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Month: March, 2013

My Twitter Rules

Twitter’s fun.  I’ve met a lot of interesting people with it, and it’s a constant source of interesting stuff.  But, my stream can get frightfully cluttered, and so I have to cull my following list occasionally.

The types of accounts I unfollow are usually:

  • Inactive – Tweet, damn you!  And do it more than once a month.
  • Incessant sales pushers – If all you do is tweet “buy my book!”, I really can’t be bothered with you.
  • Retweeters – Look, I love a good retweet as much as the next guy, but if all you do is retweet stuff and don’t actually engage me or anyone else, adios.

Of course there are other reasons too.  For example If I see #ASMSG in your tweet, I’m probably going to unfollow you – even if it’s a retweet.  I’ve had to block a number of people from that group because they’ve gone past being rude and pushy to just fucking annoying.

If you’re a “life coach” or a “mentor”, you can also fuck right off.  Same goes for anyone who tells me – not asks – to follow or like them or their page.  Be polite and you’ll go places.  Suggest your pages or products to me all you like, but if you get demanding, then it’s sideways with a rusty rake for you.

Rant over.  Move along.  Move along.

Sam

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Guest Post – Catherine Stovall

Next author on the block is Catherine Stovall. Isn’t she lovely?

Author Expose with 20 Questions – Hard, fast, random and possibly embarrassing

Hiya Catherine.  Come on up… watch your step there…  There.  Great to see you!  Now, before we begin, let’s just look at your vital stats for a minute…

Author name (just in case it’s different from what’s up there in the title of this post):

Catherine Stovall

Bio: – must include city & country, age, marital status/dependants – after that, it’s up to you:

I will not tell my stalkers where in Missouri that I live so you will have to suffice with Sandland, Missouri Untied States. Ummm… age… really? Do I have to? Sigh. Okay. I’m 32. Married to the love of my life with the three most wonderful demons ever born.

Latest release:

Reborn: Requiem of Humanity Series: Book 2 (Available in Print on April 12th

Current Work In Progress: (pick just one WIP please!)

  • Oh that’s hard. Ummm… okay stick with the trust series. I am working to complete Eternity: Requiem of Humanity Series: Book 3

If you could switch genders for a day, with whom would you do the deed?

Oh! Hmmm… Otep Shamaya. Lead singer of Otep. She’s my total girl crush.

And now the 20 questions…

1  Let’s start off with your writing style.  Plotter or Pantser?

I try to plot but it does no good. My characters are snots and they poison my plot bunnies and replace them with their own. 

2  And just how disciplined are you when it comes to your writing.  Do you set yourself goals for word-count or pages, that sort of thing?

 I set goals for word count, deadlines for completion and editing, and I make lots of list. This has resulted in 25 unfinished projects and lists of lists. I didn’t say I was good at being disciplined. 

3  Who does your cover art?

Alaskan artist, Christy Weber provided my cover for Stolen and Fearful Day. Another, private artist supplied the cover for Reborn

4  In twenty words or fewer, what do you think the future looks like for traditional publishers?

Traditional publishers are adapting, conforming, and redefining to include non-traditional methods. They certainly are not going anywhere. 

5  Now I know we all put a lot of ourselves into our novels, but I’m also curious about what we leave out.  Are there any aspects of yourself that you’d like to work into a character that you haven’t already?

I’d someday like to have a character that faces some of my very personal issues. I’d like to see more awareness about those who suffer from bi-polar issues and remain non-medicated.

6  What about the reverse?  Are there any experiences you give your characters that you’d love to try but haven’t yet?  Be honest – a “No comment” will result in me making something up, probably sexual.

My characters travel to some pretty amazing places. In the Requiem Series they hang out in Budapest at the Vajdahunyad castle. It is my dream that I will someday get to visit and touch the pen belonging to the Anonymous Statue.

7  I’m sick of reading about which authors writers admire.  What was the last book you just couldn’t finish & why?

Thirst by Christopher Pike. The nearly constant guy action type scenes and weird writing style simply made me want to scream.

8  Do you scrunch or fold?

Fold and then realize I don’t really want to be doing what I’m doing so then I scrunch it all in the dresser and say the heck with it. 

