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video 2015-05-23 05:55

Sometimes I think music is the only thing getting me through these final days of school. Well, music and Mountain Dew.

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video 2014-08-14 17:14

Book Trailer: Don't Call Me Baby

 

Started reading Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley today and the first few chapters have been quite funny. I think the premise is interesting and very pertinent today. How many parents are eager to share their baby photos on Facebook? All the firsts of their precious little children. Question is, when does this stop? And how much is too much?

 

I expect this book to be entirely hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing for the main characters. Can't wait to get into this properly.

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video 2014-04-30 05:01
Back in December 2013, I noted that I wanted to change directions as far as my writing was concerned. I had some things to wrap up and see to completion, and now that everything's as well taken care of as possible I believe I can step away for a while without anyone having a nervous breakdown. I will be reachable on social media until May 5th. If you need me for anything, catch me before then. After Cinco de Mayo, I will go completely dark, and do not know when I will return. During this time, I will not be posting reviews or updates on what I'm reading, nor will I be doing promos for any of my published material. All that can wait until my return. I'll post an official "Goodbye For Now" before I vanish on May 6th that will detail what you can expect from me when I return. 
 
I think this song covers well enough the last several months of my life on the internet, and it just so happens to start with Z, so I can close out my A to Z Blogging Challenge with it as well. Don't you just love it when stuff comes together all wrapped up nice and neat with a bow on top? I know I do.
 
Until next time...
 
E.
 
"Zzyzx Rd." by Stone Sour
 
I don't know how else to put this
It's taken me so long to do this
I'm falling asleep and I can't see straight
My muscles feel like a melee
My body's curled in a U-shape
I put on my best but I'm still afraid

Propped up by lies and promises
Saving my place as life forgets
Maybe its time I saw the world

I'm only here for a while
But patience is not my style
And I'm so tired that I gotta go

What am I supposed to hide now?
What am I suppose to do?
Did you really think I wouldn't see this through

Tell me I should stick around for you
Tell me I could have it all
I'm still too tired to care and I gotta go

I get to go home in one week
But I leaving home in three weeks
They throw me a bone just to pick me dry

I'm following suit and directions
I crawl up inside for protection
I'm told what to do and I don't know why

I'm over existing in limbo
I'm over the myths and placebos
I don't really mind if I just fade away

I'm ready to live with my family
I'm ready to die in obscurity
'Cause I'm so tired that I gotta go

Where am I supposed to hide now?
What am I suppose to do?
You still don't think I'm going see this through

Tell me I'm a part of history
Tell me I can have it all
I'm still to tired to care and I gotta go

Oh yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Still too tired to care and I gotta go
Still too tired to care and I gotta go
Still too tired to care and I gotta go

Yeah, yeah

Still to tired to care and I gotta go

Go home

Still to tired to care and I gotta go

Yeah yeah

Still to tired to care and I gotta go
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video 2014-04-22 13:21
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video 2013-12-13 08:23

INTEGRITY, JOURNALISM, AND FREE PS4s (Jimquisition)

 

An interesting and insightful take on "freebies" given to media and reviewers. While Jim is only addressing the issue in regard to gaming, I was struck by the similarities to the book reviewing community. Especially, in regard to the perceived, and to be honest actual behavior, of some reviewers/bloggers.

 

“We’re games reviewers. We exist to serve our readers. Not show off to them. Not to lord it over them. But that was exactly what the photos coming out of New York looked like. Boasting. Making people jealous. Making PS4s look exactly as they shouldn’t have looked, as presents. As toys you got before everyone else.” 

 

I’m not saying that reviewers shouldn’t get ARCs, I get them myself. But there is a difference between posting updates on an ARC you’re actively reading (with the intention of posting a review for it) and posting pictures popular ARCs you’ve received all over social media with no intention of reviewing them any time soon. We all get excited about getting ARCs we want to read, but what does it accomplish to wave your ARC in the face of your readers/followers without following it up with a review or any relevant, to them, information connected it? It doesn’t.

 

However, it does service the author, book and publisher with free advertisement. It also raises the perceived desirability of a book without providing any solid facts about its quality or even details of what its about. Worse yet, it’s often followed up with more name dropping in the form of interviews, cover art commentary, etc, again with no tangible information about the BOOK ITSELF. 

 

So it’s no wonder some reviewers come under fire for being “paid with ARCs.” This criticism hasn't just suddenly been sparked by the long-standing practice of giving free copies to reviewers, but rather the unprofessional behavior of a few reviewers/bloggers. Some of whom treat reviewing like a free pass to an exclusive party, and/or its their job to personal champion popular titles/authors by spamming their followers with what amounts to free ads.

 

I'm a hobby blogger. I do media reviews for fun, and for free. While, I feel really fortunate when I'm able to review a book before it's released without having to pay for it, but I don't feel I owe the people giving me that book anything except an honest review. 

 

Maybe I would feel differently if my blog was my business. If the number of hit counts and followers I had provided me with a paycheck. Then again, if they did, I would feel that much more motivated to conduct myself in a professional manner and to provide useful content to my readers, instead of commercials and pointless pictures of stuff they can't have. 

 

Some food for thought. 

 

 

 

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