Announcing the Grand Amazon Giveaway!

Update: That went rather faster than I had imagined.  The entire giveaway, which I had imagined to last about two weeks, was over in about eighteen hours.  Congratulations to the winners.  To everyone else, thank you for your participation. So busy busy; I can’t seem to ever keep things to myself. I’d like to announce another book giveaway, this time consisting of 20 Ebook editions of my collection Goliath Thunder: Sacrifice, similarly for sale in both paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon if you can’t keep your shirt on for fifteen days.  God knows I can’t. The aforementioned giveaway is a kind of contest in which contestants have a certain chance of randomly winning an Ebook on what essentially constitutes a roll of the die.  You just have to follow this link and do as the page instructs.  There are no fees or entrance requirements to participate–aside from having an Amazon account of some manner or another. Best of luck to you. –Madsen

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Doesn’t Mean a Thing to Me

A lot of updates this week for those who aren’t in the loop.  Where oh where oh where do I begin? Facebook has slapped me with a shadowban.  I can’t be sure of the exact reason, but suffice it to say that they will not advertise the vast majority of content I post, and moreover, they throttle any organic impressions that my content does produce on its own.  This means that the Facebook platform is now next to useless for me.  We’re looking into alternatives–like Goodreads, for example–but it possesses some similar shortcomings alongside some interesting potential.  The lesson learned from all this is that I need to draw readers to this, my website.  It’s here that I can determine what constitutes acceptable language and whatever in the nine hells is suppose to be “provocative.”  To that end, my Facebook page will remain merely to function as a lighthouse to guide potential users to the subscribe menu on this website.  Goodreads I cannot indicate yet for certain.  There’s also Tumblr and Wattpad, but I know even less about those platforms. Aside from all of this, I’ve been working on world building.  Some of you have already seen chapters of the Read More …

So I Apologize in Advance

Apparently I’d been misled for years about the function of the membership… function on this website, thinking it simultaneously a means to post as it also a means of being subscribed to my content.  It’s only the former.  The latter is an entirely different function I’ve just recently added to the sidebar of the website.  You don’t actually have to be a user to be subscribed, which requires little more than an email address, but you do have to be a member to post.  Interestingly enough, you can be a member without actually being subscribed. I thought I had a responsibility to inform any members that I’ve so far misled.  Simultaneously, if you’re not interested in receiving such emails–not interested in being a subscriber–consider this no imposition to subscribe and understand that I will send preciously few communications of this nature in the future, that I might not assail your probably already swelling inbox. Thank you once again.  I’m sorry about the inconvenience.

The Adventure Continues

I’ve been trying to find a new home for my content and my followers beside, and I keep finding myself disappointed and disappointed. So I might have mentioned that I have a page on Goodreads.  I never really knew what to do with the medium before as its user interface is frankly opaque, but forced by necessity, I’ve been exploring its community, its author assistance, and its advertising potential.  Let me just remind anyone that doesn’t know that Goodreads is probably the only major social media platform for people that specifically like to read.  Now, while Goodreads offers readers much better access to the writers they enjoy and their works, and also it does offer automated book giveaways and the like, it suffers similarly in at least one major component to Facebook.  Its advertising policies, while convenient enough to fit on a fucking page [FUCK YOU FACEBOOK], are also similarly vague.  For example one of the prohibitions actually reads “Not Allowed: Provocative.”  Sigh.  How am I supposed to take that?  Provocative in what context?  Do you mean sexually provocative?  Do you mean provocative in the sense that it does provoke, whether for better or worse, a reaction from the reader?  How Read More …