(I had to explain later to Catherine that I was referring to toilet paper.  I think I managed to make her blush.  Ed.)

9  Sorry about that.  Told you there’d be random questions in this thing.  Let’s get back to the types of books you read.  It’s pretty safe to say most writers read – either willingly or they force themselves – a variety of genres.  What about the styles in those genres?  I always have trouble reading first person, present tense.  Are there any styles you like more than others?

I can neither read nor write present tense. First person is okay but not my favourite. It really depends on the author’s capabilities to write in that style.

Okay here are a few hot-topic questions

10  Censorship.  Where do you stand?

Freedom of speech is a treasure to every author. However, censorship is not always bad. I do not want my children seeing or hearing some things. I can’t always monitor what they get their eyes and hands on because they are teens and I think general censorship assist me with my parental duties.

11  Some writers make their work DRM free so the files can be copied, traded, shared etc.  Some go bananas at the very idea.  How do you feel about it with relation to your own work?

My work is mine and if someone wants it for free they can talk to either my publisher or me to receive a review. I don’t do DRM free because let’s face it, eBooks are not that expensive and if you can pay for the internet service and equipment to be downloading free stuff, you should be able to spare a dollar to buy a book. 

12  Are there any trends in the lit/publishing world you hope will end soon?  If so, what are they?

The erotic content obsession in every genre. Even YA books are filled with multiple sex partners and highly sexual scenes anymore. Erotica is great if you are into that genre but to include it in everything is just not cool.

Let’s get back to some other random pieces and bits…

13  Have you ever read a book and wanted to slap the writer?  If so, what book, which writer, and why?

Oh this is going to get me in trouble. The entire Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. She has a wonderful ability to tell a story and unique ideas. At the point I realized that she was going to leave the plot and all the cool stuff as a backdrop for the unhealthy teen relationships and Bella’s whiney indecisive ways, I wanted to slap her stupid. Oh if she had only focused more on the events, I might have been able to really love those books. 

14  When I’ve finished a draft and have it ready for beta readers, I set them a set of parameters within which to work – find errors, point out bits they find repetitive or annoying, and most importantly of all, watch for breaks in characters (Sarah wouldn’t say that!).  And, I want it done within three weeks.  What sort of demands do you place on your betas?

I don’t use beta readers often. I occasionally send out a small section just for general reaction to what I’m writing because of my tendency to dip into very dark places. All, I want is to know from those select people is yes or no on if I have overstepped boundaries.

15  Have there been any scenes you’ve edited out because of a negative reaction from a beta, only to regret it once you released the work and got feedback from the public?

I deleted four paragraphs that detailed the SL550 from a scene in Stolen. I personally miss those paragraphs because the car is just amazing. 

16  We all joke about it, even though we could probably get in serious trouble if a real person thought we were basing a character on them, but have you ever given a character in your work traits from someone you know in real life?

I take volunteers. I love basing my characters off of real life people and they seem to enjoy being a bit of entertainment and inspiration for me. 

17  Don’t name the real-life person, but which character, in which book are you referring to?

Soborgne and Jenda’s first meeting in Stolen is based off the day I met my best friend of 27 years. Andras from the Requiem of Humanity Series is based on a friend as well. There are just too many. 

18  Where are you most ticklish?

Oh, everywhere. You can just threaten to tickle me and I will bust out laughing. 

19  We’re all selling ebooks, but as a reader, how do you feel about them compared to paper?

I really enjoy reading paper back more than eBooks. Nothing will ever beat the tangible book for me.

20  Once I start a book, I usually know within the first few pages if I’m going to keep reading.  If I do decide to stick with it, I’ll often stay up late or ignore all manner of pressing tasks, just to finish the book.

I called in sick one day to finish reading the Black Jewels Series by Anne Bishop. I know, I know. It is horrible but they are really good books. 

Wow!  Thanks Catherine!  It’s been great having you on the show.  Before we cut to a commercial break, where can people find you and your books?

Amazon

Untreed Reads

Twitter @CathStovall

FB

iBooks

Goodreads

Barnes & Noble

Thanks everyone!  You’ve been a great audience.  Good night!
Sam

Destruction On Four Legs

Soooo. Today we drove from Melbourne to Adelaide so Superwife and the Wonderkids could spend some Easter time with Babcia and Djadek (Grandma and Grandpa). I then flew back to Melbourne.

