Sometimes I wonder if the research I've been doing is detrimental to myself.

It's very alienating to try to talk to people about America post-WW2 because it's very ugly. The other day a friend called me "authoritarian" for suggesting we weren't the good guys and our system needs to be overhauled to reflect the population, not obsessing about our "democracy."

Very tired of 'red state' or 'blue state' nonsense.

These last few days have only hardened my belief that the US cannot be helped or saved, not even a little bit.

My original crypto stance was you cannot 'interrupt' capitalism with less regulated capitalism and expect a better result.

You literally cannot do the same thing that's not working but think because you, the laymen, are able to get in on it that you've figured out something that the people who's entire lives are about money haven't.

You just... it doesn't work like that.

Capitalism won't defeat capitalism.

I'll freely admit nothing makes me roll my eyes more as an indie author than the words "Free with Kindle Unlimited."

Oh baby, that ain't free, how did we get stuck on that line?

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I'll always get a laugh out of how many authors push the narrative that Amazon is the only place people buy books. It's patently false in so many ways.

My book released today? 17% of the pre-orders were on Amazon.

The rest were from other ebook stores and 65% of them were paperback pre-orders.

So whenever tells you Amazon has 70-80% of the book market, feel free to challenge that narrative and explore for yourself.

If you've yet to hop on board the series, Broken Ascension, a current semi-finalist in Hugh Howey's SPSF competition, is available as an ebook for free.

books2read.com/brokenascension

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Happy Friday ! The sun is shining. I’ve got the day off work. I’m reading top-secret short stories by Jeannette Bedard, Doug Pruden, and @jwilker And my coffee is by London Velo (on Deptford High Street). Did you know they were open again? I almost missed it.

My last full BookBub deal was Sept. 2020. I've had a solid handful of International only BookBubs since then, but this month I got a full one.

That's a good feeling.

You know you're in a certain stage of your life where you play too much Switch Sports bowling and your hand is hurting from it, so you need to take a break for a few days.

My kids discovered some really, truly awful music yesterday of a dude just singing about poop. This morning at like 6:30 they started playing it at full blast and urgh.

That's not the best way to wake up.

If you haven't read annnny of these books yet, then don't worry, I've got you covered.

The eBook for Broken Ascension, the first book in the series, is free across all retailers!

books2read.com/brokenascension

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The fifth book in my series comes out on May 6th! It's creeping up on me so quickly.

You can pre-order the paperback and ebook versions today.

books2read.com/smashedhopes

They really went out of their way with the presentation on HEI Network, too. They have the evidence and stuff so you can click on it and view it yourself.

heinetwork.tv/the-trial/

If On Cinema has somehow eluded you until now, it's a giant, beautiful body of work that's worth your time.

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The [mostly] whole thing is here:

youtube.com/watch?v=Rsn4UxSqr_

There are some issues with it. HEI Network has the full cut.

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Any clips or photos I see of the Depp/Heard thing just reminds me of the Trial of Tim Heidecker and how much of a fascinating, 4+ hour odyssey that is.

There are very few weird entertainment things I'd call 'art,' but this is always one of them.

youtube.com/watch?v=NIMiSXtYlo

Watching and feeling like we could see FTR and CM Punk as some sort of Bret Hart appreciation group thing, even if Bret signed with the other place to get paid.

Hustle/grind culture is one of the most grating parts of capitalism.

You know what? I'll always work hard, it's hardwired into my broken brain, but I'll always have time for my kids first and foremost and that'll never change.

I was listening to Pain of Salvation's "BE" today, an album that I loved when it came out in 2004.

In fact, I wrote one of my favorite college essays about it for my advanced lit theory class. It's uncanny how Musk has followed the path of the fictional Mr. Money and how... bad that is.

Now I'm finally listening to 'Panther' after never giving it a fair shake because I am a Ragnar fan and was unhappy he left.

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