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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

Netflix – A poem

001TDATS001Hello, Netflix my old friend.
I’ve come to sit with you again.
Because of boredom softly creeping
And my ennui while not sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains…
If it’s available on Netflix.

With popcorn bag I watched alone
Walter White and River Song
Beneath the halo of my LCD
I sold my soul for all the TVs

As my eyes dried out while staring at the light
Throughout the night…
While watching Netflix.

In the New Releases I beheld
Yearned-for titles long withheld…
TV series seasons one through thirteen…
Superheroes superheroing…

And that one art-house film everyone must see,
Parts One through Three…
But only Two is on Netflix.

So now you build a VPN…
to bypass local restriction.

To see the shows that might reach you,
And the movies late at night meet you,
And you can fall back on Doctor Who for a spell…

…you might as well.
Because it’s all on Netflix.

And I will quite cheerfully pay
Less than ten bucks for unlimited play
So I can binge-watch until morning
The cunning scheme Heisenberg was forming

And catch up on the very latest from Westeros
From ten feet close…
Because it’s all…

…on Netflix.

THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

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Okay, break (or mourning period for my civil liberties under Stephen Harper) is over. Back to the blahg.

So, what topic to cover for my return to my own damn website?

Well, as this is supposed to be where I blahg about my writing and stuff…let’s talk about my writing! Continue reading THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

The Canada I Knew is Dead

blackFlagTonight, June 9th 2015, at approximately 5:36 pm I learned that Canada was dead.

Bill C-51, which I have spoken about previously was passed into law by the Canadian Senate, without amendment.

The bill, in part, grants espionage and police powers to CSIS, the Canadian KGB.  They may now monitor every phone, mobile phone, computer and smart device at will, without warrant, or oversight.

Likewise, they will be able to collect private information on Canadians and share that information with multiple agencies within Canada, as well as with foreign governments.

Police powers have been expanded to include warrantless searches of private property and a longer detention-without-charge period.

Criticism of Zionism and Israel, as well as lending moral or material support to the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Movement is now considered an arrestable offence, under the Hate Crimes provision of Canadian Law.

Any statement on any public or private online platform which can be in any way deemed as being sympathetic with terrorism is now an arrestable offence.

Police have more power to infiltrate “suspect” groups, which could be anything from BDS to Greenpeace, to Médcins Sans frontiers.

I do not know what to say right now, other than to say that I am in an absolute and total sense of shock.  I grew up in a country that was officially bilingual, multicultural, pluralistic…a country that was a world leader in diplomacy, the environment, Human rights, peacekeeping, science…

Canada is no longer any of those things.

And now, tonight, my freedom to even speak out about it is a crime.

Normally, I’d add a bunch of links to this post, as I’ve done in previous posts…but I don’t have the emotional will, tonight.  I’m posting this, because I genuinely feel I have to.  I’ll go back and add links later – assuming I don’t just find myself disappearing in the middle of the night.

I feel devastated, because the country I loved is dead.  I don’t recognize this place, anymore.

2016 SUMMER UPDATE: Superhero Movies SUCK

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo this week, Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit North American cinemas.  I am looking forward to seeing it So, I finally saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and I was disappointed.  

It is 2016, and I am reposting this, almost without effecting any major changes, simply because superhero/comic book movies over the last 20 years have become ubiquitously repetitive, formulaic, and almost consistently, unimaginatively, interchangeable.

I have enjoyed many – but not nearly all, in fact not even MOST – of the superhero movies that we’ve had over the last decade or so, but honestly it’s getting past the point of oversaturation.  

I really can’t wait for the trend to end, especially with the slate of really terrible DC films about to be shat out.  We all remember far too well how awful Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was, and I went in with great expectations because other than that movie about the slutty looking teenaged girls in the mental hospital, I’ve loved pretty much every Zack Snyder movie I’ve seen, especially the Watchmen. Continue reading 2016 SUMMER UPDATE: Superhero Movies SUCK

How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo, I’ve made little to no secret that I’ve been creatively constipated for months, because of personal struggles and, of course, because I’m working on the first draft of two (generally speaking) wholly new stories.

When writing new material, I often find this start-stop-start happens, especially when working with a completely new universe.  The first rule of new universes is to be very, very careful while exploring them.  Unfortunately, that leads to hesitation, which leads to self-doubt, which leads to second-guessing and obsessive micro-editing of everything I’ve previously written for that particular story, going forward and writing a paragraph or two, realizing I have no idea where to go from there, which leads back to hesitation.  So the cycle becomes recursive, leading to full-on writer’s block. Continue reading How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter