Cynthia Eden’s Post on Wednesday had me thinking about the environment I prefer for reading and writing, which equals working for me. Obviously, peace and quiet would be ideal, a roaring fire and a cuddly cat would make it complete, but come on – I write fiction, I don’t live it. My life is kids and meal times and chauffeuring to events and if there were to be a roaring fire, chances are good I’d have to go chop the wood first.
Then Cynthia mentioned beach time and I realized summer had arrived when I wasn’t looking. In the past, I’ve struggled to find a way to use my laptop in the sun. I’ve come up with some pretty ingenious methods of limiting the glare, including sunglasses, bonnets, cardboard boxes, but I’ve yet to come up with a way to block it out altogether.
Then I got a Kindle! That means I can read in full sun. Since becoming a Kindle addict (on the first day) I’ve noticed that my reading time has expanded exponentially. Now I read in the car, at an appointment, while baking, outside, inside, night time and early morning.
The Kindle always returns me to the same spot that I left off so I don’t lose time trying to find my place. It’s easy to hold and easy to turn the page. However, I’d only thought of it from a pleasure perspective and not a work perspective and this is where the convoluted conversation dovetails. I can also use the Kindle for work AND sit in the sun. Surely, sunscreen is a justifiable business expense?
That means I can take my own work to proofread, research books to study (of course all my friends’ new releases are research!!), beta reads for other writers and anything else I find to read on my Kindle – to the beach!
Does anyone else envision sandy beaches, sunshine, blue sky, and me with my Kindle and a cold Marguerita at work? Yeah the last word is where I’d have stopped before too – but not now. Now it all goes together beautifully! And not only does it go together – it goes anywhere. I’m portable. Beach – here I come!
What about you? Are you going to take a book to the beach or travel to exotic places? How are you going to enjoy your summer?