Misogyny and Me or I’m Not a Misogynist but Sometimes I Write Like One

Me. Sometimes misogynist. Apparently.
Me. Sometimes misogynist. Apparently.

That’s right, I’m going there.

For some reason, I’ve been inundated lately with videos, blog posts, and just general thoughts about misogyny (a word I hope to be able to spell all by my lonesome without the help of spell check before the end of this post). For those of you that don’t know, here is the definition of misogyny (damn, spell checked again) from dictionary.com:

“hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women”

I have been accused of being a misogynist (nope, not that time either) which people sort of use interchangeably with “sexist” and my stories (particularly Bob Moore: No Hero) having misogynist (nope) tendencies. I was, I’ll admit, particularly surprised by these accusations and responded by creating Nissa, a particularly strong female character in my second book, Bob Moore: Desperate Times. And while I’m not sure I have anything particularly insightful to say on the subject of misogyny (got it! suck it spell check!), I do think I will do something that not a lot of writers do. Rather than point out problems in other people’s work, I’m going to explore the problems in my own.

Refreshing or a thinly veiled way of defending my own work? You decide. Continue reading Misogyny and Me or I’m Not a Misogynist but Sometimes I Write Like One

Good and Bad Customer Service

www.iinet.com.auAt their request, I wrote an email to the CEO of Qatar Airlines. The TL;DR version – Expedia SUXS, Qatar Suxs, iiNet awesome. Settle back people, this is a long one.

Today I called iiNet to cancel my Internet service. I wanted them to hold off for a day or two so that I can have Internet while I am moving out. Chris (the CSR) says that he’s put a note on the order to let it sit for a day or so. I’m like, “Whatever” and tell Tanel (my wife) that we’ll have to start stealing Wilf’s (my neighbor) Internet. As I’m saying it, I get this email.

Hi Tom,

After your phone call I asked around and was informed that the cancellation itself was instantaneous, the part that was pending was to do with the codes and setup on our end. What I’ve done is uncancelled it and set myself a reminder for two days to fully cancel it.

If there’s anything else we can help with, feel free to reply to this email or call us again on 13 22 58

Regards,

Chris Continue reading Good and Bad Customer Service

Bob Moore: Hostile Territory is Almost Out

I’ve sent out ARC (Advanced Review Copies) to a few reviewers but you’ll probably get the book before they are done with the reviews. Right now, I’m waiting on a cover and on one final editing pass by my wife. If all goes to plan, Bob Moore: Hostile Territory will be in your hands by the end of next week. Also, if you don’t have it by the end of next week, it’ll be at least a month or two before you do as I’ll be in the midst of a move back to the United States from Christmas until…well, until we can get settled. So, cross your fingers that the cover comes through.

What the hell took so long

Okay, first of all, I’m sorry. Those of you that follow me on Twitter have been going crazy for the last few months. You’ve known the first draft of Hostile Territory was done months and months ago and have (by your emails and tweets) been wondering what I’ve been doing all this time. Well, time to reveal all. Continue reading Bob Moore: Hostile Territory is Almost Out

The Why’s of Motorcycles: Danger

You could look at this whole series of articles on the why’s of motorcycles and sum them up in two phrases:

  • Motorcyclists do [whatever it is the article is about] because they are trying to be safer.
  • Motorcyclists are stupid for riding motorcycles in the first place.

I wouldn’t blame you for thinking the second. That’s because it is true. Motorcycles are dangerous. Compared to cars, you are much more likely to die in an accident on a motorcycle. You don’t even have to look up any statistics (though there are plenty) to know it is true. You just have to get on one and ride around in traffic. If your butthole doesn’t pucker so hard it vacuum-seals you to your seat, you should get your blood-pressure checked. You might be dead already.

So why ride? Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Danger

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