Long day. Upon my return after this long, long day, I found our new dog Poppy had broken in through the shut and wedged laundry door – trashing the kid/dog gate in the doorway and pushing aside the very heavy wood box we’d wedged against the door as extra security.

Outside and all over the house, I found:

From the front bathroom:
2 of the kids’ toothbrushes
1 tube of toothpaste
1 bath toy
1 hairbrush

From the main bathroom:
The bin and contents strewn all over the house
1 toilet brush

From the master bedroom:
1 Converse runner
1 pillow
(both intact, thank fuck.)

From and in the kitchen:
1 (now broken) plate
1 fruit stand, now leaning like the tower of pizza and fruit scattered here there and everywhere.
1 plastic drink bottle that HAD BEEN IN THE SINK! – now chewed beyond repair.
2 puddles on the tiles (Christ, I LOVE having tiles)

From Miss3’s bedroom:
1 fluffy toy

From the recycling pile
1 newspaper
several works of art from the Wonderkids’ craft the day before (yes they were going in the bin anyway, but still…)

In the spare room:
1 pile of shit – I swear it was a fucking mountain.

There might be more but it’s dark outside and I can’t face any more tonight. I swear, if I was drinking these days, I’d toast her wickedness and my consternation. As soon as I can, I’m hitting the hardware store for a fucking deadbolt to that laundry door.

Sam

PS:…
I also found:
1 pack of baby wipes,
1 bread bag (possibly from the recycling???)
2 more fluffy toys – both slobbered, but otherwise intact,
1 hand-towel,
1 spatula from the kitchen bench.

Guest Spot – Author, Sinead MacDughlas

Next author on the block is Sinead MacDughlas.  Give her a round of applause folks…

Author Expose with 20 Questions – Hard, fast, random and possibly embarrassing

G’day Sinead.  Thanks for dropping by.  Now, sign here and we’ve got you for life, tee hee…

Author name (just in case it’s different from what’s up there in the title of this post):

Sinead MacDughlas

Bio: – must include city & country, age, marital status/dependants – after that, it’s up to you:

Greater Toronto Area, (yes, that’s a total cheat), Canada, 42, married, two children: Miss Monkey and Mr. Monster and one 13 yr old cat/editor, Gunnar. Wait! I think I’m technically a dependent of the cat. Coffee addict, devourer of cheese, dry red wine, chocolate and words. (Yes, I eat them often). Enemy of punctuation, bane of editors, friend to just about anyone descent.

Latest release:

Best Served Bloody – A Halloween Novelette.

When thirty-eight year old Jess Green tries to start a new life in a tiny Ontario village, far away from the mad world, she learns that madness will always find her. Eleven spirits, most of them victims of one insidious murderer, inhabit the old house she bought. Until they have retribution for their deaths, they’re trapped between the mortal plane and the afterlife. Jess is their only hope.

Murder is unforgivable, guilt is inflexible, escape is impossible — and revenge is a dish Best Served Bloody.

Current Work In Progress: (pick just one WIP please!)

Really? Just one? Okay, um … Given The Moon.

Crap! I don’t think I’ve announced the title until now! This novella/novelette/novel? is a follow-up (I hesitate to call it a sequel) to Learn To Love Me. Alex is secretly preparing to give the love of his life an ultimatum. My heroine’s career as an author is just getting started, but her secrets threaten everything. Zander is getting horrible headaches, along with a flood of strange and sometimes terrifying emotions. He’s afraid of what might happen if he tells anyone. That’s about all I’m willing to spill at this point. ;P

If you could assassinate a world leader (without fear of being caught and prosecuted) who would it be?

Wow. Is it really horrible that I don’t really follow politics anywhere? *runs off to google current world leaders list*

Well, that didn’t help. Could I just take them all out at once and let the world start fresh?

And now the 20 questions…

1  Let’s start off with your writing style.  Plotter or Pantser?

I like to say recovering pantser, but really my plotting consists of an outline that the muses throw around like a rag doll. So … Pantser-with-a-plan?

