Aside ~ Review?

Just popping a book into my cart at Audible. I usually skim through the reviews – some are useful, some aren’t then there are reviews from individuals who just like to see themselves on a website.

What kind of tit writes a “review” like this???

Amazon Customer 10-14-16
Overall 1/5
Performance 1/5
Story 1/5
“Thick Cauwkneaee Accent”
Save it for the Brits. Not fit for the general public. Tedious and tiresome trying to understand what the narrator was saying.

Umm… the story is set in Sussex. WTF kind of accent do you think it should be read in?

You Sir are as stupid as the tit who gave “Still Midnight” a bad review because “The audiobook is read by a narrator with an extremely heavy Scottish accent which was very difficult to understand.

It’s set in Glasgow!! What friggin’ accent do you think it should be read in??

Stupid people annoy the crap out of me…

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Hello Smashwords

Did you miss me?

Recently, Chris over at The Story Reading Ape shared a post about the new and improved Smashwords. The title caught my attention immediately. Smashwords? That clunky old platform where I began my e-publishing and from where I’d divorced myself about a year ago? I had to check it out. The original article was posted by Mark Williams – The International Indie Author.

Smashwords and I hooked up in 2012 but I was soon lured by Amazon’s suave demeanour and international élan. Juggling the two for myself and my coauthor as well as that whole Life thing, became too much. After ridding myself of the coauthor, a ceremonial burning of the ‘the stuff’ in the form of abandoning Smashwords and retiring the cowritten volumes followed. I never did this in real life – the distraught, teenager, tossing all her love letters into a fireplace thing – so I figured this was a good time to test its efficacy. It was alright. Ice cream and wine are better.

And so…

After reading the article, I decided last night in one of those four AM mental organizing and motivational ie: sleepless moments, that I would see if Smashwords had grown up, changed, improved and if it had, I’d give it a second chance. I might forgive that rake Amazon too, even though it was off wooing more popular gals.

To that end…

I’ve spent several hours reacquainting myself with the two and I’m happy to say that Smashwords and I have kissed and repubbed and Amazon and I have made a few changes to shake up our relationship.

I don’t often mention that I have books available. I figure if you read my Author page, you’ll see the links. However in the new and improved atmosphere at both platforms, I have dusted off three volumes that haven’t been available for a few years on Amazon and all my books have been pulled back out of the vaults at Smashwords. So here’s a big, fat, gold-edged invitation to check out my author profile at both sites, it’d make my day if you click the links below and follow, <3, like or whatever it is that one does there. If you happen to buy a book, I’d love if you’d let me know what you think.

~ kei
16 December 2015

KeiB on Smashwords and KeiB on Amazon and KeiB author page Goodreads

Book Review ~ Anger Is An Energy

Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored – by John Lydon

I’ll start by saying, I want to marry John Lydon– sorry Norah!. He’s smart, funny, brutally honest, a godfather of Punk and just as wordy, creative, off-the-wall and ADD as I am.

I bought this book because Punk (Goth, Romantic) is my tribe and I cut my music teeth on Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Teenage Head. My parents are Led Zeppelin, Queen and earlier but the music that felt like my own was Punk and Alternative.

This book is the audio version, narrated by Derek Perkins and the overall feel is that you’re sitting with him down pub and just chatting over a Guiness and a Strongbow (really Spellcheck? You don’t recognize ‘Guiness’?? SMH).

This is a fantastic backstory to all the was the Sex Pistols and PIL, in John’s own words and it is insightful, informative, fun and ultimately relatable. John’s narrative style is so easy on the ears and yes, I’m biased to the lilt. It puts paid to a lot of the rumours and stories that have circulated about him as a human and the rise and fall of SP and the various supporting characters in that world.

I recommend this for anyone who is interested in Music, Biography, Sex Pistols, Post-Punk Music and the music industry on both continents. Not to mention those of you who still wear ‘stovepipes’, love ‘DIY’ and remember ‘if it ain’t Stiff it ain’t worth a fuck’. Oh! Also for those of you who see pictures of Mum with a blue Mohawk, a safety pin in her nose and are proud to declare “My Mum’s a Punk Rocker”.

~ Bloody learn to love each other properly

~ kei
9 December 2015

The Blogger Interview Tag

A heartfelt thanks to my friend The P&TheG over at The Lightening and The Fire for nominating me for The Blogger Interview. I don’t normally do these but I’m honoured he included me in the wonderful company he did so, here goes.

Here are the rules:

* Mention the person who tagged you
* Answer the questions in full
* Don’t forget to tag up to ten other bloggers at the end

Here are the questions:

How did you get into blogging?
You wouldn’t believe the truth! It’s a Sci-Fi opus on LSD! 🙂 So, the semi-truth is, I was encouraged to start a blog here to expand my writing contacts and to promote some books among a community that was focussed on poetry and writing (unlike Facebook). I’d been writing since childhood and had a blog with a very different content focus in the CSS & HTML days, so poetry blogging was like coming home and landing on Mars all at once!

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
You have to write from your heart, there are like-minded people out there waiting to hear your voice. Don’t get bogged down in the cliques, critiques and craziness that is prevalent in the blog world. Write hard and true about what matters to you. Be true to your ideals in your writing and how you support others in the community. There are wonderful souls here and there are soul-sucking asshats. Ignore the asshats – picture them in their underwear on the can and having to use SpellCheck 🙂

What would be your dream campaign?
There are so many that speak to me! I’m involved in the 3D world and if I had to pick, I’d like to see Dementia / Alzheimer’s as well as the autoimmune disease M.E. (which I have) getting some research, dollar and awareness loves.

Do you have a plan for your blog
To keep on going as long as it nurtures me. There’ve been moments that I wanted to walk away but as I find a core of true friends here, it makes the staying much easier. I’m trying new things, following new people and hope to continue to inspire and be inspired.

What do you think about rankings?
I think they’re utterly meaningless and I never – for realz –  check them. I love to see that little gold “+” but I’d rather have ten people who are sincere in their opinion of me and my writing than a bunch of folks who don’t even read what I post.

I would love to nominate a few friends, old and new, that keep me smiling and inspired. Always optional guys, feel free to participate or pass:

Seeing The Whisper

Perso-In-Poesia

 You Must Suffer Me To Go My Own Dark Way

The Muscleheaded Blog

This Knitted Life

Southside of Heaven (Ádhamh, I know you can’t, had to include you!)

Orange Smoothie Knits

Siren Song

Aside ~ About Amazon…

I’m sorry to get political late on a Friday… This just now came to my attention and given all the foofaraw and hullabaloo about Amazon’s craptastic anti-review review policies… how about we get behind telling them we don’t want our books sold on the same platform as this sub-species of dung beetle’s spew…?

Amazon: Stop selling dung beetle RooshV’s book of how to’s for Rapists