Posts tagged ‘dark fantasy’

I have no skeletons in my closet: they're all hanging from the yardarm

The day started with a post from Nicky to my Daverana Page. He revealed that one of my employees was secretly accessing files on the main company computer and then sending them to him.  So I checked the logs (I’m the only one who can access those) and the most recent person to have a look at my Nicky files was Bob. He had also tried to pry into sections and documents that I had passworded.  I may never know whys of it all, but I am appalled by what I do know.

I had a big fight with Bob and then he threw a link in my face and called me a ‘bitch.”

The link was to a new page that Write Agenda has up on me. I tried several times to make my screenshots larger enough to be easily read.  So, in case you cannot read<a href=”"Photobucket"” target=”_blank”> this one, I’ll post what it says beneath my name in tiny type:

Protected: T.W.A.N.G.: Janrae Frank Dossier Project

In Accountability, Alcohol Abuse, Alternative Lifestyles, Cocaine, Drug Abuse, Emotional Instability, Gay Lifestyles, Hollywood, Illegal Drugs, Incitement, Interviews, Intimidation, Investigations, investigative journalist, Janrae Frank, Journalism, Journalist, lawsuits, Legal Issues, Lesbian, Lesions, Polio, Poliomyelitis, Propaganda, Rehabiltation, Sex Change, Spinal Column, The Washington Post, Therapy Sessions on November 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

They got all of this off my blogs and put some spin on it to make it look like I”m mentally ill. It seems that having been trapped in an abusive marriage for 15 years and developing PTSD as a result of that abuse makes me all kinds of crazy. What does this say about their opinion of other abused women who found the strength to escape dangerously abusive marriages like I did? What does this say about what they believe about women who have survived male violence (as I have) and come out of it battered, but sane?

If people who have had PTSD and dared to talk about it are disparaged as “emotionally unstable”, how does this reflect our returning soldiers? Are they saying the ALL of our returning soldiers are to be treated badly and subjected to their derision?

I may have abused alcohol at times before I got meds for depression, but I was never an alcoholic. I was laughed out of my attempts to join AA. You see, all of the true alcoholics could recognize me as a normie with just a single question. “If you had some money and no groceries to feed your child, what would you spend it on? Your child or booze?”

Sovay never went hungry once I escaped from her father.

I have talked openly about my experiences with meth and cocaine and how I went cold turkey off it in 1988, because I wanted to show others that it was possible to stay clean. I have been clean since August of 1988. But they want me punished for ever having done it.  They want to turn my victories — and by extension all those like myself who overcame their addictions — into defeats.  Guess what, Write Agenda? It ain’t going to happen.

My ex is a transsexual and out of the closet. But by putting that one word there, it suggested that my c-section scars don’t really exist.  If any of the voyeurs reading this want pictures, feel free to ask.

No, I’m not a Lesbian. I’m bi-sexual. There IS a difference. I’m the B in GLBTQ, not the L.  So apparently they are homophobic also. Like the good people who are going around burning queer folks alive and dumping their remains on street corners.

And let’s take a look at how they mention my polio as if that made me mentally ill and of questionable worth.  Are they trying to insinuate that by having had polio at age eight I ought to be condemned?

The only one this reflects badly on is them. Not me.

The Write Agenda is Wrong

I could not lodge a reply because of a time limit, so I’m putting my rebuttal here. And then I will cross post it across all of my other blogs, including myspace.  Here’s what they had to say:

The Write Agenda has not questioned the fact that Writer Beware has helped numerous individuals over time. They have without question. Somewhere along that positive history something has run afoul. The claim that “American Book Publishing has been the subject of at least one police investigation” is a primary example of how Writer Beware has forgotten its original mission and responsibility to provide true information.

This gist of this is that a single bit of information that they are trying to challenge is worth all of the over the top reaction that includes multiple nearly identical blogs and websites.  Clearly, they were one of the scammers that Writer Beware caught with their pants down.  At one point they even had books out on Smashwords repeating this garbage. I posted a note on Mark Coker’s (the owner of Smashwords) facebook to alert him to what was going on and he banned them for TOS violations.

