Here is what I’ve been up to:
My manuscript submission exploits are a bit slow at this time, mainly because I only have one brand new story completed. I’ve got two other stories close to completion, which I’m sure will make the submission process more fun for me.
Speaking of manuscript submissions…I still hate writing cover letters.
I purchased a laptop last year to be used for scholastic pursuits. Obviously, my current workhorse desktop (the one I use for writing) fails the ‘portable’ test. However…said desktop is also starting to lose the battle with age. Yeah, I’ve had it for a long time.
With that in mind, I am looking to switch all my writing exploits to the laptop. With a bit of research, I will hook it up to a multi-monitor set-up in my studio and retain those current advantages. The only problem I’m having so far is I’m still struggling with typing on the laptop. Yeah, it could be said I struggle with typing, period. Apparently, that semester of personal typing I took in high school didn’t do much for me. Mostly, though, my somewhat large hands and big fingers were not meant for small keyboards.
So, what’s the best way to improve my skills on the laptop?
Do more typing on the laptop! Duh. And, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Between accidentally hitting the ‘caps lock’ button instead of the ‘A’ button, having to learn how to reposition my hands to execute keyboard shortcuts due to the narrower keyboard, and correcting unnecessary typos because they put the ‘delete’ button in a stupid place, the experience has been annoying. But, I am getting better.
There is one other option. A wireless keyboard. I actually saw someone using that very same setup at a bistro one afternoon. I would prefer fewer components to lug around while I’m on the road, but at least I will no longer look like someone who is seeing a keyboard for the first time.
I’ve been taking advantage of the diverse perspectives and experiences of the WordPress community by carving out time on select days to check posts that aren’t on my normal Reader page but that I find through normal keyword searches. Then, just when I think I’ve experienced something new, I search topics that are completely out of the norm for me.
This practice actually makes sense for a writer.
Which is why I’m probably having a blast with it.