I'm laughing at myself at the moment. I'm fond of multi-tasking. I have twelve tabs open on my personal computer. This tab, to add this post, increases it to thirteen tabs.
Of those other twelve, one is gmail and two others are tabs with Red Room posts to read. Of the rest, one is a news tab, another is the NY Times. The rest are literary tabs. Byliner Anthologies. Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. The Missouri Review. Daily Science Fiction. Untitled, with Passengers, where I just read Ron's fabulous poem, Watch and Wait. I have it open to read it again, it's that kind of poem. Another tab is a dictionary/theasaurus since I've been writing this morning.
It's like being in a library. I imagine all these tabs as books, magazines and newspapers spread around me on a table. All of the links came from emails.
Meanwhile, six Word docs are open. After doing my morning chores for my employer, I've been doing my novel writing and catching up on my personal emails.
Perhaps it's just me and my capacity to be freshly astonished but it is trippy, having all these items to so easily accessed to read, constant fertlizer for my mind, spirit and imagination along with being inexpensive entertainment. Would I have been able to find The Missouri Journal or Ron's poem at my local library? I can't answer definitively but I think what I would miss if I couldn't access them via my computer.
I so often complain about modern life, being the jaded, spoiled first worlder that I am, but it is awesome. For example, even while I'm reading all of these things, I'm corresponding via email with friends about a party tonight, my writing group to arrange a get together tomorrow night, and different companies regarding warranties and getting things fixed, all while accepting bids to have some work done on the home, things that would have taken dozens of phone calls, meetings in different offices and locations, et cetera.
Of course, when I'm done with work today and take a break from my computer, I'll go into the other room and open a book. Just finished reading Nemesis by Jo Nesbett. I started Dissident Gardens (Lethem) last night but it lost traction for me after a dozen pages so I began Killing Time (Carr). I still enjoy sprawling out in an easy chair by a window with book in hand and a cat or two nearby. Someday, the book will give way to some Kindle or iPad, Nook, et cetera, but for now, I've changed enough.
Someday can wait.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com