03.29.10

Mailbox Monday – March 29

Posted in Event at 12:28 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

I received a copy of Gary Inbinder’s Confessions of the Creaturefrom Deena Fisher at Drollerie Press.  This novel picks up where Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ends.  Interesting, huh?

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

03.22.10

Technology Changes and So Do I

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:30 pm by Amber

If someone told me ten months ago I would be spending my free time using technology more throughout my day I would have thought the person was crazy.  I work with technology all day long.  How would it be possible to use it even more?

In July 2009 I signed up for Twitter.  I was very resistant to the idea.  After all, what would I have to say in 140 characters that people would  want to read?  And what could they say that would keep me interested?

In August 2009 I signed up for Facebook.  And my free time has not been the same.  (One reason why I never went back to playing EverQuest was the time suck.)  I spent that rediscovered time writing and reading instead.  I am limiting my time on it, believe it or not.

In September 2009 I sent my first text message from my prepaid cell phone.  This particular Nokia model was in my possession for over 2 years before I sent one. 

In February 2010 I was gifted an iPhone.  Twitterific is my favorite part.  It is so convenient to catch up on what’s going on in my neighborhood throughout the day.  But I also like Toodledo and Flight Control.

This month I began using Google Reader.  That’s right.  I have a handful of sites in my Google Reader now.  I’m horrible about bookmarking sites and unless it’s one I can remember easily it can be months before I return.  I really like Google Reader. 

What’s my next step?  Who knows… maybe I’ll look into feedburner next so others can easily follow my blog too!

Mailbox Monday – March 22

Posted in Event at 11:01 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

I didn’t get anything this week but I’ve still dropped by Marcia’s site to see what everyone received.  What arrived in your mailbox this week?

03.17.10

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day…

Posted in Event, Uncategorized at 6:58 pm by Amber

even a Welsh Corgi turns into an Irish Corgi.

03.15.10

One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson

Posted in Review at 8:00 am by Amber

One Good Turn Book Cover

What does a writer, two teenagers, the wife of a shoddy home builder, and a retired cop turned ex-detective now millionaire have in common?  They’re all witnesses to a fender bender at the Edinburgh festival.  It’s a seemingly ordinary accident that quickly escalates into an assault before being diffused by the writer.

And this writer doesn’t use words to get the situation under control.  In fact, he’s a writer who is a little bit tired of words.  Or more accurately, the words and exploits of the main character in his series of best selling novels.  His actions have unintended consequences.

The teenagers are cutting class and looking for a thrill.  One is headed towards a life of crime – too intelligent and bored for his own good.  The other is an awkward teen who happens to be the son of a police detective, Louise Monroe.  Louise ends up investigating events that may or may not be related to the car accident.

Louise and her son, Archie, live in one of the poorly constructed homes built by Gloria’s husband.  When the home construction business was small Gloria kept the books.  Now she’s cut out of the day to day stuff but she knows the homes aren’t built well or with good materials.  Investigators are closing in on her husband’s business.

Jackson Brodie from Case Histories returns to One Good Turn as a man trying to find himself.  The curse of being a millionaire is the lack of purpose in one’s life.  He’s helped finance a play at the Edinburgh festival with his girlfriend as one of its cast members.  Uncomfortable in London or his house in Paris this is a holiday from his ordinary life. 

This novel was a delight from beginning to end.  Tense moments, such as a Jackson Brodie alley fight scene, can turn comical with just a few unexpected words.

One thing I noticed is the reader gets to hear the important characters’ thoughts.  While more than one of these characters can be in a scene together, the reader only gets to know what one character is thinking.  Any more and it would get to be a confusing jumble. 

Atkinson’s next novel, When Will There Be Good News?, has Jackson Brodie and Louise Monroe in it.  I swore I wouldn’t let myself read it until I was done with this review.  I cheated and began reading it a few days ago; that’s how badly I wanted to know what happens to them.

You can find out more about Kate Atkinson and her books on the Kate Atkinson Ning Group.

Title: One Good Turn
Author: Kate Atkinson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: My Personal Library

Mailbox Monday – March 15

Posted in Event at 2:00 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

This week I received a copy of The Field on the Edge of the Woodsby Mike “Frick” Weber, Loran Skinkis, and Gary Morgan.  It’s a 40 page black and white graphic novel.  The trailer is available on the Films and Comics site.  I ordered from the site and received a nice personalized note from Mike to let me know it shipped.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

03.11.10

Signs of Spring

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:10 pm by Amber

The signs of spring are in my neighborhood:

  1. My neighbor’s tulips are an inch above ground.
  2. The morning walks with the Resident Corgi are longer.
  3. Birds chatter away in the lilac bush in the mornings.
  4. Mourning Doves sit on the telephone wire.
  5. Geese travel in formation to their favorite nesting spots.
  6. The pond water is no longer frozen.
  7. The Resident Corgi has mud on his paws and belly (aka his undercarriage) after our walks.

What lets you know spring is coming to your neighborhood?

03.08.10

Mailbox Monday – March 8th

Posted in Event at 7:22 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

Nothing arrived in my physical mailbox this week.  I did order a graphic novel and I expect it will arrive in the next few days.

I did receive two ebooks from Bell Bridge Books as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.  Frost Moon by Anthony Francis and Twice Dead by Kaylana Price.

Last month my Valentine bought me an iPhone.  He understood how much I was mourning the impending loss of my Palm T|X.  I think I’ve gotten it about as good as I’m going to get it.  I have a great task application in Toodledo that I can update online or on the phone.  This week I signed up for Dropbox and I can view my .pdf book files from it.  The only electronic reader application I downloaded so far is the Kindle Reader. 

This week I finally downloaded some books.  Moonstone by Marilee Brothers, Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry and Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer.  All were free and the only one I’d heard of before was Booth’s Sister.  So I have some fantasy, a romance/mystery and a historical novel on my iPhone waiting to be read.

But not before I finish up some backlogged reviews.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

03.07.10

Story of the Month – “Dragon Snot and Chosen Ones”

Posted in Story Of The Month at 9:25 pm by Amber

This month’s highlighted story is “Dragon Snot and Chosen Ones” by Therese Arkenberg.  It’s in the first issue of Untied Shoelaces of the Mind

Arkenberg’s story is one I read a few weeks ago.  I knew it was a story worth sharing when I found myself telling my husband about it.  It’s humor with a twist.  I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

Read an E-Book Week

Posted in Event at 7:20 pm by Amber

Today is the start of “Read An E-Book Week“.  You’ll find links on the site to free electronic books, publishers and basic information on various electronic readers.

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