What I want in a real tablet


Big as a 50-70″ TV. Big enough to put on an easel or mount on a wall. Lets call it the Canvas. (Finally a purpose for those 8K displays that are otherwise pointless except as hi-res computer monitors.)

More than pressure and tilt sensitive. Shape and detail sensitive. So I can take my (clean) well-worn favorite old paintbrush, use it directly on the tablet, and have every detail of its bristles picked up: Individual shape of each bristle, each separate amount of pressure and change in direction.

Fast enough to do all the calculations required in paragraph 2 in real time, along with whatever the painting app does in applying all that to its digital paint, etc.

Give it a separate small physical pallette I can hold in my hand, or set on a stand or table, for mixing colors! That should have paragraph 2 and 3’s capabilities when mixing colors, too.

Make the little pallette the item that triggers popup menu, maybe with a handy physical button. And popup menus could optionally appear on either the pallette or the Canvas. (On the Canvas they’d be translucent so I could see what’s beneath them.)

That would be my idea of a tablet.

OK, Kickstarter engineering whizzes, have at it!


Writers ALWAYS write from experience

How many of you have:

  • Fought a starving lion with your bare hands?
  • Cut and slashed desperately for your life as pirates swarmed over your treasure ship on the Spanish Main?
  • Fired bolt after bolt of disintegrating destruction at the alien invaders from Tau Ceti determined to slaughter the human race?
  • Stood at high noon on the streets of Laredo, six gun on your hip, as the lowdown bushwhacker who murdered your father finally comes out to face you?
  • Dived for cover as the Nazi machine gunner’s burst cut your buddy in two on the beach at Normandy?

Probably not many.

But you have all experienced terror, fear, despair, anger, pain, loss, love, loneliness, betrayal.

That’s the experience that makes the story real and meaningful.

Communicating that experience to our readers makes it stick and moves our stories from the “read once and forget” category to the “read again and get more of this writer’s stories!” category.

That last category is the rock upon which solid writing careers are built.