Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Toys (Sort of)


Last week Instigator told us about her new toy. Little did I know I'd be getting a new one too. Well, it's a hand-me-down, but it's new to me. And along with any new toy comes a new way of doing things. So if you get a strange phone call or text message from me in the next week or so, just ignore it and chalk it up to my slightly out of whack learning curve.







The reason I got a new hand-me-down toy is because the DH got a brand new toy. This is the Dare, an iPhone clone. iPhones are only available from a certain wireless provider and since we have to use a different provider so that everyone can hear us now, the iPhone isn't a possibility for him. But the Dare is pretty impressive.


And here's my new-to-me phone -- the Samsung Alias. It has all sorts of features, most of which I'll never use. But I can call someone or take a picture of a friend's book on the shelf at Walmart and then send it to her. And because it has a dual-hinge design so that when opened in landscape mode it displays a QWERTY keyboard, I can text a little faster than with a standard numerical dialing pad. Look out! PM has entered the twenty-first century. Sort of. Right now I'm trying to transfer photos of BabyGrand from a mini SD card to the phone. If you get a picture of her by mistake, just admire how cute she is and then hit the "Delete" key.






I'd ask you what new toys you have, but Instigator already did that last week and it's doubtful any of you stumbled into toyland like I did.



So instead, I'll ask what you're reading now? Do you have a good recommendation for us?



I'm reading NOW YOU DIE by Roxanne St. Claire. If you came to our RWA chapter's luncheon in May, she was the guest speaker. NOW YOU DIE is the third book in a trilogy about three sisters adopted on the black market and one man's search to clear their birth mother of a murder charge.



20 comments:

Jane said...

I finished reading "Thigh High" by Christina Dodd yesterday. I like the book. I've only read her romantic suspenses. I haven't had a chance to read her historicals or paranormals. I'm going to start "No Control" by Shannon Butcher today. She's on of my favorite authors even though she's only released two books so far.

Rhonda Nelson said...

Right now I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities. (Promised my son I would read what he had to read for school.) And you know what? It's tough going on the front end. Evidently I'm not quite as smart as I thought I was. :-)

Problem Child said...

No time to read.

Must write. (Tick, tock, deadline looming.)

I do have a stack in my TBR pile that I'm looking forward to reading on Wednesday...

PM's Mother said...

You can send me photos of my GGB (GreatGrandBaby) any time you want to. I'm reading "The Mitford Bedside Companion by Jan Karon. It is one that I can read a chapter, put it down for a day or two and not lose continuity. Right now I am a lazy reader.

Liza said...

I'm almost finished with The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter. I love the series. I'm not sure what is next in my tbr pile, but the pile has taken over 2 shelves on my bookshelf.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I'm in revision hell. But I do manage a little reading at night before bed. I'm reading Harlequin Presents. All of them. :)

Darling Geek said...

I'm between books.

I suspect the next book I'll be reading is PC's newest. Before she ships it off to the editor next week. It does have a catchy title - "UNTITLED2".

Instigator said...

Like the new toy, PM!

I just finished The Duke's Indiscretion by Adele Ashworth. It was very good. I've been on a historical kick lately.

Instigator

Crystal Lee said...

Currently reading "Raintree: Haunted" by Linda Winstead-Jones, "Whispers in the Dark" by Kira Sinclair, and "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer. I am also reading books in the Dune series as well. Yes, since I am a bit behind on my reading, I have books almost everywhere I go (now, I just need to put one in the car!).

Angel said...

I just finished Night Keepers by Jennifer Andersen, a paranormal romance based on the Mayan prophesy of the end of the world in 2012. Awesome!!!

Just don't text me, PM! I barely know how to read mine. Recently, I received one and couldn't figure out what my phone was trying to tell me. My husband said, "You have a text message." Oh. The hubby is amazed that a writer like me wouldn't be more into texting, but I type all day. I don't want to do it on my phone. I'd rather talk to someone by that time. :)

Angel

birdzilla said...

Currently swapping between 2 books:

"The Savage Garden" by Peter D'Amato. Title on carnivorous plants.

"Paleontology and Evolution". Dont ask...very large scientific text.

Nice toy PM...I got my new toy when Instigator got hers.

Playground Monitor said...

Yay! About 1 AM I figured out how to get the photos from the microSD card to my phone. Now I just hope it works the same way for the DH's phone.

I finished NOW YOU DIE and am switching gears from romantic suspense to a category book by a dear friend -- THE RANCHER'S SURPRISE MARRIAGE by Susan Crosby. Susan and I had coffee together in San Francisco, and she also received her 25 book pin at the Harlequin party. This current book is #25. What an accomplishment!

KansasSue said...

"Beowulf." Like Rhonda I'm reading what the kid has to. Know what really astounds me? 100 years ago when I was a senior and had to read things like "The Seafarer", "The Wanderer", "Beowulf", and the other dry, British, ancient works, I thought they were impossible reads. When I picked up his lit book this year and started in, they weren't and it dawned on me that back then I was reading it line by line...like a poem or limerick. I didn't read it as prose, only pausing at the commas and periods. I thought you stopped at the end of every line. Reading them properly, they're absolutely beautiful works.

Now if I can only convince the kid...

Sherry W. said...

Just finished Whispers in the Dark by Kira Sinclair. It was great, Kira! This morning I stuck The Hell Raiser by Rhonda Nelson in my purse and will start on that today. Read the first line and laughed. Hooked me right away. Every morning I read a day out of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach..I love that book. And last but not least Write - 10 Days To Overcome Writer's Block. Period. by Karen Peterson. So, in 10 days I should be cured. Right!? Or should that be write? :)

Smarty Pants said...

Rhonda, I remember reading ToTC in high school. It doesn't pick up until about a 1/3 of the way into it. I went to my teacher and complained to her that the entire first chapter is about some stupid carriage going up a hill and it was a waste of my time.

I'm reading "Whispers in the Dark" right now. I'm managing a chapter every other night, which is pathetic, but its more than I've read in a long time. Most things I read are electronic anymore and I get to submit comments on it. :)

I still haven't finished book 7 of Harry Potter yet. I need to do it before the last movie comes out...

Anonymous said...

Yesterday finished The Hellraiser by Rhonda Nelson, great read. Right now I am reading a Silhoutte Desire by Michele Celmer, I have some Blaze, Harlequin Presents on my TBR pile. I read everyday and with the upcoming holiday weekend coming up, I will have some extra time---yeah!!!
robertsonreads

Crystal Lee said...

Cool, I'm not the only one having trouble finding time to read! I've been feeling like such a slacker (and my thirst for more books isn't helping). Love you guys!

Jen said...

We are some nutty parents because I, too, have promised Girl to read a book she HATED but was required to read this summer -- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Not looking forward to it as I'm not a sci fi fan. And you know, my mother never read Jack that I had to read.

And...I...uh, like Dickens.

Crystal Lee said...

I like Dickens, too.

Instigator said...

Thanks, Sherry! I'm glad you enjoyed it :-)

Crystal, I find I go in fits and stops with reading. I used to always have a book in my hand but now its more like having a pile of books by my bed that I can't find time to read. I do get to a point though where I just have to stop writing and start reading for a little while. I say it's part of refilling the well. And I also can't read Blazes while I'm writing one which means I'm way, way, way behind.

Instigator