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Why I am self-publishing

Why I am self-publishing

Shortly before the election, I found this on Reddit:  Racist YA novel receives backlash.  This was posted at the cesspit known as Oh No They Didn’t, a LiveJournal community dedicated to celebrity gossip.  I used to visit that site frequently but after the 2008 election, I stopped, and I haven’t really missed it since.

I posted this link on a private Facebook group when I first saw it (probably the first few days of November) and we discussed it.  I pre-ordered the book.

I was wandering around Reddit when I saw the dormant thread on the YAlit subreddit, and wanted to know what was up.  Had anything changed?  I had thought that the author’s publisher, HarlequinTEEN would push it back to remove the “racist” crap from it and I was right.  The book is no longer available for pre-order, although the book’s GoodReads page is intact (complete with liberal assholes crowing over this latest “victory”).

The book was called The Continent by Keira Drake.  The blurb:

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

According to some GoodReads reviewers that have actually read advanced reader copies of the book, the “uncivilized” nations are dark-skinned people whose cultures are heavily inspired by Native American culture.

Insert eyeroll here.  These are fictional characters — fictional lands, fictional cultures, fictional history, fictional language, etc.  FICTION.  Note the bit about the so-called uncivilized nations being at war with each other:  “uncivilized” is in quotation marks.  What does that say to me?  It says that the main character will start out with the notion these nations are uncivilized, but that when she meets people from these nations, her original opinion will be challenged.  I mentioned this as much in my own “review” on GoodReads (the book was available on NetGalley, but is no longer available), even though I had not read it.

And now the publisher has decided to scrub it of anything these ridiculous SJWs deem “racist” or otherwise “problematic”:  HarlequinTEEN’s statement on The Continent by Keira Drake.  For some odd reason, their statement is a JPEG image.  Weird.

The big five publishers, and others, are run entirely by whiny asshole SJWs.  They’re going to censor this chick’s debut novel because of a bunch of whiners who can’t handle the words “savage” and “uncivilized” — people who cannot handle history and the truth.  I have absolutely no intention of publishing my novel with any of these clowns.  I am going to self-publish.  Of course, I need to actually finish my book first (and how pathetic am I; I actually whipped up a cover for the book – it’s my third cover for the book.  Jesus.).

I did read one review that was actually decent and fair.  It doesn’t sound like a book I’d really like, but that’s not really the point.  The point is that the publisher and the author crumbled before the hysterical nonsense of the SJWs.  If they don’t want to read the book, then don’t.  But why censor the book to please these brats?

I read through this whole affair, noting that it happened merely days before the election, and I thought, “well, no wonder Trump got elected.  There goes yet another reason for his popularity.”

These people are beyond parody.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I am grateful to be an American.  I am grateful to have been born in this great country, and I am grateful to live here.

I have Native American ancestry on both sides of my family, and I still feel this way, regardless of what happened in the past.  No nation has a perfectly peaceful, unselfish history.  Every nation on Earth has had a checkered history, and the US is no different.

Even after all the sad things (the unintentional genocide of Natives, which happened largely because the white settlers brought diseases that the natives had absolutely no immunity to; slavery, discrimination, etc), this country is still the best thing to have happened to the human race.  I am absolutely sure of it.  This country is at least one of the first to declare that we are born with many rights, and that they are not granted to us by some earthly king or emperor.  That’s amazing.  That’s pretty much all the reason I need to love this country, really.

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and the favorite pastime of all liberals is to bitch and whine about how “Thanks(taking)giving” – in other words, completely and utterly trash the US, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the War for Independence, the Bill of Rights, and white people in general.  It’s fucking racist and I’m sick of it.

Furthermore, the notion that white people of today have native blood on their hands is absolute and abject nonsense.  Not every single white person living today have ancestors that even lived in the original thirteen colonies.  Many white people’s families emigrated to the US long after this nation was founded, including our President-elect Donald Trump (his grandfather was from Germany).  No white person living today needs to feel bad over what someone else’s ancestors did three hundred years ago.  The same goes for the direct descendants of the people that settled this lands during the colonial era and the nation’s earliest years.

So today, I am going to sit at the dinner table with my family and do what we usually do – pray, be thankful, talk about the good times, and eat way too much food (especially dessert; we have a nine layer chocolate cake and I can’t wait to have a slice).  My Native American side will not be angry at my white side for “taking” land that was never mine in the first place, me having been born long AFTER the so-called invasion.  My black side is not going to be angry at my white side, or any other white people because of slavery, something I did not have to endure because it happened long before I was even born (and hell, was ENDED long before I was born).  As for my white side (I guess I have some white ancestry, since I have Spanish blood on both sides of my family)…well, my white side won’t be racist or whatever.  Point is, I respect history but I am not going to take it personally.  None of that shit happened to me.  Why hate white people for it?  I don’t get it.

