and probably i shouldn't write that app

One thing that taking 6 and then 3 weeks off from the dayjob, and spending it roaming various non-Australian continents without a computer, was that I took an honest, proper, thorough holiday. No dayjob, no writing, nothing but hanging with interesting people, traipsing around places I've always wanted to see, and reading. (Okay, okay, there was some writing, but it was mostly by way of jotted notes. I think we all know this much at least was inevitable.)

I must be rested, because not only have I been hitting my daily target on the novel lately, I've even had the mad, temptingly irresistible idea of writing an iPhone app. There are plenty of things I need to do first with all the time I don't have, and I have never written a single line of the code that iPhone apps are built on, and yet…

Clearly I'm too rested! But a couple of weeks back at the dayjob ought to take care of that.

The swans of Lucerne treated us to a fine display of not caring about us.

Narelle Harris has a post up today about connectivity, and the impact that has on our attention spans, and it's something I've been contemplating a lot lately, care of the trip. In Europe and the US I had no data, so couldn't check twitter or any of the blogosphere as often as I'd grown accustomed to; and while I missed the chattiness of it all, I loved the way that my mind stopped feeling frazzled and dazzled, and started to sink back into a slower pace of observation. My work is more efficient now than it has been for a long time.

Perhaps I need to schedule some techno-holidays into my weekly routine? (Ssh! Don't tell twitter!)

The Dying Lion of Lucerne is simultaneously restful and heartbreaking.

7 thoughts on “and probably i shouldn't write that app

  1. Thanks for the link, Deborah. 🙂 A weekly tech-free day isn't a bad idea. I didn't mention it in the blog, but my husband and I do that already. He works from home and is constantly online for his job. To give him a break from that, and from thinking about online activities all the time, one day each weekend has an embargo on the Internet, and on planning in general. That day, we have no pre-arranged plans. We can stay home and read or watch DVDs, or we can go out, whatever we like. But we don't decide until the day, and we don't go online all day.

    It's good for us as a couple, but I admit that I still feel the pull of Twitter all day. Leaving the phone behind for the weekend was more effective, because it wasn't there to tempt me to break the embargo.

  2. @Sarah: I sat in front of that lion for at least an hour and let the mood just wash through me.

    @Narelle: I like the idea of one day each weekend given over to tech-free whimsy! Although resisting Twitter would prove difficult for me, too — the temptation to just browse a bit is so strong! And browsing is so much easier than writing words 😉

  3. Well, I do still get a bit twitchy knowing my phone is just in the next room. but I don't write on Sundays either. Generally, we kick back and relax a bit, read or catch up on DVDs, visit friends. Coming up we have pre-planned a little and will have friends around for afternoon tea. 🙂 Like stepping back from any addiction, the withdrawal will make you twitchy, but it's worth a try.

    The Dying Lion, by the way, is indeed a beautiful and sad sculpture. Of course, all my early reading can't help but make me see him as Aslan.

  4. I tried the whole not-writing on weekends this year just gone, as a sanity-saving measure because I was doing that working too hard, leading to burning out and being unable to work, working longer hours to catch up, thing. It was good for my social life, but terrible for my wordcount! Although I'm hoping that the proper break I've had will soon help sort that out.

    And oh! Aslan! I loved him so as a child! …Of course, now I have Liam Neeson's voice in my head for the poor Dying Lion. A Swiss Liam Neeson. Naturally.

  5. To reduce the amount of tech in my life, I restricted the use of social networking stuff, most notably Facebook and Twitter, to only computers. That mostly eliminates the urge of checking and responding stuff on real time. Of course, I’m sure it would work better if I didn’t already spend a great deal of time in front a computer, but you know, it’s progress.

    That's an amazing sculpture. It's like I can almost hear the lion moaning in pain.

    1. Wow! Only on computers? I admire your strength – I find checking twitter on a computer so far inferior and so much more painful than checking on the phone that I don't think I could stick to that if I tried. Although it would certainly help my addiction levels…

      Mark Twain wrote that the Dying Lion is the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world. He's right.

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