Comments for The Passive Voice A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:14:21 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Want To Be More Creative? Don’t Sleep by Uncle Jo Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:14:21 +0000 Same here. I can’t do anything productive when I’m tired, I just read a little and go to sleep. It tends to p*** people off in my life, like I’m lazy. I just know there’s no fighting through it, decades of experience. My mind just shuts down and there’s no restarting it.

Comment on ‘Bieber’s Finger’ and other quirky fiction by antares Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:08:09 +0000 You don’t care about money because you’ve always had it.
–from The Aviator

Comment on Small Empires: can Wattpad’s DIY writing empire survive an invasion by Amazon? by Eustacia Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:10 +0000 I don’t think that Wattpad needs to be frightened yet. If you do things correctly (e.g. Spend enough time interacting, post YA, etc), you can build up a following and gain some new fans.

As of now, WriteOn is more for developing and polishing your writing. So if you want feedback/beta readers, it’s the place to go.

I’d say the functions both sites fulfill right now are very different.

Comment on ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future by Terrence OBrien Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:26:57 +0000 Ward Churchill. Fauxcahontas Warren.

Comment on ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future by Mir Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:39:20 +0000 I don’t like the idea that a city should have any particular makeup of people. Demographics engineering seems weird to me. A city evolves from various factors, and you can’t know how it will change with milestones or innovations or disasters or commercial variations.

My neighborhood is multicultural, mostly African-American and Latino, but with a vibrant Jewish (including Orthodox Jewish) segment, and Russian and Indian immigrants. It used to be more heavily Italian and Jewish when hubby grew up in it. White. Now, it’s more Caribbean/SouthAmerican/Indian/Asian.

Maybe they need to bus in some white folks so it’s more balanced? (heavy sarcasm)

I mean, is this how we’re gonna go? We need X percentage of this and Y percentage of that or the place is somehow messed up?

No, I just want nice neighbors. Kind neighbors. Good jobs. Opportunities. If it’s a Brazilian influx bringing folks and jobs, fine. If it’s Asian, fine. I don’t much care beyond living in peace. Bring on the white dudes if they are gonna be polite and good neighbors, employers, and employees.

That whole “content of their character” thing still rules.

If the Filipino Catholic, the Hindi from Bangalore, the Russian Orthodox immigrant, and the Chasidic Jew are my neighbors and they cooperate to make a nice environment to live, I’m happy. And if they’re all white and are nice neighbors, I’m fine. I married a white male working in tech, and he’s the sweetest guy on the planet or I would not be besotted for 32 years already. Not a damn thing wrong with white tech guys. :D

I really don’t want to get into the quota mentality. That’ll get mighty ugly mighty fast.

Comment on ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future by Mir Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:26:00 +0000 I always ask the “white” folks I know who state there is no white privilege or state there is no real discrimination anymore and it’s all chips on the shoulder: you ever been denied service at a restaurant when everyone else around you (non-Latino) is being served. And it’s not cause you are naked, screaming, showing weeping plague pustules or some other justified reason? We have.

Have you ever had a shopkeeper refuse to “sell to your kind”? We have.

Ever had a boyfriend’s mom say they didn’t want a “dirty Cuban” (fill in your minority) in their home, when you were quite polite, showered, educated, well-groomed, respectful of elders, and would not offend any normal person….unless they weren’t keen on Latinos/biracial folks? Oh, yeah, I have.

Been called spic walking down the street? Yeah, I have.

Ever read those RECENT even studies that show that when white folks and black folk apply with equivalent credit reports and similar behavior apply for an apartment, those cases where the black folk are told “no vacancy” and the white folk are told “yes, come right in?” Still happens.

So, yeah, I do think some folks have chips on the shoulder or overreact. But there is also a reason sometimes why that happens. I have seen my sister looked at suspiciously when buying pricey stuff at a store, asked for id. They didn’t ask the white lady who was ahead of her for id. Never mind when this happened sister’s household income was 200K and she was wearing diamonds and sapphire (real) jewelry and was quite courteous. The dark gal clearly must have stolen that credit card. (Not an isolated incident.)

It goes on…

Comment on ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future by Mir Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:19:52 +0000 I’m a non-white Hispanic and I’m Cuban-American. Some of us are not white and not black, but mixed race. (Lots of us are mixed race.) There are black Cubans. Cubans are not default white.

I hate the term mixed race, I don’t much like black and white, either. I just roll my eyes. I do use the accepted terms, but I don’t particularly like them.

I remember (aeaons ago) having a census form I could not actually fill out, as the choice for race was white or black (maybe Asian, forget). I’m not white. I’m not black. So, what the hell was I supposed to x? Which just shows the limitations of breaking folks down. No matter how many categories you make, someone will be left out. Now, if they give the option “Hispanic,” I just choose that one. As to that old census form, I left the race part unchecked.

Comment on ‘Bieber’s Finger’ and other quirky fiction by antares Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:19:03 +0000

[Craig Nybo] says money doesn’t motivate him.

Betcha money motivates his wife, and she takes care of motivating him.

Comment on ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future by Bill Peschel Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:36:23 +0000 That began when George Zimmerman shot the black kid in Florida. The New York Times identified him as a “white Hispanic” to keep the race issue alive.

Comment on The Storyteller by Paul Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:29:54 +0000 If you’re at all interested in this series I’ve seen the 50th anniversary combined boxed hardback edition which originally retailed for $100 discounted to $20 in several places. For some reason I can’t find it at Zon.