Sunday, August 26, 2012
Jewels of Encouragement: Five Things from Proverbs: Thankful for Summer: Proverbs 18:1-4 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in unde...
Friday, August 24, 2012
My Kindle Keyboard
Thus my Keyboard Kindle, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, became a Kindle Fire.
Yeah, it was my choice. I’d been researching the Barnes and Noble Nook. My mother in law received one and while the features on it were somewhat lacking—really, no computer interface to register and buy online while you’re hooked in; you must do so through wifi—the price at the time of $159 was sounding okay. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to transfer the way over a hundred books (some of which I actually paid money for), and movies – yeah, got me – over to the other side, which totally sucked.
So, the nice customer service lady said she could send me a $199 Fire for the incredible price of $169 if I wanted. I sighed deeply and said, “So, my $139 two and a half year old Kindle is only work $30 trade-in value to you?” and she cyber-sighed deeply and replied, “No, ma’am. Your Keyboard Kindle is no longer under warranty and the replacement cost for your version is $30.” Since we know we can’t replace a Kindle with $30, and it was only $10 more than the Nook Color, I sighed deeply and said sure. She hooked me up with the sales rep who said he was sorry I was having all these problems and to surrender the nonworking Kindle by returning it UPS with the enclosed printable mailing label, but I could keep the connector cords, otherwise I’d be charged the full price of the Fire. Since Amazon started charging $10, and I see, now $20, for the wall adapter, I figured I came out another $20 ahead. (And yeah, I know, that’s blonde for “it’s on sale.”)
My Kindle Fire
Is a heavy little device, which I could have discovered from actually reading the stats online. It says right there, shipping weight: 1.7 pounds, where the Keyboard is 8.7 ounces. One third the reason I wanted an eReader is because I don’t have a lot of feeling in my hands, and it’s a bit stressful holding open a book. The KK was like hardly holding anything. The Fire has to rest on something, and no, seriously, I am not paying the $30-35 for the cute little fold-up cover and backrest.
It gets warm.
The battery charge only lasts a few hours, so keep the cord handy, especially if you’re playing online.
It’s backlit. Love that. So much sweeter to read in the car and at night.
Apps. Yeah. Cool. Someday I’ll figure out how to advance in Angry Birds.
October 27, 2012 update: friend Kathy Rouser showed me her Nexus. Next time: YES. I'd do that one first. It looked awesome, color, 12 ounces, sound enabled, wifi, and you can download both Kindle and Nook aps. She even had one of my books. How awesome is that.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I Am Ocilla by Diane M. Graham
Splashdown Books, March 1, 2012
From the publisher: Somehow, I must live. I must find my purpose. There are friends to love and battles to fight. I know my name. Perhaps that is enough.
I am Ocilla.
This is my story.
If John Bunyan and AA Milne set out on a journey and met up with Madeleine L’Engle, no doubt they would have told each other stories around the campfire much like this one.
I Am Ocilla is a questing story filled with all the things fantasy lovers like best pairing them off and mixing them up like so many creatures from the City of Destruction and the Hundred Acre Wood, progressing through a Wrinkle in Time, falling back and starting all over again. Spun throughout is mercy after our sins leave heartache and broken souls. Free will is the bottom line of faith, and Diane pulls out the deepest Scriptures to prove that God’s love never fails.
A five-hundred-year curse has pitted the four Kingdoms in a battle to a final death if the Chosen One fails yet again to lift it. Only she has the answer; the power to rebuke an evil spirit whose vengeance over thwarted devotion results in mass destruction if the Princess refuses him one more time. Join giants, ogres, fairies, dwarves, trees, and their animal friends red wolf, tiger, panda, and owl as they battle evil with their faithfulness, patience, love and wisdom.
You will be refreshed in your faith walk, encouraged in your daily witness and strengthened in love when you journey with Ocilla and her friends in a quest to fulfill their purpose.