clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crow Fork

I suspect all of you reading this are familiar with the instrument at the left. You know your salad fork, the shrimp fork and now the crow fork. With it one dines on the black bird overdone and bitter.

I have earlier reviewed the state of technology for taking notes on an iPad for those with little patience. I basically damned the device to content consumption alone.

Moleskin has released an updated app which actually would work for taking freehand notes and recording draft fragments. It plugs into Evernote and using the adonit JotPro, it works acceptably.

It is not pen on paper. It is approaching that level of utility, however. There's a difference but it is much smaller than all the other electronic bits I've reviewed thus far.

I am going to have to have a little of the bird. I'll still be using pen and paper for my notes; but, I might not have to do so for too much longer.

I'm going to be injecting Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha into my reading list over the weekend. The protagonist is a ten year old boy. I have several stories to write using a protagonist not much older and perhaps a touch younger. I want to see how a proper writer (Man Booker '93)  might address such a character. I've enjoyed Mr. Doyle's fine work for nearly the full twenty-five years it's been in the bookstores. I can learn more than a little from his work. You probably know him from either The Commitments or The Snapper. 

It doesn't hurt that we're both irreverent bastards. I more the bastard and he more the irreverent. Wish us both luck.

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