It’s Monday, read a book.


It will only tickle your brain a little.


Did ya get a new Kindle for Christmas??


It’s probably feeling kind of empty.

You should fill it. But with what? What oh what should you download onto your brand new Kindle?

Oh I know!

Check out my books! They’re even free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

Only $0.99!

Hope you’re having a magical holiday!

The Paperwhite Made Me Buy It


I’ve tamed the noisy beast. With a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and an hours-long playlist of classical music, I should be good to go today. Why didn’t I do this yesterday? Who knows, but this is much better.

By the way, if you are dealing with problems getting your own work done for one reason or another, you might want to go check out my friend Jon’s blog today, he’s got a great post on the topic.

So I broke down and bought a Kindle Paperwhite this week, Amazon had a $20 off discount. It is glorious. I mean, I don’t want to insult my prior Kindle, the bulky one with the keyboard, but it was, well, bulky. This one is sleek and small, the text so crisp I’d swear I was looking at a printed page if it didn’t do this morphy thing when I turned the page.

It also has a fun toy in the form of a vocabulary builder, which I wish I had sooner, because I tend to look up words (generally keeping Scrabble in mind) and then not hold on to them. Now I can learn them. Although it thought I was highlighting the word “to,” which I think is one I’ve got down. I don’t think I need a flashcard for “to,” but then who could be sure?

Anyway, I was too excited not to share. In fact I wish I was reading it right now, but now that I have shielding methods to recombobulate my head, I should probably get back to what I should be doing. Unless what I should be doing is reading. Hmm, maybe that’s an angle I can work.

Need something to read? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) .

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Are Reading Subscriptions the Future?


Maybe it’s a good thing that I discovered a trove of library ebooks so vast, I can’t keep up with my checkouts, because Amazon just launched Kindle Unlimited. For $9.99 a month, you have unlimited access to, according to the info on the site, 600,000 titles.

For a reader, that’s mighty tempting. But like Netflix DVDs and other entertainment subscriptions, if you don’t keep up with them, they’re not doing you any good. You have to make sure you’d get your money’s worth.

As a writer, however, it offers an added layer of plus-side to the KDP Select program. By making your book exclusive to Amazon, it’s already collection, and you get paid when people borrow it.

Overall, though, it’s Amazon, yet again, finding a way for wins all around. There aren’t really any losers in the Amazon publishing model. Readers will come out ahead as long as they read three books or so a month; fewer if they stick to the major publishers. Writers could see a bump in inncome from the service.

Me? I still have a bunch of library books on my Kindle. I’m practically drowning in books.

What a way to go.

Want to get started? Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed (read for FREE with KindleUnlimited),  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management (also FREE with KindleUnlimited) and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) (you get the idea).

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Should I Read or Should I Go?


Well, I fought the library clock and the library clock won. I took out maybe a few too many ebooks from the Chicago Public Library, and Amazon e-mailed me to warn me I only had a few days left on the loans. And, sadly, I started reading Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, in which, my Kindle phone app cheerfully tells me, I’m on page 64 of 925. I hope that means phone pages.

So even if I read as though I would win the lottery by hitting magic page 925, I probably am not going to finish it before it goes back. It or the other three books due at the same time.

Darn it.

Amazon also let me know I could purchase the book, which is both helpful and potentially expensive. Especially with the number of books I have with due dates looming. I also have the opportunity to renew, which then puts me in an interesting position.

If I renew the Murakami, it will probably be the only book I read for the next three weeks, and I have some of my quick-read favorite authors waiting patiently on my Kindle. And I’ll confess something about Murakami: his writing is completely gorgeous, but most of the time, I have no idea what the story actually means.

I guess it will be an abandoned book. At least for now.

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Oh Kindle My Kindle


So I talked my dad into getting a Kindle Paperwhite. This isn’t one of those stories about someone who’s older fearing or disliking technology: my dad’s my IT guy. If you name a gadget, he’s had it, and he’s probably fixed it, too.

No, the thing is he was reading on a tablet. And while you can read on a tablet with the free software, it’s just not the same as a Kindle. A Kindle is specifically for reading, designed for readers. The e-ink is incredibly easy to see; without back-lighting, there’s no eyestrain. The device doesn’t remind you that you have other things you should be doing. Its only job is to bring books to you, as many as you’d like, as soon as you want them.

I think I might be a little in love with my Kindle, but that’s a problem for another day.

He hadn’t been reading a lot recently, and I was convinced that a Kindle would fix the things that had gotten in his way. I was utterly right. He compares it to a magic portal, where there’s nothing between you and the story, and I think he’snailed it.

It’s incredible, that switch that happens in the brain without even knowing it was flipped. One day you prefer paper books. The next, you can’t read them, and they have to be electronic.

And now I want to upgrade my old, perfectly functional Kindle for a Paperwhite. Oh, technology.

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