I didn't sleep Tuesday night, but that was partially because I was up reading. I earned an Amber Reward from Amber Quill Press. For each ten books you get, you get one free. I was getting a lot when I was collecting J.M. Snyder's Positions of Love stories. For my reward, I got T.A. Chase's Soothe the Burn, which was pretty good. It was a futuristic one with characters having powers from scientific experiments. I enjoy a decent science fiction romance sometimes.
I did a bit of shopping on Fictionwise, and got The Lost Temple of Karttikeya and Bravo! Brava! The thing about Bravo! Brava! is that one of the stories I read in Encore! Encore! is a sequel to one of the stories in Bravo! Brava! At least one of the stories is a sequel. At Fictionwise, I could get it in multiformat. One format choice is especially for Sony. It says .LRF as the format, but I think it turns out to be BBeB, which is a very readable format.
Otherwise, not much news. I tried to get ahold of R.A. to sign papers to get myself off the lease. She said she was spending the next few days with M. She'd likely be moving in with him soon, she said. I called her social worker, C.W., and asked C. about it, not trusting it from R. "Yes, that's what she's saying," C. told me. She didn't think it was going to happen. I think it would be a trainwreck, but it's not my problem. As long as I get my name off the lease before anything like that happens. R. is only semi-competent, anyway, and R.M. will have the say in where she lives.
My brother got a dog, a puggle. That's a mix between pug and beagle. It's three years old, and J. says he's very cute. His name is Morris. J. said he'd try and get pictures, but that Morris is black, so he wouldn't photograph well. At least J. waited until after he graduated to get a dog. I know he's been wanting one for a while. I'm looking forward to meeting Morris.
Later: I did some editing on the "lust slave" novella and on a couple of articles Michael sent. Dad hooked up my printer and I tried printing out the articles, but am running low on ink. Looks like a trip to Staples is in my near future. I'm just waiting until after rush hour to go to the big shopping area in the vicinity.
A couple of hours after that: I left for Staples around seven. I got my ink, and asked if they had e-readers. The young woman working the register showed me where they had Kindles. The screen was broken on the regular size one, so all you could see were lines and streaks. Not a good demo model. I'd really like to learn how to work a Kindle, though.
Then I headed off to Barnes & Noble, curious to look at Nooks. Consumer Reports rates them very highly, and I wanted to see for myself. A woman with short hair -- crewcut length -- was manning the Nook booth. A couple were buying one. I told the salesperson that I was just looking. When the couple had finished their purchase, she showed me how the original one worked. You don't touch the screen, but you touch the buttons on a mini-screen below. It was not exactly intuitive, at least not for me. I tried the new touch screen one, which was somewhat easier to use, but still a bit puzzling. I never got to the Nook Color because a couple more people who were actually buying things or had bought things had come up to that side of the booth's counter.
One of the books loaded onto the Nooks I looked at was Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, # 17. I couldn't remember if I had 16. (Apparently I just have up to 15, or at least only have up to 15 on that place on my bookshelves.) I went off and looked for the print form of 17, but didn't find it. Suzanne Brockmann has a new Troubleshooters novel out, but I couldn't remember if I had the previous one of those. I'll have to look it all up. I actually walked out of a Barnes & Noble without buying anything, which may not be the first time, but is certainly very rare. I'm sure once I figure out which books I have in those series, I'll be back.
Now I want to go to a Borders and look at the Kobos. There's a Borders in Delaware, not far from the state line. There are some in the Philadelphia area, though three or four closed in their bankruptcy. I still think the one in Delaware is as easy to get to as any, though.
After my little trip to Barnes & Noble, I went to the Chinese buffet place and had a late dinner. I contemplated going to Wal-Mart to see if they had a functional demo model of a Kindle, but wasn't sure I'd get much assistance there, especially if I was just looking. Perhaps I'll go tomorrow during the day. Or I could go to Best Buy. There's one in Delaware, and there's one in relatively easy driving distance from my suburban location. I'm sure I'll do a post of what I get up to shopping-wise tomorrow.