Happy (belated) New Year!
My hands have let me spend a few hours on the computer lately, allowing me to get all of the required end-of-year tax forms filed for my businesses and letting me work a bit on my author website. Hurray for that.
Staying off the computer does make my hands feel better, but since getting back on the computer makes them hurt again, it’s not really much of a solution. However, I’m going to continue to limit my computer-use for a few more weeks. I’m going in for another round of tests on January 17. Hopefully the tests will reveal something as being definitely wrong so the doctor has something he can work on and I can get back to writing, blogging regularly, and (oh, yeah) earning a living.
I’ve been getting some writing and editing done using speech-to-text software (without which I would probably go insane). I’m mainly working on The Greyhounds of Aeravon, the first book in a series of fantasy novels I hope to use to raise money to help support greyhound adoption. Although many of the characters in the novel are greyhounds, I think the story will be enjoyable to many different types of readers whether they like fantasy stories, dog stories, greyhound stories, or just a good adventure story. I think it will also appeal to younger children since the main human character is a twelve-year-old boy. Early drafts of the first four chapters are available on The Greyhounds of Aeravon website.
Despite my inability to do much online promoting of The Silver Cage, it’s received a couple of 5-star reviews on Amazon, which is nice to see. I’ve sent out a lot of review copies, so it will hopefully get some more reviews soon. If you’ve read it and want to leave a review, please feel free to do so. ;-)
My houndies are demanding to be fed their dinner. I’ll post again ASAP.
Two weeks off the computer seems to have helped my hands a little bit. My doctor wants me to continue to stay off of it as much as possible. He’ll be repeating all of the nerve and muscle tests in a couple of weeks to see if there’s any change from the October tests.
Until then, I may check in on the computer once a week or so. With luck, this hand stuff will all be solved in a few more months and I’ll be back to work.
P.S. Don’t forget to buy a copy (or two or three) of The Silver Cage before January 1; I’m donating $1 per copy to Rescued Racers in St. Louis.
My week of no computer use has come and gone, and my hands are still bothering me, although I think they might be getting a little bit better…maybe. I have another appointment with the hand doctor on December 27, so I’m going to continue my computer hiatus until then to see if anything else happens.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been dealing with an issue with my hands that is exacerbated by (and may be caused by) using the computer. It isn’t carpal tunnel syndrome or anything specific like that; I’ve seen a doctor and had a lot of tests, and the conclusion is that I’ve just overused my hands.
Despite cutting way back on my computer use, my hands are still giving me hell, so I’m going to take a full week off the computer. That means I won’t be blogging, using Twitter or Facebook, e-mailing, etc.
I’ll be back on December 20, hopefully with good news.
My fantasy novel The Silver Cage was released last week as an eBook. Since then, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about the so-called eBook revolution: What’s it like to be part of it? Where do I think it’s going? Is it here to stay?
Heck, I’m not even sure how to spell eBook. Is it e-book or ebook or eBook? I’ve been using “eBook,” but no one seems to have settled on a spelling at this point. I remember a similar controversy with how to spell “email” when it first came into use. I’m not sure that controversy has been settled, but I’ve chosen to use “email.” I suspect that I’ll eventually settle on “ebook.”
I Googled “e-book revolution” and got over 11 million results. Interestingly, Googling “ebook revolution” (without the hyphen) returned only 282,000 results. I’m not sure what that means.
Since I don’t like books (I like to read them, I just don’t like having them physically cluttering up my life), I’m all for eBooks. What’s not good about having access to 1500 books in the palm of your hand? I’ve got a Barnes & Noble Nook, and I have both the Nook and Kindle apps on my PC and my Droid. For me, eBooks are absolutely perfect.
I’ve heard a lot of people say they will never get an eBook reader. A lot of them claim to like the feel and the smell of a “real” book. But I’ve also heard a lot of people take back those words after they got an e-reader. I guess the lesson here is “never say never.”
I’ve also had a lot of people ask me if my book will be coming out in a print edition because they don’t have an e-reader. I guess that those of us involved in the “eBook revolution” have to keep working to get the word out that you don’t need a dedicated e-reader to read eBooks. I blogged about this in a previous post and provided a number of links to free e-reader apps. Here they are again:
Do a Google search to find more.
So, is there an eBook revolution? I suppose that depends on how you define “revolution.” Are paper books ever going to go away? Absolutely not, but I’m fairly certain that eBooks are here to stay.
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