Is this the right forum for this post?
As I have indicated in another post, I am giving myself a retirement/Christmas/birthday gift tomorrow by buying myself a Macbook Pro w/ Retina display (rMBP)and the Scrivener Mac package. I fancy myself enjoying retirement by pecking away at the keyboard and churning tons of manuscripts, in the hope of finding a market to supplement my meagre social security and government pension. I have always fantasized about being a novelist/memoir/fiction/non-fiction writer, although I have never done this before.
I made my living as an attorney-turned-federal govenment policy analyst, writing reams of government policies and regulations, akin to Obamacare (the law, not the god-forsaken website) so I know I can write dry prose. Whether I can turn that into a literary skill is still an open question, although I had a Jesuit education, am conversant in the humanities, arts and sciences, and not exactly a Phillistine when it comes to literature. In effect, the product of a liberal education.
But, worst case scenario, what if I write stuff and nobody came to buy them. Have I just blown a grand on computer hardware and software with nothing to show for it? Other than being a boat anchor for my failed writing career, what other utilitarian functions can I turn Scrivener and Macbook to other than watch movies and play games? I may practice immigration law on the side but I will have a secretary do the writing and the legal stuff involves almost exclusively filling up forms and not long manuscript writing.
I’m just wondering loudly what other folks did after they embarked on a writing career only to find out that it was not for them. Parenthetically, I just joined the NRA, spent a fortune on guns and reloading equipment, only to learn that I don’t really find the hobby of shooting paper targets at the range enjoyable.
'Nuff said - what do you guys think? What other fun things can your do with a Macbook Pro?