Archive for February, 2013

Hand Made!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
My handwritten notes apparently contain Proust's A Rememberance of Things Past.

My handwritten notes apparently contain Proust’s A Rememberance of Things Past.

You will all be relieved to know that I am finally with computer again. In the interim I was forced – sharp intake of breath – to write by hand. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not purist.  I am not one of these people who take their laptops into meetings filing away nicely organized notes on the go.  No, in such settings I resort to old-fashioned handwritten notes that I rarely refer back to and when I do, are hopelessly inadequate.  But it is rare that for me to compose fiction by hand that’s any longer than a short, unintentionally cryptic reminder of some seemingly brilliant idea.  But in desperate times… Now some people wax poetic of the oneness of their muse with the pen, ideas flowing uninterrupted from nib to page.  No pesky cut, paste, autocorrect desires to edit, delete and start again getting in the way. Plenty of time to amend later, they reason.  But personally I love the ease of on-the-go editing.  And as for it interrupting the flow, my answer is what flow?  But the thing I dislike the most about writing by hand is not being able to read my handwriting afterwards.  Oh the masterpieces that are hidden in the scrawl.

Ghost in the Machine

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Marley's ghostMy computer died. One moment it was fine and the next, dead. As dead as Marley’s ghost (I suppose ghosts are always dead, but you get the idea).  And, of course, now I am wracking my brain trying to remember when was the last time I backed up and – gasp – whether I backed up my music. All very distressing.  I know one piece of writing is lost for sure, unless the IT geeks (or gods) can perform the miracle of recovery.  Please keep your fingers crossed for a resurrection, and in the meantime, I might be a little less regular in my postings while I go through the process of trying to enforce a warranty from another country.