The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

My unintentional blogger blackout

I got my blog back, but my brief foray into promoting authors is over.

 

My wordpress.com blog (NOT self-hosted) was temporarily suspended for breaking Wordpress TOS.

 

It was suspended because for the past two months while I've been neglecting my reading I have been taking part in a LOT of one-shot book blitz/book blast promotional-type activity. I figured that even if I wasn't reading I could do what authors want us bloggers to do and still promote them, right?

 

FYI, Wordpress prohibits the following:

"Book tour blogs: Blogs that consist of scraped, pre-written content, as opposed to original book reviews, for the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional and giveaway sites."

 

So this was what I was doing. i was promoting the fuck out of authors. I was adding in buy links, as most of the tour companies demanded. Those promotional posts are what got me suspended.

 

If I was on Blogspot of self-hosted I would still be okay. I didn't know about this rule for Wordpress. I've been running my blog for over two years and only recently started taking part in tours because I know how much authors are supposed to appreciate us promoting and supporting them.

 

I didn't want the pressure of having to fit in reading a ton more books into my already crippling huge to-read pile, so I signed up to all of the posts that required minimal effort on my part.

 

I've learned my lesson. I was going to take a break away from the blog for the rest of the year anyway. I've been thinking about self-hosting for a while. This was my call to arms.

 

When I start blogging again it'll be with a brand new self-hosted blog.

 

Thanks so much for all your support guys, you really made the agonizing wait so much easier. It's so nice to know that people care.

 

FOR CLARIFICATION: If I was adding in reviews to all those promotional posts I did, I'd be OK. But I didn't, because I wasn't reading. I was promoting only. Wordpress didn't like that.




“Just Say Hale No To The Taliban”

Trout Nation takes on Deb Smith's horrendous case of foot in mouth. Really, an infection that virulent should be quarantined.

 

From Nemo: I wanted to post some quotes but I would have ended up posting the whole thing. Just read it.

Reblogged from Spare Ammo



Whatever has become of us?

So I'm feeling pretty down atm because of my blog being suspended.

 

I wrote quick updates on Booklikes, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook so my followers would know why I wasn't blogging.

 

FYI i have over 2500 followers over all my social media platforms. I figured some would actually care that I lost my blog.

 

I got one response on Twitter which is OK because I basically use it as promotion only. i got 2 responses on Facebook which is ok i guess despite the fact I have over 700 fans. Facebook's algorithms probably made it so no one saw the update in the first place.

 

By far the biggest support I've found was here on Booklikes. On Goodreads I got a couple of condolence comments. But here on Booklikes you guys went out of your way to make me feel better, offer condolences, make suggestions etc.

 

Booklikes is a better place than Goodreads.

 

I feel invisible on Goodreads. I feel like no one reads my reviews or even my status updates. I hardly communicate with anyone. Often when I do comment I'm the last one, so I feel like I kill a conversation. Maybe that's because I live in Australia so the conversation's over by the time I wake up. Just another reason for me to feel isolated.

 

I started blogging because of that isolation. I wanted to be part of this fabulous book community because there's not one where I live.

 

It used to be better on Goodreads years ago. Votes were generous. I made the top reviewers with ease. I often got comments on my reviews. Now I'm lucky if any review gets more than 1 vote. Radio silence everywhere.

 

Not that I think I'm fabulous and I 'deserve' this interaction. Not at all. But it's a different place than it was when i first started blogging.

 

I told my husband about this, about how I feel disillusioned with Goodreads, and how people are nicer and friendlier and we have a better community on Booklikes, and he said, "Didn't all the good people from Goodreads move to Booklikes?"

 

I guess he's right.

 

Thanks for being the wonderful community you are. Thanks for caring. Thanks for showing me how much you care when I really needed it.




Suspended!

My blog has been suspended for 'violating' Wordpress's TOS?

 

What?

 

I'm crying. That's over two years worth of blogging just gone.

 

I sent a desperate email but I don't know if I'll get a response! It was working fine this morning!!




Yet More Proof that #HaleNo is a liar

I got this from a comment to Jim Hines blog - by someone named Sharon. It needs more visibility so I am posting it here, and editing my blog post about her manipulation to add the information.

 

"However, I just checked the timeline, and I believe Hale is lying, as usual. The tweet exchange re “I want some ideas!” all took place in early November. Harris had NOT finished her updates at that point. She had started out by loving the book, and said so.

