(Written June 23, 2006)
If you are scratching your head you may want to read here first.
Every profession has tools that go with it. Butchers have knives, ferriers have anvils, and seamstresses have needles and pins. And, writers have paper, pens and computers. It is the latter that is, once again, being problematic for me. Sure I can write and write and write in notebooks. Hell I could compose in chalk on the sidewalk, but unless I can transcribe that writing into a form for submission I may as well write my words in sand as far as furthering my career goes.
My computer is once again on the verge of death. I need to get it some urgent care. A non-writing friend of mine said, “well there are those darling antiques, pens and paper.”
The fact is that no one, absolutely no one, accepts hand written manuscripts anymore. In fact very few publishers accept typewritten manuscripts, unless you can provide a soft copy on disk.
Losing your computer, especially when you are trying to write an article every week for submission, is a huge disability in the writing world. Although losing my computer will probably save me some money in online shopping.