Okay, so I’m home once again after being up north at my mom’s since Monday. I have to confess that this was not exactly a productive week for me. First, I got the same cold my three-year-old has been battling plus a sore throat and earache to boot which rendered me quite unable to concentrate on very much. THEN, we got a major snowstorm that dropped about 13 plus inches of snow – HEAVY snow – on us. I spent the better part of Wednesday shoveling and re-shoveling for my mom and some of her neighbors. Thank GOD she had a snowblower but I had to shovel her out just so we could GET to the snowblower. 🙂 Let me tell you, I definitely got a workout hefting that snow. Thursday I had to take my car in for service and then do more shoveling from the overnight snow. It was quite the fun week of shoveling, sniffling, watching my dvd’s of “Laverne & Shirley” and sleeping. But I was with my mom, so that was nice and laughing at the antics of “Laverne & Shirley” brought back a lot of good memories. More on that at another time.
Now on to the iPad and writing. I admit, I did not get a lot writing done this week. BUT, I did work on story building and coming up with important questions for my story that I’m working on. They really helped me think more about where I’m going with the story and some of the details. So I’m happy about that.
Now, I used my iPad exclusively this week as my husband took my MacBook with him to Milwaukee. I wanted to see how the iPad would perform for me if that was all I had to work with. I have to say I am quite pleased with it. I have the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock.
I would recommend a lap desk if you plan to set it on your lap in order to give the set up some stability. The iPad does NOT sit securely in the dock and does come out quite easily so you do have to be careful when moving it if you try to move or set the iPad aside while in dock. I DO wish I could set the iPad so it is in landscape mode (on its side) but I would need to get a different stand for that. I’m looking at and kind of like the Incase Origami Workstation for iPad
as I have a wireless keyboard that I use with my iMac. The Incase Origami Workstation doubles as a protective case for the keyboard which is a definite plus. But for right now, getting another stand is not a huge issue for me. The keyboard dock I have works perfect for the things I need to do on the iPad, so I’m happy. I also love that I can control the music on my iPad with the keyboard and listen to my playlists while I’m writing. 😉
Looking at it purely from a writing standpoint, I like that I feel less distracted when writing on it. I am using iA Writer for my writing program and like it so far. It is very simple to use and allows you to focus on your writing and nothing else. iA Writer also has Dropbox synchronization which works really well. Another nice thing is that if you are working on a project, say in iA Writer and you want to look up something online, you can open Safari or go to another App without closing out your document.
If you plan to take your writing outside, know that it IS hard to see the screen on the iPad – just as it would be if you brought your laptop outside – unless you are sitting in the shade.
I will keep you posted as I continue using my iPad to write. I am still learning all the things I can do with it and testing them out to see what works best for me. There are a variety of writing programs for the iPad out there right now and iA Writer might not be the one for you. So if there is another one you are using that you really like, let me know! I would love to hear what you think and how the iPad is working for you. I will say this about the iPad. When I am typing on it using the keyboard dock – sitting in my recliner and just writing – I almost feel like I am using a little personal typewriter. I know that sounds funny but it is a different feeling from using my MacBook. There is a simplicity to it that is very appealing to me and maybe that is why it reminds me of sitting at my old typewriter (minus the thwok thwok of the keys).
As for my stylus, it’s okay. You do have to press down in order for it to register on the iPad. I just need to get used to that. I’m always so worried that I will scratch the screen so I tend to be a little paranoid about using the stylus but I’m sure I’ll get over that as I become more comfortable with it.
I also just downloaded GarageBand for iPad and it is FUN! I am also a musician and I like to compose music. I am going to try to record a lullaby on it that I wrote for my daughter after she was born. I have it (GarageBand) on my iMac as well, of course and compose directly to the program using my Yamaha keyboard but I thought this might be fun to try as well – especially if I get a sudden burst of musical inspiration when I’m out and about. 🙂
Well, I hope this helps even just a little bit. As I said, I’ll keep you posted as I skip along this glorious iPad path.
Happy weekend everyone! Drop me a line if you have the time. I always love reading your comments!