June is the Start of…Well, Something

The month of June was a bit of a roller coaster down here in the Lone Star state. Hurricanes. Floods. Power outages. Ugh. But I STILL managed to post everyday, which makes it five consecutive months now! And I finally decided to start my YouTube channel, which has been several years in the making. And I finally broke out of my mini reading slump. I hadn’t read a book since January, but I read a couple this month. But still no writing. And still no poetry. *sigh* Here are some stats. As always, the previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 30 (31)

Likes: 804 (837)

Comments: 1020 (2121)

Followers: 3034

Books Read: 2 (4)

Poems: 0 (2)

YouTube Videos: 3

Obviously two books is hardly anything to even talk about, but it’s something. I’d rather my total for the year be at six than at four. This was the second month in a row that I reached a thousand comments. I actually was on a feverish pace throughout the first half of the month and then slowed down big time in the second half. I’d say mostly because I started working about double what I had been, and that makes discussions a bit more difficult.

My favorite part of the numbers above is the THREE YouTube videos. I hope I can do even better this month now that I’ve found an editor I really like. Let’s talk about some posts.

Top Post

Ursula Le Guin is Clueless

Favorite Post

I Introduce to you…Johnny Reads!

Post you may Have Missed

Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Should Read: 1984 by George Orwell

The top post of the month is actually the top post of 2015. But it wasn’t because of me, it was because when I linked to her original article my post appeared as a pingback in the comments section and people kept clicking it. But eh, views are views.

June was a solid month here on Write me a book, John! and wasn’t a bad month in real life. Who’s ready for more in July? *raises hand*

What about you? How was your month of June, blogging or otherwise? Tell me!

On this day in 2014 I published The June Bug of Blogging.


Ursula Le Guin is Clueless

I couldn’t tell you anything about Ursula Le Guin. I can’t tell you how many books she’s published. I can’t tell you which genres she writes in. I can’t even tell you the name of just one of her books. But I at least know her name. Much the same as I know the names of other prominent authors who I’ve never read. But it is quite obvious that she’s clueless about the state of publishing. How did I come to this conclusion? Well, by reading an article she wrote. I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to read the full article here.

Over the course of the last year or so, many authors (prominent and not) have come out against Amazon. They’ve come up with reason upon reason for their ultimate decision. But the interesting thing about all of their gripes is that they never actually have anything to do with Amazon. They should be aiming their words at New York publishing. But you can’t do that when they’re giving you six-, seven-, or even eight-figure checks. The issue with prominent authors coming out against Amazon is that they have a very real stake in maintaining the status quo. It’s easy to toss around finely written statements that likely lead many to believe that their words must be true, but they’re not.

Now Ursula Le Guin has added her name to the list of authors who have spoken out against Amazon with no basis for their arguments. Amazon has done a lot for and to the publishing industry, but almost none of it is bad.

Now go read the article and tell me what you think of her words.

And don’t you think Ursula Le Guin should go ahead and remove her books from the site if she’s so against them? Oh wait, she probably has no control over that because her PUBLISHER does.

On this day in 2014 I published What Writers Should NOT Post on Their Blogs.