Archives for July 2011

Sacred Space

“This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can  simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be, This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

eBook FAQs (Part 2)

And here, as promised, is the second part of  my eBook FAQs.  No, no. Try to control your excitement. I know it’s hard…

Let us now speak of reading and purchasing eBooks.

Do I need an eReader to read an eBook?

No. You do not need to read an eBook on an eReader.  You can also read eBooks on your computer, smart phone, iTouch, or tablet (like an iPad).

Here are some links:

To read an EPUB formatted book on your smartphone, you need Overdrive Media console.  To read an EPUB formatted book on your computer, you need Adobe digital editions  (requires Adobe Flash player).  This link will take you to a page where you can download either, or both, programs:

eBook FAQs (Part 1)

Ever since my book was accepted for publication by Carina Press, a digital first imprint, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about eBooks.  Since the questions seem to pop up regularly and from a variety of people, I thought I’d set up a FAQ page. And THEN I thought, “Hey, why not multitask and get a couple of blog posts out of it?” Win!

So tonight I’m going to talk a generally about what eBooks are.  In my next post, I’ll talk about how to purchase and read an eBook. Hopefully I won’t bore the pants off you.

Shadrach’s Tale

Once upon a time, Betsy purchased three little boy zebra finches.  She named them Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. She wasn’t trying to be sacreligious, by the way. She just liked the names.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego seemed happy enough. But since they were the latest in a long line of birds of various kinds for Betsy, she knew that what made a boy zebra finch the happiest of all was a girl zebra finch.  So she purchased three little girl zebra finches and named them appropriately.  Then she started moving birds into different cages, pairing them up.

Life and Primroses

The yard at the Palatial Horvath Estate has a rather steep hill in front of the house.  In the past, before the hiring of Lawn Boy, this has made it a trifle difficult and unpleasant to mow the lawn.  Several years ago, I decided to dig up as much of the hill as I could and plant flowers on it.  I didn’t really care what the flowers were, as long as they were hardy, enjoyed full sun, were drought tolerant, and were invasive.  See, I didn’t want to be out there tending this new garden any more than I wanted to mow the lawn.  I wanted to just plant it and let it go.

My Final Take

Yes, yes. I know everyone is tired of hearing about RWA 2011. But this was kind of a big deal for me, so I thought I could get away with writing one more post about it.   I don’t get out much.

I wanted to share some of my personal takeaways from the conference. These are things I felt were most important for myself as a writer and, indeed, as a human being. So here they are, in no particular order.

  • I need to drink more water than I think I need to drink.