Can I Write a Book?

As a blogger, I know that I at least LIKE to write. Some of it’s good; some isn’t. That’s part of the growing as a writer, right?

But the thought of putting together a book’s worth of material seems daunting to say the least.

I have the basic framework for a book already. I have topic. I’ve done some research here and there. Done some reading on my subject. But is the fact that I haven’t really done a lot of writing just procrastination?

The way I see it, there are three things required to write a book. You may have heard these somewhere before…

1. Time. Obviously, it takes a lot of time. But it not only requires a time investment: that time has to be given up somewhere. Family. Job. Church. All take time. Is there room for more time to be spent on this?

2. Talent. As I mentioned, I believe I can write. But I’ve never tried anything like this. I guess, if you’ve never written a book before,  you can’t really know what it takes.

3. Treasure. There will undoubtedly be some financial investment at some point in the process. Since this is completely new to me, I can only rely on what I’ve read. Self-publishing seems like the way to go with a first effort. I have contacted a publisher of physical books, but the prices seem out of reach. Publishing a Kindle Single or something of that nature seems feasible, but will it be a product anyone will want? And is that even the point?

So many questions.

Learning to Type Again

Anybody else catch 24: Live Another Day?

(How’s that for the intro line to a post about tablet blogging?)

I love 24. Always have. And for many reasons.  But this isn’t really a fan post, so let me get to the point.

There was a scene early on in the series where Chloe met up with her hacker group at their HQ. I noticed that one of the hackers, aside from having an awesome accent, also used a very large tablet as his primary computer.

Then, a couple of days ago,  I read a news article about Tim Cook. Apparently, he does 80 to 90% of his work on an iPad, and thinks the rest of us should do the same. 

As I mentioned in my last post, I am shaking up my writing by inputting my next few posts on my Nexus 7.

I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a while. For one thing, I like my Nexus. While I primarily use it for content consumption, I know it is a capable tool for other things.

But the primary reason I am doing this experiment, as it were, is that I believe mobiles and tablets are only going to become more of a mainstay of our lives, and there are some skills I need to improve.

Namely, touchscreen typing.

Remember when you first tried to type? Maybe it was a typewriter.  Perhaps it was a computer.  In any event, no one faces the keyboard for the first time and finds it easy. Remembering the home row of keys and gaining the muscle memory necessary to effectively type at a decent speed takes a lot of time and effort.

Aside from thumb typing on our phones, I don’t think there are many folks trying to learn to effectively type on a tablet.

Granted, there are plenty of good Bluetooth keyboards out there. But isn’t that kinda cheating? I mean, I have MacBook Air in the next room.  Why am I taking the time to practice a completely new form of typing?

Because technology, business, and even society is heading in this direction.

Though they have recently rebounded, PC sales have plummeted of late. iPads, Tabs, Nexuses (or whatever the plural of Nexus is) will continue to increase their share of the computing market, so improving the way we interface with these devices will also be increasingly relevant.

Ever thought about this? Anybody else learning to type all over again?

Hobby Lobby and the Road Ahead

I’ve been waiting for the day to come. To finally find out what the Supreme Court would say about the Hobby Lobby case and the right of people (because corporations are people) to reject government mandates that go against their religious beliefs.

And when the decision came down, I retweeted remarks from Russell Moore…

And I was quickly treated to a profane @ reply.

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