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this is a self-indulgent post

‘Round about 1999, I had a terrible case of writer’s block. I didn’t write a thing that I didn’t hate for six months or so. When I refer to this episode, I always call it the Bad Nasty Evil Writer’s Block, because it made me so miserable that when I finally did start writing again (and not hating it from word one) my coworkers noticed, to the point that my manager said, “You’re writing again, aren’t you?”

Since then I read an article (which I think I’ve mentioned and linked to before, but here it is again) about how writer’s block is basically an invention of the Romantics, when the process of creation was thought to be passive, something received by the artist, instead of active, something done by the artist. The gist of the article is that writer’s block is another name for stress or depression or fear of failure or fear of success.

Since reading this, I’d decided I don’t believe in writer’s block. I didn’t feel there’s a need to put a fancy name on what’s perfectly normal: people get stressed, people get depressed, people get worn down by everyday concerns. Accepting that this is normal and will pass has helped me a lot in keeping the bad writing days to a minimum for the past several years.

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Shenanigans at Amazon

Amazon has decided to drop all “adult” titles from their sales rankings. The interesting part is how they’re defining “adult”: John Barrowman’s autobiography Anything Goes, Mark Probst’s The Filly (a YA novel), and Alex Beecroft’s False Colors are all now stripped of their ranks, among several dozen/hundred of novels, nonfiction, biography and even the Advocate’s guide to LBGT college students.

A list of books affected is being collected at the livejournal community Meta writer. They also have some contact information if you wish to protest:

If you want to protest to Amazon direct, this is their email addy:

Other ways to get in touch with them:

Or write to their CEO:
Jeffrey Bezos.
1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98144-2734, United States Phone: 206-266-1000 Fax: 206-622-2405

Until this ridiculousness is over, I encourage you to buy directly from the publisher or use other retailers.

UPDATE: Smart Bitches Read Trashy Books has suggested updating the meaning of Amazon Rank.

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