I am technology “poor” by the looks of the photo! The keyboard, USB hub, flash drive, and stylus are for the tablet. Why? Because I am trying to get away from having to buy a laptop anytime soon. Except for the phones, every accessory combined is under $50, and when you are counting pennies, this is important.
The dip pen and bottle of ink is also technology and one of the most important ones currently for writing. No matter how far the technological wonders advance, some things remain the same and necessary in order to tell compelling stories. I firmly believe the dip pen and bottled ink is going to be my medium of choice for the current novel as well as probably all novels and short stories in the future.
For a while, the disparity between mediums caused me no end of worry. I kept telling myself I was causing myself more work. The truth is, I didn’t want to view myself as not being “odd” as far as my writing medium was concerned. Now the oddity of it is firmly placed and I am OK with it all.
One thing I’ve noticed is: I don’t like having different colors of ink in a manuscript. Since I began the current story with sepia colored ink, the thought of having blue pop up somewhere in the middle makes my eye twitch. (If it is necessary to change to a different color ink, as in there isn’t any other ink available to me, I will change, of course.) However, I have a couple of very understanding sisters who make sure I am kept in ink and now have another bottle of sepia ink for the current story. The only thing that needs to change is I need a different pen nib. The one I have works, of course, but I need a different one for better ease of writing.
Despite having several different “parts” – keyboard, USB hub, etc. – being able to take the tablet and said parts with me is much easier on my joints than a laptop. Though, if I had my druthers, I would druther take a laptop. However, taking laptops places is harder for my joints, especially my hands. Knowing I have the freedom to take the tablet and its accessories with me for writing purposes out-and-about does give me a sense of freedom. (You’ve heard me talk about this before.)
The question now becomes: “How do I take the binder and pen and ink with me, too?” Of the two, the bulkier of the two is the binder, dip pen, and bottled ink.
For the tablet and accessories, I’ve chosen a specific bag to use. Normally I would call it my “writing bag”, but since the mediums are so different, I’ve taken to calling it the “tablet” bag. There are other bags, of course, I can use for the binder and its accessories. It would be the “writing bag” I believe. However, the thought of taking two bags out on a writing day makes me…uncomfortable. I guess I will just decide in advance of going out exactly what kind of writing day it will be.
Since getting out is such a chore itself these days, deciding in advance really won’t be such a big deal. Once the ramp is built things will change, but, for now, I just don’t get out independently.
Now it is back to the ink mines, and I go with a truly joyful heart.