How’s it going? I’d like to talk about my phone. It’s a flip phone (I would post a picture, but since I use the phone itself to take most pictures, using the phone to take a picture of itself is…anyway…)
Let’s get to it.
I was at Walmart a long time ago, because my phone had a problem. More of a limitation.
The phone’s hard drive is about 4 megs (or about 4 floppy disks—yeah, I know what those are).
I’d be taking pictures, or audio or what-have-ya, and sure enough, the memory would be full.
So I was asking at Walmart about something that I could do that would fix it—to transfer things or store them, so I could take more pictures.
The lady asked me if the phone had a memory card slot. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve seen the guts of the phone since I first put it together, but I told her it didn’t.
Maybe I should’ve taken the phone apart right there, so the lady and I would’ve known for sure. But I didn’t do that.
She said there was nothing I could do to fix the problem.
So I went home and hopped on the internet.
After lots of searching, I came across something called a
Bluetooth USB dongle
Not what I would’ve named it. This is basically a USB metal connector with plastic attached (the whole thing’s about the size of a tip of a thumb).
What’s cool is it turns any computer into a Bluetooth device that transfers and receives any files you can send over a Bluetooth connection.
That’s not the best part, though.
On Amazon they were having a sale of some kind, and I got this teeny USB doohickey thrown in to my order for…
Yep. One cent.
I forgot what else I was actually buying at the time—probably a book (to get free shipping on the order).
All of this got me thinking…
As writers and marketers, sometimes we have to research (like I did for that USB dongle thing, or British slang for a story).
Sometimes we’re met with resistance—not the Walmart lady’s fault by the way. I didn’t have a way to figure things out, either.
In life, there can be snags from time to time. They can be human, technological, mental, or what-have-ya.
Other times you have to interpret research someone else has done, or gives you, which presents its own challenges.
Sometimes the solution is simple, or complicated (or like my search for the doohickey, a complicated process that led to a simple solution).
What if I would’ve given up? I wouldn’t have my Bluetooth doohickey, and I would still be deleting pictures—having to pick which ones I wanted to keep.
This is more than “don’t give up.” It’s more like “don’t give up, because you never know where the path will lead you.”
So the next time you’re looking for a solution (or an email hook, character background, or setting), and want to give up, just remember a tiny flip phone and a penny.
Change direction, but don’t stop moving. Put that email, story, or character idea into a file for later, and keep going.
Until next time,