Data Pad

I don’t want to overstate this, or come off as overly geeky, so I’ll try to keep things in perspective.
I’m living in freaking STAR TREK, man!
Yesterday I received my new laptop, an Asus Eee PC. It’s roughly the size and weight of a hardcover book. It’s part of a group of PCs called UMPCs: ultra-mobile PC. It’s about 2 pounds and easily carried in a book bag. My bag is actually LIGHTER than it was yesterday because my journal weighs more than this computer. It’s small: it looks a little like a laptop that shrank in the dryer, and so the keyboard is taking a little getting used to, but it’s not so small I can’t use it. And I did, this morning, to my great satisfaction. Sandwiched between a large, sleeping man and a woman who stood in front of a seat but never sat down (welcome to the New York City subway), I typed out three single spaced pages of my current WIP. It was awesome.
I do not think that technology makes a better writer. It does, however, make a better typer, and that’s always been my problem. Jaye Wells issued a challenge on her blog and I took up the challenge, claiming I would transcribe one of my untyped novels in the time alloted. So far… ummm… not so much. (Jaye, if you’re done punching your computer, I promise I will get typing). I still have to transcribe older work, but from now on I won’t have to worry about transcribing new work. You have no idea what a relief that is.

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