All types of awesome

I don’t usually just post songs or videos, but this one exuded so much awesome sauce, I just had to…

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If A Publisher Offers You a Contract for Your Self-Published Book, Will You Be Forced (By Amazon) To Refund Past Customers Who Bought It?

I am doing my part in reblogging this to spread the word around. I hope the author gets this all worked out and it is just the result of some sort of miscommunication somewhere along the line. Otherwise, this is very, very bad news.

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

The answer just might be yes because this is exactly what is happening to Jamie McGuire.  Jamie originally self-published her book Beautiful Disaster and the sales were so good that a publisher wanted the book.  So now the book is with a publisher.  Cool, right?  You’d think so except for this thorn that cropped up.  Amazon is sending out mass emails to people who bought Beautiful Disaster when it was self-published.  Amazon is offering a full refund for the $3.99 price it was when it was self-published PLUS the difference in price that the publisher is charging ($7.99).  And Jamie McGuire is the one paying the bill.  So Jamie is now paying every customer who wants a refund about $8.  Amazon’s not paying it.  She’s made it clear the publisher isn’t behind this.

Here’s Jamie McGuire’s blog post where she tells us what is going on.

My thoughts on this:


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Frustration rant

So, how many of you out there have ever been frustrated by bureaucracy? Other than not knowing how to spell the damn word (I tried three different ways before the spell-check understood what I was trying to spell).

You know, how the website is all official-like and gives the impression that you MUST fill out the forms in one particular way or you will be ignored? And then you find out that, well, because there are so many ghetto people out there who cannot follow instructions, it does not have to be done exactly that way, otherwise nothing would get accomplished. Except you have been working on the assumption that the only way to do it is the way the official mouthpiece has said it is supposed to be done, so you end up wasting hours of your life doing it properly. Or, if the powers-that-be would just let you do it yourself, not only would it be done according to the directions, but it would be done in a timely and correct fashion. Instead, their representatives are the ones who have to do it, which means you have to wait an extra month for something that should have been resolved four months ago, and really should not have taken more than a week, at most, to prepare.

It finally gets done and you are ecstatic, because you have been waiting a month, and finally, it is here. Except, for the second time it is done incorrectly. This of course does not have anything to do with the fact that you were treated like an idiot for being a nuisance in taking up their time to try to explain to them the issue. Can you hear my sarcasm? So they do not really listen to you, and send you on your merry way. Because, it is their job, after all; surely, they know what they are doing better than the nuisance trying to take up their time, right? Apparently not.

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But it’s the one the official instructions said to use!!

The problem now lies with the fact that there is a more important aspect to what is going on that you really NEED resolved, because your family’s well-being is at stake. That part they got right enough. But because of the non-related mistakes, this other thing is not yet resolved, which means a whole different set of incredibly important, but frustrating, life things will remain up in the air, and you will have no power to do anything about them. And, if you request that the mistakes be corrected, it could take another four months to resolve, and in the meantime the other thing that you REALLY need resolved will hang in limbo. So, you decide that the best course of action is just to allow the mistakes to stand, since it is still an improvement over the last time, but will nevertheless end up costing you more money. Since you cannot afford to consult with a lawyer to make sure this is the right decision, you go ahead and do,  just hoping that nothing will come bite you in the ass later on.


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Knowledge Hoarding, or Academic Miserliness

This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately and probably deserves to be addressed in a proper essay rather than a quickly composed  blog post, but here goes.

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Online libraries restricted to public access

I am currently an adjunct teaching at a tiny, private school [read: part-time, underpaid & few resources]. This semester I am teaching an advanced undergraduate level course. They are awesome students and I am constantly amazed at their dedication. One of the things I am trying to emphasize is the importance of reliable, peer-reviewed sources. When I was still in grad school and had access to my huge university’s online databases I did not notice this problem so much, but this semester has been exceeding frustrating for both myself and my students. Trying to find relevant, reliable and peer-reviewed sources that are ACCESSIBLE feels nigh impossible most days. My school’s databases are limited and hard to navigate, therefore I often use Google Scholar to find citations. This week, it took me at least three times as long as it should have to find a couple of relevant articles for my class* because every time I came across a citation online that looked perfect, it was only available on Jstor, to which I do not have access. Well, to be fair, Jstor has made a limited number of their articles available, but when I just searched through this limited selection, I could find nothing relevant. Continue reading

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Why I still watch Castle, Part II

Castle Season 5 Episode 16 Hunt

Christopher Heyerdahl and Nathan Fillion

Last year I posted about a fun episode of Castle. Well, last night’s episode rivaled that one and by the end, had me in tears, sobbing about how awesome it was.

I’m going to talk about the episode a bit, but my real reason for this post is to mention Lee Lofland, who has a really interesting blog called The Graveyard Shift.  I stumbled across his blog, because I have recently decided upon a new story to write. This one is a mystery, so while I was doing some research, I came across his book, Police Procedure and Investigation. Continue reading

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