Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why I own a Nook and not a Kindle

I remember when the Nook was first announced. Until that point, I didn't even bat an eye in the direction of e-books. I didn't feel ready yet, and I didn't like the Kindle because they use their own own file format (mobi). E-pub is the standard file format for e-books (recommended by the International Digital Publishing Forum and used pretty much by everyone else). I have seen it cause problems with libraries sharing their books and some online services that provide Advance Reader Copies. If music can have a standard file format of MP3 of the music industry, there is no reason why e-book readers shouldn't follow in the same direction.

That is the reason why I decided not to buy a Kindle. I know that it is a game changer and can be seen as the Coke of e-readers, but that doesn't mean it is better. I love my Nook and enjoy reading e-books. The reason why I bought it is because it is an Android device and I knew there were good things to come from it like apps. Sure, the new Kindle has Android on it, but it is a special version of it. You can only use the Amazon Market and there are app you won't find from their Android store (ex: Gmail). It is sad that they are limiting their potential of what they can do for their users when it is so easy for them to do so much more. 

I'm a huge supporter of Android and Amazon. I think there is good in what Amazon has created in regards to the book industry. However, I just can't look past the e-pub and some of the choices they are making. I will keep an eye out for what they continue to do in the future, but for now, I am still enjoying my Nook.

Natasha


Reminder: if you comment on this blog post with your e-mail address, you can enter my All Hallow's Read Contest that ends 10/1/11

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jim Henson Inspires


"Inspired by his gentleness, we'll fill the world with gentleness. Inspired by his vision, we'll fill the world with vision. Inspired by his chicken imitation, we'll fill the world with laughter"-Jocelyn Stevenson on Jim Henson

When my husband and I planned our wedding back in 2005, we wanted to add all different types of touches to it. We had kitties as our cake toppers, The Legend of Zelda theme as I walked down the aisle, a Jedi styled wedding dress (that happened by accident), and even Muppet and Disney stamps on our wedding invitations. In our wedding book, we have one of the stamps of Jim Henson. His works has become one of the geeky things we have bonded over (and still do), but he is also an inspiration to both of us. His projects and vision bring out the kids in us and challenges us to hold onto our imagination.

Thank you, Jim Henson. Your life has helped so many lives in bringing so much joy. We will pass this onto our kids and hold it in our hearts as a special gift. You have influenced so many people, and it is a thrill to see how many live as you did with kindness, courage, and creativity.

Image of the Google Doodle in honor of Jim Henson
Check YouTube for people having fun with song


Natasha


Reminder: If you comment on this post with your e-mail, you have a chance to win an audio book from my All Hallow's Read contest that ends 10/01/11.

Always a Dreamer

I have always been a dreamer.  Even as a teenager, I would write down my yearly goals and tape them to the bottom of my unicorn glitter globe to look at on New Year’s Eve. There is this part of me that always wants more.  

There are two obstacles that I struggle with year after year.

Focus
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out where I should really put my energy. Sometimes every day things just get in the way. Sometimes I end up putting energy into the wrong things. Sometimes, the goal won’t work or it just needs more time

      Time
      I could make a full list of things that I do with my time, but really, you don’t  want to read about that. This reasons is more than obvious.

The solution to this problem is figuring out time management. Where should I focus my time so I can use it to achieve my true dreams?


If you have read my blog before, you know the one dream that I have worked hardest at is become a writer. I feel like I am always learning and sometimes that the next part of the path is no where in sight. I just keep trekking along the highway to see the same prairie landscape that I know so well. I want to be finally ready enough to do something new like climb a mountain or swim in the ocean. I don't mind the prairie, but I want a bit of change.

Different quotes speak to me lately that confirm that this is the direction that I need to go. 

Examples:

‎"I believe we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best. I know I drive some people crazy with what seems to be ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked out for me."
-Jim Henson

"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." -J. K. Rowling

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." -Bill Cosby

"In a sky full of people, only some want to fly. Isn't that crazy?" -Seal

‎"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."  -Oscar Wilde 


Are you seeing the same things when it comes to your dreams? Have they taken longer than you have liked for you to succeed?


(Reminder: if you comment on this blog post with your e-mail address, you can enter my All Hallow's Read Contest that ends 10/1/11)

Natasha

Thursday, September 15, 2011

All Hallow's Read Contest

If you haven't heard the news, there is a new Hallowe'en tradition. It is cleverly titled All Hallow's Read. It all started with a blog post by author Neil Gaiman to give books or comics for Hallowe'en. Not just any books, but scary books and comics.

With that in mind, I figured nothing is scarier than a story read aloud. Imagine sitting around a campfire or fireplace, a hot drink like hot chocolate cupped in your hands, a soft blanket spread across your lap while listening to something that can give you the shivers.

Doesn't that sound like fun? I thought you would like it.

I am giving away an Audible book for All Hallow's Read and the book that I chose is....

The Graveyard Book read by the author himself, Neil Gaiman


To Enter:
  • Leave a comment on any of my blog posts with your e-mail address by October 1st, 2011
Contest is closed The contest will end at midnight on October 1st, 2011.

Now go enter and remember to celebrate All Hallow's Eve!

Natasha

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