Failed Ford Turing Test, Bad Robot, No Oilcan

So I went onto the Ford section of to ask a question. A pop-up appeared, and it said Pearl Wilson was typing. She asked me about my issue with the vehicle, but by the third question I knew it was either a scam or a Turing test written by a kangaroo jumping randomly on […]

Harl Vincent, Pulp Engineer

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope your 2017 is joyful and prosperous. I’m glad that psychotic and murderous 2016 is finally over. I have to admit, I have an affinity for the early science fiction, fantasy, and weird tales that came out in the beginning of the twentieth century. Some of the tales are cringe-worthy […]

Happy New Year!

I’d like to take the time to wish all of you a Happy New Year. I’m glad 2016 is finally dead and buried, but why did it have to take so many of the people I admired and enjoyed? Anywho, if you’re a writer, don’t make a resolution to write more. Just go ahead and […]

Guy, President of the United States

Book on Italian Americans Yup, you missed out. I was an official registered independent candidate for President of the United States. Unfortunately, I didn’t win. I did, however, get my name into the historical records. For example, there’s the page about me on Ballotpedia. Hopefully President Trump will turn out to be someone who doesn’t nuke the planet. Fingers crossed. […]

Free Goodies from Creative Market

If you happen to be working on or planning out your author website or blog, this will be a handy post to read. For clarity, I am not an affiliate of the below site and I do not get anything if you decide to get any of the below goodies from Creative Market. Author Website […]

Descriptive Genre Novels

 Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, descriptive genre novels were suddenly available to the general public at greatly reduced cost. The paper wasn’t always the best quality and plagiarism was rampant between different countries — sometimes even between regions or states. People didn’t travel much and there was no Internet to bring […]

Marketing List Part 2 – Free Distribution + Reviews

Marketing List Part 2 – Free Distribution + Reviews Site/Group Name: Awesomegang URL: Cost: Free Paid Option: Yes, $10 Min. Reviews: No Min. Rating: No Site/Group Reg: No Notes: A $10 paid upgrade guarantees home page for two days, inclusion in newsletters, and social media mentions. Prefers long descriptions. Review: Simple, easy website with […]

CenturyLink Blues

Like most of the Internet Service Providers, CenturyLink has plenty of folks that believe that they’re staffed by creatures from the abyss. Personally, I’ve found their tech folks to be reasonable, especially when they realize I have an IT background and they can “talk the language” with me. I’m stuck in the geometric center of […]

Marketing List Part 1 – Free Distribution

FFG-51 USS Gary I decided to start posting about some of the free or low-cost marketing opportunities that I am familiar with. This is Marketing List Part 1, where I expect to have around 25 posts on the series by the time I am done. Each post will have 5-10 sites. I am actually going to each site […]

Convention Power

 Most of my author friends go to conventions to be on panels and to sell books to people they meet. Some sell books using a cash-only approach, while others use phone-based credit and debit card devices to accept payments. Getting 120v power to your booth can range from free to twenty bucks for the con […]