Perry, I'm running into this also.
There's a bit of a secret that will reduce the number of steps you have to take (although it doesn't resolve non-keyboard navigation), and that is that the focus never leaves the text. Therefore you can: Press your hotkey to create a new thought Type the Thought Name Use the mouse to select a thought type Use the mouse to select a tag (repeat as necessary because as far as I can tell, there's no way to enter multiple tags at the same time). Press Enter on the keyboard to create the thought. It's key that you don't touch the keyboard after typing the name, until you are ready to hit Enter at the end to create it. If I don't follow those exact steps I've found myself selecting or doing something by mistake to select all the text and when you hit enter it doesn't create a thought. Hope this helps until they flesh things out a bit more.