GLOCESTER, R.I. (WLNE) — Most people use their cell phone to send a quick text, jot down a grocery list, or pay a bill online.
But imagine cranking out an entire novel on your phone and doing it all while being stuck on the couch.
A Rhode Island man who said a phone saved his life in some of his darkest days.
“I love spell check too because I’m not a good speller.”
When asked a few years ago about anything technology related, Brett Cimino said he “didn’t even know how to turn on a computer.”
“I didn’t even want the iPhone I had an old flip phone,” said Cimino. However, little did he know, his iPhone would ultimately change his life.
“I couldn’t sleep at night, maybe one or two hours a night.”
An old back injury finally caught up with Cimino five years ago that left him with two choices: Have triple fusion neck surgery or lose the use of his right arm forever.
Cimino decided to go under the knife even though that meant being laid up on his couch for the next seven months.
“I was told not to even pour a glass of water.”
After years on the go as a plumber, Cimino discovered that being unable to do anything was a serious depressing mental challenge. But then one day, while lying on his back, he started pecking away in his “notes” app on the one thing he could pick up: His iPhone.
For the next five months, Cimino painstakingly punched the screen and created a 68,000 word novel, a crime drama, entirely on his iPhone.
He says the effort saved and transformed his life.
“If I didn’t go through that I never would have written this book.”
Cimino had to give up his career in plumbing but his injury opened his eyes and fingers to a whole new world. He admits he still uses his iPhone to get his creative juices flowing.
“I’ve upgraded to the iPad with no keyboard but the second book I wrote on my iPad. I don’t think I’ll ever graduate to a computer.
Cimino is now on his third project, a children’s book.
His iPhone creation: “Exhale with Intent” is being sold on Amazon, kindle, and in book stores all across the state.