On Writing and Technology
Technology is an amazing, wonderful, yet dangerous thing. I can say with confidence that the entirety of A Climb of Chaos has been written using Google Docs, with Georgia size 12 for the body, and Verdana size 18 for the headings. I have also been using both the Google Chrome web browser operating on Windows XP.
I have terrible handwriting. Not only is it truly awful, but one can be prone to wrist cramps. Due to my ‘writer’s handicap’, I am grateful for being able to write words down, move them around, erase them with such ease. I cannot even begin to imagine what writing my story would have been like had I used pencil and paper. Instead of the space needed for a computer or laptop on a desk, the room would be littered and cluttered with many, many pieces of paper featuring circles, eraser marks, strikethroughs and the like. Okay, not that bad but a couple business envelopes stuffed full of paper which would be unwise to lose. With a laptop or computer, however, everything I need exists within that piece of hardware. Delving further into technology, my work is not limited to this computer I’m using right now, thanks to cloud computing, so I can access my information essentially anywhere.
As someone writing, I give a big thank you to technology as a means to better channel my imagination from inside my brain, to my fingers, to the screen, and eventually the book which you are now holding now. Especially big thank-yous go out to those at Google, for revolutionizing the internet; with tools such as Docs, which is where my world is stored and created, Blogger; for allowing me to make my online public journal with updates and inner musings. Big thanks also go out to Open Office Writer for allowing me to create PDF files, and being so flexible when it comes to various file extensions. Finally, I can’t forget to thank Matthew Carter for the typefaces – Georgia size 12 makes a text body look quite attractive in regular, bold and italics. Verdana, at size 18, you look great for titles.
To fellow writers, computer users, and readers: when it comes to craft and art, be thankful and not only appreciate the quality of the artist, but the various channels in which he/she directs their talent.