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Initial post: 25 Jun 2011 11:38:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2011 08:22:06 BDT
Welcome, all. We are authors from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and places in between. We believe we are mostly harmless. We mostly anti-plug our books, and mostly do that to each other--but welcome the opportunity to warn off any readers who might be otherwise tempted to buy.

We enjoy meeting other authors and readers as well. Be aware that the discussions often turn to food and although most believe that virtual calories do not cause weight gain, others aren't so sure that virtual calories are mostly harmless.

We've removed the front door plaque, that Nell Gavin so carefully carved, from our old clubhouse and have posted it on our new front door:

"Readers be warned: Do NOT buy our books. Our entire self-image as Starving Authors is at stake, and it would be cruel punishment to foist unwanted fame and success upon any of us. We're - none of us - psychologically equipped to handle notoriety or good fortune."

Eviction notice from our previous landlord [We're nearing the 10,000 post discussion limit] has necessitated the moving out of our clubhouse to these new environs. The scenery appears restful, the neighbours friendly and if a few good fellows and ladies with strong backs and/or a sense of decor would aid us in moving in, we'd be most grateful.

If you have any questions, ask the Cat. He's supervising. It only looks like he's sleeping on that window ledge, in the sun. In actuality, nothing gets past his acute senses. It's only the fact that he doesn't care about most of it that makes it look like he's inattentive. At least that's his story, and he's sticking to it.

So, Welcome one, welcome all. We're open for non-business.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 11:52:48 BDT
Ada says:
Found it. (Now I'll go back to mostly lurking.)

Please don't buy my book. I'm hoping the whole "starving" thing will help me lose some weight.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 11:59:08 BDT
Hi Doug!

Glad you've solved the problem of who to start the thread. Both of my cats are on my bed and I don't think they'll answer questions unless it's something simple such as, 'Who wants some fish?'

The Girl on the Swing
Cave

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 12:01:07 BDT
Cats know everything there is to know - thats why they look so superior. They just think we are too stupid to be told...

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 12:01:13 BDT
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Posted on 25 Jun 2011 12:05:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2011 12:07:29 BDT
I'm so pleased to be invited to this new home. It's lovely. Thank you. I live in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada in a modest home with my husband and dog, Scamp on the banks of the Kennebecasis River (old Indian names) where you'll find some very Chill Waters. If I were suddenly to become wealthy because of my books, it would be very traumatic to me who has known nothing but poverty and I might go mad or worse and have absolutely Nowhere to Hide to get away from the noise of fame, and get no sleep whatsoever, and spend my nights wandering through the Night Corridor of bad dreams where I can only sit in the dark and Listen to the Shadows .

Joan

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 12:08:03 BDT
It seems that, in attempting to steer people away from my books, I deleted my own thread by mistake. Now that's a complete lack of dedication deserving of absolutely no applause whatsoever. Do avoid my effort, along with its counterpart, even less effort, since I enjoy searching through bins for stale bread and bones a little too much. Thank you very little.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2011 12:33:33 BDT
Do you mean you deleted your post? Sometimes amazon delete them for you if you use a word their computer doesn't like. Unfortunately their computer has no concept of which words are abusive and which are not. It won't let you use the word cocks without an s on the end - which is silly because you may only have one male bird. But it will let you use a word which rhymes with banker - which is also silly because in today's climate, people probably find the word banker more offensive than anything that may rhyme with it :).

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2011 12:45:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2011 12:47:56 BDT
Ah, sorry, yes, I did mean 'post', Ali. I went back to edit the post, did so, and then pressed 'delete' by mistake for the simple reason that I'm posting from my phone at the moment, and my fingers are hitting everything but the right key. Anyway, I may as well enjoy myself while I'm here. "Cocks"; there, I've said it. What a silly banker I am.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 13:11:57 BDT
[Deleted by Amazon on 16 Sep 2011 11:12:35 BDT]

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 13:17:00 BDT
Doug, I don't think you should use up the last few posts on the old thread - some people may want to go back and check things, especially if they asked a question and someone answered it and they haven't been back since. If you just leave it it will soon drop out of sight but people will be able to locate it via the search facility and view it.

