I've been away in the San Juan Islands of Washington State for a week, to start a new book, contemplate a story-in-progress, and just enjoy being out of the usual rush and ructions. It's made me realize how habituated I've become, as a writer, to things I could barely contemplate fifteen years ago. How did we manage without the internet, for example? I'm trying to work on a historical, and my manuscript is littered with asterisks for things I have to look up when I have wireless internet access again. When did dial-up become intolerable? I think it was about five minutes after it was invented!
So here's a list of things I apparently can no longer live without:
1) Wireless internet
2) Backlit keyboard
3) Cell phone
4) Cell phone reception
6) Google search
So much for thinking I would write more and better in a remote log cabin.