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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Paperless Boy

I'm on my way to becoming totally paperless. Tablet-love will do that, as the more you use the tablet feature (as I am now, even though my scrawl is being converted to text, I'm inking it), well, the more you use your tablet.

Point in case -- the other day I was planning a short writing vacation. A train trip where I'd ride the train to Seattle (writing all the way), spend a day sight-seeing and hanging out in cafes, then spend a day in the rainforest doing research for my novel, then back on the train to write some more.

In the past, I would have inelegantly scrawled my planning notes on the back of an envelope. Not anymore. tablet PC to the rescue:

trip notes

Okay it looks about like the back of that envelope! The major difference? Aside from the obvious paper savings, I won't lose these notes 12 minutes after I take them. And they're searchable! And I can easily erase, copy, paste, and post them to the Web. Gotta love it!


Sidney said...

Man, that sounds like a great trip. I write very little on paper these days, except for the occasional scribble on a pad beside my computer but somehow I always have tons of paper anyway.

Charles Gramlich said...

I agree with Sid about the trip. Sounds wonderful. You've got to give it a go and report back.

Clifford said...

Guys, the trip is on hold -- probably won't happen until late July/Early August. But if it works out, I plan to make it an annual event and try to rope a few friends in on it!

Up for next year?

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