Supper Solutions for the Hungry Writer

Pursuing a writing career while having a full-time job means I’m often working at home in the evenings and weekends. A lot of things have to take a back seat while I try to take the time to write and be creative. (I have to say I’m in awe of men and women who have a full-time job and children and still find the time to pursue their passion.) So when I have a burst of creativity or if I’m trying to make a deadline, cooking is one of the things that often falls by the wayside.  Continue reading

Writing Spaces

The time has come to say good-bye to one of my favorite writing spaces: my armchair. I’ve had it for 20 years. It started out as just a piece of living room furniture when I used to write at a desk chained to a desktop computer. However, once I got a laptop and wi-fi, I was free to sit and write anywhere in the house: the dining room table, the Continue reading

Hanx Writer App Brings Back Typing the Old-fashioned Way

Hanx Writer

 

Everything old is new again.

I learned how to type in high school. Only the girls took typing
in those days. The one boy in my year who took the class was
considered to be either brave or an oddity. I remember the huge
manual Underwood typewriters we used. I never thought I would be
able to stretch my fingers far enough to reach the upper keys.
The room filled with the slow clack… clack of the keys as we
memorized where the letters were. And if anyone made a mistake,
there’d be a groan from the student and the grinding sound of the
carriage moving backward to correct it.

Well, thanks to Tom Hanks’ vision, I can relive the good old days.
He launched his app called Hanx Writer this week. The basic
version, Hanx Prime Select, is free at the iTunes store. It
combines the sound and experience of pounding away at the keys
with the convenience of the digital age. I’m figuring out how to
use it as I write this. One thing for sure, it’s a heck of a lot
easier to fix mistakes than on the real thing.

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One of the Most Important Things a Writer Can Do

One night last week, I was sitting and staring at the computer screen as usual. No, I wasn’t working on my next book or the play that I started writing last year, but it was one of the most important things I could do for my writing career.

You see, a couple of days before that evening, I had one of those scary moments when my writing life flashed before my eyes. I was sitting in my usual chair with my laptop working on an outline when the screen blanked out and then a blue screen with white text momentarily popped up. The only words I caught before it blinked out were “hard disk” and “crash”.

Writers' Tip

My heart stopped. I could feel the blood draining from my face. Flashing before my eyes were the files I had stored on the hard drive, possibly gone forever. Logically, there was no need to worry about the stories that were already published, but I kept drafts of them in various stages as a reminder I suppose, of the hard work that went into them. Then there were the gems of ideas in the beginning stages that I envisioned as someday being fully formed novels or plays or scripts. There were outlines and maybe two or three chapters of bad plots and weak characters that would now never see the light of day, the short story collection that I planned to publish as an e-book, photos from the past several years and videos that I had created for special occasions.

Did I back them up? I couldn’t remember. I did at one point copy the file folders onto a USB key, but had I done it recently? These thoughts flew though my mind in a matter of seconds, and then, miraculously, the computer rebooted and was back up and running in a couple of minutes.

So that was why I was staring at the computer screen that night last week, not writing, but setting up an external hard drive that is now connected to my laptop. The only New Year’s resolution I made this year was to get my writing life in order and finish a couple of these projects. Now I know that it includes making sure that my work is backed up. And, my laptop has a date for a check-up with a computer technician.

Have you ever had any close calls?

Twas the 50th blog post

Twas the night before Christmas, and I sighed with glee,
The gifts were finally wrapped and under the tree.
At last! Spare time, well earned,
To do whatever it was I yearned.
 
I settled in my chair, and planned to check
If I had any e-mail on the internet.
But I clicked on my WordPress account, and what did I see,
The stats had been updated. Oh no! Can it be?
 
I rubbed my eyes and stared in wonder,
Could it be, was it really that magical number?
The number of posts that had started with a blank line,
Could I really have already written forty-nine?
 
Should I? Could I? Will it be risky?
To write before year’s end, number Fifty?
I would, I declared, write like bloggers I admire.
I will write a post to inspire!
 
I grabbed pen and paper, my iPad too,
And a laptop and a notebook, for I knew what I had to do.
For a writer’s job is never done,
Rewrites. Editing. Words to be spun.
 
Until at last I had a message from deep within my soul,
On this eve while we await a visitor from the North Pole.
So please join me and lift your glass of eggnog,
FOR THIS IS MY 50TH BLOG!
 
(AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!)

And I would like to thank…

versatile-award

This blog post is long overdue. Kim@Tranquil Dreams, nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award early in November. Read her post here. Her praise means a lot as I could not have started this blog without her mentorship. Thank you, Kim!

Finally! I’m an award winning writer! 😀

Writing this blog has opened up a whole new world for me. I’ve discovered interesting bloggers around the world and have explored more in my own city in search of blog topics. It’s educational, interesting, fascinating, and addictive, but most of all, FUN!

So, in accepting this award, there are some rules I have to follow:

– Display the Award on your Blog.

– Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.

– Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

– Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment 

– Post 7 interesting things about yourself. 

That last rule is a little difficult. Even though I’m a writer, I never know what to say about myself. Writing bios is agonizing, so to come up with seven interesting things about myself…well…that’s part of the reason why this blog is late. But, Kim has provided me with some questions to answer so that makes it alot easier. Here goes:

1) What makes you happiest?

Connecting with friends.

2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more?

Either one as it means I’m on VACATION!

3) What has been a special moment in 2013?

Launching my first young adult novel “Guitar Hero”.

4) What’s your favourite quote?

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them” Maya Angelou

5) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?

I try.

6) What was your favourite class when still at school?

English literature.

7) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?

Actually, sewing. When I was in high school, I sewed some of my clothes.

And now, the bloggers to who I would like to give The Versatile Blogger Award. You may not notice me much as I just like to read and browse through all the terrific posts, and I’m more of a clicking “like” person than a “comment” person. But I do enjoy your posts and appreciate the work and creativity that goes into writing them, so thank you for that. The list is in no particular order:

Poetreecreations.org

JT Weaver

Charlotte Hoather

Browsing the Atlas

PICZload

Writer Site

Moments in Life

The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh”

Sharpread

Joe’s Musings

Broadside

Hey From Japan – Notes on Moving, Emily Cannell

Todd Pack’s Messy Desk

Blushingwriter

Rattleandpen.org