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Hiya Fake fans,

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.

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I'm waiting for the tablet tech to get better. I think it will happen with in a year or two. For me it isn't worth it if it doesn't have a fully working version of Office, especially Word. I have a iPod touch and the iPad is just a bigger version of that. It is amusing, but there are not many Wi-Fi near me. I don't think the blackberry even has a 3G version. The iPad has one, but you pay per month. I don't really get the appeal. I'm rarely somewhere where I can't access a computer or a laptop. If it had Word and not some pretend notepad program, I could write at work during my lunch period and not worry about leaving traces of slashiness on my school computer. :)

I understand the need for a Word program. I would like that too, but more so that I could read attachments, not write. Back when I got my little Asus netbook, I envisioned myself writing on my lunch hours at work without worrying about traces of slashiness being discovered by our tech guy, but it never happened because that's how I learned that in order to write anything more than a few lines, I really need a full size keyboard. I have small hands, but even so, my netbook's keyboard was uncomfortably cramped, plus I was always squinting at the small screen. I read ebooks on that screen, but I have to hold it as close to my face as I would a book with normal sized type, which precludes a normal typing position.

Because of this, I don't expect to be doing any writing at all with the tablet I get. I expect to use it mainly as a reader and research tool.

I wish there was a notepad feature that could convert into text. I don't want to have to re-type all the notes I make.

I would like to access the Internet at the gym and when I'm sitting up in bed.

My tech friend asked me, "Do you need a tablet or do you just want a tablet?"

I couldn't make a case for needing one. I guess I just want one! But on the other hand, it's so rare that I want something that I can actually buy with money. Most of the time the things I want are intangible or abstract and cannot just simply be bought. Whenever I have a problem that can be solved with money or a desire/need that can be satisfied by money, I'm grateful because whether or not I actually have the money, it means that a solution exists and is possible.

A similar, though more dramatic, analogy is if you're sick and you go to doctor after doctor and no one knows what's wrong with you. Then finally you get a diagnosis, and even if it's bad news, you're just so grateful because finally you can start the process of healing. Even if you can't afford the drugs or therapy, at least you know that a solution exists.

Anyhow, over the next month I will play with two tablets and further refine my tablet knowledge. At the end of my period of research, I may well have concluded that I don't really have a use for a tablet at all!

Good luck with your tablet(s)! I sold my soul to Apple long ago, but I've heard a lot of good stuff about all things Blackberry. I don't know what the carrier situation is up in Canada, but here in the US Apple operates pretty much exclusively with AT&T which is...not stellar, but the whole Blackberry family of tech works with Verizon, which is fantastic. But since you're just getting a tablet, not a phone (at least initially), I guess this is a bit off-topic. XD

I often find it really hard to balance writing with family/social obligations; kudos to you for finding time for both! *patiently awaits lemon*

During my period of research, I won't have access to a data plan, so I'll have to transfer files via USB sticks, or just go and hang out at my local WiFi-providing coffee shop.

I'll end up with a data plan eventually, but only one and it will be either on a phone or a tablet.

I wish I could play with someone's iPhone, but a smart phone is a really personal thing and I would hesitate to ask anyone. I know I wouldn't be thrilled if someone wanted to play with mine (if I had one), because there would be all kinds of personal info on it, and possibly even evidence of my M/M R-rated interests! No one in my RL knows about that, except one cool young person who absolutely cannot relate to M/M, but is very open-minded, doesn't judge me, and more importantly, wouldn't 'out' me to my family and co-workers!

It's SO hard to balance writing with work/family and social obligations! I move in several different social circles and I'm a serious RL networker. So is my husband. Those among my acquaintance who have a smaller social circle and fewer family obligations just don't understand my lack of availability. I'm scheduled to the eyeballs! When people talking about killing time, I experience those words as sacrilegious. I wish I could buy their time from them!

I used to steal my writing time from my sleep time, but I can't do that anymore. Now I have even less time because I can no longer go days on end with only four hours of sleep per night.

What I hate the most is when I finally get a piece of time, and I'm too tired or frazzled to focus. Anyway, I'm confident that I'll manage to get that lemon finished in a couple of days. Thanks for being patient!

Brit, I think trying out the two tablets makes a lot of sense financially. I'm curious as to which will suit you best.

I googled click floors and I now know what you mean. Natural hardwood in older homes is lovely, even if they need refinishing. But the engineered stuff is available in so many finishes, it's hard to choose just one. I know a few folks who have CFs in home now, rather than carpeting. And they wonder why they waited so long!

Thanks for the Justice update. As they say, patience is a virtue.


My floors are a combination of natural hardwood and click. My computer room is still carpeted with a horrible old carpet, but I know for a fact that it has beautiful natural wood underneath. But I don't want to go to all the trouble of tidying up my computer room and moving all my books and other stuff out of there, then ripping up the carpet and then sanding and polishing the floor. I'd have to buy a plastic mat to cushion the wheels of my chair. it all sounds like a lot of trouble for a room that almost no one sees.

I'm curious as to which tablet will suit me best, too! I can't wait to get my hands on one.

*Hugs back*

Edited at 2011-05-19 04:47 pm (UTC)

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Well, I don't like technology either, except when it's making my life easier. To clarify, I don't like feeling like a doofus who doesn't understand the technology and has no clue how to use it. I don't think I'll ever be totally tech-savvy in this life, but I'd settle for being partially tech-savvy.

I think I'll answer your other question in a separate post, because I have a lot to say on that topic!

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