Month: November 2017 (page 1 of 2)

I’m alive but the blog is delayed

This is one of those mornings when real life is not cooperating with the writing life. I did mean to have a snippet ready for today. However, I’m going to postpone it until tomorrow. In the meantime, I have the next installment of my series on HRC’s book, What Happened, up at According to Hoyt. You might wander over to Victory Girls Blog as well.

Until later!

Writing Resumes, Pelosi Takes a Hit and Another One Bits the Dust

The title of the post says it all. Fiction writing has resumed — yay! Nancy Pelosi had a really bad day yesterday (another yay!). Topping it all off, longtime Today Show anchor Matt Lauer has been fired. All this and it’s not even 0900 here.

Matt Lauer, face of the Today Show, hated by fans of Ann Curry and others who have come and gone, found himself out of a job this morning. In a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Luck and read on air by Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s termination for “inappropriate sexual behavior” was made public. So far, few, if any, details of that behavior have been made public. However, it is easy to speculate that this was more than a he said-she said situation. First, the speed with which NBC terminated Lauer, completely bypassing suspending him, speaks volumes. So does Lack’s comment to the effect that the network had reason to believe this wasn’t the only instance in which Lauer violated network policy. Whatever it was, this is going to have both a PR impact as well as a financial impact on NBC as it continues to fight for that number one place in the morning news ratings race.

Then there’s Nancy “I’m still bitter” Pelosi. Yesterday saw her being handed her head, metaphorically speaking, twice by the Trump administration. The first occurred when she and good ole Churck Schumer decided to “teach Trump a lesson” and not attend a planned meeting with the President, Mitch McConnal and Paul Ryan. The second happened when a federal judge refused to implement a motion for a TRO barring Trump from naming his own head to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both of these are the basis for my post over at Victory Girls today.

Now for the really important news. The fiction writing has resumed. I’ll admit that I’d been worried the knee injury would sideline writing for any stretch of time for longer than I wanted. Fortunately, I don’t mind writing on the iPad Pro — at least not too much. Even better, I finally discovered the one place in the house where I can sit and comfortably elevate the leg while I write. That’s huge. So, writing proceeds at a much faster pace than before.

That means, fingers crossed, I’ll have a snippet to post tomorrow. Until then, I’m off to write . . . After finding more coffee. Later!

Darwinism in Action

An off-duty police officer shot and wounded a man suspected of stealing from a store at The Parks at Arlington mall Sunday afternoon. (Arlington Police Department)

Sunday, an Arlington, TX police officer shot a man at a local shopping mall. The man, William Paul Dodd, was suspected of shoplifting two pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses from a store in the mall. At the time of the shooting, he was being followed by mall security as well as by members of APD. While fleeing, Dodd turned and pulled what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at an APD officer who, believing his life in danger, fired. Dodd was hit and transported to a local hospital where, last I heard, he was in critical condition.

Several things make this case different from other police-involved shooting. First, this happened at a mall during business hours. This mall, like so many others, is a “Gun-Free Zone”. Second, the gun Dodd pulled and pointed at the officer was later determined to be an “Imitation firearm“. Finally, and the reason for the title of this post, approximately an hour before the shooting, Dodd called 911. He identified himself and said he knew police were looking for him for evading arrest.

“I know Arlington is looking for me, but I got a gun so if you pull me over I’m going to shoot, so just be ready,” the man said during the call.

At that point, he hung up. When the 911 operator called him back, he said he didn’t want to turn himself in and then he gave a location approximately 4 miles from the mall. Officers were dispatched to that location but Dodd was gone.

Fast-forward an hour. Arlington PD gets a shoplifting call from the mall and responds. At that time, the officers aren’t aware of Dodd’s earlier call.

Whether they knew or not, Dodd set himself up to be shot. By first calling and telling the 911 operator he had a gun and would shoot, he guaranteed that officers responding to any call where his identity was known or pulling him over and getting his ID back from a license check would be on alert. Add in the fact he carried AND PULLED what appeared to be a firearm and aimed it at a cop guaranteed something bad was going to happen. This was, in my opinion, an attempt of suicide by cop.

That’s bad enough but now there are some lawmakers considering making it illegal to carry an “imitation firearm” in public places. Let’s face it, prohibiting real firearms from public places hasn’t worked. The law-abiding citizens will obey but those with ill-intent won’t. Why should they? They know the likelihood of a potential victim being armed is slim to none.

