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Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:40 pm Post

I work at Rusk State Hospital as a direct care aide with mentally ill patients of various conditions. There is very little time to write but occasionally I'm given a reprieve when I'm sitting on observation as my patient sleeps. I jot down my ideas on whatever is around me, mostly steno pads we use to document patient reports on. As stressful as my job can get, my character suffers from delusions/hallucinations and the environment gives me plenty to play off of. Also, while i'm on break I load up Scrivener on my laptop and rework my ideas into my story.

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Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:59 am Post

AmberV wrote:At some bus stop shelter in Northeast Portland with a fold-out keyboard and a Palm Pilot perched on a dictionary. I guess the point being, "wherever it needs to happen". :)


I typed with the same set-up in numerous places - sitting in a car (but not while driving. Obviously), plane, lecture theatre (regardless of whether a lecture was in progress), café; God knows where else.

My notebook(s) have been used anywhere I have a pen & enough light to see, including sitting in a tree (my favourite), a tent, lying on the beach, in a bath and on a boat. Trains can be difficult, but they are much easier than cars on a rough dirt track.

This I often found myself working on my thesis on my iPhone when on the bus or tram. Awfully small screen to be typing on but, in the same vein as AmberV, needs must.
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:55 am Post

You know, nearly a decade later I still have yet to find a good replacement for that setup. Only thing that comes close is the AlphaSmart, and that thing is huge. You need a laptop case to carry it around. With the old Palm setup, you got:

  1. Automatic synchronisation of files with your hard drive
  2. Three or so days of battery time
  3. A near full-featured RTF word processor that handled stylesheets, comments, footnotes, and more.
  4. A keyboard that you could actually type at 100wpm on, with full access to menus and cursor movement.
  5. Small enough to slip into pockets or wallet sized slots in bags and cases.
  6. And it all set you back only around $100 USD.
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:13 am Post

My Toshiba Satellite laptop lasts about 3 hours max (on the average, more like two) and weighs tons. Almost a non-portable machine, so I'm trying to do something similar with a Nook Color and CyanogenMod7. Got the NC at Overstock.com for $150 (including shipping). CM7 and the Android Market seem to be working well. I still have to get a keyboard, mouse, USB->micro-USB cable, and a text editor. Then I should be able to write in more places than I can now. Fingers crossed.

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Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:58 am Post

Try OfficeSuite Pro. I put that on my Fire and its a pretty decent RTF editor that integrates with Scrivener's files nicely.
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