Technology – I Has It


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.

About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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2 Responses to Technology – I Has It

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    Oh, I know “technology poor.” I try to make my computers last six years before buying a new one. Pity laptop batteries don’t last that long! And the current device, in its fourth year, has not only had its battery die, but now takes radically longer to boot up than it did last year.

    And let us not forget that websites get more and more demanding, too. I started with dial-up years ago, which became impossible when video content showed up. Now with several concurrent video ads, main features, and what not appearing on some pages, I fear the next upgrade will have to be not just the computer, but faster (i.e., more expensive) bandwidth.

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    • I know the feeling! Recently we’ve had lots of problems with our cable, which the Internet comes through. For three months we didn’t have cable or much Internet services. When the wind would blow or a tiny cloud appeared in the sky nothing worked. It took almost a week of calling every day in order to get someone out to look at it because the cable company said we couldn’t file a complaint when “service was out” in our area. In order to fix the problem we had to get a new cable/modem box that looks like something from a science fiction movie. Now, when my old laptop signs on it can’t hardly keep up with the Internet speed! The new tablet works great, but the laptop is struggling. I am still planning on using the laptop until it just won’t work anymore and am backing everything up to Box in case it kicks the bucket sooner than expected.


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