The animals in our lives often comprise the best of us. They are our companions on trips around the sun, far too often pre-deceasing us and leaving us bereft. Why do we miss our pals so much? They provide us with uncomplicated relationships. They are not in contention with us about who will do the … Continue reading The Best of Us
For authors who follow this blog, this is an important issue.
On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.
The Kindle Store is officially broken.
This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.
Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.
I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.
Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…
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Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers. Christopher Jon Heuer, Editor. 198 pages. 5.25 x 8 trade paperback. ISBN: 978-1-941960-08-0 $22.00 Publication date: October 15, 2017 Preorder your copy now (with FREE shipping) and get it by mid-September! (For international orders and PayPal users, please use this link instead.) … Continue reading Tripping the Tale Fantastic
I used to blog a great deal about hearing loss. Haven't done so in a couple of years. At times it feels as if I'm simply saying the same thing over and over, so why bother? I can't remember a time I didn't experience hearing loss. In fact, I don't understand how the hearies of … Continue reading Writing as a Deafie
Link to East Texas Writers Guild If you are a writer and are interested in learning more about the field of writing, this is an excellent one day workshop opportunity in East Texas. The East Texas Writers Guild is an active and involved group with a philosophy that a rising tide raises all boats.
Fairbanks, Alaska gives new meaning to the word cold. The winter of 1989 still numbs my mind. There was, I thought, a distinct possibility I’d been transplanted to the McMurdo Station on Ross Island in Antarctica while I was asleep. Only at the time, McMurdo was experiencing balmy weather in the 50’s since it was … Continue reading The Fate of a Rubber Bumper at -55°F
I've been a photoblogger for years. I'm an iPhone photography addict and have managed iPhonePhotoMaven since 2012. The free site is running out of space, and it's time to move it despite having over 500 followers. I'm going to post this there, and maybe they'll move to the new MJPhoto blog that is barely set … Continue reading Something Extra