Jan-2011-003

It’s A Boy

This is my Kindle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My Kindle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My Kindle, without me, is useless. Without my Kindle, I am useless–or at the least, very very bored.  😀

This is just a quick odds-and-ends post to get a few things out of the way, share my recent good fortune, and warm up the crowd for tomorrow–so consider this your reminder: don’t forget to check back to see my better-half-by-far, FurnaceGirl, hi-jack WSMG and take it for a spin as part of the Significant Other Blogfest.

In the meantime, I’ll share some mental meanderings with thee.  I’ve given it some thought and decided that I’d like to share more of myself on this blog. 

Now before you go backing away from your computer–oh gawd, here it comes, you’re thinking–let me explain what I mean: I don’t talk a lot about flying or about living in Sicily or some other fun things I do–and I am reticent to do so under the rubric that folks are probably not interested. 

This blog is about writing, no? But as I was putting together my recent post reviewing the last year and getting an overview of my posts in toto, I realized am a great user of the “royal” we.  We, as writers, should do this.  We, as readers, should consider that.

Frankly there hasn’t been a lot of the “I think…” or “I struggle…” or “I fail…” going on, if you know what I mean.  And I think that is what we(!)…I really want to be better about talking about, to share these daily tales with you guys more often and in ways that are riskier and not so safe.

Strangely enough, putting myself into my writing is something I think I struggle with in my fiction too.  :)

So I am going to broaden this blog’s scope somewhat, pull in more of the personal, tell–no show!–more, to make the ride a tad more enjoyable perhaps, and learn to let my guard down.  After all, many of these things are what make me who I am as a writer, so talking about them in this forum should be a natural development.

In that spirit, here’s a recent piece of fun and excitement in my world.  Look what FurnaceGirl got me for my birthday!

Yeah, it’s pretty sweet.  I know, I know.  I am light years behind most of you.  As one of my old coworkers, a retired Marine Corps Colonel who flew Hueys in Vietnam, used to say: somebody needs to drag me kicking and screaming into the Twenty-First Century (for the record, the Colonel could run circles around me on any Microsoft product, bar none).

I told the Le Donna De Furnace that this device is downright dangerous in the hands of someone like me.  Our monthly book expenditures are gonna skyrocket!

Yeah, and Stormy the dog (his real name) had to get in on the action.

So you see, FurnaceGirl is a pretty cool customer, especially after hooking yours truly up so well.  Check back tomorrow to hear her side of the story.  BTW, any of ya’all out there in the blogosphere have a handy-dandy tip or two for this here new Kindle user?

P. S.  Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention: we’ve got a little one on the way–and it’s a boy!  😀