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eBooks Know No Age

Just a few minutes ago I received an e-mail from one of my authors. She expressed her concern at the closing of her local Borders. Unless you live under a rock, you already know about Borders financial woes.

This author’s concern was for the seniors living in her area who will no longer have a place to gather for their book club. Money doesn’t seem to be the issue in this particular community as she mentions they have a bit of disposable income. They have been meeting at the Borders, talking books, and sipping warm beverages. Now there is concern as to where they can go. Does their book club have to end?

No, I say! This is the time to learn and educate more readers about eBooks. Kindles and Nooks are very senior friendly.

Advantages:

  • Font sizing options. This makes it easier for readers to decide what size letters they are reading.
  • Prices are coming down on devices and eBooks. Some of the devices are still over $200, but there are much more reasonable options in most models. In fact I saw the new Kobo Wireless eReader at Wal-mart for $99.00.
  • Devices are lightweight and easy to hold and manage.
  • Many of the same books are in eBook allowing them to continue to buy them, they will just have to find some special little. You can find eBooks at so many places it is nearly impossible to list them all.
  • Freedom from clutter. Many seniors living in assisted living or who have downsized have limited storage space. eBooks allow them to still purchase books from their favorite authors without stuffing one more paperback under the dining room table.
  • Flexibility. There are all manner of stories out there to read in various lengths. You can find everything from short stories to epic sagas. eBooks put them at your fingertips, literally, within minutes.

I could go on about the value of eBooks, but I hope that if you have already discovered the joys and wonders of eBooks, you will go out and tell your friends, your family, and your neighbors, no matter their age. Doesn’t everyone deserve the chance to experience eBooks?

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Heat: 1, Karen: 0

Okay, I learned something about myself yesterday. I am not what I used to be. 20 years ago I could spend the day (at the peak of summer in FL)  at Coquina Beach, drinking beer, and lord knows what else, while eating barely anything, frying my skin to a crisp and not miss a beat. Ahh, the good old days. Now, not so much.

I see lots of posts and tweets about my authors biking, walking, hiking (eek, who does that?) and I want you all to be very careful. We are having records highs on the heat index and we all think we know what we are doing, but sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.

I’m not looking for sympathy here (as my mother so eloquently informs me frequently–you can find that in the dictionary between shit and syphilis) but I do want to share a few tips with you folks out there so you can avoid what I went through. Here’s how it happened. FYI, people with Diabetes who take diaretics in massive quantities, may be more prone to dehydration. Who would have thought? DOH!

I had to go to Wal-Mart to pick up  my heart meds (so I don’t die–rumor is I would be missed). I had to park out in the nether regions of the lot because they have been upgrading our Wally World to a Supercenter (for like a year now) and they have managed to make the store bigger and the parking lot smaller. I know, right? So I walk about 100 miles, give or take, to get to the front door. By the time I get there I am in a full sweat (and I mean linebacker on an open field in the fourth quarter in AZ kinda sweat). I am panting like a pooch and seriously considering laying down on the cool tiles of the store. They are new after all.

So I go around, do my little errands. I stand in line to get my meds (of course I am behind a VERY elderly man who is on one of those motorized cart things and VERY hard of hard of hearing so that when the cashier talks he keeps having to stand up to get closer to hear, then sits back down, which takes like 3 minutes for each motion.) So after 20 minutes standing there I gitter done and move on.

When I get back to the front of the store I am feeling kinda puny and know I need to sit and rehydrate. So I go to McDonald’s and get a Diet Coke, okay, two–free refills–and I sit for a bit. I make two more trips to the little girls room before I head back out into the…sigh…heat.

By the time I get to the car, in outer Mongolia, I am litterally panting and lightheaded. I open the car door, stand for a few minutes to let some of the heat vapors out, and then I just have to sit. I crank up the engine to get the air going, and when I look at the dash the thermostat reads 121. Holy shitsky! So thinking it is too hot inside, I stand to let it and me cool off. Next thing you know….eeeuwww.

I would like to thank the several people who rushed to my aid and offered to call the really expensive ambulance. Some people do still care about their fellow humans.

 Okay, lesson number one on bringing yourself back to life with rehydration: USE WATER not Diet Coke. Okay, the soda, or Pop for those of  you in the other part of the world, is damn good and the fizzy stuff goes down so cool, but it really can be counterproductive. Pay attention to the symptoms when you are in the heat and the way you feel changes. That sweating thing…it goes away just before the vomitting. Yeah, lesson learned. Heat exhaustion is serious business.

So after my little excursion into the heat, I know a few more things.

  • The heat sucks!
  • Heat exhaustion makes it very hard to work/concentrate.
  • Leave your car windows cracked to let a little bit of air get in.
  • Lots of potty trips are contributing to dehydration, especially if you are not putting the right kinds of liquids back in in the proper amounts.
  • Don’t be a hero. If it’s too hot, stay in the damn house.

Stay cool people or someone will have to bring  you back to life. I kinda wonder though, what kinds of things do you do to stay cool in times like these?

Oh, and this made me wonder. Are there any really cool books out there that have settings that are really hot? Like locations or situations. How do authors handle heat stress in their books, or do they just ignore it?