Cyborg Sunday, Update 2.18.2018: Five Stars for At the Hands of Madness!

It is four A. M.

Why am I awake right now?

Writers never sleep.

–“Hustle” by Yours Truly

 

WHAT. 5 star review for At the Hands of Madness!

It’s only one review so far, but it’s so awesome to see this book get such praise. Some snippets:

“An emotional rollercoaster.”

“You can perfectly imagine what Holton is narrating and that makes you grin more than once.”

“The tension is constant all through the book, and the author’s imagination tricks you and challenges your mind, even when you don’t expect it.”

“His writing is spotless and his effort in perfecting every detail is obvious.”

Now where is the ‘big grin’ emoji on WordPress…

I’m also polishing the script for These Walls Don’t Talk, They Scream, a novel coming soon from HellBound Books. It’s a big lower budget than the At the Hands of Madness film would be, but as my coffee mug says, Good things come to those who go out and fucking hustle.

No, it actually says that.

In cyborg/diabetes news, Methyldopa, a blood pressure medication, could have the potential to block the DQ8 molecule, which appears in 60 percent of people at risk for Type 1 diabetes! Obviously, this doesn’t help me, but it might help the people you love.

Allegedly, scientists can predict the illness with near 100% certainty, and Type 1 is only 5-10% of all diabetes anyway, but considering that Type 2 is preventable (or treatable) through healthy diet and exercise, we’re well on our way to stamping this bastard of a disease out!

Byte me, big pharma.

An article from last August states that we’re “one step closer” to a T1D cure through islet cell implants thanks to ViaCyte. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen researchers exploring this option, though, so I can only hope these clinical trials pan out.

ONE OF THE TRIALS IS RECRUITING.

I’m ending the post here so I can investigate further.

See you on the other side, kids.

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No more HarperCollins ebooks?

Hello, friends,

I read this article today which says the publishing giant HarperCollins is refusing to renew their ebook contract with Amazon. It has an interesting theory, in that the author feels HC may just want to share the publicity Hatchet got when fighting with Amazon, which may explain why this revelation feels like old news.

The article also reports that HC set up a website in 2013 that would allow them to sell ebooks.

The thing is, I have no problem with this. Sure, it’s mildly inconvenient to have to go to a different website if you want HC books, but if you really love their work, then this shouldn’t be a problem. However, most people don’t buy based on the publisher. I have no knowledge of where any of my favorite books were published, and unless I’m like, “Wow, I haven’t heard from this author in a long time,” and Google him or her, then find out s/he’s an HC author, I’m not going to go to their site to find new material.

Their contract doesn’t seem to include print sales though, so this wouldn’t be relevant–I’d just be buying the hard copy.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of ebooks. They’re convenient, yes, and for someone as environmentally conscious as me, you’d figure I’d be all on-board to this product, but I just can’t get past the weirdness. For one, ereaders don’t have two-sided viewing. There’s no ‘left and right’ page, so I can never remember where my favorite parts are. I also can’t visually recall, “Oh yeah, that part with the sponges was near the beginning, around 75.” Plus I can’t really write on or highlight an etext.

I think holograms would be a good solution to this. A virtual, interactive representation of a book would be awesome, eco-friendly, and mirror the hands-on aspect of a physical work. The technology doesn’t seem to be near that yet, but hopefully it will be around within five years or so.

Any thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them below.

All my love,

Kevin