The Classic Mac is very welcoming in its way. Even MacOS 8/9 still retains it but not to the same degree.
I don’t know if it’s the familiarity of the environment from growing up in a Mac household, or the scaled back simplicity of the writing tools (compared to O365 and Emacs and whatever else I’ve been writing in), but I find myself really enjoying working this way.
I’ve got WordPerfect, MacWrite Pro, and Nisus Writer here as well, but they haven’t tempted me away from Word 5.1 yet.
I had totally forgotten how weird and cool UserLand Frontier is. The Mac had so many interesting outliners.
All this has me considering keeping an emulator and a few disk images on a flash drive and just dropping into my Mac writing happy place whenever the mood strikes me, regardless of what computer I’m using. Edit my files from anywhere because they’re all inside a fake computer from 30 years ago.
Once you tell Trust Center not to block them, up to date Word from Office 365 has no problem at all opening files I create in Word 5 (from 1992) running on System 7. Kind of amazing, kind of terrifying.
Just remembered the summer in high school (2004 maybe?) when I somehow got hold of a PowerBook 180 and churned out a big masterpiece of fiction (so I thought) in Word 5. That’s probably the best writing experience I’ve had and I think the hardware and software had something to do with it. I’ve been searching for that feeling ever since.
Everything about this is cool, all the way down to the drummer’s wallet on the snare to mute it.
Also reminds me I have an M5Paper I haven't done anything with.
I meant “Not sure why,” but I was half asleep on the couch when I wrote it and I’m far too lazy to delete and repost.
Not see why but I’m thinking more and more about self-publishing these days.
For a while I had thoughts of starting a really small fiction press, but now that it’s so easy to put out a paperback and ebook at the same time... and since I don’t really have much audience for my stuff anyway... why not?
(Other than the stigma about it not being for “real” writers or “serious” work or whatever, which I am extremely over)