Blogging is perfect for me, what with my compulsion to blab about everything I encounter in my world. It takes maybe a year for me (with substantial help) to get each book together, but here I can get things out daily. Actually I’m a frustrated newspaperman. I love the immediacy of newspapers, but could never take the pressure; nor could I write well and quickly enough to work for a grownup daily paper. I don’t tweet these days, and just can’t join the FaceBook conglomerate. Blogging’s enough. Finding the time to do it, along with getting books out in today’s turbulent publishing seas, is a challenge.
Winter Solstice I felt something Friday, like a wakeup call. To get it a lot more together and quit moping because of an injured shoulder. I have so many friends with debilitating body parts, that I’m like a wimp. One body part goes wrong and I get depressed. OK, days are getting longer. I actually felt the first wave of Spring the other day, the new grass growing as the hills turn green, the call of a red-wing blackbird (lodged in my all-time memory from teenage years prowling my dad’s rice farm in Colusa (Calif.). Come on, April!
(Above pic, Amanita Muscaria, bursting out of pine needles everywhere right now…
iPhone I don’t use 1% of what you can do with it, BUT:
1. I go into my mail program, hit the “new message” icon, then click on microphone icon at lower left on keyboard. Then I talk (via Jabra BlueTooth speakerphone) and it gets typed into the message. Send message to myself. I mean, I haven’t started doing this a lot, but it’s pretty amazing to be able to.
3. The camera:
-the HDR function. I don’t know any way to shoot HDR in one shot on my more serious cameras. This really works when there’s a lot of contrast (like looking out windows from a lowly-lit room).
-The panorama mode is unique.
Google Jesus, do I use it! I never dreamed of having such info and knowledge available so quickly. I use Google so much it’s embarrassing.
Music Right Now
This one had me dancing: Wreck and Ruin, by Kasey Chambers, Shayne Nicholson.
And now: One Mint Julep, by The Clovers.
Solo Time I write my best (and do my best layout) when I’m in studio/office all alone. But solo moments are rare, what with all that goes on around here. Enhancements: espresso (I try for crema, but it’s tricky); Power Plant sativa; Sirius music (set stations: BB King Blues, Outlaw Blues, Blugrass, Joint (reggae), ’50s), as well as Grooveshark. I know I’ve said all this before.