Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Come on Baby, Light My Fire

I couldn’t help giggling when I saw it.

It was my birthday present, a group gift from my kids and friend husband. I didn’t know what to expect. We have pulled back on birthday giving, because of the size of our family and the not always corresponding size of our wallets. They were looking at me expectantly, as I tore the paper, and then I saw it. A shiny new Kindle Fire. All I could do was giggle.

One son, was disappointed with my reaction. “Why are you laughing?” he asked. No doubt he had seen me salivating over the kindle ads.

I was speechless. It was a fabulous and unexpected gift. “It sure beats a macaroni picture,” I managed to say. You see, these are the same children who once gave me macaroni pictures and toothpick ornaments as gifts. Not that I didn’t love the gifts they made at school and scouts. I still have a few of them. I was never disappointed in the gifts of childhood. This however was a very grownup gift and it delighted me.

I’m still making friends with my Fire. It can do a lot more than I thought it could. I just wanted to read picture books in color. I can do that and more. It will take a while to get comfortable with each other, but I think we’re going to be great friends.

Now that I’m publishing e-picture books, having a Fire is handy. I can see exactly what my book looks like on the Fire. No guesswork. I discovered that the text on A Valentine Disaster is too small for my eyes. A revision is on the way. If you have A Valentine Disaster you may want to update your copy. Check in next week.

If you don’t have A Valentine Disaster yet, a free download will be available on March 14, an unvalentine present. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to share your love.

Hey, now that I have my own Fire, I can stop entering all those contests.

Remember the old song, “Come on baby, light my Fire.” Nah, it was probably before your time.

Linda Garner

1 comment:

N. R. Williams said...

Happy Birthday Carolyn
What a fabulous gift. I'm jealous. I will be writing picture books too. A little different than what you probably write.