Replacement reader

I broke my Kindle. I have to say that although I’m a fan of actual books, and the feel and smell of their pages, having a Kindle is actually convenient at times. It’s easy to carry around, and you have access to several books, and you can store pictures, music, and other media. It’s all kinds of awesome.

And I broke it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I broke it almost a year ago. What happened is that I dropped it one to many times, and the screen cracked. It remained usable for several months, and in all that time I planned on getting a new screen, but I never did. What I did get myself is a smartphone instead. No more ancient flip phone technology for me. I embraced the modern communication age and I forgot all about my Kindle.

My phone is useful for lots of things, but reading books is kind of a chore. It’s smaller than I want, and holding my phone for hours on end just doesn’t appeal to me. And reading on my computer is also a pain. Laptops are cool and all, but I don’t want to lay in bed with a computer on my chest, or stuck at a desk or table. I like to lay in bed and read, or on the sofa, reclined in the seat of my car. In other words, I want to get cozy. It’s hard to do with my laptop.

A few days ago, on a whim, I looked up Kindles and I saw that the prices have dropped significantly for the Fire 7. Now it’s the bottom tiered product, more than $100 cheaper than when I first got it, but it’s more than enough for what I want it for. I placed my order a few minutes ago. Unfortunately, it’s still not here. Drat you Amazon!

I have a book to finish reading and reviewing by Monday, but I’ll have it in before my next book is due. True story, I bought the actual paperback book for Illusion, which is currently sitting of my to be read stack of books, but that third book? I’ll be reading the hell out of it on my Kindle Fire 7.

Kindle Fire 7: This isn’t a commercial, but you can still give me money for advertising it on my blog. What? How many visitors do I get on here? Er…It’s bed time, and man am I sleepy.

In the meantime…

I hate having ideas with no way to do anything about them. I miss having a computer where I can type until I’ve run out of things to say, to create on a page a world that exist solely in the depths of my mind. Plus, keeping up my blog has been difficult.

I have no timetable as to when I will be able buy myself a new laptop, but I fear it will be quite a long time. I’m nearing the completion of my project, cleaning up a 93 Chevy pickup. When I’m done, I should have the money to begin saving up to buy my new toy, but one thing at a time.

In the meantime, I’ve resorted to using pen and paper to get my ideas downs. It’s not as quick, and many times more illegible than using a keyboard. As bad as it is, it’s better than nothing. At least it affords me the luxury of moving ideas out of my head and onto a more permanent format. It’s just so freaking slow!

I’m also glad that I have access to the important files of my now deceased computation machine. Thank you DropBox! All my works in progress are safe, ready for me to get busy on them all over again. I’m raring to go.

Patience is required of me. I will get things lined up all over again, and I will get back on track, though I’ve bitching about if for three years and it hasn’t happened yet. Just smile and it’ll get better.

Or maybe people have been lying to me about that…

R.I.P. my little laptop

Would it be too much to ask for a funeral? Who died, you ask? Not who, but what. My laptop finally gave up the ghost this past week, and I’m having a hard time adjusting to being computerless.

I still have access to the ol’ interwebs via my Kindle, but it’s not quite the same, nor can I really type on such a small tablet. I haven’t been able to post all week, and I’m experiencing something akin to withdrawals. Who am I kidding? I’m having withdrawals and drying out sucks.

I’m able to borrow my brother’s computer from time to time, but it’s not the same. It’s not familiar It’s not mine. I need my own laptop and I have plans to replace it. Too bad it’s not high on my list of items to get. There are other things more pressing at the moment.

The truck I’m working on is nearing completion, so that’s where my focus is concentrated, and where all my money is going. I’m sure some of you may be saying to let the truck go and get a computer first, but having my own vehicle again is the only thing I care about. It’s even more important than my writing, and that’s saying something.

It’s a necessity to get a working vehicle again so that I can begin looking for another job. Having my own set of wheels opens up my possibilities whereas I’m pretty much at the mercy of others at the moment. That truck represents my impending freedom, which I hope to regain shortly.

After that, I hope to start looking for jobs again. I feel like I’ve said this before, probably because I have. I’ve been limited geographically to where I can apply, and it’s not an area I want to work in. I want to get back home, back to North Texas, where I spent twelve years, before my life came tumbling down.

I guess I could list what all I lack to finish the truck, but it depresses me just  to think about how much it’s going to cost. A new windshield, the A/C compressor, condenser, hoses and dryer, There are a ton of little things that quickly add up, but I need to get them to make it roadworthy. Oh, I forgot to mention that I need new tires, too, and a battery!

After that’s done, I can start looking into getting a laptop. For the time being, I’ll be taking an unplanned hiatus from writing, but I’ll try to keep up my blog. It’s the only thing that keeps me somewhat sane. Wish me luck, and sending me some money couldn’t hurt, not that anyone will.