I am once again deep into my college courses. As I talked about in my last post that colleges now offer online course work you can go back to school even if you are working full time. Pictured above is my class room in my kitchen. I don’t have to go out and get in my car and fight traffic to get to a classroom. I can open an iPad and read my course work where ever I may be. I then use a laptop and EverNote to take my notes and write my papers and projects to submit to the professor. I find myself at times doing course work early in the morning or late into the evening. Attending online classes allow me to work on my free time without fighting to make a class on time. I must say this type of learning does take dedication and devotion to learning. You are still giving up your time to attend but it’s on your time. I spoke with a high school teacher the other day and she feels that in another 20 years there will be no more brink and mortar schools? I disagree. I told her when you are young you need the structure that the classroom provides. I have heard of many young people trying online learning and felling because they can’t give up their free time on their own. Not to say that this is everyone. We did go to a graduation party where the young girl completed her high school requirements using a Cyber School. Online learning works for me, but if you are not sure look at your life style and that will dictate which type of learning you should choose.
College today is created not for just the young men or women coming out of high school. They are now creating online courses that allow you to attend college courses even if you have a full time job. There are a lot of colleges out there online so the choice is really up to you. I am taking courses online and really had to do some research on which school to choose. I started with price per credit, then went to looking up reviews from current and past students. I knew I didn’t want a college that is all online because I don’t feel they hold the weight once you get your degree. I wanted a college that has a campus. I also knew I wanted a college that I could study on and off campus. So if you are older and working a full time job don’t think you can’t further your education. And as I found the best time is now to increase your knowledge.
It’s funny that people today pay for something and don’t even know what they are really getting for their money. This is why I wanted to bring you a little insight into Amazon Prime. When I ask anyone if they have Amazon Prime they say, yes I love the free shipping. Then I tell them that they get more then just free shipping they always ask what? I have to admit when I first signed up for Amazon Prime I thought it was only free shipping also but then I did a little digging.
First is something I use every time I sit at a computer. Amazon streaming music service https://music.amazon.com/stations. What is the streaming music service? If you ever used Pandora and thought it would be better without all the commercials, you will love Amazon’s streaming music service. It is just song after song. You can still create your own stations and play lists. You can also choose from many stations already created. And best of all no commercials and it is included with your prime membership. There is an app for about every device you own.
Do you have a Nexflix account? If you are like many people today you would say yes. Well if you have Amazon Prime you also get their streaming movie service. https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Video. There is a lot of free movie content and some Amazon only features that you will find on their service. I have to admit it is not as good as Netflix. I think it is still very young and needs some work on the free content. There is however a lot of new movies available for rent on the service. One misconception with this service is that you need an Amazon Fire Stick to watch the content. You can watch on your computer, tablet or Apple TV and even Roku box.
The final information I want to give to you about Amazon Prime is not everything for sell on Amazon is included in the free shipping. Make sure you watch when you are buying anything that is says PRIME. If not you might be buying from someone who is going to charge you for shipping. And if you don’t have Prime you might want to wait until the Christmas season. It seems to me that they always have a special price to get you started.
If you have a Kindle E-Reader or even if you just have the Amazon Kindle app then you might want to read this post?
I have been reading for years. Sometimes when you are at one of your local discount stores you might be walking by a book rack a cover might catch you eye and the next thing you know it is in the cart. In today’s Internet world we find ourselves browsing online book stores. I choose Amazon mainly because I have a Paper White Kindle Reader and it just makes it easy to download the books from their site. I have also bought a lot of ebooks just from browsing. But what if, just what if you don’t want to keep tossing money at books? You still want to read but you find it a good idea to watch your spending. So how can you read and not spend a dime?
It is really easy to find something to read for FREE. Log onto Amazon and in the drop down menu choose Kindle Store. Next in the search box type FREE. Now you will find a large selection of books that are FREE, that’s right no charge at all. Why is this you might ask? Well you will find self published works from people you never heard of, Steven King was once unknown until someone gave him a shot. And besides once you start a book if you are not getting into the story or if it is poorly written stop reading it. I on the other hand can’t do that, once I start I finish the book. Another reason this is done is to get you into a new series. The author will put up the first book for FREE and if you want to continue with the story you might have to pay $3.99 for the other volumes.
At the end of the day FREE is good. It gives you a chance to find new authors that you never heard of and it just might put you into their court. I have found many new authors that I really love reading all of their work. Do I still buy books? Of course I told you at the beginning that I am a long time reading. I really enjoy getting lost in a good book. And I do have my list of well published authors that I read.
