Help Make Zone2 Possible!

October 20, 2014

Hey looksee! A crowd funding opportunity for a woman produced and directed indie horror film. It’s called Zone 2 and you can read all about it here.

Who is involved in this project? Check it out: Sandra Leviton (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Miranda Sanjak (Final Destination, American Pie) and Linda Mulvey.

There aren’t enough opportunities for women in Hollywood. You can help get more by funding this project and you should because it’s going to be awesome!

And That Experiment Ends

October 8, 2014

I was going to spend the last two weeks blogging about PublishedAuthors.org but after reading it every day looking for stuff to blog about I decided I’d rather stab my eyes with a fork. Repeatedly.

I can’t imagine how anyone did it for months. Ugh. What a depressing, dreary place.

Bitter Betty Is Bitter

September 24, 2014

So Betty Fasig is still a little bit bitter over the one star review one of her stories got on Amazon.com:

Trolls do insidious damage.  All it take is a one sentence, one star review and no one will ever read  your book.  If you ask your friends to post for you, it is self aggrandizing.  But, the one star, one line, mindless review is there like the evil blot it was meant to be.  It cannot be removed even if your story is the end all be all of little stories.  You may as well delete the story from your list.
Love, Betty

Oh she is stilling grinding an ax about this review:

I have thought about even posting on this thread because of a one star review that I have gotten.  I believe the reviewer came from this forum….but I could never prove it.  If some one genuinely dislikes my stories, they could at least use their own name to write the review.  It is, also, hard for me to comprehend the hate it take to post a review saying they never read the book but wish to put up a one star review.
Love,
Betty

So you have a theory about a conspiracy but zero evidence? And why would someone use their real name knowing what a bunch of attack dogs you are? Also Betty, it’s not hate to put up a one star review anymore than it is love to put up a five star. It’s just a review.

The review? This:

Silly. Laborious – not a good read. Hard to get into and stay focussed. Not recommending this author. Not a good buy

Keep grinding that ax, Betty.

And Later, Shelagh adds:

LC once said that I was trolling … here! You’ve got to laugh, haven’t you? Laughing

Oh it’s funny alright. You are one who lets fellow forum members gang up on someone, allow lies and slander and you are too cowardly to ban anyone. To call you a troll is an insult to actual trolls everywhere.

This Is What Happens When You Believe

September 21, 2014

Buried in the long sob story thread is this:

Then our dear friend, Chris Turkel, tried to destroy the forum. We were slammed on his blog, where he copied and pasted whole threads and comments from this forum.

Ha ha, you are so cute! You still think I’m Alan Smithee.

This is, as the kids these days say, totes adorbs. This is actually my favorite part of the whole saga. Shelagh Watkins, author of Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, believes I was Alan Smithee. No matter what the evidence presented to her or the denials she believes I was Alan Smithee and when you are dealing with someone who believes there is are no arguing with someone so blind to the facts.

Alan Smithee got LC’s identity wrong and for a a long time I didn’t think Shelagh knew either so I called here “Rhonda” which is what Alan Smithee named her. It turned out I was wrong. Eh. If by any slim chance you are reading this LC, I knew your identity as soon as you posted your picture. We met twenty years ago briefly.

I also remember Shelagh getting all upset when Alan Smithee copied whole threads from her forum to comment on. I see that is still a sore spot with her. I’ll have to do that sometime and see if poor little Shelagh’s head explodes. Heh.

As for “trying to destroy your forum” well you and your half dozen regular posters are doing a fine of job that all by yourselves.

The Sob Story Bar at PublishedAuthors

September 18, 2014

Yes I know about it but, meh.

I could comment on it but again, meh.  It’s not worth my time and energy. I’ve seen this movie before.

Responding To Writer Beware

August 30, 2014

Yesterday Victoria Strauss Writer Beware posted an article where she talked about the surge in anti-AbsoluteWrite postings on various websites, including this humble blog, entitled “Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write”.

Let me start out by saying right upfront I don’t hate AbsoluteWrite.

Really, I don’t. When I talk to various writer’s groups I recommend AbsoluteWrite as a valuable resource because it is. My issues with AbsoluteWrite have nothing to do with the quality of the information that can be found there. AbsoluteWrite can be a valuable resource for writers, it is the granddaddy of them all.

