So I got a new phone last week. A brand new touch screen Twitter/Facebook/Pandora-friendly smart phone to replace my beloved but ancient BlackBerry. Okay, maybe that old BlackBerry wasn’t the smartest phone on the market but it could do one thing that my high-end, app-heavy, super-duper EVO Shift cannot — adjust the font size of the email list. (I can make the body of the emails larger, but not the list.)
Now don’t get me wrong…I don’t need reading glasses or anything. With my “bare naked eye” I can see the dot on an i on that screen. But since childhood I’ve had abysmal distance vision; I couldn’t see your eye if you were were standing five feet in front of me and I wasn’t wearing contacts. But when I correct my distance vision, my close up vision gets blurred.
So you got that, right? I don’t need reading glasses. That would make me…old.
However, with this new phone and my contacts in, I spend half my life fishing for “magnifiers” (that I don’t really need) so I keep pairs of drugstore reading glasses everywhere, but still can never seem to find one when I want to check my email on the phone. I even bought one of those chain things to hang the glasses around my neck, prompting my daughter to say (and I am quoting directly): “Now you can look even more like an old lady.”
Sadly, they wouldn’t take her at the orphanage, no matter how I begged.
I have found, however, a simple solution. (For the eyesight problems, not the teenager.) If I wear regular distance glasses, all I need to do is look down below the lens and I can read the phone or anything right in front of my face perfectly. There’s only one problem: I am slightly vain.
Still, the convenience and ease of wearing glasses for distance and using my “naked eye” to read close up has tempted me to try the “hot for teacher” look. Or…not so hot. I need votes…
And speaking of a whole new look born of a visual challenge (and creative promotional seques)...my web site has a whole new look, too! There is a completely redesigned www.roxannestclaire.com and I hope you’ll check it out. Trust me, this new site posed a daunting dilemma! How do you create one cohesive brand/feel, but promote three different book genres? I write romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and young adult all under one name, so how could I appeal to all those different readers at one site? Which genre do I embrace? All? None? One on a cyclical basis?
My genius web designer came up with the idea of a branded landing page and “portals” to the three sites, all created using the same “footprint design” but with different colors and images to convey the mood and style of the books. I’m really happy with the new look — please check it out and let me know what you think.
And please weigh in on the final decision on the glasses. Yes or no?
We joke, but loss of vision isn’t funny. When I was in my twenties (which wasn’t so long ago, ahem), I volunteered to read to the blind through an organization called the National Federation for the Blind. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I’d like to give to that amazing group again. So, for every comment we get today, I will donate one dollar to the National Federation for the Blind!
Please comment on the glasses or the web site and help someone who can’t see. It’s very simple…click comment and don’t forget to say the magic words.