Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lies Writers Tell... To Other Writers (Part Four -- Betas Required) (an IWM post)

I don't own a cell phone. I know; go ahead and gasp and ask how I'm able to survive and all of that stuff that everyone always asks me. No, seriously, go ahead and get it out of your system. I know you want to. I can give you answers to all of it, but it all boils down to one thing: I don't need a cell phone. Neither do you, actually.


You can stop with all the reasons about how you need it, right now, because it's all a bunch of excuses. Sure, I get that the cell phone may make some things easier, and they're certainly nice to have in case of an emergency, but you don't need it.

I know. I know! How can I say that? Right?

I can say it because humanity survived without cell phones for, well, thousands of years. In fact, we even survived the 80s without cell phones and, if we can do that, anyone can do that.

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[Note: I am out of town at the moment. I'll respond to comments as soon as I return. Okay, well, not as soon, but sometime after that.]


  1. I am sometimes amazed that we ever went anywhere in a car without a phone! Wow, something we really take for granted today.

  2. While I do have a cell phone, it's not a "smart" one. And we just have the one. When a neighbor said she'd send my wife a text and my wife said she doesn't have a cell phone, you should've seen the look we got, like we were cavepeople or something. :)

  3. Hah! And here's where I confess I don't own a cell phone. Ooh! You know what the craziest part is? I don't mind not having one. In fact, I like my connection free autonomy most the time. BUT I don't feel that way about beta readers. They aren't 100% necessary, but my goodness, they make life SO much easier.

  4. I/we own a very primitive cell phone purely and simply for emergencies. Occasionally used when one of us is out of the house without the other to check on something. You are right, we don't NEED one. I get really teed off with people who are constantly on theirs and ignoring everything else around them.

  5. L.G.: It is. But not me.

    David: Oh, that happens to me all the time.

    Crystal: Well, see, that's what the phones do... until you get dependent on them.

    Jo: We were away this week and out of service range for son's cell (I know; he has one, and I don't (but I didn't buy it for him)), and I was glad because I didn't have to tell him a single time "But your texting machine away!"