In this case, Dodd apparently didn’t care whether the cops knew he was “armed” or not. In fact, he wanted them to know. He made the choice not to surrender. Instead, he pulled something the cop reasonably assumed to be a weapon, leaving the cop only one choice. He had to fire to protect himself and anyone else who might have been in the area at the time.

I don’t know whether or not procedure was followed in this case by mall security and APD. It’s possible they could have moved in sooner. However, circumstances surrounding the shooting tend to make me believe it wouldn’t have made a difference. Dodd would still have done what he did. The shooting would have happened and we can be thankful no one else was injured.

Yet, as is their habit, lawmakers are knee-jerking. Let’s ban yet another thing because someone used it in an attempt to get a cop to shoot him. There are other questions that should be asked — and answered — first. Maybe it’s my libertarian leanings coming out but I don’t believe the first response to a tragedy should be more laws and prohibitions.

Ask yourself this: how far are you willing to let your lawmakers go on something like this? If they outlaw these “imitation guns” in public places, that means not just shopping malls but parks, on the street, in playgrounds, etc. In some jurisdictions, it could also potentially mean in your front yard or driveway. That would mean you couldn’t show your best friend your new Airsoft or replica gun outside of the safety of you home. It could mean your kids couldn’t play with their cap guns, etc. When do we say “NO!” to the nanny state and start letting people take responsibility for their own actions?

And isn’t that the million dollar question?

Review — Assassins Creed: Origins

There are a few game series that have fans waiting anxiously for the next installment. Halo. Final Fantasy. Fallout. Far Cry. Mass Effect (at least until ME: Andromeda). Assassins Creed. Some have managed to do right by their fans in every, or almost every, iteration of the series. Others have been hit or miss. But rarely have we seen a game maker take time out to actually step back and realize they have been pushing out games too quickly and determine they will take the risk of not publishing a new game every year in order to maintain and restore their credibility, not just with the gaming industry but with the fans.

Since I’ve been laid up with the knee for awhile, I’ve been doing some gaming. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t pick up Assassins Creed: Origins when it first came out. I was hesitant because the story seemed so far from the previous games. Yes, it looked gorgeous. But I couldn’t figure out how they were going to make it mesh with the series canon. So I waited until one gamer I trust emphatically because we have very similar tastes in games had played it and could tell me what he thought. He told me he thought I’d like the game and, since Ubisoft was having their Black Friday sales all last week, I picked up the Deluxe edition of the game at a nice price.

My initial concerns about the game were quickly proven to be false. The storyline is a great backstory for the Assassins. I haven’t finished the main storyline quests yet, so I’m curious to see how they play out. No, I won’t give any spoilers. I’ll leave it up to you to play the game or go to Youtube to find the videos. However, I’m enjoying the game a great deal.

Gameplay: I’d give it an 8.5. For the most part, it is intuitive and is one of the most open world games I’ve ever played. Being able to equip up to two melee weapons and two bows (assuming you build your ability tree that way) is fun. While there are a few missions you play as Aya, the vast majority of Assassins Creed: Origins is played as Bayek. There are reasons for this, storyline reasons, but it would have been nice to have more options to play as Aya or to be able to switch between characters like you could in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

Graphically, the game is absolutely gorgeous, as have been the last several Assassins Creed games. Ancient Egypt comes to life as you play the game. I’m sure there are historical inaccuracies. I’ve caught a few and I’m not an ancient Egypt scholar. But they don’t matter. I’ve been enjoying acting as medjai or protector for the people. It’s fun seeing the intrigue and deception between the Roman factions, the manipulations of Cleopatra, etc.

Another thing with this particular installment of the series is you can choose to play it straight up as a stealth game or not. That means, depending on how you’ve kitting out Bayak, you can take whichever playing style you are most familiar with. The downside of taking the fight straight up the middle isn’t so much that you can get overwhelmed by the enemy but that they can and will call for reinforcements from outside of the combat zone and those reinforcement might just include a character class that you learn very quickly to run away from just as fast as you can.

Even though I haven’t finished the main story quests and there are a ton of side quests I haven’t done, I can tell you now this game has replay value. The sheer expanse of the open world and the number of side quests you can come across — quests that aren’t marked on the map until you either stumble upon them or you manage to synchronize an area — see to that. So does the fact there are so many different approaches — not just geographically but tactically — you can take on the main missions.

