I pulled out a middle grade suspense I really, really liked that had been stuck in a cyber drawer in 2005. It's a good little novel but never went anywhere. Even had some nice rejection comments. I still have hopes for it.
After reading through it to see if it could be reworked, I ran into technical difficulties. The MC and her friend were working surveillance equipment someone had set up and took a video tape home to save evidence showing the antagonist commiting a crime. Video tape?
I decided to research what's being used today. Amazing doesn't cover everything out there.
There are DVR recorders, wireless cameras, mouse ports, remote storage, remote access, and the use of thumb drives. I honed in on that particular system. If the owner has evidence he needs to give the police, he can use a mouse or up and down buttons to get the date, start time and stop time, and then download to a thumb drive. My characters could download the evidence and take the thumb drive home. I've been happily dusting off cobwebs and bringing this story up to date. But for how long?
Other things are popping up as I read through the story. My MC has a CD player, do kids use them anymore? Do they even like them? Should I replace a book with an e-reader? Would she rather read on her cell phone?Should I update the computer mentioned to the new slide-your-finger computer screen?
It makes me wonder...
How many recently published novels have become outdated or will be very soon simply because of the technology mentioned, even casually?
As writers do we begin to shy away from referring to technology for fear it will become outdated while it's being shopped around?
Maybe I could try to write historical fiction and avoid all that.