrument



The magical pencil and pen. It was my first instrument of writing. Well that is if you don’t count the crayons. Growing up that was our means of conveying anything onto paper.

In my high school years a typewriter did make its way to me which I used happily if not excruciatingly due to errors, white out and unable to find the line after I had moved the paper to fix an error. But hey it was progress. It was not until the middle of HS that I had my first look at an actual computer. The school had created a computer lab, we boasted of four whole computers and hired a person to teach us someone who knew he had one on us since he knew about formating, saving, the different b between the floppy drives and all that good stuff.

It was the age of Aquarius.

Getting to college the access I had to computers exploded with computer labs each having computers lined the walls and then some. This was the big league. Turning 20 I bought my first used computer from of all people my gym strengthen coach. If I thought I was in the big leagues , I was wrong for now I was. I could type, erase, fix errors in-house and on the spot without the frustrations of other means I had tried before.

Light it up up up light it up up up I’m on fire! (Yes, making a reference to Fall Out Boys)

Technology has come a heck of a long way. I have a pen that when I write it converts my words to a computer file. Which is huge for someone who has fibro. They have touch screen this and that. They have the Dragon program where you can talk into a headset and it will type it out for you on the screen. (For the record the Dragon program hates me. I have tried too many times even after the husband and son had no issue with it. It has been deducted between my accent and my faster than light speech confuses the poor dear.)

Things have come a long way to when I first used a pencil and pen to coin my work. But things have gone full circle. I prefer to handwrite my stories. The creativity flows better and faster that way. I don’t need a wall outlet, I don’t need the Internet or any fancy gadget to write. Just a couple of pen, a notebook and a desire to create.

Life is funny like this.

How was your writing career in 2015?


234329-livescribe-echo-smartpen-in-useIt is the last month of the year for 2015. It is time to wrap up any business I might have before starting with a new list of things I want to accomplish in 2016. Some events has already been established for next year.

If you are a writer, have you accomplished what you want for this year? Have you been able to get to where you wanted to go? Have you been able to write as much as you had hoped for?

Some of the answers may not be to your liking, my liking. But I think it is a good idea to sit down and be honest with yourself so you can better plan for 2016. It is a good time to see where you stand on what you wanted to get done. If you are able to check off a good many, good for you. If not, figure out why you fell short. If it was beyond your control don’t beat yourself up on it if you were not as productive as you were hoping for. Life will get in the way such as health and family issues to just name a few will get to the top of the list for a good portion of us. For me those did rise to the top. But that’s okay.

If you are still enjoying what you do that is a big plus. If it is not work to you, pat yourself on the back. That is something to be happy about.

To everyone who is a writer, publisher, literary agent, editor or graphic designer I hope next year is even more productive than 2015.

Amazon loves me: Well, just a little bit


Every now and then I receive something in email from Amazon that promotes a product or book. It is not always something I have searched on the site or something I have bought or similar to it. The variety of what they advertise to me is wide. But this past weekend I received the above in email. Amazon was promoting me. I mean, me. Not sure how that happened but was thrilled as they say to the moon and back when I opened it up and saw what had happened.

Will this promote more sales? I found out that it already has. What this does in essence is bring my brand and books to a wider audience. That is huge, especially to writers. Heck to anyone who is a small business owner. I’m still pretty jazzed up.

Okay for this week Amazon and I are in a love relationship.