Guisada, Kindle Fire, NaNoWriMo, Self Publishing

Friday’s Guisada of Tips

Some days it’s all about bundling up, cooking and then vegging out. I vote for that day to be today. It’s cold, but not Minnesota cold, not even Oregon cold, but just cool and dreary enough for us spoiled Southern Cal people to whine. It’s 57 degrees out.

I tried making some leek and potato soup, vegan style, for my son. Since I’ve begun receiving “Farm to You,” organic produce I get stuff like fresh leeks, persimmons, and artichokes. This girl from the projects does not know how to cook those things. But I looked up a recipe on line. It was too salty and oniony for me, but the vegan son ate a couple of bowls.

And to think I could have made a good old fashioned Mexican guisada (see above). It has a little of this, a little of that and you can use pork, beef, hamburger, or groundless round soy product. My mom used to call it a ‘guisado,’ but maybe she just liked the male sound of it.

So now that dinner is over, I’m so excited to play some more with my Kindle Fire. I’ve already named her and bought her an ‘outfit.’ (Not really-this outfit is not out for the Fire yet).

 I bought her a conservative outfit. I know, I was one of those people who vowed to keep only books in the house, but technology lured me, like a male version of a siren.  I think it started when I bought a laptop last year. After that I traded in my old Blackberry for an iPhone 3 and I’m resisting any upgrades, I don’t care how nice Suri sounds. When she can wash the dishes, I’ll trade up.

For today’s ‘guisada,’ I found some great  tips for NaNoWriMo inspiration. I must catch up this weekend. I’m at 26,832 words and 4K behind as of today. The article on the Kindle Lending Library debate is a good one too. I must say I see both sides of view. I already downloaded a book from the ‘library.’ Don’t skip the article on the future of book covers. It dazzled me. I like to be dazzled sometimes.

Skip the Jerry Sandusky’s link to his memoir. Amazon pulled it after a deluge of outraged customer reviews. I particularly enjoyed Wicked and Tricksy’s article on Self Publishing. I’m starting to lean more and more in that direction. When I lean more than the Tower of Pisa, I’m jumping into the waters.

I hope you enjoy the guisada of resources and hope you get a chance to make some real guisada this weekend while you catch up on your reading. Media Bistro  provided this weeks host of links and Nathan Bransford provided “This week in Books.” Very clever people.

Amazon Prime, Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet, E-book sales, E-books, E-readers, Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet



Oh no, I just pre-ordered a Kindle Fire and now rumors say B&N will debut a new Nook tablet in just a few weeks . I skipped the regular Kindle in lieu of continuing to read “the good old-fashioned way,” until I tried Kindle on my phone. I’m not hooked, but it’s a great way to have books at your fingertips and in your pocket when you don’t want to carry around a one to three pound book in your purse. Plus I hate smudging up my books with the crap that makes its way into the depths of my bag, you know lipsticks, pens, cupcake crumbs. 

But back to the new Nook tablet. It’s about $69 more than the Fire that comes out on November 15, plus it has more memory and has goodies like Hulu. But it  looks like the FIre is still the better choice. Whew, I hate spending money and then finding something better for nearly the same price. 



I put a toe in the e-reader water because the e-book options and low prices are intriguing.This article on e-books tells the black and white story: adult hardcover and paperback sales are down 18% this year. The revenue from e-books has surpassed hardcover revenue this year. This makes for a tempting option to forego traditional “legacy” houses, the Big 6, and jump into the self-publishing world. The battle of opinions on both paths run wide and deep. 


The Wall Street Journal is heating up the debate with their plan to publish e-book bestsellers. Amazon is offering an e-book loan program for their Prime customers.These two items help push the envelop further in deciding whether to buy an e-reader or not and whether to enter the foray into publishing a book in e-reader format.


Everyday I’m tempted to go down the path of self-publishing but I have an agent who is looking at my two manuscripts. When the time comes for a thumbs up  or thumbs down, I’ll have to reevaluate my choices. Who knows, I may read my own novels on my Kindle Fire by next year.