When I started writing, the easiest and best way to bring my ideas to life was with a pen on paper (fun note: I still prefer to write that way!), the reason being that I would then have to transfer those words to a typewriter with carbon paper. Anyone remember carbon paper? Mistakes required dabbing BIC Wite-Out over the error and retyping. Too many mistakes and I’d have to retype the entire page.
I still remember the day I got my first word processor. This little beauty looked like a typewriter, but I was able to type an entire line of prose and check for errors before it typed the words on the page. It still required carbon paper or a trip to the nearest copy center, but the change made a huge difference in my output.
When I was growing up, computers were enormous—literally taking up entire rooms. I was in high school when the first desktop-sized computer (Apple II) popped up, but it was far too expensive for the average family.
A friend of the family bought us a Gateway PC in 1993. I was blown away. Not only could I write and store entire manuscripts on this beauty (with the help of floppy disks…anyone remember?), but there was this new, amazing thing called AOL! It took five minutes to boot and made all kinds of funny sounds, but once on board, not only did a lovely-voiced man tell me, “You’ve Got Mail,” but I discovered romance authors were posting there in a group. The ability to interact with my own kind changed my world.
Computers have definitely continued to evolve from there, as has the Internet. Google is every writer’s best friend. What DID I do when I couldn’t hop on Google eighty times a day to ask the oddest variety of questions regarding my books? (Note to the FBI or any other government agency that might go through my searches: I’m a writer!!!)
For fun, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite recent searches:
How old are Dalmatian puppies when they get their spots?
Does a Corgi howl? What does it sound like?
How quickly would a man die from multiple rattlesnake bites? (Again, note to FBI…)
What was the name of the first Apple computer? (Yep, used Google today for this blog post.)
What sounds do alpacas make? SO funny. Check it out HERE!
It’s odd to think that my grandchildren will never know a time when they didn’t have computers and cell phones (my seven-year-old grandson is already WAY better than me at all things digital). And it’s exciting to see what’s to come (I’m not sold on driverless cars, but we’ll see…)
I’d love to hear how you use Google. Share your funny/scary/interesting searches below! One commenter will win a $5 Amazon.com gift card.