Stop Your Labors and Buy a Book

A note from your friendly neighborhood writer (I know, I know, I’m not the only one!): Sorry about this strange truncated post, but it’s my husband’s birthday and I don’t feel like doing anything, and besides I didn’t promo yesterday.
Real post tomorrow, I promise.

Also FYI I HATE the new WordPress posting interface, which they make really clean by hiding ABSOLUTELY everything and then you have to poke around till you find it. And they don’t let you switch back to the class mode.

I can see where this would be way more useful for stuff like, oh, a store or a vlog, but none of the stuff that’s “new and cool” is stuff I need, and I can’t find any of the things I actually want, like how to center the pictures without figuring out pictographs they invented for the occasion. Grrr. Argh.

Meanwhile, kick back, consider one of these books, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

Book Promo

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FROM MACKEY CHANDLER: Who Can Own the Stars?

The Kingdom of Central’s sovereign, Heather Anderson, set L1 as a limit for armed ships to respect, de-militarizing the Solar System. Now that the Earth nations are experimenting with star drives they want to challenge this limit anew. The USNA starship, Constitution is intercepted violating the L1 limit and brings them to the brink of war again. Will Peer Jeffrey Singh be able to negotiate a compromise? Do the Earthies mean to bargain in good faith? The Spacers need to buy time but things on Earth are always so complicated…


Can magic be a substitute for drugs? It sure seems like it.

Christopher Chevalier and Listrial, the Fairy Queen, are in Arizona searching for clues about terrifying monsters and the people who fight them and finding more questions than answers.

Winifred and her crew have been knocked for a loop, all their lives turned upside down, and they have a bad feeling about what’s coming next. When Izzy gets in trouble, all hell could break loose.

Dan Ben-David needs answers and he needs them fast. Everything is spiraling out of his control and he doesn’t want to ask for help. Instead, he’s trying to figure everything out on his own and it’s going from bad to worse. He’s in desperate need of help and a sandwich.

FROM JULIA BLAINE: Tea and Sympathy and Emus

A whimsical, quirky story. How could it not be with naughty emus and flying pigs?
On her own for the first time in years, Linda wants to learn to take care of herself again. She’s not doing a spectacular job of it.
Sheriff Deputy Dan Granger doesn’t like making mistakes, especially when he is on duty. He’s made Linda’s new independent life more difficult. When he tries to fix his mistakes, he can’t quite get it right. And it’s more and more important to Dan that he makes everything right.
Can he make this romance fly? Or will birds that don’t fly and pigs that do, get in the way?


A mysterious castle holds an evil wizard.
How evil — the knights only learn when they come to the very gate, where he can wield the Lifestone.


Ice is back. He’s got a job, a girlfriend, four talking horses, and now he bought a wreck of a house, hemmed with conflicting requirements of the Historical Society, building codes and fire regulations . . . He’s almost too busy to worry about the looming trial of a former president.

36 thoughts on “Stop Your Labors and Buy a Book

  1. …terrifying monsters and the people who fight them…

    Do at least some realize that there is a difference between Terrifying and “terrifying”?
    Us (generally) hopefully NON-terrifying monsters are naturally a bit concerned.
    That ‘ “friendly” fire’ thing…

    1. Ya’all need to stop terrifying those poor monsters.

      Monsters Lives Matter!

      At least until they try to use you for a snack.

    1. Thing is, if HOW-TO… for who(m)?

      Those… seeking… such?
      Those hoping to avoid such?
      Or those.. aspiring to BE such?

      NOTE: In general I hope to NOT be terrifying. Though given the actions of some this Summer and on… it *might* be useful to project the idea in some cases. But I generally avoid inner (bigger) cities. I prefer civilization, such as it is.

      1. Guidebook: How to recognize and avoid (or deal with) monsters who are terrifying.
        How-to: How to terrify monsters (for fun and profit?)

      2. I find that terrifying monsters is bad for one’s health. They don’t take it well.

        I’ve already bought and read Mackey’s and Pam’s book. The “Sympathy and Emus” looks . . . interesting.

  2. Sorry, currently reading Aer-ki Jyr’s “Excaliber” set in his Star Force universe.

    I think we’ve passed the writing singularity. There’s no way I can read everything published, much less written, in my life time or the lifetime of this planet. Well, unless we run into a Fahrenheit 451 future.

    That doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying.

  3. You can reach *an* old style writing interface here:

    (obviously, I can’t actually access that)

    and if you’re on the wordpress dot org, I’ll post the link to the article that explains how to fix that.

    1. Method 1. Disable Gutenberg with the Classic Editor Plugin
      For this method, we will be using the Classic Editor plugin which is developed and maintained by the core WordPress contributors.

      First thing you need to do is install and activate the Classic Editor plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

      The plugin works out of the box, and it will disable the Gutenberg editor upon activation.

      This plugin also gives you an option to keep both Gutenberg and the Classic editor at the same time. You can configure this in the plugin’s settings.

      Simply go to the Settings » Writing page in your WordPress admin area. You will see the option to do this under “Classic editor settings”.


      1. Do you know if this works on the “free” platform? I don’t really put up enough to warrant a paid account so have to deal with the low end stuff.

        1. The link I put in the first one will work for us.

          It’s bleepin’ $25/month if you buy in bulk for the likes of you and I to use plug-ins!

      2. Yep. I managed to set it back to Classic because the new versipn is made of suck. More usefully, from the WP Admin menu in the Posts category there is at the top left “Posts” with the words “Add New” next to it. That is a drop down menu which lets you choose Classic or ptui-!! Block editor.

        I have the URL to this menu screen as a shortcut for when it’s 1am and need to post a finished piece.

  4. 1st: Happy Birthday Dan. 🙂

    2nd: I agree with you about the new interface. Clunky is the best way I can describe it. Have not tried to post photos with yet. Sounds like I’m in for a new and improved headache.

    1. I’m on the free version, and I always start, schedule the post, then revert to classic editor. (Close post, re-open from post list, and select “classic editor.”) Among other things, the new version doesn’t seem to have the “read more” line so that the entire post doesn’t appear on the main page. Grrrrrrrr.

    2. That probably means “optimized for phones and tablets.”

      I’m sorry, as far as I’m concerned the touchscreen rabble can stay outside with their noses pressed against the window…

      And the new interface at MGC is obviously intended for “devices” instead of desktops.

  5. Signal boost for an author friend:

    Interweaves memories of fighting the Khmer Rouge with the Current Year shenanigans. I’m halfway through it. As usual the people who need to read it probably won’t.

  6. I love how they are promoting this blog post “How to master the block editor!” as if I hadn’t mastered the classic editor just by using it. It was easy. I actually miss Zemanta. That made linking stuff really easy.

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