I think about going skinny dipping just after midnight on my birthday. The full moon is high Perhaps my only witness. The lake dark and quiet, a looking glass to the sky. Perhaps the nervous thrill at being naughty would make every splash louder. The gentle lap on the dock a crashing ocean wave. … Continue reading Skinny dipping
Focus Fox says: I have a delicate and sensitive side. It's just buried deep, deep, deep inside. I might need a shovel to find it.
There are times I feel side-swiped by progress. I'm sitting at the airport and my girlfriend texts me to ask what I think of Amazon's 'in car delivery'. My initial reaction was to picture a high speed transfer of goods. Some sleek black car pulls up next to me as I rocket down the freeway, … Continue reading In Car Delivery
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What a week it’s been in the romance writing world! In case you missed it, there is a huge uproar over #cockygate, or the trademark of the word “cocky” in a romance series.
Background: Faleena Hopkins, the author of several books that have the word “Cocky” in the title, recently received an official trademark of the word “cocky” in a romance series in both regular and stylized (meaning in a specific font) form from the US Trademark and Patent Office. You can view her filings here and here.
Ms. Hopkins’ stylized trademark of the word “cocky.”
Ms. Hopkins has threatened other writers whose book titles also contain the word “cocky” with a lawsuit if they don’t change their titles. She’s also reported some authors to Amazon, telling the Zon that the authors were in violation of her copyright. Amazon took down the offending books at once. Romance Writers of…
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Focus Fox says: I used to say I was sweet and innocent, but I got tired of all the laughter.
What an author tribe can prevent?
This is not a hate letter.
This is not a public shaming, or a “stoning.”
Now that that’s out of the way, we can move on. So, who the fuck am I, and why the hell am I writing you a letter? In short, I’m Cassie Sharp. I am an indie author. I do not write romance. I feel like I need to make that clear, so you aren’t thinking this is a plea for you to do anything. I will not personally be affected by your TM of the word “cocky.” I write mystery/suspense/thrillers, so unless I want to title a book, The Cocky Detective Who Almost Doesn’t Catch the Psychopath, and somehow categorize it in a romance genre, your TM isn’t going to deter the titling of any current or future works of mine.
Because I’m an author, I’ve been following this madness closely. In my mind, the thought…
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Would you be offended if someone asked if you were a robot? When you follow people on twitter, there are many who send automatic messages which generally are 'buy me' links. Those I ignore. There are a few that send out little bits of dialog like a fisherman might put a worm on a line. … Continue reading Are you a robot?
Focus Fox says: Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace, or maybe they are really zombies. paraphrasing Buddha
There are two kinds of secrets: ones that are dark and poisonous and ones that are bright and glittery. The first I've learned to purge. I throw them out in the light and let them shrivel to dust. Scrutiny purifies the dark energy in a cathartic release. The second I collect. They are small things … Continue reading Secrets
I will admit I got many of the answers wrong. But I love puns. #8 had me laughing.
This was a game we played last evening at our Ladies Fellowship. Dannie, our flower expert, even had a bit of trouble. Go through it first before you cheat and look at the answers at the bottom. #9 has 2 possible answers; #10 was a stupid one (only because it tricked everyone there); #11 no one ever heard of.
1. I am a brand of milk.
2. I am part of the eye.
3. I’m a bovine accident.
4. I like to be remembered.
5. I’m a very nice man.
6. I look like I’ve been in a fight.
7. Everything’s better with me on it.
8. You use me to kiss.
9. I like to roar!
10. If you find me, please pick me up.
11. I’m loaded with pins and needles.
12. I’m a noted rambler.
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