Over all, I’d give Assassins Creed: Origins a 9 out of 10 and recommend it for those fans who enjoyed the really good AC games. Oh, and if you liked the ships and battles at sea in Assassins Creed: Black Flag, you get them in this game as well. Ubisoft listened to its fans, something Bioware would needs to do if it ever hopes to salvage the Mass Effect series.

Back to Work

Like many people here in the U. S., I took most of last week off. Thanksgiving is one of those times when family, both “natural” and extended, gather at my house. That means cleaning and cooking and that goes along with it. Add to that the knee injury that has really laid me up and slowed me down and I was ready for time away from the computer. You’d think with a knee injury, working on a laptop or tablet wouldn’t be a problem. But, at least for me. So, today I’m trying to sit at the desk for an hour or two in order to get some “real” work done.

The main things I have to concentrate on right now are my December/January releases. I have one novella and one novel that I need to get out by the first week in January. Fortunately, both have rough drafts done. Now it’s simply a matter of filling in the blanks, cleaning up the artifacts like “(be sure to include. . . )” and so forth. I am going to try to get them done and ready for release ahead of time because of the knee and the potential for surgery.

Yes, potential. Even though the doctor and I both know that’s what’s needed, we are still having to jump through insurance hoops. Also, I don’t want to have the surgery until after the holidays. For one, I don’t want to be a drag for friends and family when they come into town — and especially not for my son. For another — and this is the important one — my 86-year-old mother finally admitted this morning when I came close to losing my temper with her that her knee has been bothering her and she’s tried to hide it. Why? Because she knew if she said anything, I’d call her doctor and would not have let her cook three major meals over the holiday. We would have ordered in or I would have draft friends and family to help. But noooooo, my mother who gets more like a German hausfrau the older she gets, wouldn’t hear of it.

Therefore, surgery has to wait until after Christmas and New Years. But that’s okay. I’m in no rush to go under the knife, even if it is only an arthroscopic procedure. I HATE hospitals. I HATE being laid up more than I am now.

For now, however, I write and I get back to regular blogging. Oh, and coffee. Much more coffee will be consumed.

Here’s hoping everyone had a safe and fun holiday. Try not to buy too much this CyberMonday. Until later when I’ll be back with another post, probably one taken from the headlines because hoo-boy are there some headlines out there just crying to be blogged about.

It’s not a joke

I Have kept silent for the most part about the sudden spate of sexual harassment accusations coming out of Hollywood and Washington DC. Yes, I blogged about how no one should be surprised about Hollywood. The casting couch has been one of the most well-known secrets for decades. Politicians acting the same way is nothing new either. A study of the history of some of the presidents of the last half of the 20th Century should prove that. Eisenhower’s military driver was supposedly his mistress at one point (I say supposedly because I have not researched it or verified reports). Kennedy was, to be blunt, a womanizer. Then you have LBJ and if you, like me, are a Texan, you’ve heard all sorts of rumors about him. I could keep on, but I won’t.

Here’s something to think about. Things have changed. There was a time when the media not only turned a blind eye to such behavior by our politicians or other “notables”, now they only do so in a selective manner. We’ve seen that already with regard to Harvey Weinstein and, more importantly, with the allegations Corey Feldman has made of late. If someone like me, who takes little notice of what goes on out in the glitz of Hollyweird has heard the rumors, you know the media. When those rumors went beyond the casting couch to grown men  and women abusing minor children, where was the media? Where was it when Feldman and others started talking about this years ago?

Now the latest lynching — er reporting — party revolves around sexual harassment allegations being laid against politicians, some elected and some running for election. There are also those against men who haven’t held office is decades but now, suddenly, behavior supposedly occurring decades ago is being brought to light.

The latest allegation to be made public happened yesterday. Sen. Al Franken, former comic (at least he thinks he was), has been accused of inappropriate behavior a decade ago. Unlike most of the other allegations leveled against others, there is a photograph of him reaching toward a sleeping woman’s breast and mugging for the camera as he does so.

The reaction to this revelation hasn’t surprised me. He’s apologized and sworn that he will cooperate with an ethics investigation. Dowd has tried to spin Franken’s actions as not being harassment or abuse because he was “joking”, or some other equally stupid explanation. I have no doubt that sort of justification by a Republisan would have been met with derision. But Franken is one of the darlings of the party.

