Frog and Esther Jones

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An Indie Author Deliberately Tries To Skew Amazon With The Help Of His Friends.

Marketing. It’s the doom of all of us.  Oh, there’s a hundred and one books out there about how to use social media to market your books.  Facebook’s crap for it.  Twitter doesn’t lead to sales, because it’s too short a form.  And Goodreads groups have taken to creating spaces for authors to dump their promotional…

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Haters gonna hate

Rant time. Jesus fuck, people.  Just relax for a second.  We’re all going to be OK. It’s true.  There are some haters out there who have gotten on the internet and said bad things about The Force Awakens.  Since 99.9% of the world shares my opinion that this movie is (a) awesome, and (b) a…

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A Muslim Refugee Might Kill Me, and That’s OK.

Let’s start with this:  every religion has had followers who believe that God demands the murder of anyone who does not follow their particular overzealous brand of that religion. Christianity not only included, but especially.  There’s a good millenium of history where the most murderous fanatics around were, in fact, Christian.  Doesn’t mean all Christians are…

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Why do I not have more diversity in my books?

Some background, first:  Growing up, everyone around me was white like me. That statement is not literally true.  The small, rural town of Colfax, Washington actually contained Asians, Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, Indians, and Arabs.  Not in large concentrations, but they were there.  Hell, they were within one grade level of me at school. But…

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On War

I hate doing things as a simple meme post.  The world is so much more complicated than that. The attacks in Paris were a physical set of attacks made against a NATO country.  We here in America have sworn mutual defense with France, and so these attacks may as well have been made against us…

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On Finding Some Common Ground

Ladies and Gentlemen of America, I have a news flash for you.  The Constitution Is.  It exists, it is interpreted by the Supreme Court, and nothing short of a Constitutional Amendment is going to change that.  Stop trying to make arguments that it isn’t. To the Left:  like it or lump it, the Second Amendment…

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The Law of Superefficient Reactions

“For every internet action, there is a greater and opposite reaction.” There.  I’ve boiled it down for you.  You want an explanation?  OK, let’s get into the math of this thing. Let’s say Alex makes an argument on the internet, which we will take as A.  Now, A could be basically any position at all, and…

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Final Thoughts on Sasquan, The World SF&F Convention 2015

Frog and I had a wonderful, amazing convention.  We got to meet fans we didn’t know we had, sell many books, hang out with authors and friends, find more people who share our interests, and even attend a few room parties.  It was a beautiful, smokey, unforgettable experience. Conventions always remind me why I started…

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On Collateral Damage

Let me talk to you for a moment about Jennifer Brozek. Now, I’ve been going to panels with Jennifer for a couple of years.  She’s an amazing speaker, she’s a hell of a gamer, and she is amazing at what she does.  She has nothing to do with the Sad Puppy or Rapid Puppy or any kind…

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WorldCon Report, Day 3: Into the Smoke

So, day 3 was supposed to be simple.  I had one job to do.  That job, by the way, was to drink beer, an activity that I perform on occasion with no obligation whatsoever. Well, that and work sgt-at-arms for the Business Meeting, which was fun but uneventful (wait for Day 5). No, Friday was shaping up to…

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