Equipment Upgrade

LG Tone HBS-900 Infinim Bluetooth Stereo Headset, Metallic Silver

I bought a Bluetooth headset for my phone. This single purchase has drastically increased the amount of listening I do throughout any day. Not being tethered to my phone is wonderful and listening to audio books is a lot of fun.

It’s also great to not have to detangle headphone cords or remember where my headphones are. These bad boys are always around my neck or on the charger. The charger is another good thing, it uses a normal phone charger! So I don’t need to carry around another piece of equipment while traveling.

Truly. If you spend a lot of time driving or doing physical activities you should get a Bluetooth head set and audible subscription. You’ll be able to listen to fun audio books for a reasonable price. It can turn chores from a pain to a pleasure!

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Elantris

I read a pep talk from published author Brandon Sanderson for the NaNo community. It contained a link to his first book which I happened to click on, and then I started to read the sample on Amazon, thinking that I would like to know if his books would be worth reading after November. Well hours later I realized that I was half way through an excellent book and that perhaps it needed to be finished before I continued to write my NaNo novel, leaving me a little behind. So far I’m at 35k, while I should be at 40k. I have finally realized what my major red herring is while spending 1000 words talking about how my aliens read peoples thoughts in color, and overall have been having a great time with this story. Coming up for air now, I’ll start making weekly posts again after November.

10 Books That Changed My Life

1) The Hardy Boys Series

2) Artemis Fowl

3) Tinker by Wen Spencer

4) The Scarlet Letter

5) 1984

6) The Giver

7) The Outsiders

8) Kodocha

9) Saiyuki

10) The Fault in Our Stars

A couple notes:

The scarlet letter I did not enjoy as a book. I learned a lot from it due to an amazing high school teacher who taught that book. She was the only teacher that really made me take apart a book in it’s separate elements and really explain why characters were doing what they did when. Her teachings stuck with me, and thus the reason that The Scarlet Letter is important in my life, though it could have been any book taught thoroughly.

8+9 are manga series, Japanese comic books, yet they effected me so greatly that I would be remiss to not include them in this list. I still own the full series for both.

The rest are pretty normal. All books I read at the right age for them to effect me in a positive way. The Hardy Boys was the first series that really made me want to read. Artemis Fowl had the first MC I really identified with plus some fantasy elements I enjoyed. Tinker was a great book, and showed me that a book could get published for a good story even if the writing could have used another edit.