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2013 in Review

Last year was a really strange one for me, and mostly full of time-wasting. I’m hoping that by writing about it, it’ll fall into some kind of perspective.

The Good

• Some really awesome games came out. Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored, the TR reboot and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag are the ones that spring immediately to mind. I haven’t yet played The Last of Us, but I’m looking forward to that.

• Bunny and I got to do some great bonding while alternating levels of old PS2 games – Ghosthunter, Primal, Beyond Good & Evil and Psychonauts. :)

• I got to spend two weeks geeking out with ncis_love in Seattle. Highlights of that: driving along gazing at mountains and pretty things, nomming amazing desserts, Hanne turning up the radio and getting gangsta every time Macklemore’s Thrift Shop came on, being a total tourist, Vancouver aquarium, hugging Emilie Autumn, meeting Nellie and giving her a new toy, eating amazing breakfast casserole… the list goes on.

• Managed to see a lot more of Kat and Lucy last year, and met Simon and his family for the first time, too. It was really nice to develop those friendships a bit more.

• Also managed to see a bit more of Arty, which is awesome – she lives in the same area as us and yet always seems to end up left out of mini-meetages. So getting to do squeeful stuff with her was great.

• Finally got to spend an afternoon with Max and Karen again, after a few years of not seeing them! Yayfulness for that. I miss those guys.

• Spent a lovely final eleven months of Reg’s life with him, cuddling up and giving him many treats and lovely things.

• Made myself more ethically, politically and environmentally aware, and have been signing petitions wherever possible and spreading awareness about issues I care about.

• Spent some lovely time with Jordy (who saved me from neighbour fail at Christmas by letting me stay at her place - OMG, so grateful!).

• Have come a bit further with my therapy, and have become more aware of my own moods and what might be causing my issues. Compassion-based therapy is working a lot better for me than CBT ever did, because CBT was basically a list of ways I could set myself up to fail, then beat myself up over it. The compassionate approach works on the way I talk to myself - before this year, I thought everyone got themselves to do things by internally yelling at themselves. Apparently not. XD

• Although I had to quit at TEB and therefore give up a large amount of my editing workload, I have more free time because of it – and I’m not slaving away for peanuts anymore.

The Bad

• 2013 was awful in terms of horrifying neighbour fail. Since we had actually been successful in getting an injunction against him in 2012, and were promised that if he continued to be a nuisance he would face having his stereo taken away and maybe even a prison sentence, we started off the year quite hopeful that this would be applied. Unfortunately, his behaviour escalated and escalated during the year to the point of being unbearable, and then they took away the injunction because he didn’t have ‘capacity to understand it’. Even though a possession order for the upstairs flat had been granted as of June 2013, social services kept putting it off to September… then October… then November… then January 2014. This caused a lot of mental problems for both him and us, because as his mental problems worsened, we had to bear the consequences. Bunny was on beta blockers for anxiety and sleeping tablets, and slept in the study many, many times over the past year. I just spent ridiculous amounts of time under the covers trying to block out his fail. It was awful, and after all the effort we put into getting him out, we didn’t even get him evicted until four weeks before we were due to move house ourselves (6th January 2014). The four weeks of peace so far this year have been very appreciated, though!

• Reg eventually had to be put to sleep on 22nd November. He was so lovely and we still miss him so much, but it was his time, I guess.

• My physical health was terrible, and worsening as the year went on. I did get a hospital appointment in late November and things are progressing now, but most of the year was spent on a waiting list, not knowing if I was actually on said waiting list (since our area of Manchester ended its agreement with the area the hospital is in for some kind of funding reason), and hoping someone would eventually get around to granting me an appointment. As a result of my health declining, I’ve had to skip things that were extremely important to me (e.g. Croatia meetage back in September) and to other people (Christmas at my mother’s, which led to a total breakdown in our relationship and I’m currently not speaking to her - but that's a whoooole other blog post).

• I also had to give up working at TEB, though in retrospect, that’s probably a good thing since they were monopolising my time and paying me less than £5,000 a year for it. It felt very much like a failure on my part though, since I liked the company, I liked the job and it felt like I was valued as a person there. I do really miss working with ‘my’ authors and getting to read free books, though I don’t miss the tight deadlines for virtually no cash.

• I suffered some severe mood swings that have been really damaging to both my own sense of self and to relationships with friends. If I’ve hurt you over the past year, I am so sorry. It was never my intention. I have gone from turning everything inward and blaming myself to being occasionally angry and not knowing what to do with it, but I’m getting there. Believe it or not, it counts as progress in my therapist’s eyes.

