Also known as Summer Devon. Chances are we've met online
what he said
The why of Pedro's question is easy to understand. Sandy Hook Elementary looks like our kids' schools. Those kids look like ours. It could be us looking like our guts had been yanked out. The why isn't enough though--the message is important.
Sharing a status from Pedro Francisco (actually I'm sharing his wife's status, but she quoted him.)
"This is an honest question. There is something I want to understand
more deeply. I think the answer unlocks a key to humanity but I don't
have the answer. Consider these two events: 1. Adam Lanza walks into a school in Connecticut and kills 26 innocent people, most of them children. 2. Staff Sargent Robert Bales walks into a home in Afghanistan and kills 16 innocent people, most of them children.
The Connecticut killings rightly cause shock, empathy and sympathy for
all of the innocent people, living and dead, who are victims of the
event. Media provides 24/7 coverage of every aspect of the crime,
including heart wrenching details of the children's talents, dreams and
beautiful moments from their short lives. We weep for them and their
families. We want justice. We want this to never happen again. Speaking
for myself, I want to help create a world where these things are almost
impossible to occur. It affects me deeply.
killings get no similar media coverage. We never learn of the dreams of
little Akhtar or of sweet faced Fareeda or any of the other boys and
girls. We never hear the details of who heard the gunshots and who tried
to hide. Yet this event bothers me even more than Connecticut and
here's why - as a person who pays taxes in the USA I helped pay for the
gun and bullets Sgt. Bales used to kill these innocent children. And I
paid for whatever he used to set them all on fire in the center of one
room. I feel as though I literally have their blood on my hands. I
helped make it happen.
I didn't pay for Mrs. Lanza's guns or
Adam's ammo. I had nothing to do with any of that. But I'm financially
complicit in Sgt. Bales killings and that bothers me.
is my honest question: Why do people care so much about the Connecticut
murders yet so little about the Afghanistan murders? What is it about
humans that we can be so dismissive of an event that is basically
identical to another event that profoundly moves us?"
A couple of people on some loops were in a panic because they were going to their first book signing and didn't know what to write. Here are some of the things I or my friend, B, have written. Only ... some of them aren't real. See if you can guess which four are fake.
1. Happy Reading!
2. Hope you enjoy it!
3. To [name]. You do know that this store won't take back books that have personalized inscriptions. Neener, neener
4. I hope you find your SOMEBODY WONDERFUL [<--book title] some day!
5. I'll find out if you try selling this on ebay.
6. Okay, you're gonna read mine, let's see yours. Let me know when it's out.
7. May all your dreams come true.
8. If you like this book, post a review on amazon.com. If you hate it, feel free to send me a long detailed note. But skip amazon, okay?
9. To [name], the inspiration for all of the very hottest scenes in this book.
10. To [name], who's all that and more.
11. To [blank's mother's name] Yes, I really do know yo…
I'm sad to see this crapolafest that is Ellora's Cave VS D.A.
There's plenty of indignation and anger and long articles about freedom of press and first amendment rights and ... sure, sure, I understand.
I'm probably not going to give money to defend DA but that's not because I don't agree. (It's because my EC books aren't making any money -- and I have a kid in college and I'd rather give to Doctors Without Borders or Urban Oaks and my dumb dog is sick again and ohgodtheregoestheclutchonthecar. again.)
I'm sad because I remember seeing how outrageous Jaid Black seemed...and yet look! She was an entrepreneurial genius! And she apparently was, for a while. That someone so very, very far outside the standard business model could make a successful bid in the world of publishing made me happy.
I first published with them almost ten years ago, just about the time EC went big. I remember the calendars and the touring buses (or was it one bus?) and t…