Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Are things getting too easy?

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In the world today everything is digital, electronic, wireless, the list goes on and on. But when I sit and think about only ten years ago I realize the changes have been dramatic. We’re making things too easy to do. Of course we’re busier than we used to be, aren’t we? Or we’re just too plugged in and it looks like we’re too busy.

Take books for instance, only ten years ago when you wanted to read a new book you went to the brick and mortar store to purchase that book. Now most people just go to their reading device, either their tablet, phone, reader, etc and they just download it in minutes. No need to leave the house, just click and read. What happened to the feel of an actual book in your hands?

Then of course there’s the new gadgets where you no longer have to take a wallet with you. Are you kidding me? Now you just pay with your phone app. Really? Have we gotten to the point where we can’t even pull out cash and pay? Yes we have. We’ve made things too easy.

Guess what? With the easy comes the criminals. We use our debit cards at the gas pump to save a 10 second walk to the counter. Then someone uses a portable reader and steals your number. The next day your account is empty and you’re thinking “Now what?”. Yep, that’s not a good feeling.

Oh and then you have everything wireless. No longer do you have wires connected to all your computer components. It’s amazing that I can sit in my den and print in my office. If I wanted to I could just work in my house and occasionly walk out to the office to collect printed pages.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love some of these easy things. They’re making it possible for us to do more in less time, but with that easiness are we getting lazy? I don’t know, but it’s something to think about. I started reading a book series this week that’s actually paperback, yes people, paperback. I’ve actually enjoyed holding an actual book. But as I usually read with my reader, yep, I’ve pressed my thumb to turn the pages several times and then realized that I actually had to turn the page physically.

So, my question is this, “Have we made things to easy for us?”

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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How hooked are you?

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Good morning! I do hope all of you are safe and well after those nasty storms that came through the southern US. As for me, did you notice no post from me yesterday. Well, I had no power for most of the day. If you know me well, or even if you just know me from social media interaction, then you know I try to post most days. 

While my power was off and I was unconnected to all of my electrical devices, I had lots of time to think. Think? Wow that’s a large word when you think about it. How often do we just sit and think? No really, how often? Yes we use our brains, but most of the time it’s connected to some sort of electrical device, especially internet driven devices. Whether it’s your computer, smart phone, or whatever it is that you use to do everything, you’re probably hooked. 

I sat here thinking about how much power means to us today. It’s like life shuts down when the power does. But if you think about it, we’re so hooked on the gadgets that make life easier that we can’t function when it goes south. I sat down on my couch and tried to figure out what I would do until the power came back on. The sad thing was, I had payroll for a client to complete, but my computer addicted brain had a hard time dealing with the process of manually completing the task. That’s when I sat down and took a hard look at me life. When it’s quiet and nothing is happening you can do that without interruption. 

I realized that I’m addicted to power. Whatever happened to actually doing something for ourselves without relying on a gadget to do it for us. I stood up and walked to my office with determination. Of course I had to drag my teenage son with me so he could hold the flashlight. I pulled out the employee paperwork on each employee, I dusted off the payroll tax sheets and I grabbed some checks and a pen. Oh yeah, and the solar powered calculator. I sat down with a old oil lamp and proceeded to figure payroll the old way. My son sat watching and shaking his head. He kept saying, ‘Can’t you wait until the power comes back on?’ I just kept going and soon I had a completed payroll ready for delivery.

The hard part was the social media disconnect. I sat for a moment wondering if I made any sales during the night, wondering how all my social media friends had faired the night of storms and wanting desperately to check my Twitter feed. Sad, but true. I realized again I’m addicted to everything power connected. 

Unfortunately, most of my work is connected to power. My clients files are loaded on my laptop, which has a battery of course, but my accounting program drains that battery really quickly. I did a couple of things that didn’t require my laptop, but I was limited. I did work on some of my manuscript outlines. I still do those old school long hand. It’s just the way I am. I tried putting those on the computer, but it’s easier to have them beside me as I write, not in a file that I have to pull up.

So, my question is this, How hooked are you on electricity or even the internet and social media? If you were without power for a week, would you pull your hair out or make the best of it? 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

 


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It’s Spring! I’m so over Winter!

Well, today around lunch time it will become officially Spring. Of course that doesn’t mean that Winter has let go of it’s grip here in the US. Here in Georgia we’re looking at cold temps next week and yep, a hint was given about a possible snow scenario coming really close to us next week. Really, we live in the South and for some reason Mother Nature has forgotten that. Oh well, we’ll deal with it as it comes.

When you think of Spring you usually think of Spring cleaning and refreshing everything around you. For me it’s crunch time in tax season and that means I’m up to my elbows in tax returns. My writing usually suffers some during this time of the year. I can’t keep my brain solidly on a story line when I finally get back into the house at night. But I think maybe I can go through my old manuscripts and do some refreshing. 

I’ve spoken several times about revising older releases and making them new. Usually when you do this you change the cover and give the book a new outlook. I’m planning on a couple of revisions in the next couple of weeks. I’m also following some advice from a couple of my reviewers. 

Also, this is a good time to clean up your files on your computer. In the Winter we get bogged down in the Winter time slow down of our brain. We let junk emails pile up, we let old, unuseful files pile up. Well, let’s clean up that computer and get ready for the Spring/Summer inspiration that comes to most writers. I write more in the Spring/Summer time period. So if the computer is clean and ready, you can write unhindered.

So, how are you Spring Cleaning your writing?

As always, Good Writing and May God Bless You…