Anyway, if anyone is reading this, I hope you have a fabulous and tasty Thanksgiving.

So it begins

So it begins

Alrighty then.  After moping about my horrible week, I decided to do some reading.  After all, it’s a much needed distraction given all the drama that’s going on in my life at the moment.

My novel, Nemesis, deals with a lot of themes.  One of them is sexual abuse.  I am sorry if the topic bothers you, and normally I do not bother with trigger warnings, but I will for right now, because people I respect actually need them (and not the silly special snowflakes that think they’ve been sexually assaulted simply because some fat burly dude whistled at them — NO, that is not sexual assault).  The main character endures both physical and sexual abuse while in captivity, and the subject of pedophiles versus ephebophiles comes up.

Which brings me to this op-ed I read in the New York Times, – a revolting rag of a newspaper.  I don’t read it often, but I was poking around r/The_Donald and saw this op-ed.  It is called “Pedophilia:  A Disorder, Not a Crime“.  Yeah, tell that to the victims of pedophiles.  Go ahead and read it (it is hosted at, so that you don’t have to deal with their “you can only read a few articles for free per month” thing, and so that they don’t get any traffic).  I don’t even want to quote the author’s words.  They’re revolting.

The only thing I could possibly agree with is that yes, we need to find a way to deal with pedophiles that haven’t actually acted out their desires.  I still do not buy that they cannot help themselves, but if someone is honest enough to admit that they have these feelings, we should be able to “fix” this person before they actually act out.

But consider the arguments in the op-ed.  Consider the language and rhetoric about these so-called “virtuous pedophiles” – sound familiar?  I bet it does.  Oh, they live in fear of losing their jobs, etc.  Oh, they’re afraid they’ll be shunned by society.  I won’t say any more, though.  I think you understand what I mean anyway.

The author concludes her op-ed by insisting that this will actually help prevent kids from being molested, and that it won’t be easier for pedophiles to plead insanity, etc.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that opinion pieces like this (and the one that appeared on Salon’s website not too long ago) are designed to ease pedophilia into the mainstream by drumming up sympathy for them.  State that it’s something they cannot help – in this case, it’s a mental disorder – and then generate some crocodile tears by lamenting how difficult the lives of these poor widdle souls are, but reassure people that the pedos won’t get away with harming anyone.

Of course, all they need is the sympathy.  Making it okay for pedophiles to act out their sick desires will come later, once they’ve convinced society that pedophiles need to be protected from “hateful bigots” or something.

They said the slippery slope didn’t exist.  They said that anyone that dared to even mention the slippery slope was a hateful bigot, and yet, here we are, still merrily sliding down the Slippery Slope of Doom.

It’s not like I’m advocating violence against anyone, because I am not.  I am not advocating discrimination against anyone, nor am I advocating for the “removal” of their “rights.”  I’m just pointing out the obvious, is all.  The key difference with pedophiles and the kind of ephebophiles that like screwing underage teens is that these people truly hurt children.  I can live with all the rest of it, but allowing pedophilia to be mainstreamed?  No, that’s where I draw the line.  I refuse to live in a world where diddling little kids is okay.  It isn’t, no matter how badly these “virtuous pedophiles” feel about their sick sexual desires.

The past two days have been awful

The past two days have been awful

Wow, the past two days have been pretty horrible.  I don’t want to get into the details because frankly, it’s humiliating (and has nothing to do with politics…at least, I don’t think so).  I know I need to work on my book but I just have no motivation or confidence in myself anymore.

“Arrival” was surprisingly pro-life

“Arrival” was surprisingly pro-life

I saw the movie Arrival last night, and overall I liked it.  A couple of things kind of bugged me (this sequence where a couple of soldiers are listening to some Alex Jones type of “anti-government” show – it inspires them to do something bad.  I won’t spoil it, though), but the end was amazing.

I don’t want to spoil it for you.  It was just awesome, and it made me think about my own novel, of which will be pretty pro-life, in addition to having some other themes.

I actually did do some work on the novel yesterday, and I plan on doing some more work today.  In all honesty, it is pretty much finished.  I am adding stuff to it, and that might not be a good idea, but I think the additions make it stronger.  Plus, my writing needs a lot of work.



I’ve been meaning to do this forever, and I’ve finally gotten it done.  FINALLY.  Now I have a personal blog, at this domain I’ve been paying for forever, and I’ve even added a page with the summaries of the three books I am currently working on.

Now comes the long, arduous work of learning how to create my own WordPress theme.  I already have the basics of web design down, so this should be interesting, and hopefully not too challenging.  Sigh.  I have a lot of work ahead of me.

As for my novel…Nemesis is nearly done.  Well, the first draft was finished a few months ago.  Now I am working on the second draft – adding more scenes, cleaning up some of the others, and watching out for misspellings and other errors.  I don’t feel satisfied with it, and I do not know what else to do with it right now.