Monthly Archives: January 2011

E-Books and E-Readers

I’ve been reading a lot of e-books lately, in fact all but one of the books I’ve read this year have been in e-book format. The more of them I read, the more I want an e-reader. That’s right, I’ve read eight books on my computer. Having an e-reader would be a hundred times better, because its a whole lot more portable than my laptop or netbook which require being plugged in a lot more often.

But the question is, which e-reader? And it’s honestly something I don’t have an answer for yet. The only thing I do know, is until Kindle starts using epub formats, I probably won’t touch it. Why? Because I don’t have an endless stream of money to spend on books, but I do have a library that has downloadable e-books that are in pdf or epub format.

However, I do have Kindle e-books on my computer. Why? Because I like to browse books authors who are offering free e-books from time to time and frankly they’ve had the largest selection for a long time. I also have Nook for PC along with a slew of e-books from their website and I have some from other places that work with my Adobe Digital Editions. This makes it even harder for me to choose an e-reader. Not to mention when you throw in the idea of a tablet, like the iPad, for which you can download multiple apps so you can read all your e-books. The iPad of course, also has its drawbacks since it doesn’t use the e-ink technology that makes other e-readers usable in the sunlight.

Chances are, I won’t buy an e-reader or a tablet anytime soon. But I am starting to think about it a lot more than I used to, especially now that I’m reading more e-books. And I also hope that they start spending a bit more time proofreading the e-books they do put, because I have to say, at least half of the books I’ve read have started to get obvious errors in the later portions of the books. Most of the errors are pretty easy to figure out, but there are times where I’ve head to sit and puzzle out exactly what word was meant to be used. But that aside, e-readers have been on my mind a lot lately.

So my questions for you are, do any of you have e-readers and what made you decide to go with the one you got? And if you don’t, do you have any ideas on which one you’d want?

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The Night Sky

I’ll be honest, I’m not a morning person. I’m not even an afternoon person. I have sometimes feared that I will always work best when the sky is dark and the stars are twinkling in the sky. If I want to get a lot of writing done, the best time for me to do it is between sunset and sunrise. These just so happen to also be the hours during which I am expected to be sleeping. And of course, when that creative side is turned on there is no sleeping until it’s been all plucked out and set down, which makes it even harder to get up in the morning and make it to work.

I have often wondered why this is so. And the answer is pretty simple. Working at night means less interruptions, something that helps keep the flow going, but that’s not the real reason I like being up at night. I grew up in a place where the stars were bright and I would look up at them and wonder what was out there. What possibilities did our universe hold? What stories and legends were behind the different constellations?

My early poetry as a child revolved around the stars. And any time I had to write a poem for class, I always found some way to make it about the stars. They were and still are my muse to this day. Rather than just having nine muses like in Greek mythology, I have billions of them. Each star holds the possibility for something different.

When I was a kid I wanted a telescope, but I never got one and even to this day I still don’t. I often wonder why I never pursued astronomy. I definitely read a lot about the stars and constellations as a child. But I never took it one step farther. I often thought about taking a class in college, but when I had the chance, I didn’t take it and then I switched schools and astronomy was no longer a possibility. Maybe someday I’ll go back to school again and take an astronomy course, or maybe I’ll just pursue it on my own, read as many books as I can and get that telescope so I can take a closer look at my muses. But whether or not it happens, I will always be able to look up at the night sky and wonder what worlds are out there.

Do you have a time of day when you do your most creative work?

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Book Reviews

A while back I used to write short reviews of books I had read and why I did or didn’t like them. I don’t do it anymore and I sometimes wish that I had at least kept up with them even if I didn’t post them.

As a Librarian, knowing why I liked or didn’t like a book and what it’s characteristics are is really helpful when trying to recommend books to patrons. But since I really don’t do a lot of readers advisory work, I haven’t kept up with it.

And as a writer, I stopped posting critiques of other writers work because, well, when I don’t particularly like a book, I can be a bit harsh. To be honest, I am simply baffled sometimes at the things that get published and what becomes popular. But the reality is that we all have different tastes. What I think is trash someone might see as one of the best books of the last year and what they think is trash might be my favorite book of the year. So, I stepped away from writing reviews because I didn’t want to spread negativity. And to post only positive reviews seemed a bit silly.

I’m am, however, contemplating starting up my personal database of reviews again to help me at work for when I do get people who want recommendations. They won’t be shared, of course, but I think it’ll help me be a better Librarian and will encourage me to look at books with a critical eye again. Something which I also found very useful as a writer, because it also help me look more critically at my own work.

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Library Girl by ReinaDelCid

Because as a ‘Library Girl’ I can’t help but share this video.

Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Blogosphere!

I have a few New Years Resolutions that I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I actually keep. One of which means you’ll be seeing a lot more of me around here this year.

My resolutions are as follows, in no particular order:

  • Post at least once a week.
  • Write everyday.
  • Edit a piece of my writing everyday.
  • Work out 5 or more days a week which is part of an ongoing goal to lose 50lbs that should take just under a year if I manage to stick to my 1lb a week goal.
  • Read two books a week, which equates to about 104 books in the whole year, and keep track of what I’ve read.

Good news is, I’m making a post (yay!) and I’ve already finished reading the first book of the year, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. And while I haven’t written or edited anything yet today, I do have a chunk of time blocked out on my schedule to do those two things. And I’ll be hitting the gym bright and early Monday morning to take care of the last of the resolutions left on the list. So here’s to hoping I have a productive year!

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