When it comes to technology, I'm rarely an early adopter. Not because I'm a Luddite or have a fear of technology. It's something more selfish than that; it comes down to, "What's in it for me?" I need to know that I'm going to benefit from taking the time to learn some new app/software/etc., that it will make my life easier/better/more enjoyable before I jump in. So I'm slow to adopt, and I often wait until a person or circumstance convinces me of the need.
For example: Scrivener. I've had many writer friends rave about this, but to me it seemed like, well, so what? I have a computer. I have Word. I have EverNote. What's the big deal?
But as I began work on this book in earnest, it began to feel like there were so many moving pieces and parts, and resources and research, and scribbled pieces of paper on my desk with ideas, thoughts, lines of dialogue, etc., and it occurred to me that maybe it was time to look into Scrivener. And so I did.
And as often happens when I drag my feet on adopting new-to-me technology, I have a certain amount of "what on earth was I waiting for" once I start using it. Now, that moment came later than usual with Scrivener. Scrivener, I've found, has an enormous learning curve. I went through all their video tutorials (there are a lot of those), and I still felt like I was missing some very key information. So I signed up for an online Scrivener course, which has many, many lessons, as well as a book by the instructor of the online course.
Lo and behold, as I plodded my way through the many (many many) lessons of the online course, I began to have "aha" moments. "Oh, that's what that's for," I'd think. "That's how I do that!" I'm about 2/3 of the way through the course and have become a much more adept Scrivener user because of it, and I have become a fervent Scrivener convert.
Which is good, because as it turns out, I have more technology to master. I drive a nine-year-old VW Beetle (Gecko Green, if you'd like to know), which I plan to keep alive forever (thank you, VW whizzes at Good Carma). However, the CD player in it is starting to go kaput. I asked my good, trusted friends at Good Carma if they could replace it. Their response: "Well, the parts alone would start at $600. Would you like us to estimate the labor?" Thank you so much, but no need to estimate the labor.
Instead, it's time for me to become more familiar with this:
My sons (ages 22 and 25) have been razzing me forever that I haven't adopted Spotify yet. Again: haven't seen the need. But next month, I take my first northern Minnesota research trip for this book (hello, Lake of the Woods, I'll be there soon! Can't wait to see you, Koochiching County Historical Society!), and I can't do that kind of drive without music. I can't count on my CD player, and there will be legs of the journey where radio reception will be poor or nonexistent (or focused on music that's not my taste). So: It's time I learn about Spotify, specifically how I can download music directly to my phone (yeah, my old car has an aux jack) and play it without using phone data.
It benefits me. So now I'll do it.