You need to double your Amazon security

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You heard right.

Time to double security and protect your books on Amazon. 

Now, not only do I need to work on this year’s taxes, but looks as if I may need to work on my Amazon account.

What the hell? Hackers are now invading Amazon? You’ve got to be kidding me.

I feel as if I’m playing Wack-a-Mole trying to avoid hackers and stupid people. This is getting ridiculous. I change my passwords from time to time, but now I’ve got to do more to keep these crooked jerks out.

Thanks to Janice Hardy over at Fiction University for the warning.

Here’s what I learned today about Amazon Security…

  • Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) accounts are linked to my regular Amazon account.
  • Hackers attempt to break into customer Amazon accounts every single day.
  • If a Hacker gains access to my Amazon account they have access to my KDP.
  • A Hacker will…

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Google Changes Images Policy

Very important for bloggers, like me, who use Google Images. Probably switching to Pixabay or always choosing “VISIT” and attributing Google Images to their sources from now on.

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Nicholas C. Rossis

As Shannon Connellan explains on Mashable, Google recently made a subtle change to its image search — but one that may have big repercussions for copyright. The company has now removed the “view image” button from image search, which will make it trickier to save copyrighted images directly. Once a direct link to a high-resolution version of your chosen image, the “view image” button was a concern for photographers, publishers and stock image sites alike, as it allowed people to access a high-res version of the image without visiting the source site.

With Google’s elimination of the tool, you’ll still be able to visit the source of the image with the remaining “visit” button, but it’s this additional step that’s hopefully meant to make people less likely to steal copyrighted material — seeing images in their original context could be a red flag for users.

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Nominees Announced for Some of #Scifi ‘s Highest Honors, the 52nd Annual #NebulaAwards, 2017

Competition for some of #scifi ‘s highest honors, the 52nd Annual #NebulaAwards, has moved forward!

“The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has released its nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards, and it’s an impressive reading list that is once again dominated by women writers.

SFWA Nebula Awards logo

“The Nebula Awards are issued annually by #SFWA to the best works in genre novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories published in the last year, alongside the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. The Nebulas are a sort of industry award, determined by professional authors….The winners will be announced on May 19th at this year’s Nebula conference, which will be held from May 17th–20th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”

Mazel Tov to all the nominees, some who were nominated in more than one category! Go to link for full list, or keep reading, below.

Original list and more info about awards process, schedule of announcements, prizes, etc.:

Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
The Stone Sky, NK Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)

“River of Teeth,” Sarah Lee Gailey ( Publishing)
“Passing Strange,” Ellen Klages ( Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
“Barry’s Deal,” Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
“All Systems Red,” Martha Wells ( Publishing)
“The Black Tides of Heaven,” JY Yang ( Publishing)

“Dirty Old Town,” Richard Bowes (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 5-6/17)
“Weaponized Math,” Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)
“Wind Will Rove,” Sarah Pinsker (double nominee!) (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
“A Series of Steaks,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld; 1/17)
“A Human Stain,” Kelly Robson ( 1/4/17)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)

“Fandom for Robots,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Author) (double nominee!) (Uncanny 9-10/17)
“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM,” Rebecca Roanhorse (Author) (Apex 8/17)
“Utopia, LOL?,” Jamie Wahl (Author) (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)
“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” Fran Wilde (author) (Uncanny 9-10/17)
“The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard),” Matthew Kressel (Author) ( 3/15/17)
“Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (Author) (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)

Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)
The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Written by Michael Schur)
Logan (screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)
The Shape of Water (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor) [already won film awards from Hollywood]
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Written by Rian Johnson)
Wonder Woman (Screenplay by Allan Heinberg)

Exo, Fonda Lee (double nominee!) (Scholastic Press)
Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren (Tor)
The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
Want, Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 17th-20th and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 20th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and is open to the public.

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

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2017 Winners of the National Book Award: Kudos to these Authors!

2017 #Winners of the National #Book #Award: Kudos to these #Authors!

National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Award

from the story on NPR:
“[F]our writers emerged with one of the world’s most illustrious literary prizes, the National Book Award:
—Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” won for fiction;
—Masha Gessen’s “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” for nonfiction;
—Frank Bidart’s “Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016,” for poetry; and
—Robin Benway’s “Far from the Tree,” for young people’s literature.

“In addition to a bronze medal and statue, each winner receives $10,000 with the distinction. That said, the finalists don’t go home bereft — each author gets $1,000 and a bronze medal of their own.

“…Annie Proulx [is] the novelist who won the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, the National Book Foundation’s slightly verbose name for their lifetime achievement award.”


2017 WINNERS and FINALISTS, National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing = WINNER

Ward’s Amazon Author Page:
Ward’s Publisher Website:

Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Masha Gessen; Photo: © Tanya Sazansky
Masha Gessen: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia = WINNER

Gessen’s Amazon Author Page:
Gessen’s Publisher’s Website:

Erica Armstrong Dunbar: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Frances FitzGerald: The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Frank Bidart; Photo from Sigrid Estrada
Frank Bidart: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 = WINNER

Bidart’s Amazon Author Page:
Bidart’s Publisher’s Website:

Leslie Harrison: The Book of Endings
Layli Long Soldier: WHEREAS
Shane McCrae: In the Language of My Captor
Danez Smith: Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems

Young People’s Literature

Robin Benway: Far from the Tree = WINNER

Benway’s Amazon Author Page:
Benway’s Publisher’s Website:

Elana K. Arnold: What Girls Are Made Of
Erika L. Sánchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Rita Williams-Garcia: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi: American Street

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump – Queen Edition — “Alternative Rhapsody”

Vox Populi




Is this the real life? Did he just post that Tweet?

Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico’s next instalment of musical political satire is here!  This time, we tackle an a capella version of Queen’s epic rock-opera, “Bohemian Rhapsody” with lyrics befitting the insanity of our times! Just in time for the one year anniversary of 45’s election, Operatico Politico is proud to present: “Alternative Rhapsody,” with loads of special guests!

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How to win any vaccine debate – part 1

Levi Quackenboss


We’ve all heard the most common talking points of pharma-sponsored vaccine propaganda in the mainstream media, but sometimes it’s hard to conjure up the right response when the same unfounded soundbites come at you in real life.

Save this blog. And the next and the next. I’ve got your answers for you.

#1 When they say, “Scientific studies have proven that vaccines don’t cause autism!”

Then you say, “Despite what you’ve heard in the media, only one shot and one ingredient have ever been studied for their role in causing autism.”

In the following two CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies, just one shot– out of the ten single and combination shots on the infant vaccination schedule– and one ingredient– out of more than three dozen– have ever been studied in relation to autism. And both studies reek of scientific fraud.

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) study

Dr. William Thompson, a scientist…

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