A recently set goal, now that I must travel among freelancing gigs in Milwaukee, Madison (Wisconsin) and elsewhere, is getting used to, and even growing comfortable, freelance writing without the lugging the laptop, using a smartphone and tablet computer instead.
My addiction to DJ has been in remission, but I expect to relapse any day.
Now the smartphone and AT&T let me connect the laptop to the Internet (via WiFi or USB tethering), and there are many WiFi hotspots within short hiking distances that would help me reduce my data plan usage. But, I have realized, the bulk of the laptop, compared to the mobile devices, has been discouraging me from bringing it along often, zapping my productivity here and elsewhere. Therefore, I have concluded I must phase out using information stored only on the laptop.
For storage: Evernote and Dropbox allow me to access files I have stashed in The Cloud. Also: I am finding useful, functional Android applications optimized for smaller screens and touch-keyboards -- for example Notepad that allows faster typing of articles I can later copy/paste into full-website text editors or send to other services I use on the Net.
Obviously, my colleague the Tortoise Cat does not play with any of these goofy human toys. Furthermore, she has insisted I disclose I this blog was posted from my laptop.
Yes, I have "cheated" already...because DJ's blogging tool does not auto-save, and losing posts before publishing is much more likely in mobile-mode. Also, with no way save a blog post to complete later, like I can on Blogger, blogging on DJ by tablet or smartphone is so inconveniencing it's just too easy to talk myself out of trying.
Still, these pics were generated and uploaded via tablet and smartphone a few days ago in anticipation of blogging soon, and because I wanted to play around with possibilities. Then I found interfacing DJ's image uploader with my devices' small (and even smaller) touchscreens turned into a tricky, jumpy process. So next, I will see how well uploading images via email works.
No, I did not post these words on April 1 to fool around about returning to daily article writing on DJ amid my transitional circumstances. I expect to finish adjusting sooner than later, in days not months.
In the process I may find an Op-Ed or Review subject related to "going mobile."
With the leash dragging loose and a human in close pursuit, this tortoiseshell cat pussyfoots gracefully over glacial bolders in South-central Wisconsin one warming March afternoon.