Thursday, May 31, 2012

Facebook and I Part Ways

Well, the month of May saw my Facebook page go to Timeline and me go to Google+. As I posted on my G+ page, I believe the new Facebook Timeline makes it too easy for criminal elements to find chronological information on people that gives them the ability to create resumes, recover information pointing at past events that could reveal keys to passwords, and so forth. Facebook is notorious for saying one thing and allowing too much. As a semi-public figure, my move is more a protest on principle than anything else, but I think it was a bad decision on Facebook's part (kind of like their going public with their stock).

Moving on, I have a flash fiction piece coming out in Midnight Screaming magazine (Kara Ferguson, editor) soon. With any luck, I may have a story in the upcoming Dreams of Steam III (Kerlak Publishing, Kimberly Richardson, editor), though I have not heard from the editor about that one yet. I continue to work on Traitor Angel for Seventh Star Press and Deity for Sam's Dot Publishing. With any luck I will have TA ready by Fandom Fest in Louisville (June 29-July 1).

That is my next event, by the way. I am looking forward to it this year, and am very glad they changed the venue. Last year's FF was a debacle of the first order. From everything I've seen, this one should be a great success.

Meanwhile, I was very pleased when Angelkiller (Seventh Star Press, 2011) hit #2 on the Amazon Kindle Free Bestsellers list a couple of weeks ago due to the efforts of Stephen Zimmer and the Seventh Star Saints. Small and medium press authors should have such luck as I have, working with these people. I cannot find the words to say how grateful I am to everyone who worked hard to make that two-day event such a success.

Cottonwood Cocoon by April Bullard
On the Sam's Dot Publishing front, I continue to work on the next issue of parABnormal Digest. We have another marvelous cover from April Bullard. April's work was featured as the cover on the last issue, and we are privileged to be able to showcase her talent. We will also have a feature from a paranormal group in Greece among the fiction, art, poetry, and articles. The Digest will be coming in August and February from now on instead of September and March.

Sam's Dot Publishing was recently "acquired" by White Cat Publications LLC. Exactly how this affects SDP's publications is something I'm not clear about, but it doesn't seem to make much difference to those of us who edit for SDP. 

Well, enough about me. Have to get back to the notebooks and finish up these projects. Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.