Had I not known otherwise, I would have thought this was all the work of an angsty hyperactive adolescent. But, no, these are adult(s).

The real “intimidation” is the fact that Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware have posted this information, refuse to delete it and refuse to provide documentation that proves the claim. This is neither a grand jury investigation nor an investigative newspaper report. Both of these examples are not entitled to the protections of confidentiality and would be not be deemed privileged information; not to mention the fact that Victoria Strauss is not a professional investigative journalist and would not legally be permitted to claim these privileges to protect herself. The Write Agenda’s request has nothing to do with protecting police investigators. Police investigators could not remotely be claimed as “sources” as Janrae Frank would have you believe. Think about it, don’t individuals go “to” the investigators? Don’t “investigators” write police reports? Isn’t it not true that police reports are assigned incident numbers?

I never claimed that police investigators could be claimed as sources, although a lot of major columnists (New York Times, The Washington Post, et al) have done so.  Government officials speak with anonymity to reporters and columnists. That’s how it is done. What TWA were demanding were the names of people who had complained about them. American Book Publishing had it written into the contract that any author complaining about them would owe them $10,000 in damages.   

Good way to keep the victims silent.

Contrary to Janrae Frank’s unfortunate “smoke screen,” the information contained within any “police investigation” is subject to discovery, available under the Freedom of Information Act, has an incident number and is not subject to any protections under the law (assuming that it actually exists). The fact here is that there never was a “police investigation” conducted against America Book Publishing. Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware know this and they cannot produce 1) an incident number; 2) what was American Book Publishing Investigated for; and 3) the name of the investigating police agency. This is true “intimation” and a it’s scam that has been perpetrated by Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin and Writer Beware. Now, Janrae Frank has made the personal choice to attempt to deliberately cloud this further; that’s very unfortunate.

Unfortunate? Are you threatening me?

Now let’s take a look at the Freedom of Information Act.

How fascinating. The Freedom of Information Act only applies to the Feds.  Guess that means that The Write Agenda could never have used it to harass the state and local officials.

Janrae Frank, who is a well-respected American journalist, knows for a fact that “police investigations” are subject to discovery under the Freedom of Information; it is the most commonly used tool of any investigative reporter. Considering that Ms. Frank chose  to weigh in here, without any appreciation for the actual facts, it appears that she is more interested in participating in this viral controversy as a means to help her slumping book sales. Self-serving conduct? It appears to be. Her current Amazon Sales Rankings range from 315,555 to 3,405,977.  As an industry standard, an Amazon Sales Ranking of 100,000 equates to 1 copy every 5 days; 2,000,000 equates to 1 copy every 1000 days. (We’ll track this and see if her strategy works.)

Hey, Stupid! Guess what? The majority of my sales are through Smashwords, not Amazon. We quit using Amazon months ago. Check the dates on those books up there and then compare them to what is out from Smashwords!  HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA. My book sales are going great, just not through Amazon. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

The Write Agenda then lists a kitchen sink full of officials who would not be affected by the Freedom of Information act. That act is for politics, not local law enforcement. The only way to get information from law enforcement like that would be to file suit against them.

Furthermore, criminal suits as well as civil suits are matters of public record.  There would not be a reason to invoke the Freedom of Information Act in the first place. Just call the county clerk’s office. Or go down and look it up for yourself.

I think that about covers it.

Oh, wait a minute. Clearly they are not familiar with the little thing I wrote seven years ago: The Curmudgeon’s Creed.


New Installment in Sins of Innocence is up

The newest installment in Sins of Innocence  is up at blogspot

So as not to overwhelm the blog readers, I have been keeping them to no more than two scenes depending up length.  From now on, I will be referring to them as installments rather than chapters.   Next week’s is a very long scene, so I’ll be using a standard text cut there.

Book six of the lycan blood series has been uploaded to kindle and should be available no later than Friday.

