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Friday, December 4, 2009

Early Yule present

Yes, it is very early, and I am very spoiled. I am also very loved by my parents. They know I have a lot of health problems, including my eyesight being very…iffy at times. And writing and reading being my top…everything to me, they knew that if they are taken away from me, my world is going to collapse. Writing I did something about…I bought myself Dragon Naturally Speaking. It should be here within days. As for reading…Mom and dad bought me something for Yule/Christmas that I have been wanting and did not expect to afford for some time to come…

A eReader…a Sony Touch eReader.

It arrived today.

And instead of waiting for Yule to arrive, dad and mom had me open it today. What makes it so special is they are not rich. Dad is on a medical retirement, mom has just as many health problems as I do, dad is not in the best of health himself. We all are taking care of my ailing grandmother…and yet, they get me this present.

I couldn't ask for better parents. They are the presents…the eReader is the wrapping.

So, of course, I had to go buy some books for it, I had to. *grin*

So many to chose from, I was like a kid in a candy store!

These were the ones I settled for. I may have to go shopping again soon, so many others I want. And of course, there are so many hard bound and paperbacks that I want as well…this is not going to stop my obsession for those!

These are the ones that I restrained myself to…I bought the first one from the Sony store…I should have bought it from my publishers too, but I didn't go shopping there until the Sony store didn't have the second one…I am ashamed of myself…sorry Mundnaia Press! Sorry Dan, Bob

River by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Wolfe by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Bad-Ass Faeries by Elaine Corvidae, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and others*

Bad-Ass Faeries 2 Just Plain Bad by Elaine Corvidae, Skyla Dawn Cameron, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, James Daniel Ross, Jeffrey Lyman and others*

*note: all I listed were Mundania Press authors, I was not familiar with any of the others. No offense to those authors, I have not read you, I may like you ;)

Of course, I also have a copy of Judgment on there as well…and I am using it to make notes for things for the newsletter, and for some other possible planned things…including maybe, possibly, a sequel…I don't know. It is a possibility if I can bear to open the door…I am cracking it to see if it can open. We will see how it goes. I may talk about it, but I am not promising anything. The eReader has made this task a little easier on the note taking…already I have several "pages" of them ;)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Teaching Myself Greek

Yes, you read that title right.

I am teaching myself to read, write and speak Greek.

When I was in Junior High, I took German. I flunked it with flying colors. Same with French. And again with Spanish in High School.

I don’t know if it was taking language courses in school, the teachers/books, or the fact that I was out of school 8 out of 10 days because of my health…or a combination of the three…( I was a fantastic student otherwise…aced most of my other classes for the most part)…But I did convince myself that I had no head (or ear nor tongue) for languages.

But my desire to learn Greek and Irish has grown significantly over the past few years until I finally broke down.

So far, so good. Granted, I am in the early stages with it…I have mostly just read and translated…I haven’t done much speaking…but, still, not too bad.

I will be starting Irish in the not too distant future.

I am actually having quite a bit of fun with it…the Greek that is. I have always loved learning.

Maybe, eventually, I will overcome my fear of poetry from horrible emotional scarring caused by an cruelly insensitive English teacher when I was 13…

Monday, November 30, 2009

going to be absent…

…one more day.

my eyes are still messed up. but not nearly what they were days ago. One thing I did do that seems to help is when I got on here to type this up and check emails this morning is I turned down the brightness on my monitor…way down. and that seems to help. But I can tell my eyes are still going to protest if I stay on here too long. So, a quick sendoff on this, but I will be back tomorrow. hopefully that will have put me away long enough that my eyes will have had a long enough time to have gotten over their temper tantrum. I am debating on on if I should go back to the eye doctor and talk to him about this…again. the problem with that is, where I had just seen him last month, my insurance company won’t pay for the visit and it will have to come out of my pocket…not cheap. But it might be something I may have to do…if I can get him to believe me. he is a great doctor…except for this one little problem of believing me of the reaction of my eyes LOL. even I admit these are some odd quirks. we will see…we will see…but, I will be back tomorrow. I wrote last night…but not in the traditional sense. I spoke into a tape recorder for the first time ever. Oh I have used it to take notes before, but never for the actual story. When I sit down to transcribe it, we will see if it was a practical means or not. but I worked in all three of the stories, and if I hadn’t of gotten tired, I would have actually of “written” in Grakas for the first time in months and months. I did re-read what I had done, and now the bug to work in it is on me again. so evidently I will be back to working on 4 stories again LOL. I love writing. But for today, it is resting my eyes some more, and going to the foot doctor. tomorrow…it is catching up with my friends and fans and writing! so…see you tomorrow!

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