Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deleting my author social media accounts

I had decided to set up social media accounts dedicated to my writing - separate from my personal accounts - some time ago. Unfortunately it turns out that not only is it a lot of extra work, but the accounts weren't always as independent as I thought. Facebook actually linked the two, which kind of defeated the purpose. Plus, just to add to the fun, the FB author page was being spammed. I don't have time to master the fine art of managing this crap - that time is better spent writing.

So I've closed the author accounts. I've also ordered new business cards without those accounts on them. In the future, I'm going to just direct everyone to the blog. Links to my social media accounts, if anyone is interested, are easily accessible on the right sidebar.

The main reason I set up multiple accounts was to keep personal and professional stuff separate. While writers and readers love all things writing, we don't necessarily share opinions on other things. I'm fine with that, but a lot of other people aren't.

All you have to do it look at the venom being spewed online these days to know that differences of opinion can get very ugly very quickly. I realize that just because I won't go off on someone whose opinions and beliefs differ from mine like a deranged maniac doesn't mean the courtesy will be returned, hence the separate accounts. But since those didn't work out, I guess I'll have to take my chance out in the social media wilderness and hope for the best in terms of behavior and respect.

In the meantime, I just want to write and live my life. Thanks in advance for respecting that.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Public Service Announcement: Consider joining Be the Match

Back in June of 2011, shortly after the death of my father from cancer (and some really vile family drama because there was money involved, so life was really a mess), Twitter brought this to my attention: Alice's Bucket List.

Alice was a teen in the UK who was fighting terminal cancer. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, she had set up a website with a bucket list of things she wanted to accomplish in her short lifetime. They ran the gamut - things as simple as getting her hair done and getting a massage, entering her dog in a show, up to swimming with sharks and going to Kenya.

But there was one particular item on her list that had created a Twitter sensation: her wish to get people to join a bone marrow registry. Which is how I hooked up with Be the Match. It's incredibly simple. You register, they send you swabs, you swab in inside of your mouth and pop the swabs back in the mail. And you could end up helping save a life.

Sadly, Alice passed away in January of 2013, but she accomplished most of the items on her bucket list and was responsible for God knows how many people joining a bone marrow registry. It was a short life, but one well lived.

Joining was so easy that once it was done, I didn't really think about it much. I'm not the age or physical condition of what seems to be their ideal donor, but you never know. The reason I decided to post this now is because I occasionally get emails from Be the Match. The most recent one encouraged us to encourage others to join. So that's what I'm doing. If you're so inclined, think of it as your good deed for the day. A good deed that could some day save a life.

Here's the message they asked us to share:

I joined Be The Match Registry® because I know it means I could help give someone a second chance at life. Did you know that someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia every three minutes? For many of those patients, a marrow transplant is their only hope for survival.

That’s where we come in. There are so many people looking for a match, and you or I or someone we know could be the cure for a person who has blood cancer.

Who will you save? Joining Be The Match® can have powerful, life-giving results, and I encourage you to be part of it. Visit today and join me on the registry!

My original post when I joined is here.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

10-42 - Another Writers' Police Academy is in the books

Yet another wonderful Writers' Police Academy has signed off until next year.

I got to fire both a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle this year. I actually got better results with the latter, although I was more comfortable with the handgun. Given the strength it took to handle both weapons and the sheer power emanating just from my end, if I learned nothing else, it's that I do not want to be on the receiving end of either one. Quite an experience.

I'll blog more details during the week, but for now I'm sitting here in Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay waiting for the security checkpoint to open and looking forward to getting home.

Thank you again to WPA, Lee Lofland, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Radisson Green Bay, Oneida Nation, all the wonderful people I met at WPA, and everyone involved with putting on this event. It was another amazing year.

P.S. Carrots and pets to GBPD horsey cops Cole and Cooper and their partners, whose names I forgot to get of course because it was such a treat to be up close and personal with equines again. Wonderful horses and people.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It seemed funny at the time...

I snicked this off the internet in June of 2015. I think it was during the entry draft. I thought it was a terrific example of an NHL team (in this case the Stars) nailing social media, not to mention it's damn hilarious.

Since then, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won two consecutive Stanley Cups. Who's laughing now?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Crazy book covers

A Brazilian artist who goes by the name "Butcher Billy" has reimagined famous love songs as class Stephen King book covers, and the results are insane.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Do check them all out.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

The world's first fully painted feature film, and it looks amazing

This is the first I've heard of it, and the trailer is beyond description. Loving Vincent is the story of the life and death of painter Vincent van Gogh, and every frame of the film has been painted by a crew of over 100 artists. Do check it out. They discuss the technique on the official website. Here are just a few screenshots from the trailer:

I really hope this film fulfills its promise. It releases in the U.S. on September 22.

H/T to ArcLight Cinemas on Facebook for the trailer.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pub pony

Now here's a headline: Shetland pony broke into pub, got drunk and had to be coaxed out with bar snacks.

Image snicked from the video in the link.

Every bar should have a pub pony. Just sayin'.

Also, if you want to bribe a horse or pony with food, you bite into it. The carrot crunch gets them every time. Suckers.

H/T to Duchess Sanctuary on FB.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Paint your life

Love this. Love it!

H/T to ScreenCraft on FB for this beautiful image and quote.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Oh, how I wish there was still a CSI show around to tackle this one

"Professional Cuddling" for when things don't go your way. Link is for a variety of takes on the subject.

Since this is the first article I saw about it, here's Rolling Stone's take on the subject.

It's a tough world out there, people, and you don't always get what you want. Deal with it, or you're just not gonna make it.

And heck yeah I jotted this down for a story idea. Maybe it's just the way my mind works, but let's face it, you read this and have to wonder, "What could possibly go wrong?" Among other things of course.

And since a blog post with just text is boring, and I couldn't settle on just one, and I'm in one of those moods...

As always, these images came from the internet. If one is yours, let me know so I can credit you for your wonderful work.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Interesting point