Works in Progress, Week Fifteen (and one day)

I’m late. I know. There’s been drama. It’s fairly localized drama, and it seems to be resolving, but it meant that I was dealing with OMGDRAMA and not writing. So it’s been a slow word week.


Blood Bound
Flesh and Blood, Book 1

70850 / 95000 (74.58%)


Bones of Earth
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 3

46587 / 95000 (49.04%)
And because it’s Thanksgiving week, it will be an even more slow word week, because I can’t write and cook at the same time.  I’m doing the Romance Writer’s Weekly webring again tomorrow, and there will be a recipe. (Moroccan Carrot Dip! 2 Smartpoints per 1/4 cup on WW!)


It’s not that I don’t want to write. Really, I want to sit down and do terrible things to my characters  write. But when things happen… well, sometimes the writing doesn’t.

Thankfully, I’m well ahead in chapters on Bones of Earth, and I’ve only got four and a half chapters left to write in Blood Bound. I’ll have Blood Bound finished on time in December (three and a half weeks to write four and a half chapters? Yeah, I can do that.) and then it’s planning until January 6th.  I’m hoping that the synopsis for John Zebedee and the Elf-King’s Son  (aka, next fall’s project) comes together quickly so that I can focus on Bones of Earth  and Wings of Air.  And figure out what I’m going to do on Patreon after I finish Heir to the Firstborn! Maybe it’s time to revisit either The Willow Sword or The Sea Prince (which, if you don’t know, are two projects of mine that I started and that stalled out.)

So that’s something that might just resemble a plan, if you squint. I’ll nail it down further later. Now, I’m off to go and try and get a few words in before bed.

And if that Carrot Dip up there looks good? Check out the blog tomorrow for the recipe!

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Yelling Down a Well.

I just sent this letter to Marco Rubio, our Republican Senator:

Hi, Marco. It’s me, one of your friendly neighborhood constituents. I’m at home in Lake Mary, and I have a question for you.

Have enough people died yet to make you change your mind on gun control? Or are you still so firmly in the NRAs pocket that having a five year old, a toddler, and a pregnant woman gunned down in CHURCH doesn’t even phase you?

You tweeted that you were praying for the victims. Doesn’t it strike you as just a bit hypocritical that you are praying for people who were at prayer when they were murdered? The name and the word of God was literally on their lips when they died. Is all you have to offer them your prayers? Or are you actually going to do something to stop this sort of atrocity from happening again?

How many more will have to die, Marco?

Do I think it will do anything?

Look at the title of this post.

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Serpents! Serpents!

If you’ve ever read Alice in Wonderland, you might get that reference. If you haven’t, or haven’t in a while, allow me to explain.

To quote Jefferson Airplane (back before they were a Starship), one will make you larger, and one will make you small. Sides of the mushroom, that is. And one side of the mushroom made Alice’s neck stretch so long that her head poked up through the trees and disturbed a pigeon:

`Serpent!’ screamed the Pigeon.

`I’m NOT a serpent!’ said Alice indignantly. `Let me alone!’

`Serpent, I say again!’ repeated the Pigeon, but in a more subdued tone, and added with a kind of sob, `I’ve tried every way, and nothing seems to suit them!’

`I haven’t the least idea what you’re talking about,’ said Alice.

`I’ve tried the roots of trees, and I’ve tried banks, and I’ve tried hedges,’ the Pigeon went on, without attending to her; `but those serpents! There’s no pleasing them!’

Alice was more and more puzzled, but she thought there was no use in saying anything more till the Pigeon had finished.

`As if it wasn’t trouble enough hatching the eggs,’ said the Pigeon; `but I must be on the look-out for serpents night and day! Why, I haven’t had a wink of sleep these three weeks!’

`I’m very sorry you’ve been annoyed,’ said Alice, who was beginning to see its meaning.

`And just as I’d taken the highest tree in the wood,’ continued the Pigeon, raising its voice to a shriek, `and just as I was thinking I should be free of them at last, they must needs come wriggling down from the sky! Ugh, Serpent!’ (Alice in Wonderland, chapter 5)

Okay, so why am I talking about children’s literature and/or snakes?

I’m not. Not really, anyway. I’m talking about that favorite pastime of people on the internet everywhere — jumping to conclusions based on insufficient data.

About a week or so ago, the word went out among independent and small press authors, warning about a website called Lendink.com. OMG, PIRATES!!!

Except they weren’t. I went to the site, took a look. Read the FAQ, checked out what they were about,and went “Oh. It’s a dating site for books.”  And before you ask, yes, Princes was up there.

The reason I’m not linking the site? It isn’t there any more. Because dozens of writers who did not bother to do their own research, or who did not understand how Amazon and Nook lending work, panicked. They swamped the hosting company for the website with DMCA notices, and the site was taken down.

Violet Blue talks more clearly than I can about this, in an article over on CNET.com. So I’m not really going in to what happened, or where the site came from, or who started it or why. Violet covers that nicely.

No, I’m on a bit of a rant here. Because one of my writing groups (a marketing group that I’m pretty sure is going to be my former writing group about twenty seconds after this goes live) was one of the sources of what Violet accurately calls a witch hunt.

When this broke, and people were panicking and yelling “OMG! Serpents! Pirates! Batten down the hatches and unleash the DMCA!” I pointed out that this was legal. That it was a legitimate use of Amazon and Nook lending capabilities, and it was in essence a lending library for ebooks. I wasn’t the only one pointing this out. We were ignored. We were told right off that we didn’t know what we were talking about. And one person even said that they wouldn’t want their books in a library anyway, because then no one would buy the book!

