The Digital Distance: To Print or Not to Print?

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Happy New Year Everyone

It is that wonderful time of year when all things are reset and everything begins back at the beginning.

Or does it?

The Viro project is still up and running and perhaps it is due to my years of academic training but I still need to have something printed before I can truly get to grips with it.

Like everyone else, words accumulate on-screen on a daily basis and whilst I know that they are there in front of me it also feels like they are somehow far away.

I can keep adding words (and I do keep adding words) – one of the many values of completing a PhD is the daily discipline it forces you to adhere to –  but the profoundly intimate relationship I have developed with every single one of my millions of words is also simultaneously extremely impersonal.

This is not to say that they are not my words. They most certainly are – each and every one. Perhaps I am simply acknowledging the digital distance that can now exist between oneself and one’s work.

Nor do I yearn for anything older or more intensive.

I love writing by hand but couldn’t contemplate accumulating as many words as I have managed to do over the years if I had to keep turning a page.

I save the pleasure of handwriting for cards, letters and the occasional note to school.

All of this is a long-winded way of saying that I have printed a draft of Book One in the Viro series and am now copy-editing it.

I’m not going to lie; this is not my favourite part of the whole process but it does mean that I get to use my favourite pen.

Have a great day everyone.

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