Shannon Stacey

A giveaway and holiday prep

I had a lot of fun answering some interview questions for Kat at Reader, I Created Him. Stop by and visit and you’ll not only find out which book I’m totally jealous I didn’t write, but see what else I’m up to and maybe win a print copy of Exclusively Yours!

I’ve been doing a little prep work for Christmas day. No, not putting up my tree or decking the halls (though I need to get on that pretty quick). I’ve been dragging and dropping files from the PC desktop into Dropbox. Whether we’ve been good enough to find a shiny new iMac under the tree will be a last minute decision for Santa but, just in case, I’ve been throwing anything I want to save into the cloud. That way, if there’s an Apple under my tree, I don’t have to mess around. I can yank that PC and be done with it.

I’ve been using Dropbox for a while. My work is there not only as backup, but because I can easily pick it up on another computer or any of my mobile gadgets. My Calibre library is stored there, both for backup and for easily picking up books on my phone. My printer isn’t wifi, so to print from my Macbook, I just drop the document in Dropbox, pick it up on the desktop and print. This is the first time I’m using it to move files from one computer to another, but it definitely makes the process faster and less stressful. (It’s files/documents only, so no programs, but if I get a new iMac, there aren’t any programs from the 7 yr old PC I want to take with me.)

Now all I have to do is cross my fingers Santa loves me this year. Oh, and put up my tree. And decorate it. And shop. And wrap. And…*thump*

Don’t forget to stop by Reader, I Created Him!

4 comments to “A giveaway and holiday prep”

  1. Kat Latham
      · December 12th, 2011 at 9:46 am · Link

    Thanks for answering all my nosy questions, Shannon!

    Dropbox sounds like a great program, and after my mild panic attack today as it looked like my USB had erased the chapter I slaved over all morning, I think I might put “Download Dropbox” on my to-do list over the holidays.

  2. Carin
      · December 12th, 2011 at 11:36 am · Link

    I’ve had “start using Calibre and Dropbox” on my to-do list since the kids went back to school in August. I really want to do it, but am a little intimidated about getting it all cooperating. I know, I know I just need to try it.

    Great interview!

  3. Shannon
      · December 12th, 2011 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Dropbox is so wonderful. And incredibly simple to download and get set up.

    Carin, you’ve probably seen Jane’s fabulous directions on Dear Author for creating your own cloud of ebooks with Calibre OPDS and Dropbox. I did kind of an abbreviated version because I was daunted by the directions. I directed Calibre to store my books in Dropbox, like it says…and that’s it. I do Kindle books, mostly, but if I want an ePub that I have in Calibre, I just pull it up in the Dropbox app and use “open in iBooks” and that’s it.

    Usually things sound daunting in a read-through, but once you’re doing it, it’s not so bad.

  4. azteclady
      · December 12th, 2011 at 6:02 pm · Link

    I must get better at using dropbox–and really get in gear about learning more about what my gadgets do and don’t do. Being a Luddite at heart doesn’t mean I can’t join the twenty first century, even if I’m a dozen years behind everyone else.

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