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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A little ramble back to dear Gen...

Bless you, Goodreads fans of Megan Whalen Turner!

Because I didn't know there was another story about Eugenides.  A little one.  It is called "Thief!" and hanging on her own website.  Whether or not you've read the Thief series yet, check it out.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Amazonia, at it again.

Ah, Amazon.  Bullying is such a great way to get what you want... or is it?

Remember 2010 when Amazon decided to bulldoze Macmillan?  No?

They're doing it to Hachette now.  So if you can't get your book by Stephen Colbert, for example, that's why.  Because Amazon thinks that keeping you from buying his book, and other Hachette authors' books, is a really clever negotiating tactic.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The importance of understanding...

I've been thinking about things like this for a while.  Men who get upset about women talking about rape and being afraid.

I'm not afraid all the time.  I had a really bad year when I was afraid.  I was stalked, I was raped, and that messed me up for a very long time.

When you don't know how to articulate things to yourself, don't feel bad when you can't explain them to others either.

I've listened to people say "Well, why didn't you tell me?" or "Why didn't you do...?"

Don't second-guess someone telling you about something traumatic.  Just don't.  It's not helping in any way.  Listen if you can.  If you can't listen, say so.

Saying "I don't understand" is fine.  But trying to rewrite his or her experience isn't.