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Apr. 16th, 2014

11:02 pm - Aubergine song

Most of my set last night wasn't quite this lewd, but this was the only song that got recorded!

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09:13 pm - Billionaire Bloomerg's Grassroots and God

Two aspects of this article about former NY mayor Bloomberg struck me: First, he asserts (and the news media blithely accepts) that you build a “grassroots movement” by spending tens of millions of dollars to finance it. Second, his relationship with God is discussed. (There’s a nice write-up of the article at The Truth About Guns.)

The article begins:

 Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.


The definition of “grass-roots” in this context makes this rather silly; the Tea Party actually was a grassroots organization, and still has no national headquarters, simply a very large number of independent groups. I know the leaders in my area; they have never received outside funding or direction. There are advertisers and like-minded folks pursuing the same goals now, but that doesn’t fund the movement, nor direct it.

Compare this to Bloomberg’s ham-handedness. He created “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” from scratch, by force of cash, and recruited a lot of mayors into the group. A number of them have left since; some have gone to jail, and others bailed out when it became clear that Bloomberg’s goal was to make all guns illegal. Those left are, literally, left, or clueless about his doings.


Then Bloomberg created another “grassroots” campaign — by hiring a political spokesperson/GE Monsanto PR hack to pretend to be “One Million Moms for Gun Control.”  Since they could never get more than a dozen of their own “grassroots” people to show up at protests, the “million moms” business was embarrassing, so Bloomberg renamed it to the unwieldy “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”

Not long after its formation, Bloomberg’s involvement became obvious, so he formally “adopted” the group last year. I don’t think they’ve ever fielded more than a dozen people at an event. And their techniques are, of course, dishonest as are their statistics. In one famous early stunt, they asked a bunch of guys with guns to pose for them, then ran the photo claiming that they fellows were “intimidating” the group. This ruse was busted when it turned out that there was more than one photo of the doings.

The media loves “Moms Demand Action,” of course; they’ll ignore a conservative protest with tens of thousands to cover six “moms” demanding the disarming of American citizens. Otherwise, this group would be of zero consequence.

 Bloomberg and Lesser Gods

The other intriguing bit was that Bloomberg, who has long assumed that his billions and political clout allow him to bully anyone anywhere — this is the man who decided how large of a soft drink his subjects were allowed to consume — had this to say about God:

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

And I expect that when he gets inside, he’ll demand that God get out of Bloomberg’s chair.  I am not religious, and neither is Bloomberg — but have you ever heard anyone make such an astounding, prideful statement on national television about his power outranking the powers of Heaven? Or that he has made his own decision on his own worth in Heaven, and God cannot say otherwise? Amazing.

In the meantime, he is forced to count mailing lists he’s purchased as “supporters” to get to “1.5 million” — the real number appears to be a single-digit percentage of that. And “Moms Demand Action,” the failing group, is being folded into this new “Everytown for Gun Safety” to disarm American citizens. He’s so very unpopular with Americans that even leftist Democrats are telling him to shut up until after the election.

But he’s already decided his own worth, based upon his wars on salt, soft drinks, and the Second Amendment. And he can outrank the Heavenly Host, why not other leftists and the American public?

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

03:33 pm - This is a new feeling

I've got an ISBN number. Never had one of those before.

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin

12:00 pm - My tweets


11:20 am - 365 Grateful Project - 106



Grateful that I ended up in this strangely beautiful,  prickly, unrelenting, and unforgiving place that I have grown to love so much. 


#365Grateful #desert #desertspring

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12:47 pm - Knoxville snapshots

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

10:14 am - Why, 2K!

That's right, as of...well, sometime last week, probably, I haven't been checking that closely...we cracked 2000 copies of Nine Goblins sold! How cool izzat?

Thank you, everybody who ordered a copy! You're awesome, and I hope you enjoyed it!

The following bits are probably only of interest to self publishers, but I wanna contribute what smidgeon I can to an often opaque set of numbers, so read on if you like that sort of thing!

In terms of numeric breakdowns, after expenses (mostly editing services and coffee) we're looking at around $5.5K. For self-pub, that's not the extreme end of the bell curve, but definitely a very respectable success. If you figure it took about 100 hours to write, that's a very good wage (although if you figure that it took since 2006 to write, the numbers good. And it's not like you can just sit down and put in a 100 hour work week and have another book. Well, I can't, anyhow. You know, trying to work this out like this is probably a fruitless exercise...)

Anyhow, as far as I can tell--and I am extrapolating from VERY little data here, so I could be very wrong, anyone with more experience, feel free to chip it!--the initial sales burst comes in the first month or two, then it begins to taper off. I'd guess there's a spike in sales when you put out a new book (or at least, so I am told!) but as the next Goblins book may take another couple years at this rate, we'll find out if it applies to other releases by the same author.

Around 90% of sales were via Amazon Kindle. Smashwords is definitely worth it, though, as there's a lot of readers who, for whatever reasons, will not use Amazon and it sucks to leave them in the lurch. I've heard from friends that direct sales from their website do very well, and that's something to consider, although I dread the tech support aspect there. Suspect that may be the wave of the future, though, as Amazon eventually will start to squeeze.

The nice thing about slow taper, though, is that while it's not paying my rent as it did for the first two months, it's still solidly buying groceries, and even as we slither downward, I can probably expect it to keep me in hard cider money for awhile.

That is due entirely to the readers, let me hasten to add--I'm not promoting it beyond posts like this one and links on the website, and it's the plethora of good reviews and (gasp! the legendary!) word-of-mouth that's moving copies. I am super grateful for that--I even had a fan tell me the other day that they bought a copy and loved it and didn't know it was by me. Which, I mean, pen-name and all, but that means the book has a life of its own beyond just yours truly, and that bodes very well for it.

So all in all, my first self-pub adventure has been a rousing success, despite all the weeping and bloodshed that it took to bring it into the world. (Come to think of it, there's a few more typos found...need to get that deal with in my copious spare time...) Thank you, everybody!

And yes! Promotion! I can do this! If you want to buy a copy:



09:42 am - The Novel Cupcakes

These are Novel Cupcakes.


Because I sold my first novel, Gini bought me a dozen cupcakes from my favorite cupcake store and we get to eat them one by one to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

Only Gini gets to eat them with me.  Because I could not have done it without her.

And that’s what success tastes like.

You will hear of this no more; no cupcake reviews, no discussing what flavors each of those twelve delicious cupcakes turned out to be.

Because some things we do? They’re not meant to be shared with the Internet.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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