This Week On The Internet

Just as an illustration of how incredibly screwed up we are, this week on the social media:

I saw somebody declare that it was good they had stripped Campbell’s name from the best new writer award because we had learned that his views were “problematic” (he was guilty of being alive when he was alive, and not a woke time traveler from 2019) but then to back up how/why Campbell was a horrible bad thinker who should be shunned once we learned of his sins, she linked to an article by novelist Sam Delaney… who supports NAMBLA.

My personal opinion on the Campbell controversy (and I was actually nominated for one of those when I was a newb!) is that these people are hysterical idiots, and the “Astounding Award” sounds like it should be a paper star you pin on the best behaved Kindergartner. But in a completely unrelated note DragonCon should get Bruce Campbell to host the Dragon Awards, and that year they should add a Best New Author category, which people could then refer to as the Campbell Award for short, but which would in no way have anything to do with anybody else’s estate or trademarks. Groovy.

Then I saw morons declaring that Dave Chappell is a white supremacist now, and we shouldn’t watch him because he’s a hatey hate person of hate (so I’ll probably watch it this weekend because I love Dave).

In a FB hobby group that I’m in, where I never ever go political because I’m not an obnoxious twit (I’m just there for the mini painting) people were talking about how in this imaginary few hundred years in the future sci-fi war game setting, they didn’t like how Islam was being portrayed (and ironically, this is a world where every faction does bad stuff, they’re fairly decent). One guy said he was happy with it and that if he wanted a realistic portrayal of Islam he’d make all his female minis were burkas and hit the gay ones with rocks. He was immediately attacked as a racist, bigot, islamophobe, so on and so forth. The ironic part? The guy who said it was a Muslim immigrant from Iran, joking about the problems in the culture he came from, who then got screamed at and told he needed to “get educated” by a bunch of white American liberals.

Also, the Hong Kong protestors are white supremacists now. So Dave is in good company.

I saw everybody freak out one day about how Trump was stripping birthright citizenship from military babies, and 24 hours later like maybe 1/10th of those people who freaked out posting about how the articles they shared the day before had gotten it wrong.

I learned that my new house is bigger than Barack Obama’s (but I’m still not a *real* writer, sigh), only mine is up high in the mountains, and his is a terrible investment because it will be underwater within 12 years… I actually don’t know which did more damage to the catastrophic global warming narrative this week, Michael Mann’s inability to show his homework, or Obama’s house. Probably Obama’s house.

Because I’m Mormon and a gun nut, I had a lot of people ask me about the news articles that were going around saying the church had banned guns from church buildings. It’s a stupid policy, but not new. They just updated the general handbook (that’s like the binder for how to run a ward). They’ve already banned guns from church buildings since back when I was teaching CCW ten years ago. A multitude of us ignore it and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The handbook also says I’m not supposed to use foul language, and you can see how well that has stuck.

I had lefties randomly screech at me for a wide variety of topics. That’s so common I can’t remember most of them. You kind of tune them out after a while. I get a lot of rando strangers showing up to scream at me every Hugo season. It’s the annual running of the Chorfs.

But in the spirit of bipartisan fairness, exactly one week ago I got screeched at by people on the right because I said if you are an American and any politician says they “Hereby Command” you to do anything, whether you agree with them or not, your response had better be a reflexive Fuck Off or you are a sorry excuse for an American and need to quit being such a pussy.

Voting for the Dragon Awards ends this week. It’s free, and open to everyone

Voting for the Dragon Awards ends this week:

https://www.dragoncon.org/awards/

I’d like to encourage everybody to go and register to vote. If you are a fan of sci-fi or fantasy you really should do it. It’s free. It only takes a minute. But the important thing here is that the Dragon is designed to be a real honest to goodness popularity award for all of fandom, so the more people participating in the process, the stronger it becomes.

I believe the voting closes on Saturday and the awards will be announced on Sunday.

There are some fantastic authors in the running. I’ve got a bunch of friends competing against each other, so I’m not going to say who I’m voting for.

I’m in there for best fantasy for House of Assassins. I did ask my fans to nominate somebody other than me because I’ve won before, but they just kinda do what they want regardless. But anyways, I’m in there now, and honestly I’m really proud of House of Assassins. I think it’s one of my best books.

But I don’t care if you vote for me. I don’t care who you vote for. The important thing is just go vote.

