November 20th, 2011
|10:32 am - Crazy-busy: links and discussion|
I have been a neglectful journaler for the past few weeks, largely because I've been noodling with writing when I'm not being inundated by work -- WHOOSH oh here comes another shower of Stuff to Do Now.
Anyhoo, I'm going to try to hold on until Tuesday afternoon, when I hope there will be far fewer stacks of Stuff to be Done, and when I further hope my new -- my first! -- Kindle Touch will arrive at my door, way-hey.
Yes, I'm succumbing to the lure of the e-reader, but I hope to do so in a v. mindful way. For instance, I'm not going to buy books for the Kindle that a) are readily available in print and b) are books I'd ordinarily trade at the used-book store in my Little Town. It seems to make more sense in terms of money -- even a dollar back on an afternoon's read is nice -- and in terms of sharing resources in all ways.
Besides, I like books, proper physical hold-in-my-hands books. Even cheap, broken-down paperbacks may evoke memory and meaning in ways that pixels can't.
So, while we work and wait and persevere, a few links:
*from last week's Observer, a brief interview with Dame Judi Dench, eternal queen of awesomeness.
*Sir Paul Smith is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for British fashion.
*In other news, Marc Jacobs' spring collection was stolen somewhere between Paris and London. Official suspicion is on counterfeit-fashion folk, but I somehow envision a sleek cat-burglar, poss. in the image of 1960s Catherine Deneuve or similar, in a fine South Bank loft-conversion, rolling around in her stolen luxury goods. No one tell me differently just yet.
In a week of hard times for so many, I hope that you don't have to steal your joy. Wishing you a wonderful start of the week.
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)|| |
If I can make it to Tuesday, I definitely will. :-)
Cheers and a good Sunday! [hugs]
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Hope your week settles down. And enjoy your new Kindle :)
I have time off after Tuesday, so it's just a matter of forty-eight hours... [perseveres]
[sends good cheer and good thoughts your way]
With you on the busy-ness, with a side-helping of omg what month is this?
However, now I need you to write a story where Deneuve and Rigg are buddies who steal fashion and high-end jewelry to wear to have access to *more* expensive stuff, which they then sell, giving the money to their poor old mas, and also liberation armies in almost-post-colonial British Africa.
::HUGS:: for good reads and some excellent tea.
Oh, H-P, I send so many sympathies and good thoughts your way. We must combat the Gaaah of it all. ;-)
Heee for your story suggestion! I love the idea of the two of them possibly having met at finishing school in Switzerland and discovered that they love social justice, being clever, and wearing Jean Muir and YSL clothes in equal amounts. They might also do a version of Strangers on a Train, so that Rigg's character only steals in Paris, and Deneuve's character only steals in London....
Cheers to you, hugs, and good thoughts!
Ooh, yes, I want to read that one too....
Thanks, C! Thanks and a wonderful Sunday for you!
I got my Kindle in June, and have indeed used it as you suggest. I've bought only new books that I would probably have bought in print (or that, in the case of George RR Martin, in print would have been too heavy to hold without a reading stand or attentive assistant). I've also bought books that were special offers on Tor, etc., and one or two that I wouldn't have bought because I needed something to read right at the moment (that last one is the pernicious temptation). I've found that Kindle is a godsend for traveling, but very frustrating in book clubs. It helps a lot that you can now get library books via Kindle--otherwise I wouldn't be using it so much.
Traveling is definitely Kindle-time -- since I always go to the Central Plains at Christmas, the new Kindle will be good for holiday equanimity. ;-) Just from a quick search or two, however, it's clear that a lot of the books I'm interested in aren't available digitally anyway. Just as well!
Cheers and a good Sunday to you.
Also, if your Kindle allows you to read PDFs, a fabulous way to read downloaded fic and knitting patterns. ;-D
Happy short week and many thanks for the always fabulous links!
Thanks, ALH -- I have to figure out a way to make PDFs of downloaded fiction, yes. :-)
Cheers! Hugs! Happy beginning of the week!
a sleek cat-burglar, poss. in the image of 1960s Catherine Deneuve or similar, in a fine South Bank loft-conversion, rolling around in her stolen luxury goods Love it. I hope that was the case.
Mindful use of an e-reader is a Good Thing. *nods*
That sort of cat burglar would, of course, return the collection -- without one or two key pieces, perhaps. ;-)
Cheers to you, fellow e-reader newbie (or soon to be)!
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)|| |
Enjoy your Kindle! I'm still resisting e-readers, but I'm sure at some point I will succumb...
I've been resisting them too. But then I'm the person who STILL doesn't have an MP3 player, so no fear of me truly joining the 21st century yet. ;-)
[hugs and good thoughts]
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)|| |
So, you think books should be... smelly?
I dunno about e-reader thingies, all the ones I've seen have black text on grey, which looks like an invitation to a headache to me. I'll wait until they look like real pages, thankseverso.
I will be interested to read how you like yours, though.
"Smelly" isn't perhaps the word I'd have chosen -- but you and Giles are not wrong here. ;-)
I'll report on the e-reader after a week or so of practice!
Cheers and a good beginning of your week. :-)
The Kobo I bought for the hell of it during liquidation is still sitting in it's box. I keep forgetting about it.
Well, you're not the first person I think of when I think of an e-reader, to be honest. ;-)
I do think that as people who patronize used-book stores, we're not the primary audience. But the e-reader will be useful for travel, especially my usual December trip.
Cheers and hugs, S! Happy Monday!
I'll have to look for free books, indeed. :-)
Cheers and hugs, L, and sending good thoughts your way for a good week!