We’re feeling cocky (VBEG)

(If you don’t get the joke, google “cocky”+”trademark”. I’d actually give you the author’s name involved but I don’t want to give her any more press than she’s gotten over this stupid move of hers.) In the meantime, the floor is yours this morning. Ask your questions, give us topic ideas, etc. We’ll be checking in later.

Until then!


  1. how about… the evolution of the depiction of extraterrestrial intelligence in science fiction films? j 1/2 k

  2. Don’t get too cocky, Amanda. You wouldn’t want to get a cease-and-desist. 😉

    1. Hehehehehehe. MGC can be called a lot of things but not a romance novel — which is what she claims to limit her trademark to.

  3. I understand that she who shall not be named managed to get Amazon to take down some books by other authors with her bogus copyright claim.
    I await with great anticipation the complaints of TOS violation and hopefully the lawsuits that follow.
    I does hate me having to resort to legal methods, but from all accounts she swung first.

    1. I have seen folks alluding to this but haven’t seen anything concrete. I do know some authors caved before the word started getting out. With RWA interested in what’s going on, I would suggest she who shall not be named reconsider her stance pretty damned quickly.

        1. Yeah, you’ve got to be pretty cocksure to choose a hill like that to die on. But a lawsuit against Amazon for TOS violations would be interesting.

          Stupid phone app.

    2. Also on this, Amazon is over a barrel about this until the issue of the validity of her trademark is determined. It is filed and registered. They have to honor it — for now. That means if she tells them someone is in violation and a quick check seems to bear her claim out, they have not choice but to remove the item. HOWEVER, when her trademark is rescinded — and it is starting to look like it very well might be, if for no other reason than the issue with the font — she is likely going to be hit with a class action suit against her alleging everything from bad faith, loss of earnings, damages, etc.

    1. Nor that she is the first to use it in a series title. There’s a filing that’s been made asking to vacate her trademark posted on Twitter. I found the link in the comments to The Passive Voice’s post about this idiocy.

  4. Mild rant. I’m reading an academic monograph about the environmental history of medieval Europe. It’s not bad, but the e-book has no citations – no footnotes or parentheticals. Now, I realize that citations, especially linked ones, are a pain in the tuckus to do, but come on, Cambridge University Press! Really? Yes, you scanned the book in (correctly, for once), but sheesh. I want to check sources and it is going to be flippin’ hard.

    End rant.

  5. Maybe it’s been covered before (I should check the “writing to publication” links) but I’m interested in discussing the mechanics of the “pay off” and what makes the most satisfying “yes! my guy won!” at the end of a book.

    Romance includes the “dark night of the soul” part, where even if you know they’ll get a “happily ever after” the characters don’t know that and are sure that true love has slipped from their grasp.

    I think that’s one of the beats in my various screen writing books, too. All is lost!

    It seems a little hokey once it’s all laid out there, even formulaic, and I don’t see a whole lot (again, maybe not looking in the right places) about how to purposefully and dickishly jerk a reader’s emotions around.

    1. Maybe they can get Kratman to do a guest post on that. He’s extremely strong at that.

      Many years after having last read A Desert Called Peace, “I’m being brave Father” still brings a tear to my eye. Analyzing through the tears, that scene is powerful because Kratman calculated how the reader would process it, and never explicitly says what he knows the reader will conclude. That scene gives us many details that we naturally know means that Carrera’s first family was a good one, much loved. He has a son any father would be proud of. But Kratman never explicitly says so. We are tortured with Carrera in his nightmares, because we aren’t told he suffers, we intuit it, we feel it in our gut. When the protesters offend him, we have become so sympathetic with him we maybe take it a little personally. That first part of A Desert Called Peace is a very critical part of the reader’s emotional journey through A Desert Called Peace and Carnifex. We walk in Carrera’s shoes so that we too will come to hate his enemies, and to finally reach a point of sympathy with his joy in their suffering.

      Not every detail in a story is processed the same way. “Show, don’t tell” must in part be because “Johnny was sad” is processed in a very intellectual way, counter productive if you want the reader to care what Johnny feels. Pacing and foreshadowing are important. You want the reader travelling across the details at a speed where they pick them up, and process them in the way you expect. You want to subtly cue the reader to fear specific possibilities. You want to vary intensity, and vary the emotions you evoke.

      1. Yes, this.

        This is the sort of thing I’m talking about, all that leading up to the triumph. I’m sure there’s more than one element to doing it right and doing it powerfully.

        It would be awesome if they could get Kratman to do a guest post, too. 🙂

      1. I had to look at that for a minute before I realized the last name rhymed with “biter,” not “bitter.” “Ritter” (rider) is the German word for “knight.” So I am used to seeing that word in that context. Well played, sir, well played.

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