Special Limited Edition Leather Hard Magic Available Now, limited quantities only

Vault Books has shipped all of the preordered copies of the limited edition, leather bound Hard Magic.

The rest are available here: https://www.vaultbooks.pub/store/p19/Hard_Magic.html

And I’ve just got to say that these are quite literally the prettiest book I’ve ever seen. These would make amazing Christmas presents. I’m not joking, these are gorgeous. I’ll put up some pictures but they don’t do the books justice.

The lettered copies with the slip case are all sold out. The numbered copies, I think there’s like 200 left. So if you want one you should probably snag it sooner rather than later.

There is an outer slip cover that uses the Vincent Chong artwork from the French edition. That’s still my favorite cover I’ve ever had.

This is the heavy duty cover for the lettered editions. There was only A-Z of those.

We got Vincent Chong (who is amazing, and a fan of the series) to do a bunch of new full color interior artwork.

I’m talking full page too. 😀

And every copy has been autographed.

To give you an idea of how solid these look, Steve showed me the first copy at SpikeCon. David Weber saw it and thought it was amazing. David got the next copy out of the box.  There are perks to being David Weber!

Double Barrel Book Bomb, Escalation by Peter Nealen and Militia Up by J.L. Curtis

A Book Bomb is when I pick out a deserving author who could use a publicity boost, and get as many people as possible to buy their book in the same day on Amazon. The more people who buy, the higher it goes in the sales rankings. Once it gets on some bestseller lists, that gets it in front of even more new eyes. Success breeds success, the author gets new readers, and most importantly, the author GETS PAID.

A little while ago I did a double barrel Book Bomb, where instead of pushing one book, I picked two. That seemed to work really well so we’re going to try to do that again. Plus, one of them is from Krasnovia and other flew for Pinelandia during the war so I hope that this Book Bomb will help heal the rift between our peoples. And get me a Nobel Peace Prize, because that would look pretty sweet on the shelf next to my Dragon Awards.

However, if you’ve been following my blog over the last week you know we’ve got a wrinkle. I’ve been on Facebook for a few hours in a row without being banned, but I don’t know how long that will last. So I’m hoping that you guys spread the word on this one. Tell your friends, and spread the link, because Peter and Jim are two great guys who could use the publicity boost.

Escalation (Maelstrom Rising)

 

by Peter Nealen


Rimworld- Militia Up

 

by J.L. Curtis

 

 

I’ve known both of these guys for a long time. Peter is a former recon Marine. Jim was a naval aviator. They’re both good friends, and more importantly to you both of them can write visceral, tense, punch you in the gut action. And probably even more important than that, it looks like both of these are available for FREE if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited. (and actually I’ve got no idea how that will effect our stats, but here goes!)

I’ll update the stats throughout the day so we can see how we’re doing.  I prepped this blog post Monday afternoon, and right now Escalation is at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

And Rimworld is at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

UPDATE 1:  Things really jumped over night. The reason I start launching the Book Bombs the night before is that Amazon has like a 12 hour delay before the sales register, so this way during the day we can watch the exciting number climb. (well, it probably isn’t that exciting to most of you but to the authors it is!) 🙂

Peter jumped up 30,000 spots.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

And holy moly, Jim about 218,000 spots.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Now let’s really flog these books and get these guys on some bestseller lists! Tell your friends.

UPDATE 2:  For the lunch crowd we are still ticking upwards

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

and

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

If we get either one of these to #1 I will record me singing the Krasnovian National Anthem.

UPDATE 3:  Dinnertime Update (and Bridge made me jambalaya for my birthday)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Uh oh, we’ve got a #5. Am I going to have to sing the Krasnovian National Anthem for you guys?

UPDATE 4: I’m going to bed. This one has been odd, we got a bigger earlier push, but not as big a spike during the day. Which makes me think that I put up the blog post too early yesterday. We should hit the peak numbers sometime late tonight as the afternoon sales clock in.

For Peter:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

For Jim:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Facebook Gulag, Day 3. Book Bomb Tomorrow. MeWe is Nicer Than Expected. And Krasnovian Freedom Forever!

Brief update time. Most importantly there is a Book Bomb tomorrow, which means I’ll stick the blog post up tonight. I’m doing this for Jim and Peter, two awesome guys who are great writers who I think deserve the publicity and sales boost.

Plus one of them is a noble Krasnovian, and the other is a Pinelander. So this is a chance for us to reach across the aisle, set aside our quarrels (even though we all know waffles are superior to pancakes in every way) and purchase books together in the spirit of brotherhood.  Everyone likes awesome books, and reading these books is the first step on our road of peace.

