Monthly Archives November 2012

Classic Michy: A Bug in the Tub REDUX

(This post was originally written in 2006–thought I’d share it again, because it’s sort of appropriate today too!)


Today, I was sleepy, just woke from an afternoon nap, and had to pee… I go into the bathroom, and while in there, doing my thing, I notice there is a big black bug with long feelers on his head just wandering around in the bathtub, toward the back.

With nothing better to do, I lean over and turn on the water and pull the thingy to start the shower. The water from the shower comes out and hits him and he scampers, trying to crawl up the back of the tub. His feet (and don’t ask me why I assume he’s a he, but with bugs, unless I see babies crawling out of them, I always assume they are male – think there’s a reason for that?)

I’m digressing.

So, his feet were scrambling...

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A Discussion on Racism?

Night before last, while I was sleeping (pain pills knock me out but good), I received an email from someone who had read one of my author interviews on my blogger blog. He thanked me for interviewing a black author, saying that it was about time black authors were getting noticed.

Well, the email sort of blew me away. Never would I have considered NOT interviewing a black author. But when I responded to him and told him so, he said I would be surprised at how difficult it is for black authors to get the same exposure.

Interesting. Sad if it’s true too. A good writer is a good writer, and race or ethnicity just shouldn’t matter if the writing is good.

Another man I know, a very successful internet marketer, is a black man who will not put his picture up on his websites, because he believes...

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Classic Michy: Thank You Very Much, Have a Nice Day

Found this old blog post of mine I wrote a few years back when I was still blogging on MySpace… thought I’d share it here again. This was from, probably, 2006.


So the time to renew my GamePass membership came round on the 9th of May. I renewed it for a full year. I use those ‘free’ monthly games to, yes, I’m going to say it – to bribe my son to do his schoolwork.

Hey, don’t judge. If it gets him to do algebra, it’s worth it.

Well, the gaming company authorized my credit card for the annual membership in the amount of $89.99 – twice.

That was on May 9th...

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Pregnancy is a Sexually Transmitted Disease

Okay, so last night, or maybe it was early this morning, I forget which, I was drifting in and out of sleep and this commercial for some type of breast cancer prevention medication came on.

You know how commercials for drugs usually list all these warnings on them, kinda of like used car ads have all that legal fine print where the announcer speaks really, really fast? Well, on drugs, the fine print are usually the negative side effects of the drug, right?

This one said: “You shouldn’t take this medication if you are at risk for pregnancy.”

Okay, I understan...

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My Pride

Definitions of pride:

  • a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  • satisfaction with your (or another’s) achievements
  • the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
  • unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem

The first two definitions are positive ones. I’m proud of my children. I’m proud of my accomplishments and my writing, something I didn’t used to have. There is much I am proud of in this respect—and this is a positive thing—a strength. The last definition is not something I have an issue with, since my self-esteem is not my strongest trait.

That third definition probably comes the closest to what pride means to me when I think of the word, and it’s the one that is probably my biggest weakness.

Afraid to fall below my own standards I have set for myself o...

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One Reader’s Advice to Indie Authors

I like to read indie authors, for various reasons, always hoping I’ll find that one gem amongst all the rough diamonds that is polished and ready to read. Unfortunately, more often than not, I read decent books, okay books, books that aren’t bad, that with a little bit of editing and development might have actually been great books, but that were just mediocre books because of the way they were published–they weren’t ready. Then I’ll read one of the trade published houses by a big-name author and I’ll be reminded of all the reasons why I prefer traditionally published books over indie books. Sure, it’s true, some trade published books are bad...

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Guest Blog: Publishers, Weakly: What The Penguin/Random House Merger Really Means, by Michael Levin

Publishers, Weakly: What The Penguin/Random House Merger Really Means
By: Michael Levin

When I saw the word “synergies” applied to the proposed merger of publishing giants Penguin and Random House, I laughed out loud. “Synergies” is Wall Street-speak for “Let’s merge two failing companies, fire half the employees, run the resulting business more cheaply, suck out all the money we can as quickly as we can, and then leave the wounded, gasping beast that is the resulting company to die a miserable, public death.”

Which is exactly why “synergies” best describes the merger of two of the biggest names in the publishing industry, which is wringing its hands over the immediate consequences of this deal, which really represents one more death rattle of the once thriving book publishin...

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