Right… that was the point when I stopped trying to make sense. I had better things to do than yell down a dry well.

When the Violet Blue article went live today, I posted it to the list. And the people who were the most vehement about how this was piracy?  Well, a couple of them are now asking what they can do to help get the site back up. And some of them… yeah…

Violet Blue has been dismissed as a shock-jock, as someone who is trying to get a rise out of people. She’s been denigrated (Little Violet? Really?), and her very accurate point that this has made indie and self-pub authors look bad is being dismissed out of hand. Even though there is a link to the Twitter thread on the subject, and the thread has been going on for days.

Look, people. I get it. Book piracy  on the internet is rampant. It costs us money. Yes, I know.

That doesn’t mean that just because it looks like a pirate, it IS. Do your research! Don’t trust that whoever is telling you that this is a pirate site know what they’re talking about!

After all, it might just be a kid who ate the wrong side of the mushroom

ETA: I just found out that the gentleman behind LendInk has been getting threatened. And so has his host company. THREATS???? For doing something that is perfectly legal? People, this is OBSCENE!

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Really, this can stop anytime now…

Yesterday was just a FESTIVAL of suck.

To start off with, the biopsy that was supposed to be done. by the breast specialist that my GYN INSISTED I see? Yeah, she doesn’t do that kind of biopsy. So she’s sending me to the facility that the initial radiologist wanted to send me to in the first place, the one my GYN WOULD NOT LET ME GO TO BECAUSE I HAD TO SEE THE BREAST SPECIALIST!!!!!

Do I even have to say that my GYN is FIRED?

Then, when I got home and had my head clear enough to pay bills, I discovered that my business credit card was apparently skimmed. Probably at the gas station, one of the few times I used it to get gas.

And the damn thing is that they used it to order CREDIT REPORTS! Not even mine — THEIR OWN! Experian now has the card locked out of their system, and is looking into what happened. My card has been stopped and I’ll be getting a new one.

God DAMN can this be over now?

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Orson Scott Card is a fine writer. I used to be a big fan of his, one of the people in the “WHERE IS THE NEXT ALVIN MAKER BOOK???” camp (and then he wrote it, and I wish he’d waited a little longer. But that is neither here nor there…)

Used to be. That’s the operative phrase.

These days, I wouldn’t buy an Orson Scott Card book if you held a gun to my head. Because I won’t put my coin in the pocket of a rampant homophobic who has gone on the record as saying that homosexuals should not have equal rights, and that homosexual acts should be  criminalized. Not only that, he has advocated overthrowing the government  of any nation (including the US!) that grants homosexuals equal rights, or that does not criminalize homosexual acts.

So I suppose it should come as no surprise that Card’s latest work is violently homophobic. What is that work, I hear you ask? Why,  a retelling of Hamlet, of course.  No, I’m not linking to the book. I will, however, link to the review.

Now, Mr. Alexander (the reviewer), says everything I would want to say, and says it far better than I could. To be honest, right now, I’m more at the stage of sputter…sputter… whiskey  tango FOXTROT???

And my reaction isn’t because Card wrote this. Anyone who is following along and playing Homophobic Bingo: the Home Game just maxed out their score. This is no surprise.

The surprise is that Subterranean Press published it. Subterranean is a boutique press — usually, they publish collectables and limited editions. The only reason I can think of that they would publish a piece of hateful dreck like this is that they KNOW there is a cash cow here. Card’s followers in the Mormon Church and the National Organization of Marriage will buy this book. Die-hard fans who don’t care that the man is a homophobic ass will buy this book. And the shit-storm that is going to arise on the blog-o-sphere because of the message in this book is going to fuel those sales.

But really, Subterranean, is that how you want to make your money? Really?

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School of Creative Writing. Is it a Scam?

It has been brought to my attention that one of my blog posts (one that I have since deleted) was copied whole cloth onto another website, along with a falsified Gravatar that made it look as if I had posted it myself. I have filed a DMCA notice with their hosting company, and the offending page has been removed. However, my name is still listed as being a writer connected with this site.

This is false.

I have no connection with the School of Creative Writing.  I have not submitted my writing to them, not have I ever posted any of my writing on their site. I am in no way affiliated with this so-called school. And quite frankly, I would be very suspicious of any creative writing school that resorts to stealing copy.

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Hypocrites and idiots abound…

By now, I think most people have heard about Judy Buranich, the high school English teacher who writes erotica under a penname, and who is being accused of everything up to and including pedophilia because of this. Personally, I think that the two women who are leading the charge against her are the fruit-loops here (one of whom admits to being a former student — wonder if Mrs. Buranich failed her or something?)

Something similar happened to me late last year. You see, I didn’t put the WHOLE story in that post. Later that same day, I was contacted by the school admins, who were FREAKING OUT about my talk. Despite the fact that the teachers told them that I said nothing untoward, and despite the fact that they had my website information and could have looked me up at any time, they had only just then looked at my blog and seen what exactly it was that I wrote. And they went ballistic. They were also not happy that I had the presence of mind to turn it around on them (You’ve had my information for a month. You’re only just looking at it now?) I’m lucky, thought. I don’t have a teaching career anymore that could have been jeopardized.

And now, today… there are groups now, over on LinkedIn. I found one for Authors and Writers, and I applied to join, sending them the requested information (professional credits and website). This morning, I was not only declined membership, I was blocked — I can’t even access the page anymore!

On the Groups site, the description of this group is: “This is a group for all serious and would-be Authors, Poets, and Writers, of all categories to mix, meet, and make friends.”

Really? I don’t think so.

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