Blogination is described as the work as an angry ex AbsoluteWrite member, which is interesting, since I am not angry at all about AW. I was banned from AW nine years ago. That’s a long time to hold a grudge and you know what? I have better things to do with my time with obsess over a single writing forum for nearly a decade.

On top of this, if it wasn’t for James Macdonald, aka “Uncle Jim”, I never would have gotten published. He alone is the price of admission, so to speak.

Writer Beware describes Blogination as having an “AbsoluteWrite Section”. I have a single page devoted to AbsoluteWrite. A single page

Also, I am very much pro Writer Beware. I have conversed via email with Victoria Strauss and the late Ann Crispin and have found them to be courteous and professional.

Lastly, Victoria describes the various blogs such as Absolute Blight thusly: “there’s substantial evidence that they’ve been set up by the same individual”. I’d like to see this evidence. For the record: Aside from commenting I have nothing to do with any of the sites linked to. I have enough problems keeping this blog up to date, never mind run a handful of others.

Since I have very little to do with any of those blogs, I can’t defend them. Nor will I try. There are times when they cross the line and I have let those blog owners know, Whether they listen to me or not is another story,

Finally to address why I have a page on AbsoluteWrite. The reason is simple. The owner of AbsoluteWrite is lying about who she is and does not have a business license for her forum. Go ahead, search the State of Washington Business Licensing Service for yourself. You’ll find her license expired several years ago and has not been renewed.

The analogy I use this is: If a plumber came to your house to do work for you and lies about his name and does not have a valid business license, would you hire them?

Of course you wouldn’t and that is the whole point.

Thank you for reading.

New Home For AbsoluteWrite Info

August 3, 2014

Forums Review has spun all the AbsoluteWrite stuff onto it’s own website. I had a pretty big role in outing Melodi Sherman aka “Macallister Stone” so I’m pretty happy this happened.

Check it out at Absolute Blight.

The Science Of The Solar System Mug

June 27, 2014

Two Months ago I started an online course, “The Science Of The Solar System”, taught by Mike Brown, aka “plutokiller“. Toward the end of the class one of the students made this mug. Pretty sweet!

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On The Farm

June 16, 2014

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Bradley Farm. Tilted look unintentional but cool.

In Which “MacAllister Stone” Takes The Bait

June 11, 2014

Last week I decided to put the idea that Mel Sherman and “MacAllister Stone” were the same person. Sure there is plenty of evidence but I thought some further proof would be nice.

I asked a friend to register at AbsoluteWrite, post some things the send Mel Sherman an email telling all the things we knew about her and MacAllister Stone. You can find Mel’s email address s\on her website.  We wanted to see what would happen. I’ll let Finley MacDonald take it from here.

The plan was to establish a connection between Mel and MacAllister so I registered at AbsoluteWrite as “finleymcgoo”. I registered from my blog owner’s house so my IP address would match their database. I wanted to make finding me easy.

I was accepted and began posting. I have some interest in sci-fi so I went to that forum and posted. The next day day I sent an email to Mel telling her I knew she was really MacAllister Stone and asking her if any of her friends actually knew her name. Pretty trollish. It was meant to get attention.

Hours passed and nothing happened. No replies, no bannings, nothing. I was beginning to think that everyone was wrong and that Mel had no connection to Mac. Then something funny happened. I asked someone on the fum a question but got no answer. I sent them a private message but got no response.

I moderate a forum so I am used to the trick moderators use. On a hunch I logged out and looked for my post. Nothing.  It was the oldest trick in the book! She didn’t ban me, she silenced me! Global ignore it was. Funny and also pretty petty. I emailed her telling her this but as of this writing (10:00 EST) I’m still not banned. 

So the theory was proved fact. Mel Sherman equals MacAllister Stone.

I still cannot believe Mel Sherman fell for such an obvious trick. Not only is she a liar and a raging hypocrite, she’s also petty and vindictive.

If you are trying to fool to people into thinking you are MacAllister Stone, you should be a little less obvious about it.

 


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