Rant Corner #5

I wanted to say this for a long time. In fact, I want to do this every year.

What is with Christmas decorations coming earlier every year? It’s like right after (or before) Halloween we start seeing Christmas decor and hearing Christmas music on the radio.

Stop it!

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Can we at least get through Thanksgiving first? Don’t get me started on the people complaining about “Happy Holidays”, Starbucks cups, and the fricken’ “War on Christmas”! CUT IT OUT! We should be more worried about the War on Thanksgiving! Since when has Thanksgiving taken a seat? When I was growing up, the Christmas spirit didn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving! Can we go back that?

Enough with the premature Christmas spirit! Let us enjoy Thanksgiving first! Please?

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Blogging and Book Re-Release

So last week, I merged my blog from Blogger to this blog. One problem: the tags on Blogger ended up being categories on here. So the next day, I had the “fun” task of separating the categories and tags. Let me tell you something: it sucked! So time-consuming, but I got it done. Now, I have to go through and organize the categories again, edit and tag the posts that came from Blogger, and delete duplicate posts. This isn’t going to be fun, but I have to do it to look professional.

Meanwhile, I will be re-formatting Sins of Women tonight. I don’t know when I will re-release it yet. After this, I will only have Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked left to re-format and re-released. Tomorrow, I will attempt to do the blog stuff and happily start on the Durarara section of my Wasteland Project. Plus, I will watch said anime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I write each halo. (I call the chapters for that section “halos”.) So much to do, but I can manage it. While you wait, you can…

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Rant Corner #3

It’s been a long time since I did this and I have sitting on this all weekend. Now it has to come out. So, here goes: On Facebook, I am an admin for an Author’s group. Before I signed up for the job, there was no structure. I mean, spammers were posting porn that didn’t involve writing and people were posting like crazy. I decided to stand up and take control. When I became admin, I put in place a schedule for posting different things on different days in the group and set up a queue. Ever since March, I have been doing a good job.

On Friday, a member asked if I deleted their post in the queue. I asked him what he posted and reminded him it was Book Link Friday. He had posted a couple of book cover pictures that he wanted an opinion on. He tried to point out a loop hole and I pointed out the schedule to him. (Posting book covers are Mondays, BTW.) He replies with this:

“Well this Friday! ..or leave a group Friday! It’s all the rage and you don’t have to wait for approval! Have a nice day!”

I explained about the spammers and the schedule itself in the group description. He goes on to say that he wants a reply ASAP and that he didn’t belong in the group. He even went as far as to tattle on me to the original admin. I managed to get it sorted out with him. Okay, don’t cope an attitude just because you didn’t follow the schedule! He’s getting mad at me for enforcing my own rules? The schedule is even in the pictures that a member made for me and the group description! If I bent the rules for one member, I would have to do it for the rest and the structure I came up with would be render mote. Just follow the rules that an admin lays down and don’t be childish about it!

<Exhale> I’m done now.

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Any Time Now…

I have another editor working on Sins of Women. I will get around to editing the book. Hopefully, I won’t be so lazy and just do it. For some reason, my “d” an “x” keys now won’t exactly type properly. I have to press down hard on them to get them to type out the letter. I’m still trying to fix them, though. It’ll take a while, but I know I can do it. I’ve done it before.

I have about burn through this cycle of my Netflix queue. I only have one reality series, one documentary, and three more movies before the list is empty again. Oh yeah, Distorted Lullaby got another review on another blog site. Here is the link: http://bound4escape.com/2015/07/13/short-story-review-distorted-lullaby-by-noizchild-johnson/ I’m actually okay with what she had to say with it. Maybe, I can send them more books to review. I will have to see. While I’m at it, go check out Distorted Lullaby for yourself. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Distorted-Lullaby-Noizchild-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00MBMLHGG

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Good Help is Hard to Find Sometimes

I ask for beta readers/editors to help me clean up my work to make it presentable for the masses to read. Lately, I have been hearing nothing. So far, I’m waiting for feedback on the last ten chapters of a fanfic, another whole fanfic, and two stories that I intend of publishing. At least, I have heard back from the complete fanfic one. I got a sample of editing the prologue and an essay on writing a sex scene. I will start work on that Friday. Everything else, I will keep trying to contact them until I get results. <sigh> Why is good help so hard to find sometimes?

Meanwhile, I’m still struggling with trying to find a good music site that lets me make up for the dead Grooveback.com. There are two versions of Grooveback now– Grooveshark.li and Grooveshark.im. Neither aren’t that great. (Li doesn’t have an embed function and Im basically just takes songs from Soundcloud and uses it as their own. Bleh.) As of right now, I am settling of Spotify and soundcloud for individual songs and thinking about trying MySpace for playlists on a certain fic. Not exactly how I wanted this, but it’s going to have to do until I get something better. Darn you, record labels and your fingers greedy little paws!

Even so, I must soldier on.

–Canojo Koi

It’s Back(ish)!

Last Thursday, a wonderful music site, Grooveshark, was forced to shut up because record labels are evil and greedy. So, most my songs on my web site are blank. I ended spending four days looking for an alternate to replace everything. (For those who don’t know, I have a big site. So yeah…) The replacements I picked, Spotify, Soundcloud, and MySpace, just didn’t hold up.

However, today I discovered that Grooveshark came back, sort of. I can still play the music, but I can’t collect it in my collection, make playlists, or, and this is the biggie, embed music to the pages on my web site. -Sighs- At least, I have music that has the songs I want in good quality and not attached to YouTube. Oh well, it’ll have to do for now.

I’m waiting on my edits so that I can resume publishing, thank you for asking.

–Canojo Koi

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