Censored by Facebook

This isn’t a new problem; it’s a recurring problem and one I’ve never been able to address with any congruity.  To put it simply, in the past, Facebook would prevent me from propagating what I’d written without anything resembling sufficient explanation.  Things now are somewhat worse. I have my suspicions about the very nature of the censorship and how it occurred, but I sense that I should explain the way that Facebook works before I launch into what might seem an esoteric subject. Facebook monetizes predominantly through two means: advertising and selling your personal information to advertisers.  I’ll discuss the latter at some other time.  The former is rather two-fold.  Various companies, usually conglomerates, use Facebook as a platform to advertise their products; it’s really nothing new and no different from advertising on television.  The latter of this is however two-fold, concerning entities on Facebook predominantly using Facebook to generate interest.  For example, I’m a writer and an entrepreneur.  I use Facebook as a way of generating both awareness and interest in the things I do [writing serials and writing books].  To that end, I have several Facebook pages representing myself the author and the two universes I’ve generated in Read More …

Never Survives First Contact

You always start, when you’re making a new project, with some semblance of a plan, even if it’s a plan that only exists in your mind.  You do your best to follow it, but then things happen, and they aren’t always just complications.  This is particularly problematic for virtually every author.  When you’re writing a story, you only develop a real sense of what the story’s going to be about two-fifths of the way in.  The story has its own mind; you’re simply the vessel it settled for in its incarnation.  If you’re like me, you keep writing the story as if nothing had happened, knowing in the back of your head all the extra work that’s going to be necessary in editing the earlier portion to make it in-line with the latter.  That’s fine.  That’s good.  We all go through it.  My problem, and it’s a recurring problem, is not merely in what my story wants to be, but in what sort of form it wants to take place.  For example, you start writing a few poems, but then one hundred poems later you accidentally made enough for a whole collection that could be made into a book. My Read More …

Frustrated with Advertising Policies

I could write a story where I elucidate in nearly graphic terms coitus between consenting [or even non-consenting] adults, and this would almost always pass an advertising filter.  If, however, I wanted to use the terms “Fuck,” Shit,” or “Ass,” regardless of context, that would get flagged.  So all your little babies would know all about intercourse from a complete stranger, meanwhile consenting adults would be robbed of terms already used in fucking common parlance.  Fuck me screaming. I don’t have to like it, but I have to play nice.  Truth is, that’s just another few bucks I’ll be spending on booze rather than on my career.

Book Giveaway Winners

So I ran a book raffle from January 4th to the 12th.  Five books being given away, and we had 877 contestants, somewhat more than I had imagined.  While it would be traditional to announce the lucky five awarded a free copy of my book Goliath Thunder: Sacrifice, I nevertheless feel some fiduciary responsibility to protect their personal information.  Suffice it to say that the international squadron [those not living within the sovereign territory of the United States] won a clear majority of the copies. As of the publication of this notice, the copies of the title will have been sent out to the appropriate recipients.  Happy reading to you fortunate.  If those fortunate do not receive their copies, for whatever reason, I pray they contact me by whatever means most convenient, and I shall have the matter rectified.  For the vast majority denied this opportunity, know that I will run more book giveaways in the future, but also be aware that while the paperback runs $12 American, a Kindle edition is no more than $2.99 and is otherwise free if you have Kindle Unlimited. I thank all of you for your attention and participation.  I’m a little overwhelmed at Read More …

Work Work

I told you guys I’d only be boring.  Just working.  Get up, manage hygiene, work until I feel like I’ve got a serious drinking habit, go to sleep, and repeat.  Actually, matters aren’t really as simple as that.  I spent much of Monday restructuring the website, in the process discovering some security vulnerabilities that I hadn’t previously known about.  Learned a fair bit in the process, but for the sake of our collective security, I’ll keep all that insight to myself.  That’s part one. The rest of the week has been consumed in writing.  Part two of the Gregory Samuels trilogy continues at a brisk pace.  A very brisk pace.  At this point, it’s well on the road to becoming proper book length, which isn’t really what I had in mind.  When it’s completed, we’ll see what I want to do with it.  If it’s enough to be considered a proper novel, I may release it simultaneously as a novel at some moderate price whilst simultaneously releasing it chapter by chapter, for free, as a serial on this website. There’s other more minor manners predominantly personal.  Long story, don’t accept responsibility for a piece of property that you don’t have Read More …