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Free Books Giveaway!

I'm running a contest for some free books! This giveaway begins Tuesday, April 25th at 12:00 AM and will continue until Tuesday, May 2nd at 12:00 AM. At the end of the week-long signup window the winner will be chosen at random and they will receive: Single, signed copies of all three of my currently published books. Printed manuscript of an unreleased story from my early days. A few business cards and a luxury postcard featuring my first publication. A donation to The Dougy Center in your name, with a printed receipt. Assorted goodies. Of course, as with any contest that provides physical prizes, you must be able and willing to provide a valid shipping address to receive the winnings. Unfortunately, this first contest will only be open to those in the continental US, but I'm hoping to make the next one international. Subscribe to the mailing list to unlock the entry form below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Note on Plagiarism

I received an extremely rude email from one 'Jonny Diamond' at LitHub today, telling me to "stop posting full articles from without any attribution or credit." On top of that, he says, "Beyond any legal ramifications, it's just a really shitty thing to do." That definitely rubs me the wrong way, and it needs to be addressed. My site runs with a plugin called WP-Auto, where you input RSS feeds and it'll automatically make new posts when new items show up on the feed. These posts are made as-is, with no editing done whatsoever from the original content in the feed. Content links are left intact and any footers that mention the author or other websites are included. I've included several sources from The NY Times and the Boston Globe among others. Furthermore, every post that I didn't write myself has a source link on the bottom. If he would have taken two seconds to look, he would have noticed that. The About page also states that I don't claim ownership of any article that I don't write, and if a copyright claim comes up for any reason (unauthorized use of a purchased stock image for example) I comply with any takedown requests. A little bit of professionalism goes a long way. I've covered my bases and I try very hard to make sure that anyone that creates anything in any way is fully sourced and noticed for their work. Writing is an extremely difficult business to make it…

FurtiveDalliance: A News Aggregator

For those of you that are looking to follow some independent news outlets that are trustworthy and have good reputations, I've collected some of them and added them to an aggregator. Posts are kept for 10 days. Feeds from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, The Anti-Media, The Free Thought Project, It's Going Down, Mint Press News, The Fifth Column / Podcast and CommonDreams are included. Visit

Oh, hey.

So I haven't been around in a while and the site was down for a bit, but I've recently rectified the latter and will work on the former again shortly. Maybe I'll get inspired again when it snows.

Spotify #YearInMusic 2015

Spotify has come out with a pretty awesome little tool to give you information on the music you've streamed throughout the year. If anyone is curious about what I listen to a lot of the time, you can check out a little collage I made of my results right here.