Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm Learning to Love my eReader


I am about to finish my first novel on Kindle this week and I am being sold on the eReader (this was also a dilemma, since there are many spellings of this word). I know many of you already read eBooks, but this is a first for me. I have the Kindle for my PC, and was going to buy a reader, which I may, but then I purchased the Galaxy III mobile and now plan to put the free Kindle App on that device also.

I am a slow reader, but I think on the Kindle I read faster. I still have way too many paper books, but I may be shifting my inventory. I had written a previous post (EBooks: Do You Really Read Them?) and received many interesting comments. When I wrote that post I wasn’t sure I liked to read online.

I am also making a public apology today to the author of the novel I'm reading, (Hungry River, A  Yangtze Novel by Millie Nelson Samuelson) who happens to be a great writing “bud.”  I am just now finishing her first novel, originally written over seven years ago! Forgive the delay, friend. But, I am rooming with her next week at a conference and I was not going to show up not having read her book.  

But, I am enjoying the journey. If you are a lover of historical fiction in the 1800s China, you’ll find this book filled with interesting facts and a slice of the spread of Christianity in this country. The book is based on the lives of her grandparents who were missionaries in China.  

The book is on Amazon and, of course, on Kindle.

 
How many of you have a Kindle or another type of eReader? Why do you like it?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Unexpectedly Inspired



I had an appointment this week with a physician considered one of the top orthopedics in the nation. (This was to deal with an ongoing leg issue; prayers appreciated). I felt honored to be able to meet with someone of his caliber.

I had to wait three months after I made the appointment, but when I met with him he gave me two hours of his time. It has been a long time since a doctor spent that much time with me. Now, yes, I will pay for it, but someone with that knowledge and expertise, I believe is worth it. He was so personable I had to remind myself he was the doctor I read about with all the experience and honors, because most of the time, I felt like I was chatting with him over lunch.

But, then I thought about how he got to this point in his life. I’m sure he has studied way beyond medical school and attended seminar upon seminar. It didn’t happen in a day.

Then I thought about me as a writer. How can I become better in my field? How can I become a writer known for a skill others seek out?

I left his office with some answers, albeit more tests required, but I also left with the desire to study and be more knowledgeable in my field.

Thanks, Dr. D.

 

How about you? Has anyone in another field inspired you to excel in your own?

 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thoughts on Legacy


My father-in-law passed away last week. He lived a long, full life, and had been struggling with health issues, but still no one wants to die, nor see a family member pass away. Family gathered and I saw that life ends, but life also begins and continues. At one of the family dinners, we celebrated a four-year-old birthday of one of the children.

While at the cemetery where we had the graveside service, I talked at length with my husband’s cousin, who had lived long enough to know much about the family. He showed me family tombstones and described who they were and his memory of them and how they died. I then fast forwarded many years into the future and wondered if my husband and I were buried in that cemetery, the four-year-old may be walking among the tombstones someday, telling the story of our lives.

And then I thought about what would that story be? Those thoughts should give us the inspiration to live a life worth living, serving and loving others and our God.