Monday, May 28, 2012

I bought a Kindle!!!!!!!

When e-readers first came out, I wasn't at all interested. I love physical books, the way they feel in my hands, the act of turning pages, and the ability to flip to the end to make sure it's something I like before I go through the bother of the middle (sacrilege to some but I really don't like sad endings). I also was bothered by the idea of having another piece of technology that would require more energy usage. 

Still, as my library of e-books stored on my computer grew, I eyed e-readers with more interest...and last week I was a victim of a sales blitz and I bought a refurbished Kindle with a $20 off voucher. (Yes I'm a discount whore. I bought it for $49 and am terribly proud of that)

After about two hours of use I knew I was in love. I LOVE MY KINDLE!!!!!!! E-books I haven't touched on my computer suddenly look appealing. I spent my first night with the Kindle awake until 5am. I brought it to the acupuncturist to read while I was waiting for my session. I'm carrying it around with me everywhere because it feels nice in my palm or in my pocket and is just this magical trove of STUFF waiting for me at the touch of a button.

The best thing about it, which offsets the increased energy usage by saving paper, is that I can download my novel in progress to it as a pdf instead of printing it out in hard copy. There's something about reading it NOT on the computer that allows me to see all the places that need revising all the more clearly. And going from the role of a writer to a reader and back helps me bust through the resistance to revising. Now it's easy, easy, easy!

The down side is that I'm seeing way too much that needs revising. I had this idea that by now I'd send off a copy to one small publisher that doesn't accept simultaneous submissions, and while I waited for a response I'd continue to revise for a broader submissions attempt later. But it's nowhere near ready. I consider the editing process complete on my end when I no longer cringe when I read it. My cringe-button is going off every two paragraphs at least, even in my fourth round of revising. Ah well! As impatient as I am, I'm not willing to embarrass myself by standing behind the work as is.

So the plan is to read and revise for four more days, then June jump into revising my other novel-in-progress while I wait for critiques to come in on this one. I also think I should stop re-sending the newest version of the work to people every few days because that is probably annoying.

I am a little concerned about getting something else that will add a smidgeon more EMF bombardment to my life. So I'm going to make some small orgone generators. I'm going to buy some epoxy resin and some metal shavings or bbs and mix it with bits of crystal. I could try to make a small one to glue onto a Kindle cover. 



9 comments:

  1. 5AM huh? Well it does sound like you're in love!

    I know what you mean about seeing errors on paper rather than on the computer screen, and I also know what you mean by cringing when reading your work. I look at my blog and sometimes ask myself if I look like a native English speaker based on my terrible run on sentences. I think that my last sentence was run on actually.

    And the orgone generators? Are you a supergenious or something???

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    1. Ha! No, I'm just a "new age nerd." Orgone generators are just some kind of organic substance (it could even be hair or spit or mud except they don't stick that well) with bits of metal and crystal inside, and somehow the combination amplifies the crystal power and attracts or amplifies life-force energy. You can do various things to shift/increase/pinpoint the energy by, for instance, using sacred geometry (like a pyramid-shaped mold), vary the crystals or the metals. It's fun and cool and easy and it works!

      I bet your blog-writing sounds just like you do when you talk. Hence, run-ons are appropriate! I think I blog like I talk too...except I don't think I actually use the word "hence" when I talk.

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  2. Wow, it seems that you really love the kindle! I am really traditional when it comes to reading books, I love having a 'real' book. However, I just had to leave a lot of very loved books in Norway because I didn't have enough baggage allowance for them, that's when the kindle began to sound really appealing to me!

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    1. I love real books too...and all my favorites I prefer to hold the real thing, particularly since if I've read it before I like to skip around. :) E-readers are definitely finding a niche in my life though!! Instant gratification library checkouts, for one thing!

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  3. I have read very few e-books. I just...I NEED the book in my hands. It serves its purpose when I can read the PDF at work...I mean, not at work...when I'm at work I'm working...yeah...that's it...

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    1. LOL!!!

      I know you work very hard. You deserve a break sometimes!

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  4. Maybe this could be the answer to my torturous boredom at work; where and how did you get such a good deal?

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    1. Yes! It's an excellent cure for boredom. I've already been checking out e-books from the library...my favorite escapist fare, Regency romances.

      Refurbished Kindles are normally $69, but I'm subscribed to a ton of social deal sites and the $20 off voucher came from Amazon Local. I'm sure they'll be offering it again if you're willing to wait. I've also noticed a lot of people selling their Kindles on craigslist...although, I can do some things used but I think I'd rather grubby strangers' hands not touch my e-reader.

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  5. Haven't heard of Amazon local, I'll check it out. I have hours and hours of nothingness at work...I'm excited now! Been wanting to find some good books!

    The comments don't seem to be coming to my e-mail, maybe I'm screwing something up...

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