>Chinese Whisperings – an Anthology in which a friend is published


Everyone, I’d like to take a moment to plug something for a friend. Chinese Whisperings is an eclectic anthology of short stories that… well, it’s awesome. You need to check out the site to see what’s different. It’s totally awesome!

It’s really cool is that if you comment on the blog, you are entered in a drawing to win a free e-book copy of Red Book Reversed.

A dear friend of mine, NaNoWriMo’s own LousyWriter13 (known to his family as Rob Diaz) is this week’s featured author. You can check out the first installment of his story (an intriguing teaser, indeed) by moseying on over to the Chinese Whisperings blog. Rob’s slaved hard over this tale, enduring last-minute rewrites, waiting on pins and needles for his turn! Check it out! (I’d appreciate it… and I promise, you won’t be disappointed!



>You know, I was very amused by something in this post by The Rejecter:

It was a high amount for author royalties, too, something over a thousand dollars (which, by the way, the majority of authors will not see in a year).

So many of the people in the comments were talking about how little money that is. I think this is one thing being very poor has taught me; that’s a whole lot more money than many people think it is. I hear of “small” advances being only a couple of thousand.

Darlin, when you’re living below the federal poverty line? That’s not a small amount of money. It’s all about perspective. πŸ™‚

>How the mighty have fallen

>Miss Snark is retiring.

You heard right. Her Snarkiness will be no more.

One of the most frequently updated and amusing agent blogs is no more.

What brought this on? Burnout, I’d guess. For the past couple of months, very few people have asked any questions that aren’t completely stupid or already been answered. She’s answered them all, folks.

I think her last round on the COM is probably a big factor, as well. She took on too much. She probably also wants to continue running a successful agenting business, so to do so, she doesn’t need to be spending hours a day responding to her readers.

She will be missed.

I Love Miss Snark!

Image courtesy 101 Reasons to Stop Writing. Get one and spread the love.

>Soundtrack for HackerDragon

>I’ve got my soundtrack for Hacker Dragon. It’s an industrial techno compilation, mostly, and it serves my purposes perfectly. Edgy, a little discordant, even a little angry.

Tonight, once I’ve finished homework, (only two more weeks left in the quarter… looks like I’m going to manage all As again this go-round) I’m going to go in for a major push to do at least several pages on Nightblade.

In other news, this is an APB for all you writers out there: you should be terrified. Epiracy on the same level as the massive amounts of mp3 thefts has begun, and you should be aware of the phenomenon. Kristin from Pub Rants has more.

Please spread the word that this is unacceptable; encourage your friends and family NOT to download these ebooks; we writers exist on the fringe of livability; unlike musicians, a few downloads are DEFINITELY going to hurt us; every book downloaded is one not bought, one not paid for, which ultimately results in lower sales, and can continue until the publisher drops an author.

I encourage you to complain to esnips, and report every copyright-infringing ebook you find. If enough complaints are filed, maybe esnips will pull that category. At the very least, the more that are reported, that’ll keep their copyright department working overtime.

>Somebody thinks I’m special


Or at least worth interviewing. Sean Lindsay, author of 101 Reasons to Stop Writing asked me for my thoughts on NaNoWriMo, since he was apparently impressed by my feat of completing the challenge in 12 days.

In other news, I’m official. I’ve verified my novel, and now stand in the proud ranks of those with purple bars. Which means I get a shiny certificate to print out on my computer. And naturally, this spiffy cool icon that shows a guy in a diaper running with a pencil.

I REALLY wish they’d get a new mascot. Pencils have erasers, which should never be used in NaNoWriMo… no editing, remember? And yes, I know they’re running shorts, but it looks like a freaking diaper. Ah well. Go me.