What? Is Dani Posting So Soon?

No, I’m sorry, this isn’t about NSI, which i’m totally writing 100% of the day except this post.

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Promise.

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Ahem.

New subject.

I’ve ignored a website in the past because, back when they first started their “campaign”, I figured a) the deluded doxxing of reviewers was an anomaly and, b) hey, let’s not give them any exposure. Boy, was I wrong. Doxxing of readers/writers/reviewers/book bloggers etc. is apparently a thing. Not only doxxing, but stalking! And conking people with wine bottles after FLYING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TO STALK THEM AT A GROCERY STORE! Wholly shit. We have some deluded people out there.

This post is about privacy, how to protect yours. Who knows, maybe I’ll save someone from getting conked on the noggin by a deluded idiot who shouldn’t be allowed on the internet, let alone near humans.

I’m going to address tips that I believe are specifically helpful in our communities, as well as a few general ways to remain private.

1. On Facebook with your real life information? If possible, keep your reviewer/author accounts on places like Goodreads and Booklikes separate and anonymous. You can still share your love of a book, you can still talk about your favorite authors, but keeping your real life name away from those accounts could, in the long run, be beneficial. Something to think about.

2. When you comment on a website, try and use a proxy server or a VPN (virtual private network). Proxy.org is a good place to start, but you can also download the tor browser and use that. https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en Why do I recommend that? Because you can be doxxed (traced/outed) through your IP address. A determined stalker will find you that way. Remember that when you click on a link from twitter/blogs/facebook and you enter someone else’s website, they get your IP address, your location, your browser and all kinds of info.

3. When leaving comments, have a specific account set up for just that purpose and keep it separate from your real life information. Different email address, different username, different everything.

4. If something requires you to login to your Facebook account in order to comment, RUN.

5. Keep every single bit of information if someone stalks you or tracks you. Screenshot it, keep the screenshots and copies of the interaction on a cloud account. Make sure you document everything, even if it’s just one incident. You don’t know when things might escalate.

I’m hoping that some of these tips help y’all. I also hope that none of you actually ever ever ever need them. 99.9% of us out there have zero interest in stalking or finding anything about people other than what they want to tell us. But hey, if there’s 100,000 people out there in our little community, the .1% who are creepy and stalkery doesn’t seem like such a small number, does it?

Stay safe, peeples!

PS: I’M WRITING I’M WRITING!

PPS: If you have any other tips for people, please leave them in the comments (anonymously, ofc =D)

November Up–yours, Dani!

I suck. I’m sorry, but I don’t have any really awesome news. Not really bad news either, but not awesome.

I let NSI rest for two weeks so I could get fresh eyes on it. When I returned to edit, I stripped most of the one whole chapter and a lot of the others toward the end. Since doing that, I’ve had approximately zero inspiration and been totally dejected about it. Yesterday, I picked up the pen again (literally), so I’d get some inspiration. It worked and I wrote longhand about five hundred words of the chapter I had stripped. I also found out that I didn’t need to strip the whole thing and a lot of it was salvageable. Yay? That’s about all the news on writing that I have. I’m sorry it’s not better. What I think and hope is that I’ll have a release date by the end of this month. That’s my goal. Wish me luck.

Oh and hey, one of my closest friends has released a book. You don’t see me tout books often, and I’m honest about them when I do. So I’ll say I haven’t read it, but, if sci-fi het is your thing, he’s a funny dude. He used to make me spit my drink out all the time when we lived together. He also had an insane imagination and was one of the coolest most awesome people when I came out, so he has all the points. ALL OF THEM! (I haven’t read his book because (I’m a shitty friend) I’ve cut myself off from everything including: social media, reading, and even television (RIP my plans for arrow/flash slash =-( )

On Amazon

On Goodreads

 

 

PS: A lot of you message/d me on facebook, goodreads and twitter etc, I’m just getting around to reading/responding to those today, but know that when I read them and your emails, my spirits buoy and I get ten times the inspiration. Please, feel free to contact me/message me/email me/yell at me any time you want. If i’m late responding, it’s probably because I’ve cut myself off  in order to write. I’m extremely easily distracted by pretties.

