August 17, 2014
I am not Chris James!
I’m a big fan of Chris James’ work [The Second Internet Cafe, Stories of Genesis] so I don’t mind being mistaken for him. But really, we don’t look anything alike…
This is Chris
And this is me
Any fool can see that he has curly hair and I don’t!
You can read all about it at :
I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick.
For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block.
Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes...
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August 18th, 2014 at 11:09 am
I read the Guardian sometimes, which I generally enjoy and think it sometimes better than local media offerings.. and doesn’t require a paid subscription. That said, an interesting amount of the comment responses to stories are just plain weird… too much time on their hands might be one explanation, and the amount of comments that are noted as being removed by the moderator as inappropriate, leads me to think that some lead very sad [possibly scary] lives indeed. Perhaps the commenter who responded to Chris James falls into one or both categories at the very least. While amusing, sort of, definitely not a constructive or terribly informed comment. Troll methinks?
Personally I love Indie writers, they, especially you, have got me out of my comfy genre-zone 🙂 Anyone who doesn’t care to read Indies, or qualifies them undeserving due to a few typos deserves a life sentence of reading indescribably pretentious boring but perfectly edited books. God help me if I ever meet them a party…
August 20th, 2014 at 8:25 am
“God help me if I ever meet them a party…” LMAO!!!!
I really wish digital parties were already possible so we could meet up more face to face. 🙂 And I suspect that if people could see the trolls’ faces they’d stop being trolls, or at least 99% of them.
The thing I can’t understand is why that one troll would pick on the editing aspect? I mean Chris writes beautifully clean prose so the comment makes no sense, unless whoever it was didn’t read any of his stories in the first place. Actually, now that I think of it, that explanation is probably the closest to the truth. Duh.
August 17th, 2014 at 9:30 pm
Thank you for clarifying the issue, my dear 🙂 For a moment, I thought we might both have found our way into one of those hideously complex sci-fi novels where really you and I are the same person, but your real life is a computer game I play, and vice-versa. Then neither of us would be sure what was reality and what was just computer-generated imagery designed to get us unwittingly to reveal the secret behind who really built the pyramids. Or something. 🙂
August 17th, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Oh My God…. you need to write that story Chris! -grin-
Actually I’m only half joking. That would make one hell of a plot!
August 17th, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Well, even if he has the help of a good editor as some fool recommends, at least no-one can criticise his reading tastes.
xxx Mega Hugs xxx
August 17th, 2014 at 9:42 pm
Indeed, David. Vokhtah had a double impact on me: as I reader, I marvelled at how the story played out, completely taken in; as a writer, I finished the book thinking that if I could imagine a world even half as rich as that, I’d be very happy!
August 17th, 2014 at 9:57 pm
Bah and humbug. You’ve done the same thing with the Second Internet Cafe only using high tech. 😀
August 17th, 2014 at 9:54 pm
-Mega Hugs back- You guys have to stop being so nice to me. I really don’t know how to cope. 😉
August 17th, 2014 at 11:12 am
If you’re going to mistaken for someone else, at least it’s a good someone else.
August 17th, 2014 at 2:08 pm
-giggles- Exactly! One day when we’re both rich and famous we’ll get that post framed in 24 caret gold. 😀
August 17th, 2014 at 10:57 am
How frustrating….but some good positives in there for you Meeks!
August 17th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
Chris is a sweetie, without a doubt. The rest? It’s just silly, small minded stuff. I refuse to let it phase me, and I hope Chris doesn’t let it get to him either.
Honestly, the last non Indie book I read was China Mieville’s Embassy Town, and that was what…a year and half ago? Everything else has been by Indie authors. Most has been fantastic, and I read a LOT.
If other people don’t give us a chance then that’s sad, for them. One day we’ll be known as the writers who produce the good stuff, like art house movies vs Hollywood blockbusters. 😀
August 17th, 2014 at 10:18 am
Sort of funny but not really…
August 17th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
You have to laugh at this kind of stuff. Taking it seriously puts the power straight back into the hands of those who dismiss us as snake oil salesmen. Chin up!
August 17th, 2014 at 10:12 am
It’s a great post. This stuff makes me so angry.
August 17th, 2014 at 1:59 pm
It seems we’re guilty by default. 😦