Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ah, Nostalgia

There has been a question making the rounds of discussion groups on the internet which goes: 

Which would you choose? Computer or Typewriter?

Back in the bad old days of banging out our chapters, daily copy, or itemised expense reports on our trusty Underwood, the writer had to choose words carefully. Composition was performed, not on the page but in the head, with the help of a pad of paper or the back of an envelope or dinner napkin, long before a word was ever typed on a page.

When the desktop computer came into being and potential customers were asking 'Why' they should replace their typewriters with computers... 

Vendors and consultants used to explain that 'the computer was essentially nothing more than an electric typewriter with a built-in dictionary, calculator and filing cabinet.'

Despite all of the years and advances in technology, how many people still use a computer
be it on the desktop, laptop or even portable devices like the Apple iPad or even a cellular telephone... (and Yes, you too, Twitterers) primarily for those same basic functions?

Dear fellow writers;

    Set aside your pencils and dessert napkins, and Raise Your Hands.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

We Don't Need No Stinking Resolutions

We don't make resolutions, for we have The Plan!

It is subject to constant revision, as most plans are, according to the whims of clients and vagaries of the real world. It also goes-to-hell-in-a-handbasket when you least expect it... as most plans do.

Thankfully, we also have The Rules!

Rule Number One: Follow The Plan! 

If something goes wrong it must be someones fault. When this occurs, the person whose fault it is goes on THE LIST!

Rule Number Two: In cases of failure, refer to Rule Number One!

May wisdom be your guide and fortune be the path you follow.

Here's wishing all of us a wise and fortunate year.