The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

May 19, 2011

Thursday Favorite Things – My new Droid 2

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Okay… I admit I’d been looking forward to getting an android based phone and having apps to play with.  Which isn’t necessarily a good thing, because I’m amazed at the time that disappears while playing “Words With Friends”.  That said, I am really enjoying having this new technology.

I never thought I’d check my emails on my phone, especially since I’m a work from home writer and mom, but I admit that when I’m out (and now that it’s baseball season, I’m out a lot of nights) it’s nice to be able to review them, delete the junk, and have only the important ones waiting for me when I get home.

I chose the Droid 2 over the Droid X because of the keyboard, since I am terrible at tapping out txts and search information (and also because even though the screen on the X rocks, it feels HUGE in my hand).  I still love the keyboard, but I am more in love with SWYPE, a great technology that allows me to slide my fingers over the keys without picking them up to spell out words.  Sure some things come out funny and I have to redo them, but over all it takes a lot less time.

I particularly enjoy the Nook app.  It’s great to be able to read if I’m caught on an unexpected line or somewhere without a book.  I love the way the pages turn.  I think the color Nook will be my next technology purchase.

Oh… and I immediately searched and learned how to turn off autocorrect.  Some of the errors I’ve read?  Shudder!

I paid next to nothing for the phone thanks to the plans with  www.letstalk.comand also got terrific prices on my accessories (purple swirl faceplate, screen cover, car charger, and nonbluetooth headset for a total of $35 including shipping) at www.cellularoutfitter.com .

So, do you have a new piece of techology you love?

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April 28, 2011

Thursday Favorite Things – Bookstores

Can you look at your bookshelf and remember where you bought the books?  Do you know how you came across the one you’re reading now?  Do you have a great memory of an unexpected discovery?  Then you probably love bookstores as much as I do.

The doom and gloom of the headlines with regards to bookstores is everywhere.  Borders recently closed many stores (and more may be happening), the independent bookstores are almost extinct, and ebook readers are on the rise to the point where this week Barnes and Noble announced their first ebook signing event.  Yes, that’s right – Sandra Boynton will be *signing* her Going to Bed Book using a new app on the B&N color Nook (which I admit to coveting/craving).

But I have to say – I love spending time in a bookstore.  I love wandering the stacks.  I love standing in a section I don’t normally check out, just to see what’s there.  I love when a bookstore has places to sit, whether in a cafe or within the stacksa peace of heaven, so I can be surrounded by the books, pretending I have my own library. I love having a gift card that means I can try something totally new and/or not usually in my budget.  And don’t get me started on the periodical section.  SO much to read and learn. 

What will happen to impulse purchases of something you didnt – couldn’t – plan?  What about the amazing writer you discovered because her book was on the shelf above your current favorite?  How will you find those gems?  What about the non-fiction book that was better suited to you which you found next to the one you came in to buy?

Because the only way to enjoy these things is at a brick and morter bookstore, I am continuing to hope these stores stay around for a long time to come.  Yes, they have to go with the flow of new technology, but they should never completely give up on the sheer pleasure many of us get from the process of looking for a book. 

It’s almost as good as the reading part.

What’s your favorite bookstore? And… if you want to see some of the most interesting bookstores in the world, click here.

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