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Ryan Gosling Takes Break From Acting; Paul Ryan’s Intern Cyberstalking; Fangsters FREE Giveaway

It seems actor Ryan Gosling is taking a break from acting. After he announced this, the Interwebs went wild at the prospect of no more Ryan Gosling and some sort of web site/help line was set up that started playing “The Notebook” 24 hours.

I’ve always been a fan of his, but I don’t think I’ll need the helpline. The article I’m linking to below gets into Gosling’s decision to take a break, and gives example of other actors who’ve done this in the past, too. If you follow pop culture like I do, you’ll always see the same pattern. Nowadays it seems the top stars get a window of opportunity…a timeline of sorts. And after they build a certain number of film credits, they usually tend to disappear. Sometimes it’s when they reach the Oscar stage…if they are lucky enough to get there. If you’re only in it for the money, it’s a good thing. If you’re in this for the love of the craft, I can’t imagine anything worse for an actor.

I’m actually not a subscriber to the theory that we get tired of looking at film stars…overexposure. I’ve never tired of Meryl Streep and she’s been around as long as I’ve been alive. I’ve never tired of Sally Field, or even Tom Cruise for that matter. So I’m not sure that theory works in all cases, but I do understand the need for personal change. Actors, like a lot of authors these days, have to find ways to reinvent themselves more than ever before. And if you can’t figure out how to do that, taking a short break might not be a bad idea at all.

Of course, actors are responsible for their own careers, and they deserve blame for accepting too many roles. But they’re also victims of an industry in which studios seek to capitalize on the latest and brightest talents by shoehorning the most marketable names into all kinds of movies — a trend to which Ryan Gosling was fast becoming the latest victim, with starring roles in everything from political drama The Ides of March to rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love.

You can read more here. It’s an interesting article that can also be applied to genre authors now, too. I can’t tell you how many publishers do this all the time to authors who sell well. And the secret is learning when to step back and take a short breather from it all, and yet still hang around enough to not become the forgotten one. The publisher doesn’t always give the author the best advice in the world. Unfortunately, actors don’t have the ability to do things authors do. They don’t have the freedom to make complete changes. We can change our genres, change our names, and start from scratch any time we want. But there’s only one Ryan Gosling and there will never be another.

This excellent Image of Mr. Gosling gets credit here.

Paul Ryan’s Intern Cyberstalking

As I’ve been claiming for a while now, all things related to Internet crime are becoming more pronounced in the mainstream more than ever before. We’ve learned new words like catfishing, sockpuppet, doc-dropping, and doxxing…all of which relate to something creepy and seedy most of the time. So it’s no surprise to me that Paul Ryan’s intern has been indicted for cyberstalking in a general sense. I think we’ll be seeing more and hearing more on topics just like this in the future.

In other words, the Internet isn’t going to remain the old wild west forever. So you socks and catfishers should take advantage of what little time you have left so you don’t wind up like Paul Ryan’s intern.

An affidavit states that Savader “sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women stating that he had nude photographs of the women and threatening to distribute the nude photographs to the women’s friends and family members unless the women sent him more nude photographs of themselves.”

The IP address used to contact Victims 1 through 10 was registered to a home in Quincy, Massachusetts, where Savader lived when the Google Voice account was created.

A tipster sent us the image of Savader, above, from his Facebook page, noting, “The home in Quincy, Mass is the house he lived in while working as an intern on the campaign, specifically in the Ryan VP Campaign’s office. So, he was doing the stalking/hacking while working for the campaign.”
 
Notice how they mention IP address. In other words, there are ways to find out who the Internet criminals are and they aren’t as difficult as some would imagine.  You can read more here.
 
Fangsters Giveaway
 
I mentioned that there’s a publisher giveaway on Goodreads for Fangsters this month that will run until May 5th. That’s coming up soon and I wanted to post a reminder…or something for those who may have missed the original post I wrote, here.
 
For anyone who wins the free giveaway at GR, I’m going to match that with a free e-book that I’ve self-published in the past year.
 
As an added bonus to this free GR giveaway, I will offer a free giveaway of my own to whoever wins the free giveaway copy of Fangsters on GR. So you’ll actually be getting two books for free if you win on GR.

With my free giveaway you’ll have a choice between one of the following e-books below. Please note that I stated e-books, not print books.

Chase of a Lifetime
Chase of a Dream (Abridged or Unabridged version)
Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street

You can read more about this with the link I’ve provided above.
 
 
 

Goodreads Author Quote Feature; My Upcoming Anthology with Loveyoudivine; How Long is a Short Story?

