I just wanted to let you know where I'm at with the next chapter of Justice, you know, the one with the honkin' big lemon in it! I've written 8000 words and should write another 1000 to 1500. The only trouble is that I had no energy or brain power on the weekend and therefore wrote much slower than I wanted to Then I watched a movie with my sister and her kids last night and we had a guest for dinner tonight. Worst case scenario is that I'll get the chapter done and off to the betas by Friday or Saturday. Then I ought to give them at least a week, which means that I will probably be posting on the 28th or 29th.
I've decided to take the advice of a techie friend and buy the Blackberry Playbook this coming Friday. BUT... I likely will not keep it. I plan to play with it for two weeks, then take it back. Then I'll buy the iPad and play with that for two weeks. If I like it better than the Playbook, I'll keep it. If I don't, I'll take it back and go buy the Blackberry for real. That will be enough for me to know whether I need a data plan with the device or not. When I've made my final choice, I'll decide whether to get an iPhone or a non-smart regular cell phone. My friend is going to come with me to buy the Playbook and will help me to figure out how to use it.
I feel so weird about buying something to try it. I don't want to disappoint the sales person, you see. But really, it's the best thing to do to make sure I buy the product that is right for me. In Canada we're lucky that we can pretty much always take purchased items back to the store. Some stores give you thirty days. Others give you a week or two weeks. I once returned a vacuum cleaner to WalMart after three months (or was it five? I forget) because it was so noisy that my husband became Mr. Raging-Crazypants every time I tried to use it. It really had to go. Now we have click floors mostly everywhere, so our need for a big, loud vacuum cleaner has been dramatically reduced.
Of course, when one is returning something, the two fateful words 'final sale' have to NOT be stamped on the receipt. But that only happens when something is deeply discounted, and that's not going to be the case with my tablet shopping.