Well as you might know from my profile I am being held captive in
a Federal Prison. It is about what you would expect. Repetition
is a dominant characteristic of life. I read quite a bit and
write as much as I make time for. In reading I come across
issues I want to share. The primary subject of this bit here is
A pet peeve of mine is technology mentioned in a story that dates
it. When someone is using a pay phone you can guess it is set
before 1990ish. If they are going to a meeting in the World
Trade Center you can again date things.
I tend to prefer books using current technology in the story. I
like a person that has access to a cell phone or GPS. I hate
when a writer uses a brand name and more specifically I dislike
when a character grabs his iPhone or iPad. Why bother giving
Apple more exposure? I have an entire tirade about Apple that
will only paint me as too concerned about something that is
irrelevant so I will not share that.
Crap I am totally going off topic but I think a couple of the
prior sentences carry my opinion. Gary called his answering
machine only to realize the tape was full and he missed his
message. That is bad but I suppose it is better than Hiawatha
used the special pattern in smoke to signal the arrival of the
geese for hunting.
I think I am just bored. I am reading a book now titled "The
Passage" by Justin Cronin. As of page 155 I find the story
enthralling. Stephen King is quoted on cover as calling it
"enthralling" and he has done okay as a writer so I parrot that.
My point here is that Mr. Cronin refers to all mentions of cell
phones as using the "handheld" or checking the handheld. I like
that term and that should extend the life of the term when down
the road a reader might giggle and say, "Oh my too funny I
remember cell phones."
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