May 14, 2022 – 9:25 AM

I saw this pop up on Twitter the other day, and my reactions were mixed. On the one hand, I empathize with the desperation of being a new author or launching a new book and wanting reviews. On the other, you can’t guilt people into reviewing your book or doing your marketing for you. Sometimes, support from friends, family, and readers is simply about giving you what they afford to give you: $9.99 and a friendly smile when you start rambling about your next great story idea.

Most readers aren’t going to post reviews. And those who do, may not post one for every book you write. Don’t get on them about it. Don’t guilt them. Let them support you in their own way and focus your efforts on real marketing.

A buyer may not know if a review came from a random stranger or your best friend Scott, but you will.

Personally, I’m on the hunt for that random reader and trying my best not to bully my personal network into making my publishing dreams come true.

Sure, that’s probably why Vise Manor only has one text review two months after its launch, but it’s the principle of the thing.

And after all, aren’t principles more valuable than money?

Anyway, go review Vise Manor.

April 25, 2022

8:14 AM

I saw this question pop up on Twitter and immediately felt old.

A sure sign of aging is not wanting to change anything about the way you do things, and trigger warnings and content warnings are prime examples. On the one hand, there’s a definite empathic argument to warning people about the kind of things they’re going to read. On the other, books have been around for billions of years, and people have survived.

And it’s such a weird thing to have a content warning for sex. There is sex in this book! Oh? So the book is about humans?

Furthermore, it’s time to do away with all the “may contain violence sex nudity smoking drug use” warnings on Netflix, or at least let me opt out of it. If there’s going to be nudity, why spoil the surprise? Especially since more often than not it’s just some dude’s butt.

Pretty soon the ratings will include things like “May contain: nudity, sexual situations, hurt feelings, deceptive practices, passive-aggression, John Mayer, nose picking” and so on.

Anyway, the answer is no.

No content warnings.

Book is about humans. Humans have sex, bleed, and do bad things.

Sincerely, Old Daniel

7:09 AM

Some redditors were snickering about this book’s title the other day.

But as I was scrolling past, I realized I recognized that name. When I lived in Misawa, Japan in the 90s, we only had one movie theater on base: the Richard Bong Theater. It looked a little like this when I lived there:

Though honestly, I don’t remember the stairway sides being enclosed like that. Makes sense if you consider the lines that used to form there and the snowy weather. Sadly, the building is no longer in use.

And now as of 2016, the building has been condemned due to the roof being bad beyond repair. No base theater these days. Two movies per week in the Mokuteki Community Center.


Farewall, Mr. Bong Theater.