I used to have a dog blog when I had foster dogs. Unfortunately, a change in the condo rules means no new fosters. Since we live in East Texas there is a crying need for dog foster homes right now (post-Harvey and the horrible destruction in and around Houston) and it makes me sad we … Continue reading McKinley Writes
Huh? Whuzzat? Ennea-what? The enneagram is a model of human consciousness understood as a classification of nine interconnected personality types. I first learned about the Enneagram from an educational psychologist (Herb Pearce—the Enneagram Man—and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Power of the Enneagram) who used this knowledge in his work. In fact, … Continue reading Making the Enneagram Work for You as a Writer
I've written a bit for The Next Chapter, a feature of the East Texas Writers Guild. This is a screen capture of the February 2017 issue. This is a very active writers group and I highly recommend it. Scarlett has since gone on her a rural abode, far more her style. And with changes … Continue reading The Next Chapter
What do you mean by that? Disabled people? Most communities of individuals labeled "disabled" would rather be considered differently able. When my daughter was in a wheelchair the para/quad community informed me it was not an electric chair. Ted Bundy got the electric chair. My kid (and they) had power chairs. What about those deaf and dumb people? … Continue reading Writing Differently Able Characters
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