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Loving My Nook

Last Christmas, I was given what I consider “the best gift ever” (other than, you know, the gift of life…): A Nook from Barnes and Noble.  My Nook never ceases to impress and delight me.  I use it daily and I highly recommend it.  Why?  Strap in, Folks; this is going to be a long one!

I love my Nook

"I'm sorry, Honey; I'm leaving you for Nook..."

The Top 10 Things I Love About My Nook

  1. E-books are cheaper.  Even when they’re listed as the same price, e-books are actually cheaper because you don’t need to pay shipping!
  2. E-books don’t take up as much space.  I often like to think of just how HEAVY my Nook would be if all of the books in it were “real” books instead of e-books.  I’d need to buy a separate house just to shelve them all!
  3. Get books instantly.  A while back I needed to write a review on WordPress for Dummies.  The rub?  I didn’t actually own that book and the article was due that same week!  In the old days, this would have presented a real problem.  With my Nook, I was able to get the book instantly, read it, and write my review.
  4. Durable.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a total klutz.  I am so grateful that the Nook is so durable.  I can’t even count how many times I’ve dropped it (mostly because I have a habit of falling asleep with it).
  5. Super long battery life!  Like I said at the beginning of this entry, I use my Nook daily… But I only have to charge it once a week (sometimes less!)
  6. It reads PDF files.  This is one of the things that makes the Nook great for work as well as pleasure.  How many times has your boss sent you a PDF file to read?  I used to get terrible headaches trying to read page after page on my computer, but now I just load any PDF files I’m given onto my Nook (with no backlight and an anti-glare screen!) and I’m headache-free!
  7. Free books!  Just type in “0.00” into Barnes and Noble’s website search and you’ll have more choices for free literature than you’ll know what to do with!
  8. Memory space.  The Nook comes with 2GB of memory; however, you can add in an additional memory card for even MORE space.  (I have a 16GB memory card installed).
  9. Internet browser.  It’s not the best Internet browser…but does it really have to be?  It’s an e-reader!  If you want an Internet browser, use your computer (or your phone).  I adore this feature though.  It’s perfect for when I need to quickly check my e-mail (letters from my mom, work emergencies, etc) and don’t want to turn on my computer.  Or when I’m playing a computer game that takes up the full screen and don’t want to stop to check my e-mail.
  10. Great Customer Service.  On the occasions when I’ve had questions, I’ve always been provided with fantastic Customer Service.

Steff’s Thoughts

Steff loves Nook too!

Steff loves Nook too!

I know this is highly unusual, but, when I started talking about how great my Nook is, my best gal Steff Turner joined in on the Nook Love and dished about how great she thinks hers is.  We have the exact same model, but we use it in different ways.  Here are a few of her favorite Nook features:

  • Customizable with custom backgrounds.  Steff likes to use Nook-Look to make her Nook’s wallpaper extra cool.  The Nook itself is also customizable!  If you don’t like its original white, there are custom backs and frames you can buy.  Steff’s Nook is orange.
  • Supports audio books and music.  Steff says, “You can put audio books onto the Nook as long as they are in mp3 format. They will play in order, like a track listing on an album.  Many audio books come on CDs or can be downloaded and if they are not already in MP3 format, they can be converted easily.”
  • Games.  The Nook comes preloaded with Sodoku and chess.  Perfect for waiting around at the DMV!
  • Try before you buy.  Barnes and Noble lets you read excerpts of their books before you decide to buy one.
  • You can download books NOT from Barnes and Noble.  Unlike some e-readers who will remain nameless, the Nook does not discriminate against a book simply because it’s not from Barnes and Noble.
  • Free books at Google Books.  Related to the above, Steff says, “I’ve been reading almost exclusively free published books for the last 6 months!”
  • Everything that I said.  Steff also agrees with everything that I said above in my Top 10 list.  What a pal!

Special Steff Tip: “A great program to manage all your free Nook stuff—and convert some file types to others—is Calibre.  They are the only free-to-use service I have ever donated money to because I was so pleased with their product.”

A Book to Get

Blogging Book

This book is less than a dollar!

As long as I’m dragging one friend into this entry, what’s one more, right?  Adam W. Warner of WP Pro Business (that place I write articles for sometimes) has a couple of e-books up on Barnes and Noble’s website.  And one of them is only 99 cents!  I’ve read both of these books (and even contributed to one of them) and they’re both worth purchasing.  Check ‘em out HERE!


Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Who I Am and Why You Should Care

Hello, Everyone!

Welcome to my new Blog!  I’m intending this to be my “Professional” Blog.  And it’s going to update every Wednesday!  (My personal Blog is still up-and-running as well and will continue to update Mondays as usual).

But who am I?

My name is Lauren R. Tharp.  I’m a freelance writer for hire!  But before that I was…

Me at Children's Hospital

Me at Childrens Hospital

A baby!

I was born with a terrible defect in my hip.  I was handicapped.  Thanks to the miracle-workers at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, that’s not the case anymore.

Then I…

Feeling the power of Zotz coin...

Forrest J. Ackerman gave me his Zotz! coin

…got a magic coin!  ZOTZ!

After that a large chunk of time went by and I did a bunch of things…

Me in high school

The outfit (and expression) I wore throughout high school

…like going to high school…

5 Kata

Doing a Kata for a demonstration

…and earning a black belt and teaching martial arts classes to children…

Gallery at the End of the World

Some of my paintings...

…and getting my artwork up in a gallery (3 times!)…

Sold to raise money for Children's Hospital

Fan Art of my favourite comics

…and selling a piece of fan art I did (for charity)…


Still one of my faves, years later...

…I had my own webcomic and I got hired to illustrate a children’s book

Three Cats--count 'em!--Three!

Clockwise: Ziggy (white), Ringo (orange), and Robert (black)

…and I fell in love with cats (seriously, if you check out my personal Blog, you’ll read a LOT about my cats).

And at this point you’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, this is all very well and good, but what does this have to do with writing?”  Good question.

My History with Writing

I’ve always loved to write.  I wrote my first “book” in 1st grade.  It was an IlluStory book about a horse that was afraid to jump—which I aptly named The Horse That Was Afraid to Jump.

In 8th grade, I spent most of my free time working on a lovely piece of sci-fi that ended up being 109 pages long.

In high school, I got several awards for my writing including a Golden State Award in Written Composition; and I was also declared the best in my year for 11th grade English.  In addition to that, my short stories were nominated “Story of the Month” three separate times in the now defunct Teen magazine.  I was also the head writer for my high school’s newspaper, the Clark Chronicle.

Straight out of high school, I wrote two original screenplays (The Answer is Always Bea and A Little Respect).  I also won the Editor’s Choice award from the International Library of Poetry for my poem “Another Degree of Nine” in 2004.

In 2006, I wrote several articles for The Pulse, a magazine that specializes in reporting on events happening at Comic Con.

Reporting for The Pulse

A Serious Reporter (Yes, thats me).

When I Got Serious About Writing

I had always dabbled in writing—short stories, poems, and articles mostly—but I had never considered doing it seriously until fairly recently.  Sure, I had been hired to “proofread” (i.e. write) some essays for fellow pupils when I was in high school, but that was pretty much the extent of my paid work.

However, in August of 2010, I decided to take the plunge.  And now here I am: A professional freelance writer!

I started out getting jobs from the usual places:

I spent my time writing articles, press releases, haikus, and short stories.  I also did some proofreading and copy-editing.

But then, in October of 2010, I got hired to work on this television show:

Champions of Champions Elite

"The Best of Muay Thai!"

I became the “Official Blogger” for Champions of Champions Elite.  (If you click that link, it will take you to my work).  I was also put in charge of their Official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

After my stint working for COC-Elite, I ended up doing more in the Combat Sports line of work.  I put my journalism skills to the test and interviewed Muay Thai fighters such as:


Roxy Balboa Richardson

Roxy and me




Goran doing an amazing kick

But I was soon picked up to do weekly articles/contributions for WP PRO BUSINESS.

WP Pro Business

wpPro Business

As it says on the website, “WP Pro Business is the creation of Adam W. Warner in partnership with a select team of professional WordPress power users.”  You should check it out.  My contributions can be found HERE.

In my spare time, I still accept orders from clients (maybe you?), work on my poetry and fiction, and create Squidoo lenses for fun!


I can be contacted for a free consultation for your project, or just to say “hi,” at littlezotz (at) gmail (dot) com.

For more about me personally, feel free to visit my Personal Blog.

For more about anything else, please visit my Official Webpage.

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


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