It’s been a good eight or more years since I put word to paper in an effort to actually write a story. I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot since then, but it seems there are some things I had to learn all over again.
Back in the day, I didn’t make much, so we didn’t have much in the way of fancy toys. My dream back then was to get a laptop some day – I’m a pretty speedy typist (true), so I reasoned if I had access to a laptop I could dash of a short story, or at least work on something, anywhere. It’d be great! But while we waited to hit that jackpot, I wrote by hand and transferred.
The sad part is, now that I have a laptop, the muse still only speaks to me best when I have a pen in hand (and not any kind of pen, but a pen where the ink rolls off the tip) and a notebook in hand. Bah – then why do I have so many ideas when I’m on the road??
So, to counter that, I thought I’d try out the record functions on my mp3 player today. Turns out my muse didn’t like that too much either. While I have all of these ideas driving, desperate to be put down, trying to talk them out loud ended up with a lot of stammers and “oh, change that bit a little bit ago to this…” Not exactly conducive to writing if I’m trying to transcribe this and don’t remember that I changed my mind six times later on.
So yes, that’s what I’m playing with right now. That and gearing up for Katy’s first day of Kindergarten next week, Tara’s first birthday, and the wrap up of the big review at work. Joy!