Scribing on the Go

Since so much of my writing mind has been fixed lately on a tale involving the wondrous future of mobile devices, maybe it’s only fitting that I now scrawl this on a webOS WordPress app, hoping against hope that these words will not capriciously vanish into the ether, the Cloud, or the Plane of Phlogiston.

Maybe this is the future, reclining on the red couch in my office (our office, Jane would hasten to add), for what could be less intimidating than to peck on a few keys as I lie under a fleece blanket? Certainly feels surmountable, in comparison to the dread that my perfectly innocent desk and chair setup evoke sometimes (the dread increases the longer I’ve been away from my task). All the resources of the internet are right here if I need them. For example, a few lines back my brain went dead at the thought of what the word was for the material of this blanket, so I just opened up the browser app and typed in “blanket material.” And of course, the intimacy of this phone-based textual format cannot be denied; I might otherwise be embarrassed to admit that I’d forgotten a word like fleece!

Linking and images also promise to be straightforward. Here is your dossier on the fine product of sheep. And here is an unrelated picture:

Super Bowl Nachos

…OK, so that took a little while. And I would prefer that the Super Bowl nachos were horizontal rather than vertical. But hey, that’s still kind of like magic.

Obviously working on a phone is unsuitable for any kind of in-depth editing or long-form writing. Typing is rather slow going, or at least it is with the tiny keys of my Pre. But for a quick blog post to let the world know that you’re still alive and still care, this seems like just the ticket. And getting back to the theme of writer’s dread, which we all have to face sooner or later (save perhaps that tiny minority of loathsome, never-blocked authors whose output stacks higher than the Andes), maybe this format is ideal for the crappy first draft of a scene or chapter that you just can’t get down to otherwise. Just don’t accidentally publish your tender, early story draft as a blog post!

Author: Jeff Deck

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  • Hi Jeff,

    I have just finished reading The Great Typo Hunt. I received double enjoyment from it. First, it’s a great road trip; secondly, now I know I’m not the only one who is attacked by typos leaping off the page.

    The following remarks are made, not in harsh criticism, but as friendly comments from one typo-cathcer to another.

    Page 176, last paragraph: Though he looked somewhat peaked, Benjamin…. I wonder whether you meant “piqued”.

    Page 196, second paragraph: We parked on Elm outside a used bookstore, which…. It is more likely that you parked outside a “used-book store”.

    Page 201, sixth paragraph: ….every day we bump into dozens of each others. Singular adjective with plural noun. Perhaps “other” would be better.

    I won’t mention all the times “different than” is used; should be “different from”. Remind people to think of the verb “differ”. They wouldn’t say New York differs
    than Los Angeles.

    It is not in your book, but there is an expression I hear on the radio news and that is the use of “two year” or “ten year” anniversary – why do you think the announcers shy away from saying “second” or “tenth” anniversary? I’ve even heard “six month” anniversary.

    Please forgive me if this letter contains any grammer errers or speling misteaks.

    Best wishes,

    David F

  • Jeff Deck

    Hi David,

    Glad you enjoyed the book. You’re not the first to message me saying that “peaked” is not a word, which actually has kind of surprised me– I thought more people knew about the word! http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/peaked

    Keep up the good hunt…

    • Jeff,

      Yes, I know peaked is a word but the word for the meaning you wanted in that sentence is spelled piqued. Please also check piqued in the same dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/piqued

      David

      • Jeff Deck

        David,
        peaked = pale as if ill
        piqued = irritated, resentful

        Here’s the sentence: “Though he looked somewhat peaked, Benjamin graciously accepted the weighty and irksome charge that now fell to us.”

        If he were irritated or resentful, we would not have used the word “graciously” in the same sentence. Benjamin is pale– he is feeling ill at the thought that the store clerk does not understand how to use the dictionary.

  • Chris Collins

    Them’s some nice looking nachos, my friend. Just sayin’. Good job!