Peg Herring's Blog – October 2010 Archive (4)

Packing for Magna--with Very Little Method

I've tried being organized, laying out things a week in advance in order to not be last minute about what I will take to a con. It never works.

Whatever I've laid out, a week, a day, or even half a day before will become my most hated items of apparel when the time comes to actually put them into a suitcase. "What was I thinking? Those pants make me look a mile wide!" "And that necklace never hangs right." "Those shoes are sure to hurt after an hour."

Better to wait until an hour… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on October 28, 2010 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Fun with Kindle

I've only had the thing a month, and already I'm irritated if I want a book and it has not been "Kindlized". I just found my friends Laura Alden and Hannah Reed on Kindle (MURDER AT THE PTA and BUZZ OFFF, respectively), which is cool.

Living in a very small town, I used to have to make a list and then when I got to a town big enough to have a bookstore, look for books I wanted to read. Often, authors I meet at conferences are with small publishers, so the bookstores would have to order the… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on October 11, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Don't Be in Such a Rush

I'm about to give up on an author I know is good, at least on the piece of her work that I'm currently reading. It's pretty obvious that this one was done in a rush, and it suffers. I'm about done suffering along with her.

Someone told me once that a writer's first book is a luxury. She has her whole life to write it, if need be. She doesn't have to send it off until she feels it is ready, and even then, it might take years for someone to notice it. During those years, she can tinker with… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on October 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Browsing

Your computer says it does, but it just isn't the same. I love my Kindle, but I sometimes want to go to a bookstore and just wander through the aisles, especially the mystery section. I look at the covers, read the back, the inside front, and often the author info. I don't know if the photo influences me to buy the book, but it's fun to know what the writer looks like. I put some back, take some home. Anticipation.

Amazon tries to give me the same experience, but it is not the same. Amazon… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on October 4, 2010 at 9:53pm — No Comments

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