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Friday, September 5, 2008

She's Got It, Oh Baby, She's Got It!

Hello Belle and Pixies!

So I was getting ready this afternoon when I heard a loud truck outside (as opposed to being inside ::lol::) Anyhoo I opened the door to see what was going on and there on our porch was a big 'ol box from! I was so excited that I dropped what I was doing to tear into that box and inside was the Amazon Kindle!!! So far I have only downloaded one book, just to see how it was. I love it already, although I have yet to really get in it and use it for all it's worth :) Thank you again so so much for having this awesome prize and I look forward to more from the Enchanted Forest!

Sunny Days!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Tag, You're It!

Fellow author, Debra Glass, (who, btw, has an outstanding new release this week on the EC site called SHADOWKEEPER) tagged me and asked me to blog about “My Unspectacular Quirks.” Ever hear of "reindeer games"? These are author games, and I'm pleased as proud punch that I’ve been invited to play.

First, here are the rules for the Tag, You’re It! game with other authors:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 unspectacular quirks you have.
4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each person’s blog to let them know they’ve been tagged.

And now... drumroll, or jellyroll, please...

Six Unspectacular Quirks About Author, Belle Scarlett:

1. I deliberately garble the lyrics to songs when I'm driving (Example: "It's much tooooo late porcupine" as opposed to "It's much toooo late for goodbyes.")
2. I twirl my hair when I'm nervous or agitated and can tie it in double-knots with one hand.
3. I refuse to eat fortune cookies that offer observations rather than predictions.
4. I'm disappointed if I don't get the first scoop out of a pristine new jar of peanut butter.
5. I'm semi-ambidextrous (write with left hand, use scissors with right, and I switch hit in sports).
6. I'm superstitious about kissing my manuscript submissions for good luck before I send them off.

Are you superstitious about anything? If so, leave me a comment! Or a black cat will cross your path... mwwah-hahahaha...

I'm tagging the following authors: Melissa Lopez, Marilu Mann, Allyson James, Maxie Cooper, Mary Winter, and Charlotte Boyett-Compo! I hope they can play with this newbie!

On E-Readers and Chocolate

Although I gave away an Amazon Kindle on my website recently to celebrate my first e-book release, I've been reading e-books on my laptop since discovering them over a year ago because I'm waiting for the "perfect" e-reader gadget. For me, that means a next-gen Amazon Kindle that easily reads PDF, the most common format in which I receive my reading material, and has a back lit screen capability so I can read in the dark. I'd also prefer an e-reader that pops a piece of chocolate out of its side compartment at regular intervals with no extra charge.

I'm a born romantic who reads omni-voraciously, but I'm not sentimental about old fashioned, musty, dusty books. Has anyone else noticed that books are freaking heavy? I hate lugging around my whole library every time I move. Even tossing just my Jane Austen anthology in my already overstuffed suitcase increases my odds of hernia when I travel. The advent of paperbacks made physical books more or less disposable anyway, yet still curiously expensive.

Besides, can you imagine if people stuck doggedly to their chiseled stone tablets or handwritten scrolls after Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press? I'd love having my whole library, plus access to favorite blogs, newspapers, and magazines all on one, convenient device. But, sigh, before I give away my freaking heavy stacks of musty books and replace them all with e-versions, I'm holding out for that perfect e-reader to come out, complete with that chocolate feature, please.

What special feature, real or fantasy, would you like your e-reader to possess?

(You can also find my rant on this on Dear Author...)