Tolkien, artist

A Working "Day Off"

 We're running our 4-Day End-of-Year sale today. It's Day 2. Yesterday was pretty busy and I don't dare leave Chickie and Jim on their own today because Jim isn't up to speed helping customers when they get a lot into the store at a time. So I'll go in and work. But I'll go in late - I figure I'll show up around 11 am - and if the pace isn't as busy as yesterday, I probably won't stay. My usual day off consists of studio time and laundry. I won't be able to do the laundry until tonight if I have to work all day, I also won't get the grocery shopping finished. So I'm torn. I want some serious busy shoppers to be in my store. I want to have a day that is as busy and filled with happy shoppers as I can. But I'm also frustrated because I'll have to give up my day off. I think I'll sit in my little computer area when we are not busy and continue reading Surgical Steel's "King's Surgeon" story. It's got a lot of chapters and I (might) have a lot of time - a perfect combination.

After Christmas Sales

Our End-of-Year sale has been popular with our
customers for several years. Some real bargains are
available and we love to have less to count for inventory.

I will take a bit of time to go to Barnes & Noble Booksellers this morning, though. I want a screen saver and a cover for my Nook. I'm just thrilled with this new toy in my life and I want to be able to use it without worrying about scratching it. It's an amazing tool. I'm middle aged and I am so amazed at the strides that computers have taken in my lifetime. I remember my first laptop. The concept that a computer could be portable, when they had started out taking rooms worth of space, was so amazing to me. I've had several laptops since then, and numerous desktops, and now I have the Nook - in essence, a tablet computer. Computers have broadened my life and my group of friends, and given me my entertainment for after-hours also. I'm not sure who thinks up these developments and makes them happen, but I am really grateful to them.

Nook Color

I am in love with my new Nook Color. I am
going to be using this a lot. Now if I can just
get my art books delivered as e-Books. Then I
would be totally joyful.

And shouts go out to Surgical Steel for her birthday, and Poo who is undergoing gall bladder surgery today. May all go well for both of you, and may your days ahead be awesome.
If you want it for your Nook, I've got TKS as a Word file and would be happy to e-mail it to you. :)
Sweet! I would love that. I hate having to relog in and re-establish adult consent every time I pick TKS back up on-line (although I was able to log on with my Nook this morning and catch a few more chapters).

- Erulisse (one L)
Shoot me an e-mail and I'll respond with the document - mine's surgsteelATgmailDOTcom.

I've also got Pandë's The Apprentice and The Elendilmir and a ton of Dreamflower's and Shirebound's fic, if you're interested!
Can I be extremely cheeky, gatecrash your birthday card comment and worse still, ask for a copy too? ;o)

Abject apologies to you too, Engarian/1L...

I am currently wondering whether to buy a Kindle, a Nook or a Smartphone with Android, like the HTCs. Not Apple, I have decided I hate being stuck with iTunes and their own funny formats. Any recs about the others?

I've got a Motorola Droid X and love that quite a lot. My understanding is that some of the eReader apps don't always work well - although the Kindle app does.

As for dedicated eReading devices, I have a Sony Reader and love it, too. I chose it over Amazon's Kindle for two major reasons:
- I didn't want to be tied to a single proprietary version of eBooks (Amazon uses its own format, most of the other Readers out there allow a variety of different formats to be used)
- If you want to upload fanfic to a Kindle, you have to email the file to Amazon and let them convert it and send it to your Kindle - and it's frankly not Amazon's business what I choose to put on my eReader.

The software's a little wonky to use (but not much wonkier than iTunes), but I like the flexibility - I can purchase books from Sony's site OR from Barnes & Noble or Borders or a lot of other online book retailers and have them work on my Reader. I personally prefer the fact that the Reader isn't a backlit screen, so it's easier on the eyes and easier to read in direct sunlight (like lounging by the pool sipping Appleton's in Jamaica). And I like that it accepts Word files and PDFs - oh, and the partnership with Google Books. I've got a ton of old surgical texts on my Reader - free of charge - thanks to the partnership with Google Books.
I knew that I didn't want a Kindle. I really am not fond of Amazon and prefer to push my dollars to Barnes & Noble whenever possible.

I had heard that you had a Sony and were happy with it, I am just amazed at modern technology - ain't life grand??? LOL

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm flattered. I can't always think straight at 4 am, which is when I put this together for Surgical. What exactly would you like me to send to you? Email me directly at
IsisRising08 at aol dot com and I'll send what I can.

As for E-readers, I am finding that the Nook Color is far more than just a reader. It has a web browser so I was able to read a fes chapters of Surgical's TKS on MPTT this morning at the coffee shop. It also reads all Office 2003 and 2007 files including Power Point, Xcel, and Word, and it has Pandora for music. The more I read about it's features, the more impressed I am. I'm VERY happy. I chose the Nook over the others in the marketplace because of the high recommendations that came from many of my tech friends and other tech people I listened to. I examined the Nooks for several months. It's a chunk of change and dollars are tight, so I wanted to be sure it would satisfy my needs. I can put my photos on it, MP3 music and, of course, my books in several different formats. It also takes Micro SD cards so I can expand the storage or bring other things into my Library. It accepts PDF files, Google E-books, and many other formats. I'm basically in love with this small device that I can carry in one hand. It was not cheap, but I'm very happy with my decision. I hope that helps.

- Erulisse (one L)
Hi Erulisse, that's a fabulous rec, thank you. I've been browsing the Nook reviesw and specs earlier tonight, and it lookks great.

About sending stuff, I was asking Steel for the Word version of TKS!

I hope you have a good day of sales ahead, and I'll catch up with you later (tomorrow, for me!) :o)
That makes MUCH more sense - LOL. Beddie-bye time for this tired girl :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh dear, I can see why you are forbidden :-) I did buy LOTR, the Hobbit and the Silm this morning along with Patricia Conneley's newest one, but most of my work will be done on-line. I love the variety of settings for the Nook Color. It can be set to black/white, white/black, sepia, brown on tan, and so much more. It's an amazing piece of equipment and I am totally in love. I'm delighted that you like yours also.

I have a few friends with RA who use beading and piano playing for their finger exercises. It seems to work well for them.

- Erulisse (one L)
Congrats on the Nook! I really love my e-reader too! I got myself a Kindle - and now I'm wondering why everyone is saying that they don't want to depend on amazon for it, as it does, of course, also accept ebooks bought from any other source. I use Calibre to manage and convert my ebook collection. It will convert from/to almost any format and might come in handy for your Nook too. :)

I know that many Tolkien writers don't have an AO3 account yet, but for those who do, the archive lets you download all stories already formatted in various e-reader formats (mobi, e-pub, pdf, html), which is so handy for longer stories!
Calibre sounds very interesting. I'll have to look into it closer tomorrow on my laptop (it downloads faster).

I don't like Amazon since they messed up on a $30+ refund for me that I never received (long story, not worth the telling). I prefer to shoot my money to other businesses that seem more customer-oriented.

- Erulisse (one L)