One idea I did pick up from my writing group was the idea of writing notes while reading. She wrote them in the margins, which won’t work for me because they aren’t searchable, but I understand the immediacy of picking up a pen and writing something down. However I have absolutely no intention of buying another computer (tablet laptop) to support this effort.
So I am going to try a technology experiment. First, I will be (*DEEP BREATH*) upgrading this machine to Vista. Then I will be installing a Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet on which I can write my notes directly into Onenote. If this works and I find myself using it a lot I may explore a tablet PC in the future, but this is an inexpensive way to get the functionality (hand write and the computer can read it) without spending $1000 on a new computer.