 

edit: Oh yah, my cover for Silent has made it to another round. Only thirty covers left out of I dunno how many hundred started. I’m really excited! You can vote here: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php Mine is number 398!

September Update

I wish I could think of something clever and funny atm, but my mind is filled with cotton–or snot that’s dried like cotton around my brain. So, today’s update brought to you by The Gross Unfunny Dani.

I could have updated on the first, except I broke my foot. And after hospital visits and xrays, I thought I’d give it a few days and then write the post. What happened? The EVIL COLD OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION™. The worst cold in the history of colds struck me and my husband at the same time.

I am NOT good at sick. I whine and bitch and moan and so I tend to just shut down and talk to zero people. My entire family and friends have been like “ZOMG ARE YOU OKAY?” because I just haven’t responded to anything with email, twitter, facebook etc. To those of you who worried, I’m sorry. If you want groveling, I’ll hock a loogie on you big enough to use in a horror film.

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Meanwhile, I have a ton of news. I finished NSI, but I haven’t done any editing since I did that on the 2nd of Sept. No idea how much editing I have to do, but after looking at one chapter today, it’s a lot. A LOT. I’ll probably have more info when I get a chance to read the last four chapters I wrote. Next things I need to do: edit, send to beta, compile in scrivener for a word count, edit some more, sent to other beta, edit edit some more =p.

Other news:

My cover for Sara Alva’s Silent has been nominated for the cover awards. It’s Rainbow Awards cover contest–the cover is #398 You can vote here: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4429374.html?mode=reply by replying to the post or on the livejournal page, if you have an LJ account.

Not so much my news, but Sara Alva’s Social Skills is out on audiobook! http://www.amazon.com/Social-Skills/dp/B00NLKIEA4/ref=la_B00BA91S9W_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410902661&sr=1-1 If you’re wondering why I’m announcing this here: For those of you that don’t know, I became friends with Sara because of Social Skills. I stalked emailed her after I read it and fanboi’d all over her face. For some reason, she didn’t take a restraining order out on me and we’ve been friends ever since.

That’s your update for today. Hope your fall is going terrific! For the rest of the day, I’m on a search for my lungs. I think they’re under the sofa along with two boxes of Kleenex.

The August Update in Which I Update, Rant and Apologize

I know. I’m a bad person who didn’t update last month. There’s a reason for that and the reason is: I didn’t want to. =P

Okay, that’s too simplistic. The reason was, it was bad news. I hate bad news (even though it makes me look at porn, which is a good result of bad news). Anyway, last month I’d hoped to give you good news, but I had gotten nowhere with the chapter and it would have just been a big whine (I’m going to whine anyway, but you might enjoy that whine (with some cheese and crackers?)). Well, this month is a different story. Because during the whinefest of July, I actually got three chapters written. Yes, THREE. ANd if you’re counting (which you should be, because what else have you got to do besides read my amazing updates, gdi!), that means I have one chapter and an epilogue left! That’s right. NSI has one chapter and one epilogue left! YOU HEARD ME. I should be finishing both of those this month. I’m even going away this weekend to the boonies (I already live in the boonies but this is WAYY in the boonies) with shitty internet and the hub’s family so I can’t even look at porn.

I’m doing this for you! (and also because his family is awesome and I like them, but still) FOR YOU!

At the end of this month, I should have the completely self-edited version to my beta. Then I take her notes, turn the book inside out, send it back to her AND another beta and then, an editor.

I need a new editor. I took so long with this book, my other editor has been unable to take the project. I’m very very very very VERY picky about editors, so this is a tough one for me =( Once I have an editor who gives me their availabilty, I’ll probably be able to give a release date =D \o/! Are you excited? I’m EXCITED!

Next up, an apology for not answering email and keeping up with social media recently. I’ve been trying to focus all energy on writing NSI. I hope that I haven’t caused anyone to feel neglected or that I’m rude or don’t care about the letters you send. There isn’t a single time that someone has sent me a letter/made a comment/tweeted, that I haven’t been The Boy That Squees. Every. Single. Time. I thank you all wholeheartedly for any time you take to comment/email/tweet/facebook etc <3

Now. Warning, what follows is long, boring and includes lots of swearing-filled rant. If you don’t give a shit about Microsoft Word, here are guys kissing.

