Creature of Habit

Are you a creature of habit or are you an adventurous soul?

Snake Penpal sculpture

I find that as I mature, I prefer that some things stay the same and within my comfort level.  How about you?

There are of course new things I am willing to explore and eventually … embrace.  In my professional life, it is a requirement that one keeps up with technological changes and trends, to  test their applicability to business needs or to politely dismiss them as novelties.

When it comes to writing down ideas, I prefer the old-fashion pen and paper method of jotting notes in a mini journal, scrap paper or back of a restaurant receipt.

pen and paper

In response to another blogger’s post about writing apps a few weeks ago, I offered to download and test one on my iPad mini.  Of course, since it was the free, lite version its features were limited.  It did well enough to organize my note taking into a list.

iPad Mini writing app example

My struggle was using the on-screen keypad, using a combination of memorized qwerty keyboard locations and the ole hunt-and-peck method.  Don’t get me started with how one has to jump to another keypad layout if you want to insert numbers or special characters into the document.

iPad Mini keypad example

During these quickly evolving technological times one needs to adapt, to apply the appropriate tool for the job at hand.  I prefer using a qwerty keyboard if I am writing a blog post, an email or deep, deep thoughts.

Comparison pen, macbook and ipad

For deep, personal thoughts or a stream of consciousness exercise, I find it best to use pen and paper.  Thank you, Julia Cameron and The Artist’s Way.  At least you don’t have to fiddle with keypad allowances, software glitches or power failures.

With a pen, you only need to worry if the ink may run out.  That’s why I always carry a spare or two.

Snake Penpal sculpture including pen

Snake Penpal sculpture including pen

I know you are wondering about the little snake sculpture.  It is a pen pal I created from home made playdough in 2003 when my children and I enjoyed together time and artistic explorations.   She is also here in honour of The Year of the Snake.  A respected Feng Shui instructor advised recent workshop attendees that although things don’t go as planned this year, we should enjoy the meandering path that will eventually bring us to our goals.

If you like my writing style, you may enjoy The Year of the Rabbit – a Novel About Fate, Family and Forgiveness. Hop on over to its domain at  You can also follow posts in my Deep Blonde Thoughts domain at

We may at times meander, but eventually we shall reach our destination or goal.

Thanks for letting me distract you from your usual path today!  Comments are welcome.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, part-time RM student, and IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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