My idea regarding the painting story has changed, ever so slightly. Like I had initially planned I had been contemplating how to do this in such a way that it hadn’t been done before (or at least to my knowledge). I was coming up short on this. As I had said before I know of multiple stories that have been told that deal with the concepts of paintings coming alive, becoming reality, or trapping people or things within them. As usual this realization caused more thinking. In doing so I started shifting thoughts from horror to more of a suspense thriller mystery story, potentially novel.
As of right now I’m not certain about how long it will actually be. Initially I had it planned as a short story that would probably have run around two thousand words. It would deal with a painter, or at least the entire story would give the impression of an artist, and it would have a disturbing twist to it. As I began thinking about this I started contemplating expanding on it. Making it about an investigation trying to find this man with several of his tapestries throughout the story. This concept has intrigued me; while it may not make it into a full-fledged novel the idea of exploring a genre that isn’t solely horror is appealing. I may in fact suck at writing a suspenseful crime story but it won’t hurt to try.
No sooner had I lamented that I didn’t know the release date for the Kobo then I found an article stating that they had shipped mid-last week. Mere hours later I was home for lunch, only to discover that I had missed the delivery by a few scant minutes. Thus the afternoon was a battle of my will to stay sane while a tiny bit of my brain threw a tantrum to get my new toy. That evening I had it hands. And having had the weekend and a bit to play around with it I have come to one conclusion. I am impressed with how it handles but there were some annoying things with it.
For the most part I am completely satisfied with it. The display is great and even though the blue button looks incredibly silly it functions well. The interface itself is simplistic and easy to learn so that is a plus too. Now there are certain things that annoy the hell out of me. One is that every time I push the power button it brings me to a page, usually a book cover, with the text saying to press the power button again to start reading. When I do so it reboots the thing and asks me for the date and time. Every time. It’s gotten to the point where I just don’t care and use the default time. Why is this a problem? Well sometimes the device doesn’t set itself properly into the USB connected mode. Don’t ask me why, but sometimes it will just sit at the I’m Reading page and not say it’s connected. When it does this, any files you move over won’t be added to your library until you reboot it. So the only way I’ve found to guarantee the USB connection screen is to press the power button then plug it into the computer. And it is a minor issue, but I would like to have the ability to set a book as no longer being read. If there is a way to clear out the I’m Reading log I can’t seem to find it.
However, I have hence stopped messing about with plugging it into my computer to just try reading with it. For this I selected Heat Wave by Richard Castle, because I love tie in books and I don’t think there has been anything tied to Nathan Fillion that I haven’t liked. It was not a disappointment. I found myself substituting in the names for the TV show characters and that only added to the enjoyment. I then learned that a sequel, Naked Heat, was on the way. I haven’t been able to track down a release date for it, but I’m hoping its over the show’s break. Though, it is easier to see why every character on the show thinks that Becket and Castle had a thing going on.