So… yeah. That was 2013. Too much sleep, too much stress, too much waiting around for things that were out of my control, but there have been bright spots.
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Cover Reveal!

A special publicity post to promote a YA series I love very much and was an advance reader for. My friend Marianne de Pierres is releasing the Night Creatures Trilogy outside Australia this month, and this is a cover reveal! BE EXCITED, BABY BATS!


Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.


Retra – now called Naif – has escaped from Ixion, the island of ever-night. She doesn’t know if her friends on the island survived the battle between the Ripers and the rebels.

But she does know that she must return home, behind the sealed walls of Grave, to find out why the Ripers have been seen there talking to the councillors. What links the two worlds?

First she must convince Ruzalia to help her. The fierce pirate captain saves those who face terrible fates on Ixion, but that doesn’t guarantee their gratitude. Instead, she faces a revolt – and Naif is caught in the middle.

Naif will need all her courage to survive. For Lenoir, who wants to keep her safe, for her friends Suki and Rollo, if they live, for Markes, who has secrets of his own, and for the new friends she will make on this journey.

The fate of worlds depends on it.


Ixion. The island of ever-night.

If she had a choice, Naif wouldn’t go back. But her friends will die if she doesn’t find a cure for the badges that are slowly killing them, and her brother is there, fighting against the Ripers who hold everyone in thrall. And Naif has knowledge that might save them all.

First she must solve the mystery of Ixion’s eternal night. Then she must convince everyone – rebels and revellers alike – to join her cause. And all the while, she must fight the urge to go to Lenoir – her greatest love, her mortal enemy.

The secrets of Ixion must be revealed. The evils must be stopped. A new dawn will come.

Find out more at Burn Bright, and watch this space for buy links!
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CISPA is the new SOPA

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Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

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The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Congress wants to take away your internet.

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Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


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"Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam i

Originally posted by heeroluva at "Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam is a big FAIL!
So I've been noticing in both my own journal and communities that I haven't been able to see some comments even thought it says there are more comments there than are actually showing up. Instead I'm getting a place holder that says (Spam comment) or (Suspicious comment).

Why are these showing up like this you may ask? In their rush to fight spam LJ has created a new filter that're AUTOMATICALLY TURNED ON in ALL journals and communities, which screens comments that are made with 'suspicious links' ie links that are not on their safe whitelist, so pretty much the majority of the internet. There is no noted way to add to the 'whitelist'.

What really gets me is that they didn't inform people that they were doing this until a week after it was done and that it was automatically turned on.

So how do I turn it off you might ask.

That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one.

While I understand how this could be a good idea, I think they went about it in a very backhanded way, and have implemented it poorly. There was no message to anyone that the link has been screened. It's automatically done. This went on for over a week before they said anything about it. There is still nothing in the FAQs about it even. The only way I found out about this way going through the support pages where people were reporting similar issues.

Please share this!

ETA: This links really illustrates the problems.

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It's PR Amy again... Just let me say, the spamming I'm doing is WELL worth it.


On March 7th at 8pm EST, tune in to to join the live podcast interview with Marianne de Pierres and Yunyu on the eve of their dual book and single release.

Her Royal Madness, Yunyu, has produced a stunning single, Angel Arias, written to complement de Pierres’ first young adult dark fantasy novel, Burn Bright. Bruce Moyle and David Quinn from CoolShite will interview them and play Yunyu’s single in a world premiere. Join the fun and win giveaway packs that include both the single and the book!

Questions for Yunyu and Marianne can be emailed to CoolShite via: or use the voicemail line @ (02) 8011 4365 or Skype @ razorbolt

Listen to the teaser for the single at

Watch the book trailer at

For more information go to:
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Okay, everyone... do me a huge favour. Watch this trailer - it's 1 minute and 3 seconds long, so no excuse not to. :p

Now tell me you don't wanna read it... You know you do!

It's out on March 1st, but only in Australia and New Zealand for now. So if you want it, you can pre-order it here: (that's Australian dollars, not American, by the way).

Having read an early draft, I guarantee this is nothing like Twilight. <3 And if you happen to share this video and spread the word, that wouldn't go amiss. ;)
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If you're looking for fanfic updates, my fic journal is hinkykinky - though you'd be better off staking out my profile, cause I'm way behind with updating LJ with fic. Oops!


Important note:

Please don't crosspost anything posted in this journal or the comments on your Facebooks and Twitters, and please don't share/link any comments I make in your LJ's with either of those social networking sites either.

My journal is friends-locked for a reason. :)

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Just done an epic friends cut, mostly usernames I don't recognise, people I don't talk to any more (for various reasons) and people who don't use their accounts.

If you're gone and you wanted to stay, give me a shout and remind me you exist...