Friday, January 29, 2010

Getting Reaquainted in 55

Ever feel like you’re just one step out of sync with the world? Like a shadow on an old television show? 

I’m visiting my daughter this weekend. Hopefully, by February 1st my psyche will be realigned with the rotation of the earth. If not, I will continue to float in a gossamer no man's land.

Not really a story, Mr. know-It-All, but it is in 55.


Flash 55 is hosted by G-Man (Mr. Knowitall). The idea is to write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you’ve posted your 55. Thanks G-man for hosting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I have a perverse need to thumb my nose at the end of the world slated to occur on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.

In case you don't know, we will go kaboom on that date, as foretold by the Mayans and Nostradamus. I, for one, have planned all of my life choices based on these two extremely correct predictive sources, especially since they both agree completely on this topic.

The latest disaster I have heard suggested to end the current human reign on our little blue marble is rapid tectonic plate shifts. New York City will be where the North Pole currently resides and Alaska will straddle the equator. Cool, huh? Other sources of our demise include being hit by an off course rogue planet, the extinguishing of our sun's radiant power just because it's old, Satan and his minions overrunning our innocent selves and Tribbles.

We should begin lobbying to have that Friday declared a world wide holiday. If we are going to die, we should get the day off to spend with those we care most about and while I enjoy my co-workers, I'd rather be with family. 

I plan on sparking a bonfire, lounging in my beach chair while sipping a hot chocolate laced with Godiva® liquor as the fun house ride deposits me somewhere in the arctic zone. How will you be spending your last day of existence?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Boy Meets Girl in 55

Derek pushed and shoved his buddies as they stood in line at the theater.

The boys laughed as Cindy, Derek’s crush from math class, fell to the ground in front of them.

Derek held out his hand to help her up.

He ignored his buddies' jests as he bought Cindy's ticket and escorted her inside.


Flash 55 is hosted by G-Man (Mr. Knowitall). The idea is to write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you’ve posted your 55. Thanks G-man for hosting.

Some additional Kindle notes:

The battery life is very long with a fairly short recharge period.

It is extremely portable, light and thin. Plus, I can carry three or four books without throwing out my back.

My husband got it for me because he thinks the number of books I have upstairs will cause the ceiling to fall in from the weight.  :)

I do like the idea of saving trees.

I, too, am a book snob. There’s nothing like holding one and turning the pages, but this device allows me to continue to support my favorite authors (as an aspiring paid author, I like to buy the works of other writers) without taking up so much space. Very few people I know read [shocking] or read the same type of books I do [not so shocking] so book swapping isn’t an option. Plus, I have a hard time giving up a book once I’ve bought it.

And I can’t stress the ease with which I can read on the Kindle. It’s like using a large print book without the added weight. The adjustable text size is wonderful.

(This was not a paid post.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Reading Frenzy

My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I am in love. I opened it Christmas day. I have read 19 novels since then. While I still love holding an actual book in my hands, I can't tell you how much I enjoy this machine. The text size is adjustable, so when my old eyes start getting tired, I can keep reading. The screen is very easy on my vision and the device is lighter than most books. There's even an experimental voice option, but I prefer reading to myself.

The only thing I've found so far that I'm not happy with is that it seems that the e-versions of the books have more mistakes in them than the print versions seem to have.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and I hope we all have a wonderful New Year.

I apologize for not being around. This is the first I have had my computer on since I last posted.

My husband is still in bed with his bad back. He has received pain medication but with the holidays, not much real relief. Hopefully that will change now that everyone is back to work with normal schedules.

I should be around to visit everyone this week and back to posting in my semi-regular state.

Fair Thee Well.