As a writer, I have been doing this for so many years that I sometimes think I can communicate better with the written word than the spoken one!
But of course, no one uses a pen or quill these days. I like most other people, prefer to use the keyboard to type everything. Especially using a computer rather than the old fashioned manual typewriter I used to bash the keys with. My poor tired fingers would have to have a rest every now and again to gather some more steam.
Also back then there was this horrible stuff we called Tipex. It came in a black and white plastic bottle and would have to dry before we could overtype our typos and spelling errors, otherwise it would smudge and look terrible on the completed page.
Later came the Tipex paper which was a marvelous invention and enabled us to simply back space to the offending typo, retype the offending typo, and then go back once more to type the correct letter or word. This was so much better as there was no more drying time and the errors looked more professionally corrected.
By the mid 1980’s there care a new breed of typewriters called wordprocessors. Many of them had a one line memory, while some had a whole paragraph or even a page memory so it was easier to make changes, as well as correct typos and other errors. I had two of these electronic daisy wheel wiiz bang machines. One for the office at the shop and the other for my own private study at home. So of course, I wasted no time in typing up all of my poems I had written as a teenager along with some more recent poems. I also began, around this time, to write more short stories, and to commence writing some novels. I am still working on them today.
Finally, the age of computers came within our midst and it was in the late 1980’s that I began being able to use our then, somewhat primitive by today’s standard, though very sophisticated by those standards, Osbourne computer. I typed away and kept everything updated onto floppy diskettes. First came the 5.25″ floppies, then later when we upgraded to an IBM clone we had 3.5″ floppies (which were really mini hard drives, though colour co-ordinated) and finally I just kept everything on a hard drive and backed it up to what became known as memory sticks.
So here we are at the end of 2014 and I am looking forward to the following year of 2015. I am beginning to blog about some of my books here on this site for you to read. If you have any comments, I welcome them, critically or otherwise. You will not see the completed manuscripts here as I will save them for the book publishing. However you will see much of each book – enough to give you an idea of the gist of the story. I hope that it will fill you with a desire to purchase my book(s) to read in their entirety when completed.