- My previously-moody kid reverting to a normal kid 😃
- My “Spark” Planner (now the Volt Planner)
- Notability App and the JotPro
- The Secret Weapon, Evernote and GTD integration
- Easter in Boston
- Our new bathroom
- Writer Unboxed Unconference in Salem
- Finishing my YA Sci-Fi novel.
- Our trip to Scotland in June
- Hanging out with my nieces and nephew
- The Hamilton Mixtape
- Writer’s Digest Conference 2016
- Meeting LJ Cohen
- Meeting Kylie Quillinan
- Meeting Jo Eberhardt and Marta Pelrine-Bacon in real life.
- Texting with Linda about Deacon Blue
- Learning to love the Passion Cycle
- Using Anchor to break into podcasting during StoryADay May
- Taking a writing class from Mary Robinette-Kowal
- Interviewing Mary Robinette Kowal for an article
- Being approached by dream editor to write an article for her magazine
- Writing the article
- Having the article accepted
- Pitching my novel at WDC16 and getting 9 agents in 90 minutes to say ‘send me pages’
- Sending out the novel to agents
- Getting encouraging feedback from agents about my novel (even when they were declining to represent it)
- Sharing my novel with K
- Tracking things (time – Laura Vanderkaam, writing words, writing blocks, reading lists, workouts/weight)
- Rye Manhattans
- Port Royale (card game)
- Being on the DIYMFA podcast
- The Potties’ visit
- My critique group
- Going to Sarah’s book signing
- DIYMFA’s Storytelling Superpower Quiz
- Giving a talk at the Wilmington Writers’ Group
- Learning to play “Severus & Lily” on the piano
- Knitting preemie hats for the Kiwanis
- Watching the house across the street being rebuilt
- Connecting with Julie Jordan Scott over Periscope
- Doing a mini Burns Supper with Haggis towers and Atholl Brose
- Sending book proposal
- Meeting book editor at conference
- Interviewing Stuart Horwitz
- Seeing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic at our kids’ middle school
- Seeing The Musical Box
- G’s friendship with N
- Hanging out with N’s mom at the pool
- Going to see Bad Moms with B
- A, being a lector at mass
- Remembering that Catholics not-in-Philadelphia-Archdiocese can be cool (thank you Boston!)
- Running my StoryADay Warm Up Bootcamp in April!
- The Serious Writers’ Accountability Group at StoryADay
- Les Miserable at the high school (wow!)
- K getting me tickets to see Amy Schumer and letting me take B
- StoryADay Live! Presentation on Dialogue at Main Line Writers
- Massages with Kate
- Jake Simubukuru concerts at the Colonial
- Doing a 20kg Turkish get up
- Doing a 24 kg Turkish get up
- Facebook Live! on Creativity, from Hogwarts
- G starting Middle School
- G drumming (and starting individual drum lessons)
- G’s band concerts
- A’s chorus concerts
- G joining the Middle school chorus
- A going to Hershey with the chorus
- Going to Broadway trip with A, his friends and a Republican campaign manager the week before the election
- GP coming here for local presentations
- Finishing F’s 50th Aran sweater (and the fact that it fitted beautifully!)
- Apple Pay
- Taking control of the master card bills
- Using AA miles to fly to Writer Unboxed Unconference for free!
- Freelance gig for BD
- City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Going to Glasgow Science Center with L&M
- Going to Horrible Histories Live show with my kids and parents.
- Killing the landline
- Getting G a phone
- A and K building a computer together
- Pokemon Symphonic at the Mann Center
- Pokemon Go
- Setting up a pocket money system for the boys
- Speaking at Just Write
- The Just Write Story Jam in Spring City
- Octavia Butler
- Getting a ‘wow’ from critique partner when she read the end of my novel
- Braving the Surf Rider at GWL
- Posting a make-up-free selfie after waterpark fun with kids. Looking great.
- Open mike reading at Main Line Writers
- Running StoryADay September by recycling the May prompts (totally legit!)
