Well here we are again, back to twitter once more, and another little issue I have with them. I was tagged in a message that said 'Vampirism and bloodguilt. If you don't change your ways you will die.'. Well you can imagine my shock, as I wondered if this person had actually read my bio. Did he send it because of my bio? or did he just send it to everyone? Well I have to admit, that once again my curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on the link. I know what you're thinking, that I should have learned my lesson by now, but you know what they say about curiosity :). Anyway, the link sent me to a page where they were preaching how vampire books, films, and TV programs, were making young people believe they could drink the blood of others, and were making them do some dangerous things.
Now I have heard (as I'm sure you have too) that there is many things that teach the young to do bad things, whether it's films, or games, or whatever they want to name. But forgive me if I'm wrong, but don't the parents have a lot to do with it, in how they bring their kids up. Or even the kids themselves, surely they all have a brain, therefore it's up to them to use it. Surely our younger generation know the difference between fact and fiction, if they don't then we're all going to be in for one wild ride in the years to come.
Well back to my twitter messager. I didn't want to be rude, but I didn't want it to continue either. So I sent a return message reading 'Thats what I write about, and I have my own beliefs. Please do not try and save me, or force your beliefs on me. Good day.'. It's pretty simple and too the point, without having to be crass or rude, and it seems to have worked. I did have to laugh though, that even in this digital age, it seems you can't get away from people trying to convert us.
Well another soap box moment (as a friend calls it) is over.
I will catch up with you again soon.
Well it seems that Twitter still has a few people on it that know how to work around the rules, and a few are far less pretty than the rest. There are a few who place up their advert with a link to their site , or page, or wherever they want you to go, and add on the end that it's by someone else. Now one of them did it using @_angelsblood, which is my twitter name, at the end. I have to be honest and say I was curious, so I clicked on the link. I was sent to something about someones early years, and the life they had led.
Well I can tell you it certainly wasn't me :). I sent a return tweet, letting the individual know that that site wasn't by me and he was breaking copyright laws, and aslo checked his twitter out. I wasn't all that surprised to see numerous other tweets pretty much the same, with a lot of other peoples names being used.
I posted up a public tweet to warn as many people as I could, but did recieve and answer from the individual in question. He tried to tell me that his Twitter account had been hacked and he didn't know what to do about it. I can't say I believed him, they were too uniform for it to be a hack, but I told him to contact Twitter. So far I've heard nothing else, though I will keep you posted if I do.
That doesn't seem to bad, I hear you say, and to be honest it's not, but it's not the worst either. Now I'm no prude, but to have my name linked to some really disturbing pictures was a shock. I can tell you now they were something I wouldn't want to see again, or have my name metioned in any way connected to them. Needless to say those I did report to Twitter.
I do think it a shame that that ordinary people are targeted by people like that, especially when all we're trying to do is use Twitter as it was intended to be used, but it seems there will always be people out there that are willing and able to take advantage.
What a sad state of affairs.
Oh well, rant over :), I'd better get back to work. Book two is on it's way, so stay tuned.
Best wishes to you all :)
Hello again :) Keeping it on a lighter note today, I think it's a good idea to keep my mind of my review. So I think I'll stick to the weather :) the old fall back favourite.
It's been raining here for most of the time, and some of the winds we've had have been loud enough and strong enough to be heard over the TV. As well as to make some interesting noises coming through the house air vents, maybe even a little spooky at times.
Now I know you think it's an awful shame to be forced to stay inside, but it has done me a little bit of a favour. I've been able to get some good time in in editing book two, though I'm still not sure on the title yet. I'm not too woried though, it'll come to me when it's ready and jupm out at me like a flashing neon sign. It's not unusual for a books name not to come to you right away. In fact it may not come to you until you've read your book yourself, but you will know it when you see it. So stay tuned and i'll let you know how it's coming, and what it decided to be called.
So bye for now, and I'll see you soon :)
I have to tell you the idea of getting a review done has me trembling in fear. The thought that someone else has the power to sway others in the decision as to wether or not they by my book has me quaking at the knees. What if they don't like it? What if they give a bad review? Would I ever have the nerve to carry on?
Those are just a few of the things that fly through your nerve rattled brain.
Now I've only just had a few so far, and I have to tell you that two of them have been outstanding, (because I have to show off of course :)). But no doubt one day I'll receive a bad one.
When the time comes I hope I can handle it well. In fact I hope I can handle it like friend and fellow author Ian D. Moore did, when he received a bad review for Salby Damned.
Now I read his book from cover to cover, and gave it a glowing report it deserved. However, the other reviewer thought it okay to read thirty pages, and review on that. Now I ask you, is that fair? I'd say a resounding no to that. It would be like reading the synopsis and thinking you knew the book. You wouldn't.
Well all I can say is, well done Ian! You didn't let it stop you, and you didn't let it get you down. I hope I can say the same for me when the time comes.
Again, until next time :)
Having been asked for the link I've added it below. I hope I've done it right :)
I have to be honest, when I was told to use twitter as a promotional tool for Angels Blood I was a little panicked. Not only hadn't I used twitter before, I wasn't altogether sure what it was I was supposed to write in it. But I persevered and kept plugging away at it. Eventually I met some really wonderful people, @BooksandSpoons, @ianstories, and @mistersalesman, to name but a few. I was very suprised at the support I received, and their willingness to help was outstanding.
My twitter acount just kept picking up, getting better and better as time went on, and now I have over two and a half thousand followers. Needless to say I wish to thank them, and to let them know how much I appreciate all their help and the time they took talking me through the so many things I didn't understand.
It just goes to show you can find new friends in the most unusual places, even if you don't acctually know what they look like sometimes.
So many many thanks to those of you who had so much patience with a newbie like myself, I wish you all the best.
Until next time :)
One of the problems Tavi has to deal with in the book is the feeling of being alone, of being different to those around her. As you read you will see how she deals, or doesn't deal, with the issues she faces. Does she do it the right way? Or maybe the wrong way? Who can tell? We are all different, and deal with our issues in different ways. There is no right way, and no wrong way, only a way that suits us as individuals.
When I was writing about Tavi I found myself feeling sympathy for her. I was urging her to reach out and grab what she was being offered. Not that she took any notice of me, she took her time and decided for herself. Which in the long run, I guess it's all any of us can do. But she did have people in her corner. Maybe not the people she expexted, but people that had her best interests at heart. So I have to wonder if we are ever as alone as we sometimes feel.
Something to think about and chew over I guess. I hope you do the same.
Until next time :)
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