2  And just how disciplined are you when it comes to your writing.  Do you set yourself goals for word-count or pages, that sort of thing?

I’m just not. I try to set goals and deadlines, I really do. I’m just really horrible at sticking to any schedule.

3  Who does your cover art?

I’m blessed with two fabulous cover artists.

Dave J. Ford (https://www.facebook.com/PrintsbyDave)

and

Rue Volley from Vivid Book Designs (http://vividbookdesigns.webeden.co.uk/)

4  In twenty words or fewer, what do you think the future looks like for traditional publishers?

Increasingly difficult to stay in business, unless they adapt more rapidly.

5  Now I know we all put a lot of ourselves into our novels, but I’m also curious about what we leave out.  Are there any aspects of yourself that you’d like to work into a character that you haven’t already?

It might be interesting to write a character with lists of lofty goals, but no time or resources to complete more than a quarter of them. A character who makes to-do lists, and then has to make a list to prioritize the to-do lists. They would lose all of their lists and have to make new ones, only to find the originals and get them mixed up.  I want to be organized, but I’m hopelessly scatter-brained.

6  What about the reverse?  Are there any experiences you give your characters that you’d love to try but haven’t yet?  Be honest – a “No comment” will result in me making something up, probably sexual.

Yours would probably be more fun!  (Aww shucks! ed.)   I would love to be able to think of the perfect thing to say at just the right moment. Many of my characters can do that. I usually think of that perfect comment or come-back hours after the moment has passed.

7  I’m sick of reading about which authors writers admire.  What was the last book you just couldn’t finish & why?

Moby Dick, and on the twelfth attempt. Why? Well, I scoot along just fine until they start repairing nets and then I kind of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Yeah, like that.

8  Which way does the toilet paper roll go in your bathroom – paper out or paper in?

Over and out, always. I’ve even been known to change it when I go somewhere. It’s almost an obsession.

9  Sorry about that.  Told you there’d be random questions in this thing.  Let’s get back to the types of books you read.  It’s pretty safe to say most writers read – either willingly or they force themselves – a variety of genres.  What about the styles in those genres?  I always have trouble reading first person, present tense.  Are there any styles you like more than others?

First person, present is brutal for me! It takes me three or four chapters to get past it and enjoy the book. I prefer to read third person, past. Oddly, I prefer to write in first person, past tense. The rest depends on my mood.

Okay here are a few hot-topic questions

10  Censorship.  Where do you stand?

Ugh! Tough question! As a mother I want to censor the shit out of everything, but as an author it’s the tool of evil. I always end up on the side of freedom of expression, in the end, no matter how repugnant the expression.

11  Some writers make their work DRM free so the files can be copied, traded, shared etc.  Some go bananas at the very idea.  How do you feel about it with relation to your own work?

I’m all for DRM, but not because I don’t trust Joe or Jane Reader. It’s piracy that makes me go bat-shit crazy. If someone wants my hours of emotional, physical and mental stress for free, they could ask. I have one ebook, The Unscheduled Stops, that would always be free, if I could figure out how to make it so.

12  Are there any trends in the lit/publishing world you hope will end soon?  If so, what are they?

Phoney reviews. Especially those that are negative and not constructive. If you have nothing better to do, than write a fake, negative review, you are a pitiful human being.  I’m not saying that real negative reviews are bad. If you feel the compelling need to let the world know that you didn’t like it, try to give at least some kind of reason why you didn’t 

Let’s get back to some other random pieces and bits…

13  Have you ever read a book and wanted to slap the writer?  If so, what book, which writer, and why?

I have. I can’t remember the name or the author, honestly. I may have blocked it from my memory.  It was years ago, and it was so bad that I hurled it into a woodstove in full flame. That is the only time I’ve ever burned a book. It was a perverted attempt at a romantic drama, terribly written and full of typos and grammatical errors. I couldn’t believe a known publisher would put their name on it, but there was a logo on the spine. Penguin Books, I believe, though I could be wrong.

14  When I’ve finished a draft and have it ready for beta readers, I set them a set of parameters within which to work – find errors, point out bits they find repetitive or annoying, and most importantly of all, watch for breaks in characters (Sarah wouldn’t say that!).  And, I want it done within three weeks.  What sort of demands do you place on your betas?

