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Damn Greedy Authors

February 4th, 2004 - 3:05 a.m.

I'm Currently Avoiding: Outside.


You know what really frosts my cookie?

When an author goes and publishes something like FIFTEEN books of a series in paperback (more than that, actually), and then decides she wants her books to appear in Hardcover first! WTF?! I mean, this author's got a ton of money already, she doesn't really need more. She produces something like four or more books a year, most of which are gobbled up by readers as fast as she can get them published. How could she possibly need MORE money? Does she have a crack habit to support that I'm unaware of?

After that many books in paperback, she should continue to put them out in paperback, DAMNIT! I want to read the book NOW, not in 6 months when it's finally out in paperback (and she's got Another novel in the series out in hardcover). And there's no convenient Barnes & Noble around where I can sit in their comfy chairs to read the hardcover version before the paperback one appears, either. Which just Sucks. Oh, and to heap indignity upon indignity, I can't even go to the Library and put my name on the hold list to read it from there. Why? Because the bastards decided that, as of January 1st, 2004, they would no longer allow individuals who reside outside of city limits to hold a library card for free! Instead, I have to give them Forty-fucking-dollars a year for the dubious privilege of removing books from there! And they're not even that GOOD of a library! For $40 of my money, I want to go to the head of the holds line for any book I want to check-out, and I want it to last more than a measley year. Oh, and I want it to cover the entire household. Because if everyone who had a (now expired) library card in this house NOW had to pay the yearly fee, that would be $120 we'd have to give the stupid library. $40 a year wouldn't be too bad if it covered everyone in the household, but per person is just fucking ridiculous!

Sigh. Now I've vented. Enjoy February.

P.S. It's Damn Cold. I blame the groundhog. Bill Murray blames the groundhog too.

Oh, and additionally... I actually finished a short story. That was wonderful, but I haven't written a word since then, which is kind of worrisome. Sigh.

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