Cyborg Sunday, update 2.11.17: Freestyle Libre, Amazon Metrics, and Becoming The Riddler

Holy fucking shit,

What the hell are you doing?

Why are you like this?

“An insulting haiku you can yell at people in almost any situation,” by Kevin Holton

 

Forgive my language, friends, but I swear the most when I’m in a good mood, and I’m chillin’ pretty nice right now with a coffee and the promise of a fancy brunch on the horizon, so this calls for a profane haiku. Haikus are supposed to be peaceful, contemplative reflections upon life and the natural world, but I’ve never been one to follow the rules.

First off, I’ve got promo for At the Hands of Madness up! Here’s an essay on building monsters over at The Horror Tree. The Bold Mom and Promote Horror have press releases up, and will feature interviews in the near future, plus I’m working at getting reviews out there. All big things, building toward the next big thing!

As far as sales go, I don’t know how many copies I’ve actually sold, and I’m working on that, but according to recent metrics, I’m among the top 10% of ebook sellers, and the top 5% in horror! I probably won’t top King anytime soon, but hey, a guy can dream.

I also have a few short stories appearing in various anthologies from JEA, among other places, and “My Soul, One Shadow Shy of Black” got picked up on Longshot Island. That one’s free to read, so go have a look!

The Freestyle Libre: accurate to within 10 mg/dl so far! The adhesive’s not as secure as I’d like, but I wholly recommend the system, and that’s coming from someone who vehemently opposed getting a CGM!

Oh, and I’m now a Game Master at Long Branch’s Escape the Puzzle room. I’m probably biased, but it’s a great team, and you’ll have a great time, so come on by! I promise not to make things too cryptic… unless that’s what you want.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon!

 

 

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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