Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author D.P. Prior Just Moved to Number 1 in my Avoidance List...Sigh

I recently blogged about a book by D.P. Prior, entitled Sword of the Archon/Cadman's Gambit.

I copy/paste my reviews as backups on several other places and one of them is Wordpress.
To my surprise, Prior commented on my review and said the following:

"D. P. Prior says:
This was on the product page when you downloaded the book:
“Originally published as Cadman’s Gambit, the third edition, now known as Sword of the Archon, features a new opening chapter, some restructuring of early scenes, and is now rendered in US English.”
It’s regrettable the title change sent you apoplectic.
Glad to be on your list. I’d sooner not encounter this level of vitriol in the future; sours my wine.
Be happy."

I allowed the comment on my Wordpress account because it really confirmed to me that Prior is one of the new breed of Indie authors, ie, thin skinned and expecting everyone to love and kiss their literary projects.

You know, I leave the authors alone. Why can't they leave me alone?

Here is the original Wordpress review/comment link if you care to verify:

I don't expect anything to come of this but I have screen captured his comment and plan to dissuade anyone I can from reading his books. He should have just left it alone and we'd both be happier.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Of the Bears & the Bees or "Nature Sucks"

Today while at work in the woods I ended up putting my hand right in the middle of a pile of bear poop. I am not shitting you.

Then, as if that wasn't enough "nature" for anyone, I also walked through a ground nest of yellow-jackets. This time of year they are cranky because they know winter is coming, so they do not have a live and let live attitude. They have a "you exist so I'm going to sting you and hurt you as much as possible" attitude. I was running for a good while trying to get away from them, let me tell you.

And to top things off and add insult to injury, I finished my book at lunchtime and had to resort to reading Walden by Thoreau. 5 pages of him rhapsodizing about Nature with a Capital "N" and waxing eloquent about the peerless beauty of Walden Pond in the Winter, once again with a Capital "W".

Lord, nobody deserves to have that shit shoveled at them after dealing with poop and stings. Not even me!

And it is only Wednesday.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Dr. Says "Don't Blink!"

Son of a gun! These Stone Angel episodes from Dr. Who always freak me out. And this particular one, oh man. Weeping Baby Angels. The idea is just horrific.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Juno - Free Email Problems?

I have been using Juno since the 90's. Not the same email address, sadly, as in my younger days I regularly created, used, discarded and  rinse & repeat email addresses like they were flapjacks.

I have kept the last couple the same for the past several years because I'm realizing how nice a stable email address can be, even as a backup.
However, in the last couple of months I have noticed that I am getting a LOT more of the "type in the captcha to prove you're not a bot" thing going on. I can understand if it happens once or twice a year, but multiple times a month?
I regularly change my password, I haven't been hacked and had autospam sent out and in fact, nothing that I can think of would warrant this.
Unless Juno wants to get rid of people using their free email by hassling them.

Now, just because I'm an evil, paranoid genius doesn't mean that THEY aren't out to get me. Remember that folks, it could save your life one day.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who Is My Neighbor?

Sometimes, your neighbor is NOT the stranger you see beaten on the side of the road who you help.

Sometimes your neighbor is actually your neighbor who locked themselves out of their car and their apartment. So you feed them, as they haven't eaten all day, give them a place to crash until AAA shows up and give them a sympathetic ear as they pour out their woes, because locking themselves out was just an end to an already horrible day.

I am not trying to toot my own horn here. Just reminding everyone that we ALL are going to be someone's neighbor at some point in our lives.