• Blogging,  ROW80,  school,  writing

    No Tablets in Schools

    Tablets do not belong in the classroom. What are the teachers thinking these days?

    Tonight on the news they talked about how a school had decided to put eReaders in the classroom, and it turned in to a major problem. The elementary students learned how to hack the device and access the internet when they were supposed to be doing school work. I have a feeling that there is more to this problem story than the media let on. This sounds more like they put tablets in the hands of the students than mere eReaders.

    I know for a fact that using an eReader to access the internet will not leave the user with a satisfying experience, or at least, not with my ordinary Keyboard Kindle. This is one function that is seriously lacking on the device. Mine might be one of the older models, but my mother’s is also the same way. There are some things you just don’t do with a Kindle. It was designed for reading books – period.

    This sounds as if the school board did not do their homework before deciding to spend all this money on these devices for the students. If they had, they could have saved the public a lot of money.

    I’m sure other eReaders are the same way when it comes to the internet function.

    Now I wonder what they plan to do with all those tablets.

    ROW80 Check-In:

    The writing discipline has been working this week. I only have six more chapters to go over in Witch Book. Then I will be able to start thinking of the plot outline for the next fantasy book in the Orgarlan Saga.

    I may be able to finish it up tonight or by tomorrow at the latest.

    As I go I have been sort of thinking up plot twists for the next book. I have different things to consider as I think about my current characters.

    1.    What does each of my characters want?

    2.    Everyone has secrets. What are theirs?

    3.    What are they afraid of?

    Once I can answer each of these questions I can weave a pretty nifty plot using Cause and effect. This one does that so this one has to do this and so on. Just like what happens in life. Hmm… a title thought, not guaranteed to remain the same, but the thought is there. Darmin Karma – nah don’t like that.

    When the book ends, Darmin is trying her hand at bewitching Lord Ky’ debaul.

    Cause and Effect = Karma

    Karma Effect?

    It Sounds catchy to me. What do you think?

  • ROW80,  writing,  writing and poetry

    Where would I be without my Computer?

    What a good question.

    I don’t think that this would have been a problem four years ago before I started writing. I may have missed the online communities, but I would have gotten over that problem.

    My computer has become the center point for all my writing. It’s my tool. I don’t think I would adjust well to switching back to a typewriter. The correction tape is such a thing of the past. I remember using it back when I was in high school, or the eraser pencil from way back then that tore holes into your page if you scrubbed that type to hard. I don’t miss typewriters at all.

    Have you ever used one? If you have it shows your age. – he he he

    But if you think about it – where would you be without your computer? Or tablet for that matter?

    Would you be able to survive?

    Five years ago, in southern NH we had a bad ice storm that wiped out power to a good portion of the state. We went without power in our home for 12 days. It was a nightmare. Back then we didn’t even own a woodstove. We quickly rectified that problem.

    But not only was our power gone, our phone was gone too. I had to take my cellphone to work just to keep it charged in case of emergencies.

    Now we own a generator. (Thank God)

    If I didn’t have my computer I would be lost. The internet would be gone. My ability to create those amazing covers of mine would be gone. I would be reduced to using a typewriter and having holes in my manuscript from the eraser pencil. Spell check and grammar check would be gone, and I would be forced to mail – mail my manuscripts to a publishing house. I wouldn’t be able to self publish. Oh No!

    Yup – my computer has become the center of my writing life.

    What do you think? Do think you could survive in this day and age without your computer or tablet device?

     

    ROW80 Update:

    My goal for this month is to reestablish my blogging. I have been to lazy for quite sometime. I need to get back into the habit of posting twice a week.

    What I’ve been up to: For the past few weeks I have been busy preparing Along Came Neil to hit the Kindle shelf. That is done.

    Now I am going through each of my previously published works with line edits. I think I have seen an improvement. I just finished up the edits on my Teen Contemporary Series. My Orgarlan Series is up for the edits next. Once those are done I will be able to begin the next book in that series. (I can’t wait)

    I am dying to get back to my fantasy world. I’ve had enough of the drama in a teen drug crazed world for now. If you’ve ever known an addict you would know what I’m talking about. It does get to you after a while. Fortunately my books are pretty tame to how they really are in the real world.

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  • books,  shopping tips

    Great Grandma got a Kindle

    This year I found the perfect Christmas gift for my mom.

    You see, she had been having trouble reading for the past few years. She has tried using reading glasses. In fact she even has bifocals, but they really don’t help her when it comes to reading. She is in her mid-70s.

    So I got her a Kindle.

    No, not a Fire, not a Touch, and not a Keyboard. It is just the simple plain Jane version.

    At first I was not sure she was going to like it. She has never really been much into electronics. But the more I heard her fuss over the fact that she couldn’t see the words on the pages of the books she was trying to read the more I got thinking. Why not get her an eReader? Then she will be able to make the font larger and make it easier on her eyes.

    I was a little leery at first. There was the possibility that she wouldn’t even give the device a chance.

    What could I do to entice her to give it a try?

    Well, first off, I put some books on it. Since I didn’t know if she was going to use it or not I put some free Kindle Thrillers and Suspense books I found in the top 100 free list.

    Then I added for a bit of measure Steven King’s, 11-22-63.

    Boy was I surprised when she turned on the device and began to read.

    Now that it is over 2 weeks after Christmas she is 74% done reading that Steven King book.

    She loves her Kindle.

    So if you are having a hard time figuring out what to get Grandma or Grandpa for their birthday, why not get them an eReader?

    Just make sure it is the simplest to use device you can find and they will be in their glory with the door reopened to the world of books.

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