“Hey Hun!” Illegal Tender Series

A while back, I blogged about the evils of MLM “business opportunities” (scams) and why they’re so toxic. Ethan Vanderbuilt recently linked to a Yahoo Finance podcast called Illegal Tender which is now doing an MLM series and interviewing women who have been taken by these scams. It’s worth checking out. 

On the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Market Volatility

Yesterday, I gave my hot take on Twitter about the Dow Jones dropping over 1,000 points. So now I’m going to elaborate more. To everyone crying about the #DOW dropping: You knew for the last two weeks it might tank due to #Covid_19 fears and didn’t think to do some sell-offs while at its record […]

The “Creepo Handshake”

I don’t know why some guys do certain stupid things to women in an effort to get with them. Catcalling or telling a woman to “smile more” comes to the forefront of everyone’s minds when you talk about this kind of thing. Seriously, when has either of those actually worked for a guy? At the […]

Atlanta Nights: 15th Anniversary and the Lessons it Taught Us

This year, the “novel” Atlanta Nights by a group of sci-fi authors under the pseudonym Travis Tea turns 15 and the lessons it teaches us are still as true as ever. Let’s go down memory lane and see what this “horrible” book is all about.  In the early 2000s, bookseller PublishAmerica was already under fire […]

You Are NOT in the Tour de France

When I was young, I learned about bike safety and I’m sure most of you did too. There’s lots of good advice for bicyclists that carries well into your adult years like wearing a helmet, using signals, having lights or reflectors on your bike/gear. But for some reason, grownups tend to forget one piece of […]

The “I Could Die Tomorrow” Fallacy

Preface: Today’s blog is aimed at folks who have the ability to save money and choose not to. Those who are unable to save due to lack of income or some other sort of hardship can ignore this blog. Since Kobe Bryant’s death is still pretty close in the rear-view mirror, I think I’ll be […]

Why We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

Yesterday, everyone was surprised by the death of retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in the tragic Calabasas helicopter crash. Ten years ago, I would have wondered why everyone was freaking out. Had you died, Kobe probably have no idea and would not have attended your funeral, so why make a big […]

How I Misunderstood Patreon

Back in the early 2000s, I saw all sorts of content creators setting up “PayPal Tip Jars” on their web pages. I thought it was really cringy at the time, but I get it now, people want to get paid for their content, even if its people simply tipping them out of the goodness of […]

EARCS and Piracy

Yesterday on Twitter, indie author Jasmine Gold mentioned that she found her book on piracy websites. Due to the timing and file format, she believed that it was an EARC (electronic advanced reader copy) reader who released the book. Warning to writers new to self-publishing: When I published my novel last summer, some supposed reviewers […]

When Authors and Critics Should Engage

A few weeks ago, there was a Twitter beef between an author and a critic who gave a negative review of her book. The author challenged the critique by saying the critic only read an ARC and the critic countered this by saying the final copy of the book had the same issues. The author […]