Only four: 1. Mark anything that bothers you. 2. Be brutal. 3. Be honest. 4. Tell me why it bothered you.

15  Have there been any scenes you’ve edited out because of a negative reaction from a beta, only to regret it once you released the work and got feedback from the public?

Not yet. I almost deleted the graphic scene in Chapter 3 of Learn To Love Me, but chose to keep it in the end.

16  We all joke about it, even though we could probably get in serious trouble if a real person thought we were basing a character on them, but have you ever given a character in your work traits from someone you know in real life?

All. The. Time.  I think every character I’ve ever written is a mash-up of people I’ve known, met, or just observed in real life.

17  Don’t name the real-life person, but which character in, in which book are you referring to?

Specifically? Emily is a compilation of every strong woman I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, for one.

18  What kind of “music” makes you want to take an axe to the radio?

Rap.

19  We’re all selling ebooks, but as a reader, how do you feel about them compared to paper?

I resisted eBooks for a long time, but once I got my Kindle, my whole world changed. I still love the weight, smell and feel of an honest-to-goodness paperback, but my house is much less cluttered without the overflowing bookshelves and travelling is less back-breaking. I also love the instant gratification factor. If I want to read a book, I no longer have to wait for shipping, or the chance to slip away to the nearest bookstore. It’s also much easier to handle a Kindle in a freezer baggie, while having a lovely soak in the tub, than juggling a paperback. I still order the paperback copies any book I know I’ll re-read multiple times, though.

20  Once I start a book, I usually know within the first few pages if I’m going to keep reading.  If I do decide to stick with it, I’ll often stay up late or ignore all manner of pressing tasks, just to finish the book.

Everything. I once read a series of books over three days and didn’t move from my bed for anything but coffee and bathroom breaks, and then the book I had in my hand went with me.

See?  That wasn’t so bad now, was it?  Keep that dry for a few hours and call me in the morning.  Now, before you go, where can we find you and your books?

Amazon

Twitter @SinMacD

FB

G+

Blog

Goodreads

Webpage

Now go get back to work.
Ye’sir! Write (groan!) now! ;P

Sam

Guest Spot – Author, Theresa Stoddard

Author guest spots on blogs.  We’ve all done them, and most of us with blogs like hosting them.  Here’s my version.  I’m starting off with some lovely (though sometimes quite mad) friends I know through social media.

Author Expose with 20 Questions – Hard, fast, random and possibly embarrassing

Hi Theresa.  Great to have you here.  Now, before we get into the meaty stuff, let’s get the formalities out of the way.

 Author name (just in case it’s different from what’s up there in the title of this post):

T.R. Stoddard

Bio: – must include city & country, age, marital status/dependants – after that, it’s up to you:

Am I filling out an interview or my taxes? Orlando, Fl, US, LTR, Harry PAWter (a lovely rescue American Eskimo mix).

Latest release:

Finding Sanity. It just came out in paperback, actually. *wiggles eyebrows*

Synopsis: Waking up in solitary confinement is never fun for anyone, and Randall is no exception. He is subjected to relive crucial moments from his past until he finds himself out on his own, free. Deciphering what is real vs. fantasy is half the fun. He finds new love, but as always an old flame complicates things. His reality and fantasy worlds collide putting him in a very compromising position. Can he make it out with his relationships intact?

Current Work In Progress: (pick just one WIP please!)

The W in WIP clearly stands for WORKS. How can I pick one? Alright, alright. I’ll play nice. Aluria: The Prophecy is the closes to completion.

About ATP: Sixteen year old Skye Daria Stone is on the run from her problems when falls down the proverbial rabbit hole. Through an impromptu boat ride on a magical river, she finds herself transported to an unfamiliar land. The Alurian people are forced to live in hiding underground and need her help to save their world. Skye is the one from their prophecies, and she is the only hope to defeat Lord Furgsion.

Lord Furgison, a ruthless dictator set on destroying the Utopian Alurians, controls a physical representation of the seven deadly sins. Greed, Anger, Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Envy and Lust aren’t all that answer to his malevolent call. At every turn, a creature influenced by his evil tries to cut the journey short.

Pizza – with or without anchovies?