Here’s the thing. I don’t like the way this country, and especially the so-called journalists, have decided it is all right to not only conduct trial by media but to presume guilt until proven innocent. Worse is the tendency of all too many to assume one is guilty based not on the cicurmstances being alleged but on what their political party happens to be. It doesn’t work that way, folks. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to turn the same hard look on those you agree with politically that you do on those sitting across the aisle from you.

If you sit there and condemn President Trump for what some women say he did and if you also believe he should step down as President because of that, you should hold Franken to the same level of accountability. Conversely, if you are lighting the pitchforks to go after Franken, you sure as hell should be doing the same with every other man — and woman — who stands similarly accused.

But how about doing something novel? How about not deciding on a man’s or woman’s future based on allegations and innuendo? How about letting them face their accusers. Instead of having tear-filled press conferences with Gloria Allred sitting there feeding the accusers their lines, let them sit before an ethics commission or, duh, a court of law and be subject to cross-examination?

I do not automatically doubt a woman who claims she has been abused or harassed. Far from it, in fact. But I also don’t subscribe to the idea that we have to automatically believe them. I worked in law enforcement long enough to have seen situations where a man was accused of crimes by a woman, crimes he did not commit.

I am also tired of certain people who have been the most vocal in the cries for condemnation against many of those currently being accused of harassment or worse also being the ones who defended Bill Clinton and did their best to eviscerate his accusers. Yes, I’m looking straight at Hillary and those who did all they could to protect Clinton to the detriment of those who leveled accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

We are on a very slippery slope right now, one we need to take a hard look at before we go any further. Yes, these accusations need to see the light of day. Yes, the voters have the right to know about them. But the men and women being accused also have the right to defend themselves. They have the right to point out possible motivation for such accusations to be made. We, the public, can only reach an informed decision abut the validity of the accusations after we know both sides of the story.

Besides, if you want me to take your concerns about Moore or any other conservative politician seriously, you have to take mine about Franken and Biden and Clinton seriously. In other words, apply the same standards to both sides of the political spectrum. If you don’t, you are not helping the women’s movement. You are, in fact, harming it by making it nothing more than a political agenda tool.

But I’ll go one better. Every one of those men and women who have been harassed or assaulted need to file criminal charges where they can and civil cases. I have no use for anyone who takes advantage of someone else, especially if they have used their “position of power” to do so. However,  every person who has falsely alleged harassment or abuse, no matter what the reason, needs to face judgment and punishment as well. This issue is too important and too pervasive not to hold to this. We don’t want those who cry “Wolf!” make it where we don’t believe someone when they come forward with a valid accusation.

Most of all, we need the media to quit playing favorites and get back to reporting the news, not trying to make it or manipulate it.

On writing and Biden and more

It’s Wednesday, mid-way through the work week. Unless you’re a writer. If you are, you know the work week never ends. You never know when an idea will strike or when you’ll see an image that inspires you. Since it’s Wednesday, it also means I’m blogging at Victory Girls. Today’s post has to do with former VP Joe Biden, the gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s start with good ole “Uncle Joe”. You have to have been living under a rock this last week or so not to know he’s been on a media blitz tour promoting his new book. It’s no surprise that he’s asked time and again what he thinks about President Trump, Hillary’s book and whether or not he is going to run for president in the next election.

Yet, what is missing in each of these interviews are questions about his clearly inappropriate behavior toward women, behavior that was noted in the media in 2015. Oh, he gets to go on and one about gun control, including embarrassing himself by basically saying the hero in the Sutherland Springs tragedy shouldn’t have been able to own the AR-15 used to save lives by stopping the gunman. Not that either is surprising. It simply shows the double-standard of the media and the Dems, in particular.

On the writing front, things are progressing. I’ve a title for the short story/novella (proper classification will depend on final edits and word count) set in the Eerie Side of the Tracks universe. Now to figure out the cover. Once that’s done, the reveal will be made on the blog and FB. Hopefully, edits will continue of Light Magic today. Yesterday, I went back to firming up the plot on the next Sword of the Gods book. So, the projects are progressing.

To be honest, the only problem I’m having with writing right now is that there are too many stories fighting for my attention. Well, that and the fact the injured knee still isn’t amenable to sitting at the desk. So I am having to adapt to doing most of my work on a tablet.

Now I need to run. Well, to be honest, I need to fall face first into bed. I was up most of the night with a very sick kitty. She seems to be all right now but she’ll be heading to the vet later today. But, for now, I need rest or I am going to fall asleep right here. Until later!

