Saturday, April 24, 2010

**I have a New Toy**

Yes! I have a new toy and I'm excited! I recently purchased and received an eBookwise eReader. I know, I know, there are so many more eReaders out there that are arguably "better," but these others are considerably out of my current price range. The eBookwise is extremely affordable if you're looking to delve into the ebook experience.
My eReader may be a tad bulky (but only because of the hand bump - which actually is quite nice when holding and reading) when comapred to items like the Nook or the Kindle, but I really love my new eReader. It has a backlight so reading on this thing anytime, anywhere, is such a delight for me. It came with a few classics already loaded which was a nice surprise and the battery life is sweet - 10 or 11 hours. And you can still read while charging the ebook!
I don't know how many books it will hold yet but you can get a chip to slip inside to bump up your capacity. Trust me, though, when I say I'm working hard on seeing how much it can hold.
Some favorites I've been downloading and reading, just in case your interested in finding something great to read, are: Marie Harte, Bronwyn Green and Cherise Sinclair. I'll chat about others as I read them . . .
Another great option about this machine I haven't tried yet, but definately will, is being able to download my own Word documents. In other words, the stories I'm writing I'll be able to put them on my machine to read through them at my leisure while I'm taking the kids to lessons or sitting in the doctors office or whenever I find myself in the "waiting" time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jonesing for a Read

Man, I want a book so bad.


I am surrounded by books, both in print and electronic. But I am denying myself. On purpose.


You see, I am a book addict, nothing new there. But there are times, especially when all of life seems to be against you, that opening a book is a life-saver, you know?

I am not letting myself go there this time, and for very good reason. First, life is going well for me right now. A rare "yea." The kids are sorta off (I'm only doing half day school this week - middle ground for their not having a complete spring break like their friends) so they're willy nilly most of the time. I have the time this week to sit back and lose myself in a book. But I'm not.

You see, when I get into a book, I tend to let my writing fall to the side. It is not uncommon for me to intentionally hold off on a book I want to sink my teeth into and make it a reward for writing a certain amount or doing something writing-related. That's what I'm doing now, and it's working. Painfully so it seems at times. The painful part is that I cannot sit down and lose myself in writing a story whenever I want. Too many distractions of the animal and little male kind. It is so much easier to read a book and set it down when I have to break up a fight, put someone in a room or make a snack. Try getting into a writing a story, especially a turn-up-the-heat kind, and break it off right when the characters get their clothes off just to tell brother 1 that he shouldn't call brother 2 an idiot and that brother 3 needs to get out of brother 1's room and to leave the dog alone! Fifteen to thirty minutes later, once all are sufficiently occupied for a short time, turn around and try to pick right back up with the heat part. Yeah, right. Not gonna happen. Not if I want it to be good. So I save the writing when I'll be undisturbed (does this ever happen in a household where you are not single????) and that leaves most of the daytime hours with me . . .

biting my nails and shifting my eyes and eyeing the bookcases and my wallet and the online stores . . . you get the point. That's okay though, I remind myself. I'm pumping out my story as well as making a rather long list of all those books I'm going to devour once my next self-imposed deadline is met.