Without. Let’s just stick to the cheese, please. If I’m feeling adventurous, throw me the Hawaiian!

And now the 20 questions…

1  Let’s start off with your writing style.  Plotter or Pantser?

I’m a pantser. I write and my characters take the reins. They tend not to get cocky, because they know I’ll kill them if they lead me astray.

2  And just how disciplined are you when it comes to your writing.  Do you set yourself goals for word-count or pages, that sort of thing?

I am rebellious. Thus I rebel against anything set. No, myself, I won’t write so many words. I tend to write and if I am in a good spot, I can write indefinitely.

3  Who does your cover art?

Karabeth, my publisher has taken care of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell covers, and Catherine Stovall created a lovely stand-in cover for Dark Hearts for which I am currently seeking representation.

4  In twenty words or fewer, what do you think the future looks like for traditional publishers?

Traditional publishing will hold true. Indies will grow, but won’t kill the big six.

5  Now I know we all put a lot of ourselves into our novels, but I’m also curious about what we leave out.  Are there any aspects of yourself that you’d like to work into a character that you haven’t already?

I find fiction is more interesting than anything I could lace into my characters. They tend to not believe in god, they get that from me.

6  What about the reverse?  Are there any experiences you give your characters that you’d love to try but haven’t yet?  Be honest – a “No comment” will result in me making something up, probably sexual.

My characters are pretty bad people, so I might be better off with a crazy scenario. One of my characters finds out she’s a witch, that’d be cool.

7  I’m sick of reading about which authors writers admire.  What was the last book you just couldn’t finish & why?

Are we getting down to the nitty-gritty and naming names? Good. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I wanted to love it. I tried to read it, I was bored to death!

8  Who is your celebrity crush right now?

Zooey Deschanel and Alexander Skarsgard. The former is only in a universe where I’m a lesbian. If I were, she’s my total first pick followed by Lily Allen.

9  Sorry about that.  Told you there’d be random questions in this thing.  Let’s get back to the types of books you read.  It’s pretty safe to say most writers read – either willingly or they force themselves – a variety of genres.  What about the styles in those genres?  I always have trouble reading first person, present tense.  Are there any styles you like more than others?

As long as a story hooks me in the first few pages, they’ve got me. I don’t care if it’s a 73 year old transvestite bodybuilder, actually that sounds pretty interesting. You get the gist, interest me and that is the best style.

Okay here are a few hot-topic questions.

10  Censorship.  Where do you stand?

Don’t fucking censor me, bitch. Unless it’s a word I don’t like…then I’ll censor the f*ck out of you.

11  Some writers make their work DRM free so the files can be copied, traded, shared etc.  Some go bananas at the very idea.  How do you feel about it with relation to your own work?

It’s my precioussssssssss. But in all seriousness, pay for it or ask me for a review copy. I don’t like this free love stuff when I get none of it.

12  Are there any trends in the lit/publishing world you hope will end soon?  If so, what are they?

50 shades of etc. Get over it. Mom porn is sooooo trendy. This is worse than sparkly vamps.

Let’s get back to some other random pieces and bits.

13  Have you ever read a book and wanted to slap the writer?  If so, what book, which writer, and why?

I would slap J.K. for The Causal Vacancy and ask her how she could create such a captivating series and then write such a droll piece. Seriously. I forced myself to the four chapter mark kicking and screaming.

14  When I’ve finished a draft and have it ready for beta readers, I set them a set of parameters within which to work – find errors, point out bits they find repetitive or annoying, and most importantly of all, watch for breaks in characters (Sarah wouldn’t say that!).  And, I want it done within three weeks.  What sort of demands do you place on your betas?

It is different for the individual betas. If I told you, I’d have to kill you…or make you a beta.

15  Have there been any scenes you’ve edited out because of a negative reaction from a beta, only to regret it once you released the work and got feedback from the public?

No. If I really want something,screw everyone else. Betas are suggestions, not rules.

16  We all joke about it, even though we could probably get in serious trouble if a real person thought we were basing a character on them, but have you ever given a character in your work traits from someone you know in real life?

I don’t have a living character that is based off of someone, but I do have one in mind.