Grab the popcorn

Novembers have always been interesting. There are the elections and all the related issues, some more “interesting” than others depending on the year. There is Thanksgiving. For writers, there’s NaNoWriMo. And that’s just to name a few. But now, on top of all that, there is the soap opera that is the NFL. More on that in a moment.

Let’s start with NaNo. I share my thoughts on it over at Mad Genius Club today. The short version is that NaNo can be a useful tool for writers. By setting a goal and having accountability, by telling the internal editor to stay silent for a month, a writer can get into the habit of writing. I know that sounds strange, but it is very easy to be pushed away form the writing habit by real life demands. NaNo can refocus the writing — if you let it.

This is where I grab the popcorn. Yesterday, I posted both here and at Victory Girls about the ongoing soap opera that is the NFL. Since then, things have only gotten worse — or better, depending on your point of view. Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, wants $50 million as salary, more than $10 million above what he is currently making. He also wants a private jet for his personal use FOR LIFE. Add to that health insurance for his entire family FOR LIFE. I don’t know about you, but I’d love that sort of pay and benefits, especially if I ran a company that is in worse shape now than when I took it over.

Jerry Jones wants accountability. He says his demand is not personal toward Goodell but toward the office of the commissioner. He say the commissioner has too much power without enough checks and balances. From what I’ve seen over the last few years, I’d have to agree with him. And I don’t like Jones. For me to agree with him on anything takes a lot.

But Goodell and certain other owners don’t like it. Members of the committee responsible for negotiating the contract with Goodell have now served Jones with a cease and desist letter. Jones needs to shut up and play the good little owner or they might take action against him. They can fine him. They can suspend him. They can try to take his beloved Cowboys away from him.

Is there anyone who thinks this will end well for the league?

Yep, it is popcorn and beer time. If you need me, I’ll be over here, writing and waiting for the shoe to drop. If Goodell and company aren’t careful, they might find out that Jerry Jones isn’t just a nightmare but he is their worst nightmare. This is going to fun to watch, certainly more entertaining than the current season has been.

Are you kidding me?

Those of you who are regular readers know I usually start the morning with coffee — necessary to function — and checking the news. This morning, I turned on the local Fox affiliate. That isn’t the channel I usually watch for local news. I’ll be honest, one of the newsreaders drives me up the wall. But it was the only local news on at the time and I hadn’t seen anything but national news for a couple of days. Just as I was about to switch the TV off, the sportscast came on. The tease for it was enough to keep me watching. Oh. My. Ghu. If the sportscaster is right, we may be about to see the end of the NFL as we know it.

It is no surprise that the NFL is suffering a crisis right now. Viewership, especially of the Sunday and Monday night games is down, really down. That means advertising dollars are being impacted. Worse in a lot of ways, attendance at a number of games are down as well. As easy as it would be to say the trouble started with the National Anthem protests, it didn’t. The NFL’s long history of failing to deal with players who continually violate the drug policy, who have abused their spouses or women they were dating, and then of over-reacting when they finally realized the public had had enough started the decline. But the National Anthem protests by some players and the NFL’s failure to address it was the final straw for a number of fans.

Goodell can get up there and talk about how he wants to support his players and how this isn’t really a protest against the National Anthem but the average working person — the average fan — doesn’t buy it. After all, if they were to go out and do something that harmed their employer’s brand, they would be disciplined. Instead of seeing the NFL players facing any consequences for their actions, once again, they see a very different standard being applied.

And yet, Goodell and company continue to ignore the problem. Instead, they have worked with the various networks to make sure the players aren’t being shown being disrespectful of the Anthem. They are hoping for the “out of sight, out of mind” adage to become true. Except it isn’t going away and it won’t.

If that isn’t bad enough, it now seems that there are some NFL owners who are so out of touch with their fans, they think the way to deal with the controversy is to try to force Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, out of the league. The Fox sportscaster this morning discussed the news circulating recently that a group of owners want to use the “nuclear option” in every owner’s contract when they buy a team. This option basically says that if a certain percentage of owners decide another owner is acting in a manner detrimental to the league, they can vote to force him or her to sell the team.

