I’ve noticed in the several years I’ve been on twitter, and followed many writerly folk, that interactions have changed. Instead of us all sharing our experiences, new behaviors have taken shape. The only interaction you have with anyone is, “Hey, I have a book. Buy it now!” I don’t mind if you tell me you have a book. I’ve gotten some cool books from people I already liked on Twitter. What I mind is when you only try to sell me a book. Try to sell me a book. every. 5. seconds. When does slamming someone with advertising ever work? If someone asks you to doRead More →

  So, I love sending people articles I find (which is why I’m going to be adding more of those here) but I’m picky about how they look. I don’t share from feedly because it creates a big word regurgitation that no one will want to read. I like pocket, because it provides previews and I can even share quotes. But, even I recognize how ridiculous it is to send something to pocket only to find it and share it later. Let’s ease back on the OCD, shall we? And so I discovered this. It’s beautiful, neat, and it encourages others to go to theRead More →

In the last few months, though, I’ve started to feel a little discomfort. Writing is highly personal. I’m not saying I act out the risque scenes in my novels at all, but I do fill every sentence with a bit of my soul. And that, for me, is far more personal. Do I really want to deal with people being able to climb inside my head that way? Not people, reader people or other writers–they get it. But, say, those I come in contact with at work or who attend church with me.Read More →

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post. I’m not going to tell you which one because… okay, let me tell the story first. So, a post. I publish it and it’s not even about anything (as usual). It’s not even one of my posts that people occasionally find useful (like the one on Kindlefeeder, or The Hero’s Journey in Clash of the Titans, or some of the writing posts). The day after I published it, I caught a weird pingback in my spam filter. I get those all the time when I link to one of my older posts but this one wasn’tRead More →

I am running so late with these, you guys!  I have to be at work in a little over an hour, so I’m just throwing them up here. Look.  Laugh.  Appreciate the seriousness.  Take some blame.  Learn to share with your sister, damn it. The 15 Funniest Autocorrects from July by DamnYouAutoCorrect.com: This just makes me laugh until I scare people. An example: |Expletive| Cancer by xkcd.com (via the fabulous Jen Lawson): Cancer sucks.  And more things you didn’t know about it.  But you should. Au Revoir, Borders by Rachelle Gardner:  She basically takes all the blame for the Borders closings.  But, then, it’s my fault, too.Read More →

Bringing the visual and video funny and two useful and frugal articles. Comic Flowchart on How To Deal With Internet Arguments by Scott Beale (via Sonya Thomas and Lory Manrique-Hyland): A flow chart. So, if you do engage in the insanity of arguing online, you know what comes next. If Male Superheroes Posed Like Wonder Woman submitted by Rich Johnston on Bleeding Cool (via Jezebel and Mardou Ledger): Hilarious drawings of male superheroes, obviously, posed in the I’m-so-sexy-I’m-dangerous pose of Wonder Woman. Book Trailer for The Highlander Trilogy by Maya Banks made by Tessa Dare (via Gina Bernal): Okay, here’s the story. Maya Banks (website) bidRead More →

There was a time when “the Internet” was synonymous with anonymity. You’d read comments like: “Dude, it’s the internet. Who cares?” or “What difference does it make? It’s just the internet.” Usually this was in response to some outrageous bit of flaming or trolling. That world no longer exists. Nowadays, with Facebook, the ability to Google into anyone’s deep, dark past, and online privacy at war with companies’ desires to gather every personal bit of info so they can serve you better ads, we live under a microscope. People lose their jobs because of pictures someone else tagged them in. We check in with ourRead More →