My proofs are in from the publisher. I have found a few issues that I have to correct. It is a great feeling having this in my hands after working on it for a year. It proves to me that writing does take time. You start with free writing, where you get your thoughts onto the page. Then there is the clean up. Then you have to have a few reads to dig into the details.
Once I get my final touches on the book and have a few test readers read the book I will be able to have a release date. But for now I am enjoying sharing the pics of my first run copies of the book.
Little about the story. This is a look into what can happen when a really good family meets evil. I started this story just like anyone else does with an idea. I was walking in the mall one day watching as people walked by. I turned to my wife and asked her what she thought of an idea for a book? She turned to me and said that it sounded like a really good idea for the book. So I went home that evening and began writing Random Numbers.
I am not sure yet how to dig up test readers? Keep watching this blog also please drop me a comment if you would like to be considered.
If you tried to visit my site over the past few days it might have been down? I was e-mailed from my hosting company and they told me they found a virus on my site. They really didn’t have the time to fix the site. I was out of town at a conference. When I did have sometime to look at the site I found it down. I don’t know how long it was off line.
Once I got home I was able to dig into the issue. I was able to re-upload the entire word press blogging site. Once I did that the site came back to life. I feel very lucky.
I can say I am still not sure of what happened. I think that their virus scanners caught an old file and flagged it. One thing that is good I have no one who logs into this site. There are no members to worry about. The main thing is the site is back up and the reviews will once again be live.
Books, books and even more books. When you read a lot which I tend to do. You will fall into what I call The Next Story. You finish a good book and close the cover you begin to ask yourself what do I want to read next. Or in my mind I ask what kind of story do I want to read now? You could play it safe and pick your next book from the best sellers lists. A lot of people do this because they want to be able to talk about the next great book. Or you can search high and low for a story that you would be interested in, horror, crime, love, mystery. Or you can search Good Reads for a book that everyone is talking about. I did that when I found Girl On The Train. I was not disappointed when I did this. But most times I look for authors that you don’t hear about in everyday mainstream. Some I have read are from brand new authors. So the question is still there. How do you pick a book that you are going to spend countless hours with? Really I guess I don’t have the answer. Even as I am writing this post I have been searching for a new book to read. I do know one thing. There are more books in print and electronic format today then you will ever have time to read in a life time. And also remember you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. But once you start a new story and it begins slow, don’t toss it aside to quickly. Give the story a chance to unfold and next thing you know you will be wondering once again. What Shall I Read Next?
It’s funny to live in PA and see our winter season really just begin in January. Living here all my life I have seen some pretty bad winters and most of the time we begin in early November. But we have been spared the bitter cold of November and December and enjoyed some pretty nice weather. We even had some nice day’s that I pulled the motorcycle out and had some good long rides without freezing my back side off the bike. So I have to wonder now will the cold last longer into the spring? Time will only tell what we might be in for.
Now with all the Christmas decorations put away we all are looking for the return of the birds and the warm sunshine on our faces. I look at our pool out back under it’s winter cover and think of those day’s and warm evening that should be right around the corner. It is sad that the kids didn’t have much snow so far to ride their sleds. But instead they have been riding their new Christmas bikes. I guess they were just as happy either way. We all shall wait now and watch, taking sometime to shine up our motorcycles and get ready for the warmer weather to return.
Summer time is a great time of the year. Except for mowing the lawn but jumping into the pool after you get done is a treat. But all good things must come to an end. Now we are getting ready to close our pool and put the mower away for the year. Soon we will be getting the snow shovel out and working on clearing our walks and driveways. Being born and raised here I always hear people say they love the changing of the seasons? Really? But as I get older I often think it would be nice to live somewhere where it is always 70 – 80 degrees. You can always come back and visit the home land. Well I will end this post by saying, get your coats out the bad weather will be here soon enough.
I was sitting here and I looked at this blog and found that the last post was talking about spring time. Now as I sit in my kitchen I can feel the cool air coming through the window. It seems that we are now going right into fall. Where has the summer gone? You walk into any store and you will find Halloween candy ready to be purchased and fall decorations. It seems that the stores control the weather that we all must live with. I for one don’t think I am ready to put my motorcycle away and pull out the winter clothes but I guess that is how life goes when you live in PA. The one thing colder weather brings is more time in the house working on my novel and reading more. Well I hope my next post is not talking about spring again. I keep saying I will vow to write more on this blog but in the end who really reads it but me? Check back and we will see what this mind will release the next time.