 

She had only written one vaguely negative sentence about the book: “I could REALLY do without the multiple animal deaths in this one…” and that was on 10th November. So, at that point Harris had not yet formed a negative opinion on the book, so we can assume the interaction was completely innocent.


Then, for her article, Hale reframed the interaction to make it seem that Harris had contacted her AFTER she had written the rest of her updates, which just isn’t true! In fact, a damned lie!

 

Here again is the Tweet screenshot of the initial exchange: link

Note the dates.

 

And here again the actual review: link

 

Again, note the dates.

 

Hale is lying through her teeth. She did not, at the time of Harris’s initial contact, go and check and found a bad review. She found a predominantly GOOD review at that time. Much later, she changed the timeline so as to make Harris look like the evil stalker."

 

Thank you, Sharon, wherever you are, for noticing something that no one else, even those of us who have pulled about the piece from start to finish, noticed. Someone should hire you as a detective.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



When Manipulation Masquerades as Memoir: the #HaleNo Edition

This is such a long post, I just can't cross-post it here. My defense of Blythe Harris and the manipulative mendaciousness that was Kathleen Hale's Guardian article.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



#HaleNo

We are making this official and we hope you'll take this stand with us.

We as book bloggers will not give Kathleen Hale any publicity. No book tours, no interviews, no cover reveals, no reviews, not a shred of work from us. What she did is heinous and we can fight back in our own way. She has a new book coming out next year. Let's ignore it completely. 

Please join us. Come to Twitter & declare #HaleNo. Say No to Kathleen Hale.

 

(Credit to Cuddlebuggery for the epic tag)

Reblogged from The Book Lantern



Olga Filina of The Rights Factory Threatens Legal Action to Silence Me

Yesterday, I made a post about my rather unfortunate experiences as the client of one Olga Filina of the Rights Factory. Today, I received a rather unsettling email. Behold:

 

 

That's right, "legal options." I'm not entirely sure what she could justifiably sue me for, but that's not the point.

 

The point is that my immediate reaction was fear, and that's what this email is about. Look how she brings up my career and how I could "sabotage" it. (Note: Shotgun submissions can sabotage a person's career. Having your damn manuscript in the hands of fifty people at once can sabotage a person's career. You'll excuse me if I don't really think her concern is for me here.) 

 

What she wants is for me to be silent. To retract my post. To hide the truth. I'm not going to lie; this scares the bejeezus out of me. We don't have the money to deal with a lawsuit. I suppose I could just fold, just let her censor me. But no one ever speaks out against TRF's behavior. We're all afraid of exactly this, and not only do I not want people to have that kind of power over me, but I don't think I could live with myself if I went silent and allowed other people to put themselves in the line of fire. Because my silence means other people will be treated this way by TRF. 

 

I won't let other writers be hurt, no matter what the consequences for me. Hell, I'm not sure I want much to do with the industry after this, anyway. 

 

I have to wonder, what is she so afraid of? What did I say that could possibly bring TRF's law department down on me? After all, I'm just some nobody on the internet. 

 

This is a warning for all writers. Avoid The Rights Factory. One thing is for damn sure: They don't give a flying fuck about your rights.

 

(If you have the time and inclination, please signal boost. Writers deserve to know what sort of shenanigans are going on here.)

Reblogged from Kaia



A way to feel better

Besides making pictures telling John Grisham to fuck off (as satisfying as that is).

 

 

For everyone who is struggling with the fact that they put money in John Grisham's pocket - a donation to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (fondly known as NecMec by those of us in the business) of the amount that you would have spent on his new book might make you feel better.

 

The book is on sale for 17.37.

 

Link here: https://secure.missingkids.com/Home

 

Or, in the alternative, pick your favorite child protection charity and send them a donation.

Reblogged from Moonlight Murder



Fuck you, John Grisham

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

Source

 

How fucking dare you insinuate that ten year old boys are more valuable, vulnerable or victimized than sixteen year old girls.

 

Sixteen years old is still underage, no matter which gender.

 

Yes, it's tragic when underage boys are raped, abused and exploited, but you know what? It's STILL tragic when underage girls are raped, abused and exploited.

 

It's fucking tragic when ANYONE is raped and abused and exploited.

 

You just can't say raping a sixteen year old girl isn't as bad as raping a ten year old boy.

 

Seriously, fuck you.

 

Age and gender doesn't make a difference.

 

Rape, abuse and exploitation are rape, abuse and exploitation no matter what the age or gender.

 

Fuck you and your middle-aged white guy privilege.




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