Friday, December 16, 2011


Angelica Hart and Zi

A: Have you ever considered that technology has changed our outlook as well as our relationships. I have a friend who's grandson's name is David, but he shortened it to DVD. Plus, the other day, while out with a couple of gal pals, one was complaining that her husband wasn't paying enough attention to her, the other recommended a new perfume, thinking pheromones. The former woman considered it a bit, then went up to the perfume counter and asked if they had anything that smelled like a computer.

Being a writer, I sometimes feel as if I live on the computer, and when I'm away from home, my mini-computer comes with me. I spend more time with it than any member of my family. So I'm thinking this is not good. It is time to take a stand, to be set free of tea brewing in my Bunn Tea Brewer, a pot and stove works nicely, no cells, if I'm not at home or the office, they can call back, radio rather than Nano, pocket calendars rule, and fax machines never work anyway. (Angelica folds her arms, staring at the heavens as if this profound announcement will change her destiny) It is time to restrain the techno-monsters. I'm not that tech savvy anyway.

Z: (Zi gives the hairy eyeball look, brow down almost to his cheek.) You know just enough to be dangerous when it comes to technology.

A: Be nice.

Z: It's a compliment. It's not like I'm letting everyone know about the time in the computer store when you asked the sales clerk for a mouse pad, looked it over and said, ‘will it be compatible with my computer?’

A: You lie!

Z: Did. Been wanting to tell that joke.

A: At least I wasn't the one to call tech support and when asked if I was running the system under Windows said, 'No, my desk is next to the door. The one under the window is working just fine.'

Z: I didn't say that.

A: (Grins.) Been wanting to tell that joke. (A dual eye roll ensued with Angelica giving up first.) Seriously, what do think? Should I give up some of my technology? Is it overwhelming my reality?

Z: Let me ask you this, do you want to want to whether or not Champagne Books will pick up our latest submission?

A: Of course.

Z: How do we get the news?

A: Through email.

Z: Ta da! Your answer. The tech world is where we live. It makes writing easier. Correspondence easier. Our books are initially e-books. It is the Google Dance of our life. Yes, we need to make time for life outside it, but... (He looks at Angelica gravely) Consider life without spell check.

A: (Angelica shudders, takes a long breath) I had one of those rare moments of crazy.

Z: Rare?

A: Oh, go blog something.

A and Z: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good blogging blog!

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at with blog in the subject line and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a gift and add you to any future mailings.

Angelica Hart and Zi

STEEL EMBRACE by Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane
August 2011



Franz X Beisser said...

Great post. As an immigrant I can't live without spellcheck.

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Cute. I like the jokes, too. Now I'm going to make egg blog by hand. Look, Ma, no mixer!

Rita Bay said...

Hey Angelica & Zi,
Apropos to the season. I fall on the "To Be Techie" side. Very particular about my tech. Don't want to share it. Don't want anyone else to touch it. The last time someone touched it, I had to disinfect it. Anyone who touches my NEW tech is dead. Just saying. Rita Bay
BTW, Joy of the Season to you both.

January Bain said...

I'm inspired to make fresh bread from scratch for Christmas! Thanks!