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You know what?  I’m very sorry it’s been so long since my last entry.  It’s not because I’ve been so busy with my Amazon Kindle.  I haven’t been.  I don’t have one.  Those teases at Amazon have still not sent me a free Kindle.  I am filled with despair. 

No, I’ve been neglecting my duties as a blogger because I’ve had a script for Marvel that’s been kicking my ass and going through all kinds of re-writes, so by the time I’m done with my daily allotment of novel writing, and then script-writing, I’ve just been  lacking the blog enthusiasm.  I will try to better, but you people have got to stop sucking me dry.  I need some air.

This weekend we’ve got Bouchercon coming up, and these conventions usually offer lots of amusing anecdotes – at someone else’s expense – so, let’s hope for the best.  Tales from the hotel bar should be forthcoming next week.

In the meantime, allow me, if you will, to point you toward this article  in the New York Times, in which a woman is finishing up her project of reading a book a day and then blogging about it.  Now, perhaps I’m bitter because I went to her blog, and I saw the list of authors she’s read, and I’m not on it.  I am entirely justified  in hating both her and her project for this inexcusable negligence.  Unless she’s already read a bunch of my books, and loved them, and if that is the case, we can forgive her, yes?

That possibility aside, I am getting tired of these people doing something or other for a year, and blogging about it.  No one digs reading more than I, but reading a book a day for a year sounds pretty punishing.  Why do it?  What does it prove?  That you don’t have a job?  I’m not sure what else.  Reading, French cooking, no-footprint living.  These stunt blogs have got to go.  Can we not return to the wholesome world of self-absorbed, navel-gazing such as my blog offers?  Alternatively, if you have any ideas for a thing-a-day-every-day-for-a-year project that can get me media attention, please let me know.  Ideally, it should be something that doesn’t take a lot of time or energy.

6 Responses to “”

  1. Andrea says:

    I think you’re well on your way to a year of blogged complaints about Amazon not giving you a Kindle. Surely a bestseller in the making.

  2. How about blogging once a day for a year about a blog that is about doing something annoying for a year?

  3. Anja says:

    Oh, those suggestions are lame! I think you should drink a bottle of great wine every day for a year–and have someone else blog about your experience since you’ll be too potted to find the right keys on the computer. No energy required, no hardship there.

  4. Anja says:

    Andrea and Matthew, I owe you apologies! I guess I need an editor, but I was being very flip to call your ideas “lame” and David doesn’t have the sarcasm emoticon. It’s all me: I know that writing a thought is different from speaking it, and I’m sorry that it came across so dismissive. Your suggestions are hilarious. I just get the idea that David wants the minimum to get into the Guinness book.

    Hey, maybe he should drink as many pints of GUINNESS as he can handle. (yeah, like no one’s ever thought of THAT lame idea before!). But at least it doesn’t go against his vegan sensibilities…?

  5. Andrea says:

    Dear Anja,
    My suggestion WAS hilarious & I’m deeply offended that you thought otherwise – in fact, I plan to track you down & shake my finger in your face. (Matthew’s suggestion, on the other hand, was lame. Let’s dance around him in a circle waving our hands & yelling childish epithets)

    I’ve never seen a sarcasm emoticon. (I’ve been relying on the winking eye, which does NOT get the job done.)

  6. My husband and I have had our Kindles for over 6 mos. now. Neither of us owned the Kindle 1, though we’ve seen it in action. Though we tend to use our Kindles differently, we both LOVE them. The text is unbelievably easy to read — I am reading at night or in bed again. The dimmer light was more difficult for me with traditional books. Now I just change the font to a comfortable level. The books download easily and quickly and you’re ready to go in a minute or two. Since we travel frequently, slipping the Kindle in the overnight bag is SO much better than trying to choose which book(s) to take. My husband is an avid reader of the New York Times. He now has a subscription on the Kindle. No more piles of newspapers, no more searching all over our travel destination for a very early and/or very expensive copy at a newstore. Reading on an airplane is so easy — I can hold it in one hand and change my position without struggling with a book. My husband has the “official” cover that carries more like a book. I like the feel of the Kindle alone, so I use the Belkin carrying case and take the Kindle out when I want to read. Both are excellent and meet our individual needs. The buttons are easy to use, page turning is seamless, the dictionary function priceless. Neither of us use the text to voice feature since we don’t care to be “read to”, so I can’t really review that part. I understand some books do not have the feature enabled. It has revolutionized the way both of us read and we are in heaven! Battery life is awesome so we bring only one charger for both Kindles when we travel. We are both reading more than ever. The only (and very minor) “glitch” I have noticed is that some books will sometimes have strange word separations — like “rico cheted” or “bat tlement”. I assume this has to do with the electronic transfer and depends a little on the font used. It is infrequent and not enough to be annoying. Our “wish list” would be a bigger library but I know they’re working furiously on that. Bottom line — if you love to read and love to read ANYWHERE, get the Kindle!Belkin Neoprene Sleeve Case for 2nd Generation KindleAmazon Kindle Leather Cover (fits 2nd Generation Kindle)

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