The oldest marriage and courtship customs of the lycans (which have mostly died out) were based more on their innate wolfish natures than on their acquired humanity.  They aimed at proving that a male could be resourceful, strong and determined.  One of them is the Wild Cousins Courtship, which features in the Lycan Blood series.

It was a rite of chase and capture and assumed that a female would be as resourceful in the woods as the male.  It was initiated by the female, who threw the challenge at a suitor.  It had a set number of days for each event to happen.  The male had to accept the challenge or abandon the courtship of the female.  The male could not change into a wolf during this period unless the female changed first and was given a head start so that she could disappear into the woods.  If the chase was initiated during the daylight, then it lasted until nightfall and vice versa.  He had to track, trap, and mate with her to prove that he was worthy.  A clever female could avoid him until the time ran out.  The courtship lasted for a year and a day.  If the female defeated the male’s efforts, then he was forbidden to ever associate with her again.  In the backstory to the lycan novels,  Aisha defeated Claw up until the last day when she realized she had fallen in love with him and allowed him to capture her.

Eventually this style of courtship fell out of favor as the lycan communities grew in size and complexity.  It was replaced by a system of courting a family as well as the daughter.  The suitor would give courting gifts to the parents to gain their permission to marry their daughter.  Tobacco and liquor (and other more expensive items if the suitor was wealthy) were given to the father.  Sweets and household goods were given to the mother.  And, of course, gifts for the daughter being courted.

As the lycans adopted more humanish customs, this tradition evolved into brideprice.

Scheduling works

What’s in the Queue?

Lycan Blood series:

Book Five, The Exile’s Return, is being edited.  This is the expanded and restored version.

Book Six, Kady’s Vengeance, has just two chapters left to polish and then it goes to the editor.

Book Seven, The Shadowed Princes, needs five chapters polished and that’s it.

Dark Brothers of the Light series

Book Nine, Blood Lies, is roughly 75% finished.  This is the second to last book in the series.  It is complete in rough draft — very rough draft — at this point, as is the final book in the series, Blood Journey (Working title).  But I need to fill in things like descriptions and flesh out a few more sections.

Once Blood Lies comes out, we will be re-issuing the first books in the series through Smashwords, which will make it available across the net in a large number of formats, including Kindle and Sony.

Last year, Smashwords signed a distribution agreement with Sony and Amazon, among others, which means you can find it on their sites in your favorite formats.

Never Trust a Prophecy

It was the Bible that first intrigued me regarding a problem in translations.  The modern versions of the Bible are, largely, translations of translations.  That includes the King James version.  Each translation should be viewed as a filter.  Greek to Latin to English to modern English without going back to the original language.  One of the best known errors in the filtering of translations occurred  thusly:

If you take the Ten Commandments, you have that one that we generally say “thou shalt not kill.”  That’s pretty comprehensive and would demand that we never kill anyone, even in self-defense.  However, if you go back to the original language, it is revealed to be “Thou shalt not commit murder.”  That’s a huge difference.

The prophecies in my novels are usually translations of translations, which means they have lost some essential meanings.  In some cases, they have become very twisted or even lines have been dropped.  The clues to the missing parts or the ways they could have been mistranslated are all through the novels.  I play fair with the reader.

However, it is up to the readers to discover all the clues and piece together what the prophecies might have been saying in their original languages.

New Turns and the Economy

Because we lost our financing because of the current economic downturn,  we are taking our books to lulu until I can meet Fictionwise’s minimum requirements.

Hopefully we will be able to do this before the end of next year.  We have eight books coming out in the spring, including one by award winning author, Lyn McConchie.

I have indefinitely suspended Flashing Swords magazine, although we will be bringing out a line of fantasy novels under that imprint.

Fictionwise is where the money is for the small press.  More and more people who enjoy reading voraciously are turning to ebooks because of the lower cost of them.

I will keep you all supplied with information concerning this.

Updates

The revisions on If Truth Dies has just passed the 79,000 word mark

Loyalty is still sitting at 55,000, but I’ll get back to that one soon.