I’m noticing, at least as far as my current production goes, that the gadgets I use, make the job so much easier. Other than writing erotic fiction, I write technical and requirements documentation. I also maintain a journal, a personal narrative of ramblings really. I’ve been maintaining a journal more steadily now since the year two thousand. Prior to that my journal was a bit spotty, but some entries go back as far as my high school and college days back in the eighties. But, I digress.
About two years ago I bought a kindle. Not the expensive one either. I bought the seventy nine dollar on sale special because I know my history with gadgets. Some gadgets, like those personal information mangers back in the nineties, I hardly ever used. While the little mp3 players, I use all the time. Into which category this new addition to my gadget gallery would fall… only time would tell. Huh? What cliché? Where?
I must say that I haven’t read so many books in such a short time, well, since I was in school. On the kindle I’ve re-read many of Hemmingway’s short stories and novels, a dozen or so Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series, and couple of Agatha Christie novels. I found that after reading five Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, the movies were better (especially the ones with Sean Connery). When I read my friend Monica’s book “Winfield – Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths” I discovered that other writers can be as scary as Steven King. And having re-read Orwell’s “1984”, and Huxley’s “Brave New World”, I have determined that Huxley’s anti-utopian future is much more on the mark.
I have been convinced by many writers that I know, of one important piece of wisdom. You can improve your writing by improving your reading. My now ‘old’, kindle is one of the gadgets that I feel, really enables me to read much more. I’m hoping that blogging will similarly help me write much more. But that story still waits to be told.
Please share your thoughts…