Video: Five Reasons You Should NOT Self-Publish Your Book

July 21, 2016 Video Blog, Writing Comments (0) 294

One of the most frequent questions I hear from other writers is whether it’s a good idea to self-publish their books.
Trying to break into traditional publishing with a big or small house, or even just finding an agent, is a long and frustrating process that involves just a ton of rejection.
You’ve worked hard on your book, and you just want to find some readers. Self-publishing seems like a way to bypass a lot of hurdles and start your career.
I get why it’s tempting, but here are five good reasons I think you should not self-publish.

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A Guide to Pokémon Go Crashes

July 14, 2016 Pop Culture Comments (0) 530

The Non-Starter

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You click the icon, you hope and pray that the servers might be up and you might have some fun. Nope. At least you get a reminder who’s responsible for your agony.

The Progress Bar

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Will it or won’t it? You wait and watch that progress bar like you just pulled the handle of a slot machine. Sure is easy to stay aware of your surroundings when you aren’t playing Pokémon Go!

The Classic Taunt

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This is as far as many players ever get. Squirtle, Psyduck, and Golbat are taunting  you. Pikachu looks like he’s rooting for you. Magikarp shares your frustration.

The Omega Mon

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You’re in! Time to catch some…wait. Something is wrong. There’s nothing here! No Pokéstops, no gyms, not a single Pokémon. You’ve entered a post-apocalyptic landscape (Poké-pocalypse?) where all you can do is wander, aimlessly. Forever alone.

The Vacant Lot

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Even the landscape has forsaken you. This is truly a disturbing universe.

The Blank Stop

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You’re pretty sure there was a store here yesterday. Don’t you dare spin that circle yet, or you’ll get nothing. Nothing!

The Blank Stare

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Look at the way he’s staring at you. Stupid Psyduck. Is there anything you can do about it? Nope. Sorry pal, duck season ended two minutes ago.

The Fight-Stopper (AKA “Pugilius Interruptus”)

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Awww yeah, you’re all ready to get your fight on. Time to take down that gym! Ready, set, go! Go? Oh no! Time to force quit. Again.

The Mid-Capture (AKA “Blue Ball”)

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Yes! You’ve got that legendary in the ball, and you’re just waiting for that third wiggle to prove he’s staying in there, and… No. No! NOOOOO!!!

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Luckily, most of the time when you restart the app you’ll have that Pokémon safely in your collection. Probably.

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5 Things I Hate about PokémonGO

July 14, 2016 Pop Culture Comments (0) 326

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This Paras was just hanging out in the shade in Central Park

I never played a Pokémon game until last week. Then, like most of America it seems, I threw myself into the addictive machine that is PokémonGO. I’ve now caught somewhere around 200 Pokémon (it’s hard to count because I’ve traded many of them to upgrade others) and walked (or run) something like 50 miles in search of the wee beasties. As much as I enjoy the game, I like most users find aspects totally frustrating. Here’s the five things that bother me most.

1. The Servers. The Servers!

989a0243-7df9-416b-97a9-3362b7b9fc92You know this had to make the list, and I’m putting it first because everyone knows what I’m talking about and we’re all sick of hearing about it. How is it the servers always seem to wait to crash until you’re already far from home–or, God forbid, have traveled to a specific destination in search of that legendary Pokémon?

It seems to me that to publish a game that mandates introverts leave their homes, and then have the game crash every time they get a mile from home, is a form of bullying.

And can we agree that when you’ve licensed the rights to the most popular video game franchise in the world, your servers shouldn’t come from GoDaddy? Continue Reading

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