- J.D. Salinger passed away at 91. He lived in Cornish, which is about fifteen miles from Castle Frostbite as the crow flies. Between him and Robert B. Parker, it hasn’t been a great two weeks for the New England literature scene.
- Obligatory geek opinionating on the Apple iPad: it looks shiny, like everything out of Cupertino these days, and I wouldn’t turn one down if you put it in my hand, but right now I’m still trying to figure out its niche. It’s bigger than a Kindle, less capable than a netbook or laptop, and lacks the portability of the iPhone/iPod touch. Also, that’s a lot of glass to tote around without the benefit of a keyboard deck to protect it when it’s not in use…and if you have to tote it in a slipcase or laptop bag, you might as well carry around a netbook. Still, I’m sure they’ll sell a hojilion of them. I want one so I can load the Skype iPhone app on it, and then go to Starbucks and hold the thing up to my ear like a huge-ass iPhone, just to make fun of the assembled hipster brigade. (Obligatory iPad naming joke: the max iPad will be the 27” panel off the big iMac, touch-enabled and packaged with a lovely Samsonite slip case with rollers.)
- Two days ago, it was fifty degrees outside, and all the snow was gone from our driveway. One heavy snow squall and one cold front later, our driveway is an Olympic ski jump again, it’s ten degrees outside, and I have two stoves going at full blast inside. The birds outside are all like, “WTF?”
- State of the Novel: nearing the 50% mark, on track for completion in late spring. You sit down every day and tack on a few pages, and one day you have a completed manuscript. Nobody ever sits down to write a novel, you sit down to write a paragraph, a page, the rest of the chapter. It’s a long slog, but it’s the only known way to write a novel—one page at a time.
- For someone who doesn’t care much for TV, I’m really awfully fond of that newfangled LCD televisionary device we got just after Christmas. The old one was a steam-powered Mitsubishi that was about fifteen years old, and whose colors had started going all wonky. The new one has input jacks for every conceivable device, and I can switch back and forth between the DVD player, the Wii, and the PC without having to switch plugs around. I took that new Atom/ION box I got recently, and hooked it up to the TV. Playing World of Warcraft on a 32” LCD is pretty neat, and being able to play movies right off the hard drive is nifty, too. With the system drawing less than 30W, I have it running all the time now. The iTunes library is shared with Home Sharing and can stream its contents to any other PC in the house via WiFi. As an added bonus, I can use that PC as a file server for backups over the network. Technology is pretty neat when it works.
- Tomorrow: Dadcation Day. For those of you just tuning in, that’s when I get to head into town for a few hours of child-free activities. It’s my weekly sanity break—have some caffeinated beverages, write a few pages, look at stuff I can’t afford at Best Buy, that kind of thing. Exciting, I know! That’s the high-speed glamorous existence of the stay-at-home Writer Dad.
More later, but now I have to throw a few packs of Little Debbie snack cakes into the playroom for dinner…