Monday, January 7, 2013

A Mini Rant

I got a Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light for Christmas. I was all set to rant about this device, but decided to try and be less ranty. Yeah, I'm not completely satisfied with it, but it has nothing to do with being a Nook and everything to do with e-readers in general. So, I'll wait until I've gotten used to it before I go off the deep end. That's if I ever get used to it. Let's just say that right now e-reading is a last resort for me.

This past weekend was a productive one. I attended my local RWA chapter meeting and while there were only eight of us there, came away with motivation to finish two short stories I had started awhile back. I like when that happens.

Hopefully, I'll get lots of writing and editing done this week. The husband starts teaching (four nights a week), so I'll not only have the days to myself, but most of the nights, too. Of course, I'll be spending some of that time watching Season 3 of Torchwood (but apparently there are only 5 episodes) and I'll also be reading JR Ward's "Rapture" (which, by the way, I have the hardback copy). If it's like her other books, I may have difficulty putting the thing down.

Have you got any plans for the week?




Maria Zannini said...

What kind of problems are you having with the Nook? I have an older one, but there wasn't much to it other than tapping the buttons.

It probably does more, but I'm a low-tech kind of person. The only problem I had in the beginning was transferring books. I learned that for some of them I had to power off then on again for them to show up on the list.

Ref: Torchwood
I liked season 3. Very tense.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - It's silly really, but my gripe has more to do with electronics than the nook. Apparently putting the thing in sleep mode doesn't keep it from draining the battery, but I thought I would have more than a day (I get 5 from my freakin' phone battery!). I now know to just shut the stupid thing off completely, because apparently you can't even read it when the battery is completely dead and it took me an hour before I could pick up the book I was reading and finish it. See - silly. But enough to really piss me off (especially when I was trying to hard to like it!).

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and love it! I'd love to support B&N, but hate their online store, and not thrilled with the Nook app either, so Kindle it is.

I am editing my upcoming release, Hangar 18: Legacy, this week. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I hate shopping at Amazon, so Kindle really didn't stand a chance anyway!

I'm looking forward to your next book. I assume it will be available for Nook (or even paperback???). :)

Michael Seese said...

Nights to yourself....I remember those days. @#!%#@ kids. Just kidding. Well, sort of.

Let's plans for the week are:

1. Complete two in-progress short stories.
2. Get an agent.

A bit ambitious, perhaps.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - It won't be long before your kids are grown and out of the house. Trust me!!

But wow! Your plans are ambitious. I'm working on #2, also!

Michael Seese said...

What? Only your second?


When I'm not promoting published book #1 (the collection of ghost stories), #2 (non-fiction information security), or #3 (non-fiction BCP), I'm pitching unpublished book #1 (the absurd comedy), #2 (the YA thriller) or, #3 (the literary fiction intertwined short stories).

And when I'm not doing the above, I'm writing another "grown up" novel, or one of the five in-progress sequels to the YA thriller, or the occasional short story or poem.

I say all of this not to boast, but rather to emphasize it's a loooonnnggg road.

Missed Periods said...

I am still e-reader free. You are making me feel like I've made the right decision!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - When I said I was working on #2, I meant #2 on your list - Get an Agent! Actually, I've got 5 books completed in different stages. #3 is looking for a small press publisher and #4 is looking for an agent. I'm back at work on #1 (because I want it ready in case I go the self-pub route), but itching to get back to #5. Wish my brain can do more than one, but I don't want to risk it right now (it's not like I'm getting paid - yet!).

Jenny - There are some perks to an e-reader (like getting books I can't get in print), but yeah, I much prefer to read on paper and will probably continue to pay more for them.

LD Masterson said...

I have no complaints about my Nook but I still only use it to read books that aren't available in print. Old fashioned, I guess.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Me too, Linda!!

The Happy Whisk said...

We have a Nook Color - got it awhile back now. I don't mind reading on it, but I do still catch myself trying to actually turn the page.

Sorry you're having problems with it. That does suck.

And wow, all this time you'll have to yourself. Any chance you'll take up baking?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Baking? If I baked, I'd eat it, and I really don't need to be eating my baking (it's not like I have anyone to give it to, either). Yeah, my kitchen is sorely underused (except when my friend visits, then it gets used a lot because she loves to cook!).

The Happy Whisk said...

Sorely underused? Oh no, say it isn't so. Say it isn't so ...