Microsoft 2013 is like the Citarum River. Just a bunch of shit that was once useful and now you have to navigate around the shit to get anywhere.

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Let me start by what it looks like (spoiler alert: unedited shitty screenshot from NSI =P)

 

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This is a screenshot from Word 2013. Note the BRIGHT FUCKING RIDICULOUSNESS OF THE LAYOUT? That! THAT is as dark as you can get it. That’s right. There’s this shit as a choice or: blindingly white OR The CEO of MICROSOFT’s ORDER THAT WORD GIVE YOU A TAN white.

Along with the inability to darken the layout, it also asks for a password alllll the time. And, because whoever programmed it did a shitty job, instead of asking for a password where it’s supposed to, it just says  IT’S BROKEN. “REPAIRS’ it and SHUTS THE FUCK DOWN. Then you reopen it and it says “THIS COPY IS PIRATED(or another message that basically means that =P)” and so you have to shut it down a THIRD time to get to the login screen. Every. GD. TIME. you open it this happens.

They’ve apparently stopped hiring programmers with any skill at Microsoft and have decided to troll anyone who used to love Word.

As a bonus to the shit I just pointed out, there are constant bugs which, when reported to Microsoft’s help page forums, NO ONE from Microsoft helps. Eight pages of a bug where you couldn’t open word from the 24th to the 27th of July. eight pages of office staff/business owners complaining that they couldn’t open it. Not one word from Microsoft. (turned out it was a java update, which ~I~ figured out on my own). This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed that people’s problems go ignored on THEIR HELP FORUMS. It’s a HELP. FORUM. FOR HELP. (Go check. You’ll want to find a picture of the Microsoft CEO and tape it up to your dartboard after)

Don’t buy this program. Just don’t. Go get LibreOffice or Open Office. Try Google Docs. Hell, I hate Mac and I”m recommending any mac program that lets you avoid Microsoft office!

So…

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That’s the end of my rant.

As usual, leave your questions below and I promise to answer when I can!

Is It a June Update already?!

Okay, let’s get right down to the nitty gritty! Do I have a publication date? No! I don’t.

Am I close to providing one? Yes! Yes I am. I imagine I’ll know once I hire an editor after my alphas have read it in the next 4-16 weeks (no I can’t be more precise +P).

If you’re still reading, I’m going to go into more depth with all the speculation. If you’re pissed and ready to stab me with your stylus, well, aim away from the eyes as I’m learning to paint and I already suck with both intact.

ONTO BOOK INFO:

On Tuesday, I’ve promised to send–I’m gonna call her Alpha One–the third or fourth to last chapter of the book. The next three/four chapters will be sent as they’re completed to Alpha One.  This process could be anywhere from 4-16 weeks. Send good vibes my way for four. If you’re wondering how many words or chapters, read the next paragraph. If not, skip!

Technically, by Tuesday, Alpha One will receive chapter 16. But I am probably going to split up chapters when I revise the entire book. Atm, there’s 19 or 20 chapters. I expect that to expand. It’s already contracted too much heh (from 31 to 20). I don’t know how many words because I’ve stopped using Scrivener (a writing program) and started to use word 2013 (Do not buy this. It’s the worst ever and I”m sorry I paid for it! >8(). I’ll guesstimate the wordcount at 90,000 total (depending on how much I cut). So, four more chapters. The last two chapters have taken 3 weeks and 4 weeks/ each, respectively. But, final two chapters (which is final chapter + epilogue) are mapped out pretty well in my head!

That’s where we are with NSI.

What else am I doing? I have another story-fantasy–that I’ve also started with a character named Tom(I don’t have much done on that). Shatterproof has about 5k words written for it and on my downtime.

Well, that’s another issue of Updates from Dani. You can leave the comments down below and, as always, tomatoes thrown will be made into soup–possibly a bisque if I’m feeling fancy and haven’t burned the kitchen down with my other attempts at cooking–and any and all complaints are registered and promptly forgotten.

PS: I dunno if you know this, but I’m always open to questions.