When it comes to Goodreads.com I’m often very clueless about a lot of the features. One, I don’t have the time I’d like to have to really get into it. Two, I have this strong belief that Goodreads is more for readers than it is for authors. So what I do know about Goodreads has more to do with me thinking as a reader than an author. In other words, unless I’m leaving a review, rating, or comment about a book I’ve read, I let the readers talk about my books and I mind my own business. (Hint)

But sometimes I miss out on things I probably should have known about sooner. That happened last night when I discovered there’s a feature on Goodreads for “Quotes.” I honestly never knew this feature existed. For all I know, it’s brand new. I wasn’t even sure what to do with it when I first spotted it, so I did a quick search and found this article:

Is there a line in your book you are especially proud of? Did a reader quote you to yourself? Then add this snappy bit of text to the Quotes section on GoodReads. Tag it with relevant keywords and display it proudly. Readers can search for quotes by keyword or browse by topic. The quotes will also appear on your author page and on your book page (if you make sure to tag your book in the quote). And since GoodReads loves its trivia, readers can also play the “guess that quote” game.

What I still don’t know is how…or if…these quotes are rated (in terms of adult content ratings) on goodreads. I added a few quotes last night from a few of my published books but I played it safe. I read a few quotes by other authors who left things that were high in adult content, so I’m guessing you can do whatever you want? But I played it safe and left G rated comments just in case. If anyone else knows about this, feel free to comment here. I suppose I could contact GR, but I’d rather keep it simple in this case. Besides, the quotes I like the most are not of an adult nature…in spite of the often detailed sex scenes I write sometimes.

And, check out the article I’ve linked to above. If you don’t know anything about Goodreads, you will after you read it.

Upcoming Anthology with WWW.Loveyoudivine.com

Here’s another area where I tend to be clueless: I don’t keep track of my published works as much as I probably should. And my managing editor at Loveyoudivine.com recently informed me that I have enough western themed stories published with them to produce a western themed anthology. Here’s a list of the stories that will be included, along with word counts.

As for word counts in short stories, I come from old publishing, as you might notice, where short stories are really short stories. It’s only recently I’ve been writing longer short stories with word counts that go higher than 10,000. But the concept, to me, of creating a short story is knowing how to tighten it and get the point across with as few words as possible and still have the same impact. Writer’s Digest does a contest every year where writers can submit short short stories of 1,500 words or less. For me, creating the tightest work I can is what short story writing is all about…and what all writing is about…not bragging and boasting about how many words I’ve actually written to make it longer. Edit, Edit, and Edit. That’s what it’s all about. Not length.

I know a lot of you have read these stories individually. But I also know some people prefer to buy anthologies instead of reading stand alone stories. So we figured we’d put this anthology out for those who feel that way.

Missing Jackson’s Hole 5392

Kevin Loves Cowboys 6524

Cowboy Howdy 7646

Something for Saint Jude 8113

That Cowboy in the Window 5703

Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy 5836

A Life Filled with Awesome Love 12041

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It probably won’t be out until sometime in February, and I’ll post more about release dates at the beginning of the year. I think I’m going to run a contest for this one. I haven’t done that in a long time. In fact, there are going to be a few surprises in the coming year I still can’t talk about yet.

 
 

About Friend Requests on Goodreads…

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while and something keeps coming up to distract me. But it has been on my mind and I don’t want anyone to think I’m snubbing them.

I just left a review for Joe Mihalic’s book on goodreads yesterday and saw that I had a ton of friend requests. I approved them all after I posted the review, and then told myself I’d write this post before the weekend started.

I don’t get to goodreads often, and usually only go there when I’m posting a review for a book I’ve read. I just don’t have the time to spend there that I would like to have right now and that’s no reflection on anyone.

So if I don’t approve a friend request right away, please know that I will do it eventually. It’s just me being absent-minded and not having enough time to do everything all at once.

About Goodreads Parting from Amazon…

Here’s the statement I found at this link.

On January 30, Goodreads will no longer display book information that comes from Amazon.

Basically it means that because Goodreads thinks Amazon is too “restrictive,” they will be moving to other datasources that will allegedly enhance everyone’s goodreads experience.

Amazon data that we will stop using includes data such as titles, author names, page counts, and publication dates.

For many authors, publishers, and readers this is a big thing. I would imagine it’s even bigger for book reviewers.

They’ve posted this link, where you can click “rescue me” and save information. However, each time I’ve clicked “rescue me” this is what I’ve received.

You do not have presmissions for this operation.

Unfortunately, there is no link that provides “permissions.” Why does this not surprise me about goodreads? That’s for another post altogether. Goodreads can be extremely helpful, but I’ve also found the reviews questionable at best. I wish I were more trusting, but I’m afraid I’m just not an idiot.

However, if you’re on goodreads and you’re interested in learning more about this, please check out the link I’ve provided above. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about this in the future. To be honest, I’m not completely clear what this is all about and I plan to read more wherever I can. And if anyone has anything they’d like to add, feel free to comment.

If you’re interested, here’s another post by another blogger.

Catching Up: Goodreads

I just noticed I have over 200 messages on Goodreads.

I wish I could say that I go to goodreads all the time. But I just don’t have time I wish I had to do this. I went over there tonight to leave a rating for a book I just finished and when I signed in I saw the notifications.

So if I don’t get back for a while, and you sent something important, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me. My e-mail is listed here on the blog, and checking e-mail is an ongoing process for me.