Candy Cornbread’s Big News

Thanks to all of your great responses to my latest story about Candy Cornbread, the pen name and literary heroine of the 75-year-old alcoholic nun who secretly publishes redneck vampire nun erotica. People seem to like her, and I love her positive message for women. For those of you who haven’t heard or read the story, I will tell it in my Minnesota Fringe Festival storytelling show August 4-14, and it will be in my upcoming ebook, Pecan Pie, Cigars, and the One and Only Secret to Happiness.

Because of these responses, Candy Cornbread is going to get her own full-length novel. You will be able to read about how Sister Emily, Sister Caroline, and blend their own unique backgrounds to continue the Candy Cornbread stories, to save St. Marlene’s Abbey from being closed by the bishop, and to inspire women (and men) to seek continuous improvement in their lives.

The bad news? I can’t begin this until after the Fringe show.

The Real Reason I Bought a Kindle

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Cover via Amazon

The real reason I bought a Kindle? To sleep better.

I like to read myself to sleep, lying on my back and looking up at the book. When I doze off, I drop the book on my face, which wakes me up, and I go through the process again. Seriously, Ken Follett‘s The Pillars of the Earth is an amazing book, and I read it late into the night, but mostly because it weighs¬† in at one full pound and it hurt every time it fell on my face.

My new Kindle weighs barely half that, at 8.5 ounces. Even loaded with War and Peace, it weighs only 8.5 ounces.

I resisted the ebook readers for so long because I am an incurable bibliophile. I love the written word in any form. I studied the classics, the great books of western civilization. I own thousands of paper books, and I take pleasure in the tactile sensation of the book, the feel of the pages, the smell. It felt nice to cozy up with a book in bed.

The touch test

That’s why the latest ereaders are so wonderful for bibliophiles. Forget about looking at the specs. Go to your electronics store and try out the displays to see which one feels best. My new Kindle has rubberized plastic on the back and texture on the front, so it does not feel like a cold hard electronic device. The E ink technology looks remarkably like paper and has no backlight to cause eyestrain. It feels like reading a paper book, except that it fits more easily in my purse and is half the weight of The Pillars of the Earth.

Seriously, forget about the specs, go check out a display, and see which one feels best in your hands. The Barnes and Noble Nook was a close second, but its front was smooth plastic that didn’t feel good. I never would have picked up on that by looking at the box.

(Thus proving that you can’t judge a Nook by its cover.)