Free at last

Good morning. A quick note to observe that Ritchie Boss: Private Investigator Manager, my award-winning, Creative Commons-licensed, fiction chapter from an academic textbook is now on the free lists at Amazon. The best thing you could do to help is to write an honest review. There’s lots more coming soon, and those subscribed to the Geeks mailing list hear about it first. Go get...

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Promotion update

My goal is to be very open in my selfpub marketing approaches here, including what works and what doesn’t. My immediate strategy is to gather my tribe in an email list. (Join here). I’m launching two short story titles, one the sequel of the other, one permafree and one paid, ideally landing both on respective top 100 lists. I’m experimenting with the CTA at the back of each book to see what works. If you join the list,...

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I now host an email list

If you’re reading this, you are probably a good fit for my email list, “Geeks”. On the list, I get more personal (and more geeky) than on the blog. I will recommend various geeky books and products, a few of which are even from me. Come with on a journey into self-publishing and all-consuming geekery. If you’re not on the list, you’ve already missed some good stuff. Sign up here....

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Why I don’t Facebook

While I do participate in social media where it makes sense, I do not use Facebook. At all. In the unlikely event you run across someone there claiming to be me, it’s fake. Why? you ask… Privacy. Facebook top brass in particular have repeatedly demonstrated disdain for the very concept of privacy. With exceptions. Ethics. I utterly disagree with their approach to gatekeeping my contributions to their ecosystem. See this explanation...

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The coming bugpocalypse

It’s a common trope in SF for a society to get too reliant on technology (especially sexy alien technology) and then get into trouble when it’s taken away. In fact this seems to be a key tactic of sexy aliens. But there’s no need to invoke aliens for what is a real problem. Any use of technology comes with it a “disaster recovery” (or DR as they say in the business) plan. If you regularly drive a car to work, what...

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Best reads of 2014

Playing with the statistics on Goodreads. Apparently I read 115 books in 2014, 14 of which I rated as 5-star. Fourteen books that changed my life and/or I will definitely be re-reading at some point. I’m working on formulating some more stats based on the data. Goodreads doesn’t do much in the way of breaking out the data for you. But of the 14, exactly half were non-fiction. The rest were: A Treasure of Modern American Poetry The...

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The worst security breach of 2014

Here’s a prediction. The worst security breach of 2014 isn’t something you’ve heard about. Yet. I just got word that Chick-fil-a is investigating a potential credit card breach that goes back to 2013. Yikes. ‘So, Lone Star, now you see that security crackers will always triumph because people are dumb.’

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Micah Joel

Purveyor of things geeky