- Reading lots of short stories and logging them
- Singing with the PREP kids. The K-4 kids are so cute
- Fran Wilde & Chuck Wendig’s book signing
- Watching Sherlock with G
- Taking my parents to Chanticleer House & Gardens
- Meeting with LD and talking about kindle fiction
- Outlining a series of cozy mysteries 😃
- Thanksgiving in Orlando with K & the boys
Another generation of Kindle is here, Kindle 3 and now you’re asking yourself,
“Should I buy a Kindle 3?”
With the new, wi-fi only Kindle 3 priced at only $139, how much longer are you going to be able to resist? (The Kindle 3 wireless version, with free 3G connectivity AND wi-fi, is still $189. The new version of the larger Kindle DX is $379)
What’s New With Kindle 3 And Do I Care?
The big thing that caught my attention about the Kindle 3 were the words:
“All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen, 50% better contrast than any other e-reader”
If I’m totally honest, I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed with the contrast on my Kindle 2. The page seemed a little greyer than on my original Kindle and I would have loved just a bit more contrast. It never bothers me when reading in natural light, but under poor light conditions it made a difference.
They’re touting ‘new, improved fonts’ too, which is always nice.
Faster Page Turns
You really do adjust to the flickery, eInk page turns, but making them “20% faster” is no bad thing.
Double The Storage Space
I’ve never had a problem with my Kindle becoming too full because I archive books (send them back to the Amazon server) once I’ve finished with them. Slurping them back into the Kindle is a matter of a minute or so.
Some people might like to have all their books right on the device all the time, however. With the new “wi-fi only” option, too, having your books on the device makes sense, in case you aren’t within wi-fi range when you feel a desperate urge to re-read last summer’s hot thriller.
Smaller Body, Same Screen Size
Anything than makes the Kindle easier to slip in to a pocket or handbag is a good thing.
Less body also means a lighter Kindle, although I already thing it’s a great weight.
I just hope the new, smaller body still leaves somewhere to grip onto without covering the screen in smudgy fingerprints.
Quieter Turn Buttons
This is a wonderful thing for those of us who like to read in bed while someone else is falling asleep next to us. I’ve been accused of something close to Chinese Water Torture while clicking my way through a book some evenings….
Enhanced PDF Reader
Kindle 2 had PDF support added as an after-thought. This one has an enhanced reader with dictionary look up and the ability to make notes and highlights.
PDFs are always going to be at war with progress, however, as they were created to fix a page-design to a certain format and new technological interfaces are all about reshaping content and delivering it how the reader (not the author) wants it presented.
However, if you do read PDFs on your Kindle, it’s certainly be nice to make notes and highlights.
New Web Browser
If you don’t have a smart-phone and you don’t have an iPad or another way to easily access the web while away from your desk, this might excite you. It certainly excited me when I got my Kindle…but then I got a smart-phone and never used this function on the Kindle again. Still, nice to see they’re working to improve it.
There are two versions of this new, dark-grey Kindle available:
The all-singing, all-dancing download-books-anywhere version for $189 and
The slightly less flamboyant Wi-Fi-only
Does “Wi-Fi Only” Mean And Will I Hate It?
So I’ve been talking about this “wi-fi only” feature on the cheapest Kindle. What does that mean?
Well, on the other Kindles, you use the cell-phone network to download books directly to your Kindle. You don’t need a plan or anything: Amazon has a deal worked out with Sprint and they pick up the cost (or the publishers do…but that’s getting too far behind the scenes. All you need to know is is you get free access to the Amazon store wherever you are, as long as you are in range of a cell tower).
“Wi-fi only” is going to be more restrictive. Like the early iPads, these Kindles will only connect to the store if your home has a wireless network (can you browse the web from your laptop on the sofa? Then you probably do) or if are in a wi-fi hotspot (like a McDonalds or a Starbucks or one of the zillion other places that offer Wi-Fi to entice people to come and hang out there).
So, you won’t be able to download books as you stroll down the street.
You will have to find and access an open wireless network
- If you are doing most of your reading at home, or have easy access to lots of wi-fi hotspot
- If you don’t care about downloading books wherever you are and can probably wait until you get home to do it
- If you want to save $50 on the device and buy yourself five books instead…
This is a great deal. Buy it now!