While I was away, I finished and submitted one essay, and dug into the writing of a second. I didn't make any progress on the book (though I had brought it — or rather its Scrivener instantiation — along), but that was hardly a surprise, the trip was pretty packed.
So what does this portable academic require?
- iPad with research notes and writing app
- reading glasses
That's it. No laptop. Wi-fi can be nice, but not always necessary. Same for a thermos of hot tea. It all fits in a small bag (even the thermos of hot tea).
Despite this, there are moments when I imagine being some sort of Victorian professor, with a full office that gets ported about. Chairs and desks. Silver inkpots. A tea tray. A butler who brings the tea tray.