I Need Names!

I’ve recently added a new furry friend to the family. And now he needs a name. I actually named the last dog we got since it was my decision to get her. That was six years ago. Then early last year we added to the family, but he was already named.

I’m thinking of making him after a book character. Maybe Frankenstein? Or Elvis. Spenser? A name that was suggested was Banks, after the character I created. Which I thought was funny, but now it’s growing on me. Just about every other name has been ridiculous. So now I’m seeing what y’all can come up with to add to the discussion.

What are some good literary names for this little guy?

Who is Getting Their Own Literary Imprint?

We know big time authors get their own imprints after years of massive sales numbers. And sometimes celebrities get them, though the reasoning for them is a bit less clear to me. James Patterson. Rick Riordan. There’s no complaint about them. But Derek Jeter? More questionable. And now there’s a new name to the list. Sarah Jessica Parker. Welp.

I’ve never read anything about her interest in books. Some celebrities write a bunch. Some are avid readers. Some tackle literacy initiatives. But I’ve never come across anything describing her doing these things at a level that would lead me to believe she should be in charge of her own literary imprint.

Maybe I’m clueless. Just seems a bit strange. Publishing gets a bad rap for cozying up to super authors and celebrities and not giving hardly any first timers a chance at success. This decision will change nothing about that argument.

Also, how come Latino celebrities don’t get their own imprints?

Sarah Jessica Parker is now the head of a literary imprint. Think you could do better than her? 😂

Saturday Selects: Trump is Exactly Who We Think he is

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I usually write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today I’m writing about Trump, again.

I’m sure you’re well aware by now of the recording that surfaced yesterday in which Donald Trump talks about sexually harassing and assaulting women. If you’re reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, then I’ve got you covered. Here’s the video. There is lots of graphic language.

I can’t tell you how many people have actually defended his comments on social media and on TV. These people are the reason he feels he can say or do any thing he pleases. There’s no consequence. He says Mexicans are criminals. Meh. He says ban all Muslims from the US. Meh. He says women are disgusting. Meh. He says African Americans are living in hell. Meh. And now video surfaces of him sexually assaulting women because he’s a star and they let him do it.

There is no excuse. Republican. Democrat. Independent. White. Latino. College educated. Asian. African American. Middle class. 1%. It does not matter what you look like or where you live. A reasonable, respectful human being has no justification for supporting this man in ANY THING he does. And yet, he’ll still receive millions of votes on November 8th.

Amazon Launches Prime Reading

If you have a Prime account like I do, then you’re likely already aware of the many perks associated with the subscription. And now Amazon adds to it again.

Prime Reading is exactly what you’d expect it to be. You get to read any book that’s included in the service. I believe it’s currently over a thousand titles at launch. You also get free access to current magazines. I haven’t subscribed to a magazine in about a decade, but I’ve really been considering subscribing to Sports Illustrated or National Geographic. And they’re both included!

There is no subscription service that gives you greater value for your money than an Amazon Prime menbership. There’s books, movies, TV shows, two-day shipping, Prime Now, and I bet members will one day get to fly into space before nonmembers. HA!

Does Prime Reading make you want a Prime membership any more than before? Or if you’re already a Prime member, will you take advantage of the new program?

Still Here

I decided a few weeks ago to take time off from blogging. Mostly because I wanted to focus on my job search. I’ve never been busier in my life. I’ve been all over the state for testing and interviews over the last week or so. The outside of my car is covered in bug guts from all the hours spent on the open road. But I’m still here. I’ll likely get back to posting regularly this week. I have a little break in all the traveling and driving and interviewing and testing. No one said getting into law enforcement was supposed to be easy. And it isn’t.