What is Jerry Jones’ sin? He isn’t backing off of his derision for the protests. Nor is he backing off his demand that Goodell should actually work AND accomplish things to move the league forward. In other words, he is listening to his fans and knows his money comes from them and not from the few players who want to make a political tatement at the beginning of a game. He knows that the head of the league should have the good of the entire league in mind when he acts and not the feelings of a few of the players.

If these owners are foolish enough to actually try to force Jones to comply with their BS demands, I hope they are ready for the fallout. For one, Jones isn’t going to go down without a fight and he will leave bodies, at least metaphorically speaking, in his wake. But that isn’t what they should fear. They should be trembling in their boots at the thought of how their actions will look to the fans, the people who buy tickets to the games, who buy their merchandise, who watch the games on TV and then buy products from sponsors. This action could very well tell the NFL fabric apart, leaving the league in tatters.

How long until these owners realize who has the real power here and it isn’t them and it isn’t the players. Those with the real power are the fans and they have already fired the warning shot. If the NFL under Roger Goodell continues on its current course, it will go down in flames and there is no guarantee it will rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the college football season and looking forward for baseball to return.


It’s Done!

I know. I know. I was supposed to be back a couple of days ago with a review of the iPad Pro and more blogging. I got waylaid, first by the injured knee and then by writing. I’ll admit I worried that the injury would bring most, if not all, of my writing to a standstill. I can’t sit at the desk right now to work. I can’t sit in the recliner or on the sofa with the knee elevated and work on the laptop. It is too much weight and pressure on the knee. But, to my surprise, the iPad Pro turned out to be a better solution than I’d dare hope and, as a result, the final draft of the re-imagined Light Magic.

I picked up the iPad Pro about two weeks ago. It was on a whim a and I got a really good deal on it. Part of the reason for getting it is because I am trying to migrate all my writing and editing to my MacBook Pro and having an iPad to take with me when I’m away from the house would let me keep with the “Apple means writing” mindset. Part of it was less selfish. My mother has been using a second gen iPad I gave her years ago. To say it is on its last legs is being kind. I’ve been looking for a replacement, one she wouldn’t have to learn a new OS on. So i wanted to know what the real differences were between the iPad and the iPad Pro and if the differences were something she would need or want.

I did my research. I decided not to spend the additional money for the newest version of the iPad Pro, choosing instead to go with a refurbed 9.7” version. I got a great deal on it and, using the money I saved, bought an Apple Pencil to go along with it. They came in and I started working with them. Then I injured the knee and knew I needed to find a way to write or I’d be blowing not just one deadline but at least three if the damage to the knee was as bad as I feared.

I’d bought one of the most recommended Bluetooth keyboards and cases for the iPad Pro but it suffered the same problems so many of its kind do. There was a lag between typing a word and that word showing up on the screen. That lag got worse the lower the keyboard’s power. You had to carry the charge cord with you or find yourself suddenly unable to use the keyboard while out and about.

But it was the lag or the drag or whatever you want to call it that bothered me the most and made it almost impossible to use if I was going to do any serious writing on the iPad. I bit the bullet, trolled various sites and found the Apple keyboard for the iPad Pro at a really good price. (Mind you, I’m cheap and did not pay retail or close to it for any of this).

Oh. My. Goodness.

The keyboard is totally awesome. It doesn’t rely on Bluetooth or wireless connections. There is a connector on the iPad it hooks into magnetically. That is how it communicates with the tablet and where it gets its power. The one real drawback, other than the fact it isn’t a full-sized keyboard — is that the keyboard isn’t back lit. But the feel of the keys is much better than I’d expected and I like the sound of them. Better yet, the keyboard keeps up with me and I don’t have to wait for it to catch up. Huzzah!

the Apple Pencil is wonderful for making notes or for annotating a manuscript. The batter life on both it and the iPad Pro are much better than I’d dared hope. I can work most of the day, pausing only for a short time to give the iPad a quick charge. Then I plug it in overnight.

To give you an idea of how much I have written on the iPad Pro since getting it, in this past week, I have managed close to 40k words on it. I have the work saved on the iPad and have emailed it to myself. I can save it to Dropbox or any of the other major cloud storage sites. In fact, I have been writing this blog post on the iPad Pro using the Apple keyboard.

it isn’t for everyone and I certainly don’t want to do all my writing all the time on it. I also can’t do my conversion on it because the program I use — Vellum — isn’t available on iOS. But for something that is portable and able to do what I want and need when writing and stand up to my writing schedule (at least so far), I highly recommend the iPad Pro.


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