@Noel, one of the things I said on the previous thread- but you probably missed - was that you can find me at Ali M Cooper on facebook.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 14:11:15 BDT
Hey all. I didn't realize this thread was nearing its demise. Luckily the new one was prominently front and center when I logged on.

I still haven't reconciled my dispute with Amazon.com. I guess they consider me a real bad ass. Yeah, right.

As for anyone buying my books and elevating me from eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, not a chance. I did get a nice review from The Romance Reviews though. But that probably won't make a difference. Good reviews haven't made a difference in the past. So I'll still be a starving artist and still claim my rightful place among the rest of you.

Oh, by the way, here's the link to the review for Where Dreams are Born http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=2579 if anyone cares to see it.

Catch you later.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 18:48:57 BDT
Florence43 says:
Catchy new thread name.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 20:57:12 BDT
Just retrieving MHII for any latecomers :).

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 22:11:23 BDT
Dan Holloway says:
Been away a while - haven't things moved on. Good evening to everyone! Who here's nattering from Glasto then?

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 14:03:38 BDT
Wow Mostly Harmless, the sequel. Well, don't buy my book either.

Cheers

MTM
Few Are Chosen (The K'Barthan Trilogy)
Warning: contains car chases, futuristic technology and sarcasm

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 15:43:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2011 15:44:52 BDT
Finally, a chance to join the Mostly Harmless party. I jumped in at the end of the last one, when everyone was drunk in the kitchen, eating cold pizza. To introduce myself to the new thread ... I'm English, and nobody should buy my book set in The Cotswolds because the dog is naughty and the cross-dressers will make you feel inferior about your wardrobe. Some people experience nausea trying to fit it perfectly into a particular genre. It doesn't fit. If you try to make it, the seams will split (ooh. That rhymed!) Also, you will probably hate the protagonist for the whole of the first chapter, which is a shock if you prefer your characters without flaws. There's also a real chance you'll laugh too loud in some places and annoy your neighbours. There have been reports of people missing sleep when attempting to read 'just one more chapter' before bed - and failing - and broken diets due to food descriptions. If you value your health, sleep regime, and cosy view of the chocolate box Cotswolds do NOT buy Palaces and Calluses (Cotswold Chronicles)

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 16:57:34 BDT
Dan Holloway says:
Hi Rebecca!
I'm currently preparing sauerkraut, which will be on its third cooking for tonight, and therefore getting towards its best. Dumplings and mashed potato to go with it - perfect for a warm summer's day...
About to settle in for an afternoon of Glasto

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 18:47:37 BDT
Paul Simon was great despite his sore throat.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 19:58:52 BDT
...and I believe there's someone called 'Bouncy' on later :).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 20:42:11 BDT
Florence43 says:
I've not seen him yet due to work. I have recorded him though.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 20:45:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2011 20:48:30 BDT
Nell Gavin says:
Wow! Hey! I made it after 20 postings! Poor showing, but here I am!

While I'm here, I'm going to invite unhelpful votes by anti-anti-plugging my new book, which won the silver medal from the Living Now Book Awards, and which went live yesterday! Woot! It's still so new I can't post a link from "Insert a product link" but it's out there, and called HANG ON. (ducking as the vegetables careen my way).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 21:31:07 BDT
And TV on the Radio were extremely good.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 21:49:25 BDT
Dan Holloway says:
Paul Simon looked really ill and you could hear him strugglng in places, but a great Sunday afternoon set.

They had some Kills on yesterday's TV coverage which was absolutely amazing - Alison Mosshart is the best lead on the planet right now. The Vaccines and Biffy Clyro were utterly incredible as well. I was surprised how good Jessie J was as well - really owned the stage despite the broken foot.

Yes, only 10 minutes till Bouncy!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 21:50:26 BDT
Florence43 says:
he better be better by thursday!
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