I finally did it.
I bought a Wacom tablet.
Found a nice deal on one at Circuit City, online (googled for price). The online recommendations were all delighted by the thing. No-battery pen, more sensitive, paper-like surface appealed to this old-fashioned artist.
After spending a year scanning, cleaning and re-working over 1500 Desert Peach pages for the big collection, as well as getting the final pages ready to ship to San Diego State Special Collections, I have had it up to HERE with paper. Besides, it's just getting more expensive.
I'm looking forward to this new toy.... I couldn't resist the teensy four-port USB hub, either. I am a teeny technology freak. Two of my fav purchases recently were a tiny computer mouse and a miniscule radio antennae -- both very inexpensive, with cheap shipping -- that do a great job. The smaller the better -- and now all my LED lights are color-coordinated.
And I get to deduct everything.