17  Don’t name the real-life person, but which character in, in which book are you referring to?

You’ll know when the character comes to life, but of course you won’t know who. Or you’ll know who it’s based on, but won’t know the character.

18  What’s your most annoying habit?

When I write and I think it’s something very interesting, I will keep sending you snippets whether or not you ask me to. You literally have to say “Theresa stop sending me that.” And even then I’ll probably send a couple other segments assuring that they’re “really good!”

19  We’re all selling ebooks, but as a reader, how do you feel about them compared to paper?

I do love the convenience of ebooks, but often times I feel the longing for a good paperback. Sometimes I put off reading anything because I don’t have a nice “real” book to pick up.

20  Once I start a book, I usually know within the first few pages if I’m going to keep reading.  If I do decide to stick with it, I’ll often stay up late or ignore all manner of pressing tasks, just to finish the book.

What’s the worst thing you’ve put off because you were too busy reading? The normal things: sleep, eating, cleaning, spending time with loved ones, writing, I’ll pretty much put anything off for an amazing book.

There.  All done now.  Have a lollypop.  Now, before you go, where can we find you and your books?

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/T.R.-Stoddard/e/B008AK3YSW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/TRStoddard

FB:

https://www.facebook.com/T.R.Stoddard

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Gandhi On Two Wheels

I get that there are a lot of annoying road-users out there who flaunt the rules.  Taxi drivers, truck drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists all number pretty high in the could-do-better department, but then so too do many car drivers.  It’s a shame that for every one of the road-users I mentioned with the F’s on their report cards, there are hundreds, if not thousands more that are law-abiding and don’t deserve to be treated any differently than the average Joe Commuter.  I ride a bike and like to think I’m one of them.

I wear reflective gear.  I have lights on the front and back of my bike.  I obey the road rules by indicating when I’m turning and changing lanes.  I don’t go against red lights or zip from the footpath to the road and back when it suits me just to get ahead of traffic.

And, even though I may look like a dork, I wear my GoPro camera mounted on my helmet.  Now the footage I caught is probably not enough to get the driver of the Silver Prado (Rego number THU 333) more than a caution, but it certainly made her think about what she did.  What you don’t see after this brief video ends, is me pulling out in front of the Prado while it was stopped at a pedestrian crossing, and informing the driver that I’d caught her on camera and was calling the police.  There was quite a bit of fragrant language from her at that point, and when I wouldn’t engage her in a screaming match, she started in on some passers-by.  While I called the police, she then parked in a vacant spot, got out and did a bit more yelling.  I stayed pretty well clear of her, though did keep the camera on my helmet running – I’m not posting that footage…  yet.

I guess because nobody was hurt, and there was no physical confrontation – though she was very loud – the cops didn’t show, not that I really minded.  She overtook me so dangerously because she was impatient.  Obviously time was an important factor.  What could be more frustrating to her right then and there than to be held up for an hour when she was already in a hurry?

I wasn’t violent.  I didn’t threaten her.  I just made her wait.

I could have thrown something at her vehicle, as I’ve known other cyclists and motorcyclists to do (bolts are a common favourite), but I didn’t.  If, as I’m sure it will, this kind of thing happens again, I’ll react the same way:  passively.  The extra chunk taken out the impatient driver’s already precious time will hurt far more than a ticking-off from Mr Plod, and certainly more than allowing myself to be the aggressor which would also make me the bad guy.

Sam

One Star To Snow White And The Huntsman – And It Didn’t Deserve That Much.

So last night Superwife and I watched Snow White and the Huntsman on dvd. That, my friends, was almost as big a let-down as Prometheus. What ridiculous casting. Even Theron’s performance was forced and wooden. She should stick to playing crazed lesbian serial killers. Stewart’s ridiculous display of her single expression through the entire move was fucking awful.

The screenplay seemed to suffer from the “shit this is boring, I need to liven it up a bit so I’ll add a troll or a dragon or something” complex. If they’d spent half the money they did on the special effects for the troll, on actually coaxing better performances out of the cast – except Bob Hoskins, who was brilliant as always – I might have been able to give it an extra star.

And, the real nail in the film’s coffin was during the entire film, I was constantly wondering in what fucking universe could Stewart be considered more beautiful than Theron? Shtoopid. 1 star.

Sam