If Arafat can win for “not murdering anyone lately”, Al Gore can win for “hey I think the weather changes”, and Barack Obama can win for “present”  I’d better win the Nobel Peace Prize for this one.

However, I usually use Facebook as the primary driver of getting the word out about my Book Bombs, and since Facebook is a garbage website run by garbage people, and the perpetually butt hurt have learned how to weaponize Facebook’s dumb reporting feature to silence anyone who has ever hurt their feelings I don’t know if I’ll be back on there to push it. So I’m counting on you guys to signal boost tomorrow.

This is Pinelandian style “sandwich” is all they feed you in Facebook Gulag. THIS IS WAR CRIME!

I was banned from Facebook all weekend for thought crime (see the last post).  Since a bunch of the people on my fan page had set up a backup page over on MeWe as an emergency fallback bunker there already, I set up an account and went over to check it out.

It’s different, but actually a lot nicer than I expected. The main negative is that it’s a lot smaller, so it’s quieter.  The positives are quite literally everything else.  Since me making one post about going there got 500 people to set up new accounts with me, it was actually fairly talkative for me.

Well, except rando social justice weenies don’t show up to screech at everything I post, so that’s nice.  I was actually a little taken aback by this. Normally anything I post has some random asshole I’ve never heard of before show up to chide me for wrongthink, so I’ve gotten used to that.

Like, hey guys, here’s a pic of my new gun, and I always get REEEEEE EVIL ASSAULT WEAPON REEEEE! And I’m like, who the fuck are you?  But don’t worry, Facebook has now created a wonderful feature that allows that random stranger to report you for hate speech.

The posts show up in order that people posted them. It’s not Facebook showing you what they want to show you. I’ve got the max 5k friends, only my Facebook feed only ever showed me the same 8 or 10 posts, most of which were Occupy Democrats memes or CNN articles posted by people who weren’t my friends.

Oh, and the Babylon Bee, followed immediately by a Mandatory Fact Check warning aimed at the stupidest humans who’ve ever lived.

And as far as I can tell, MeWe’s primary mission isn’t to reelect democrats. Which is nice.  You can say whatever dumb thing you want, and that’s just between you and whoever wants to read your stuff.

Facebook also throttles posts, we learned, where they hide your links from people who want to follow you because they’re trying to keep everyone trapped there. That’s why you’ve been seeing all the posts from people saying “link in the first comment”.

Also, there’s no targeted ads where another evil mega corporation used your cell phone to bug your private conversations (which is creepy as hell) and they’re not selling your data to who knows who for who knows what.

Yes, there are a lot more people there, but many of those people are annoying idiots.  So meh.

People like to talk about how divided our country is today. Naw. We’ve always been divided. It’s just more bitter and angry now because social media has made it so that the division never ever stops. It used to be that you could like people in real life no matter how stupid their opinions were, because they weren’t constantly shoving their stupid opinion in your face twenty-four seven.

Basically, fuck Facebook. I’ve only lasted there as long as I have because the parasite has formed a symbiotic relationship that allows me to talk to fans to sell more books.  I think I’m going to use my blog more to post info, and just put the links on FB because of the traffic numbers, and use MeWe to talk to people I actually want to talk to… And let’s be honest, probably occasionally pick a fight with a moron. Because morons are the one resource Facebook has in abundance.

If you’ve got a private group on Facebook you probably want to look into setting up an emergency fallback group on another page. (that’s how my people wound up on MeWe) If your group is just made up of specific people anyway, you don’t need the worldwide traffic.  And Facebook has been getting stupider and more aggressive about sending warnings to my mods about content (usually nonsensical) and threatening to punish groups entirely for bullshit they have no control over based up WHAT KIND OF REACTION EMOJIS PEOPLE PICK.  I shit you not.

If back in the day George Orwell had written about Facebook people would’ve thought it was too far fetched.  It’s time to explore your other options. Facebook probably isn’t going to get better. It’s going to get worse. They’re harder on libertarians than they are on ISIS.

But people stick around because of inertia. Facebook is like the abusive spouse of the internet. Sure, he mines your data, controls who you can talk to, tells you how to think, and randomly beats you once in a while, but you can’t leave because you remember the good old days, and sometimes he’s still nice.

Nope. It’s time for you to quit being a trailer park wife.