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One thing I’m not doin’ rong

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I’m on a Stephen King writing advice kick. We’ll see how well I do on several of his firmly made points.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King

Hah-if I don’t have time to read, I make time to read. I’d rather read than do housework, laundry (well, who wouldn’t?) or most other recreational activities. Yes, it’s contributing to the spread of my backside. It’s also contributing to the spread of my mind.

How many books at any given time? Well, I have the next-to-the-bed book. This one’s usually light material, and usually paper. For reading last thing at night and sometimes first thing in the morning. Then there’s the upstairs bathroom book. Also usually paper, probably non-fiction, although I had a Jim Butcher novel in there yesterday, and a couple of Kris Longknife space navy books recently. Kris Longknife rocks every bit as hard as Honor Harrington and Herris Serrano. I like smart, resourceful women in space ships.

The downstairs bathroom book is probably non-fiction, and I dare not lose the bookmarks, because one of them is the MU’s. We will steal a book back and forth from each other and argue about it.

Then there’s the Kindle touch book. Highly likely to be fiction, most probably mm romance. Gotta keep up on that reading, and it rides around with me. Although the Kindle offers anonymity on the actual book I’m reading, there are times reader reaction gives me away. I love the Touch for being out and about: it’s light, the battery lasts forever, and it’s good in sunlight. And I can bookmark those scenes that might be problematic to react to at lunch. **looks innocent**

The Kindle Fire book could be almost anything. Recently I had The Tiger Whisperer by Belea T. Keeney, which turned out awesome: a big cat shelter gets hit by a tornado and one of the tigers gets out into the surrounding suburbia, and hero has to get him back.

Do you have multiple books going, or do you prefer to read one at a time?

 

 

 

 

What do you read on?

devices-main-overviewI admit it, I’m behind the curve on technology. A substantial amount of my ebooks are PDFs, because it wasn’t that long ago I read everything on the computer screen. It worked, though not well enough: to read in bed involved sitting up or dislocating a shoulder, and forget standing in line or waiting at the doctor’s office.

The MU got me a Kindle for our anniversary, not thinking what that would do to my book budget. Heh. And then I won a Kindle Fire at GRL (Thank you, Total-E Bound.)  How to spend more money on books [pokes up Amazon store]: it’s so easy to buy a book with a few swift swipes, and the covers show so brightly on that color screen.., and oh look, Dreamspinner downloads directly to Kindle now…

Oh, where was I? Erm, yes. And then the MU, who is an Apple fiend (sigh, there’s a whole lot of technology in this house where the mouse goes the wrong way), starts wanting to read ebooks. So he’s reading things on his iPad, on whatever app works for whatever stories he has, and then today he downloads the Kindle app, which is always the precursor to buying more books. That’s okay, I don’t have to dust them.

I did manage to email myself a PDF on my old phone, but the new one does all sorts of good tricks, and reading is one of them. Which means I need to figure out how to get the books to the phone. I could use some technical assistance on that (it’s an Android, and I guess it needs the Kindle app first).

SpokesSo I have several choices around here for what to read on, and will probably use them all at one time or another. I finally figured out how to upload Spokes to the iBookstore, so we’ll see how long that takes to go live. (Going direct is how to be reduced to tears: how do I find the invalidating error on line 591 without counting? Wahh!)

What do you read on? Why do you prefer it? Do you use more than one device?