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How to Make An Awesome Burrito: Advice From a Writer

Everyone should know how to make one good MRE, which, as those of you who have served in the military (Thank You) will attest, stands for Meal(s), Ready to Eat.

As I now have a good-paying day job, (see previous post) I decided I needed a nutritious, delicious, quick-grab, fast-response meal for lunches, and suppers…pretty much like I have, every time I’ve had a job, since and before my divorce. Continue reading How to Make An Awesome Burrito: Advice From a Writer

So how it works in Quebec is…

…Separatists, Anti-Anglophone militants and Islamophobes believe they have the right to silence anyone who disagrees with them.  I believe I have the right to freely express my opinion, especially on such a contentious issue as this one.

My opinion is, that a park named in honour of those brave Canadian men, many from Outremont, who fought and died or were wounded at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, deserve to keep the park in their name.

Their opinion is that an elitist millionaire, racist and separatist who attempted to break up Canada deserves to have Vimy Park renamed in his more than dubious honour.

I made a comparison that the likes of him having a park renamed in his memory over that of Our Honored War Dead was equivalent renaming a park to honour an imbecilic murderer and failed assassin.

Of course, Quebec’s militant separatists, anti-Anglophone bigots, and general sanctimonious self-entitled rabble rousers caused a massive, imbecilic flame war on Twitter, in which I was repeatedly -and laughably – labeled a racist, and demonstrated what racism really looks like in Quebec.

The following images are my response.

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Why KDP Select is Bad

Among my o424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nf-late all too infrequent posts, I have been giving loose updates about experimenting with Amazon’s KDP Select initiative.

According to Amazon’s too-good-to-be-true KDP Select promotional page, authors enrolled in the programme can “Earn higher royalties, Maximize your book’s sales potential”, and “Reach a new audience,”all in exchange for making your enrolled titles AMAZON KINDLE EXCLUSIVE for an “enrollment period” of 3 months, which renews automatically unless you go through the steps to make sure that the book is only re-enrolled at your behest.  But that, like much of KDP Select, only becomes evident after you enroll.

Even going through their broad, devoid-of-details 3 Question Long FAQ’s at the bottom of the page, it becomes obvious that while Amazon are touting the supposed benefits of KDP Select, they most certainly aren’t giving you any real information:

FAQ

Apparently, the least-asked question is, “How well does it pay?”

 Clicking on the “For more FAQs” link leads to a page that just re-hashes everything in the image above, only in more elaborate detail and just enough doublespeak to obfuscate the fact that they ain’t giving you all the fucking facts

However, having read many a blog article by many a successful author, I decided to have another go at KDP Select – after an early gamble years ago when I first published online.

I decided, as Kindle exclusivity would shut me out of 1/3 of the eBook market, not to cut my nose of to spite my face and make all my titles part of the KDP Select stable for a full quarter-year.  That made the chapter books from Chronicles of the Aeons War the ideal test subject for the KDP Select Experiment.

Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nIt’s no shock to anyone involved in eBooks – buying, selling or writing them – that Amazon.com owns the lion’s share of the business.

Not content with market dominance, however, it does seem like they are doing their utmost to crush their competition by any means necessary. Continue reading Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought