Purple Rain on the big screen — once more with feeling!

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Oh my goodness, last week Scott and I went to see Purple Rain on the big screen. It was as awesome and wonderful and a crazy springtime sing-a-long on a Wednesday night.

As you know, Prince died last week. As a celebration, Purple Rain came back to theatres for a short run. Tickets were inexpensive, and part of the ticket price went to charity.

We had a fantastic time, and we did a podcast about it when we got back from the theatre.  Check it out if you’re so inclined.

While I’m not a Creative, I am a nostalgic Gen-Xer, and sitting in that jam-packed, sold out theater, singing along with dozens of other people, I was happy to remember and celebrate such a great talent gone too soon.

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This thing called life.

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Prince died today.

He was a huge part of my pop culture memories from my formative years. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, even today. He wrote songs that generations of people loved, played dozens of instruments purely for the love of the art, and made Purple Rain, one of the first movies I had to watch more than once while it was at the RKO Theater on Main Street. (And he would one-up his own best performance years later during this magical Super Bowl Halftime show in 2007.)

And Prince died of the flu, it seems. Which is devastating. So here’s your reminder: not every cold is the flu, but when it is, it can and does kill people. Even today, in 2016. In a first world country. Even if you’re being treated specifically for influenza, as it would appear Prince was earlier this week.

The flu is terrifying, and powerful.

So get vaccinated every year. Yes, every year. I know it’s only partially effective, and I know you’re not in the target age group. Get vaccinated.

And when you’re being stoic and stubborn and fighting through your next really tough cold? Be cognizant of your symptoms (or trust someone you love to be aware for you) and don’t wait too long to see if you need treatment. Please.

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Everyone’s human. Even me, dammit.

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Convention season kicked off with Scott being a Special Guest at WonderCon this year. It was in Los Angeles, which was a nice, short hop, but it was still a working weekend for both Scott and myself. That means all the guest duties for Scott, plus writing every day in his room in between con […]

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Nook vanishes from Europe —
Can America be far behind?

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If you’re an independent author, eBook sales are (or should be) a major part of your business plan. All that in-store distribution that is almost impossible to get? That’s not an issue for your eBooks. Your eBooks can be sold globally in most cases, giving you access to an entire world of readers. So when […]

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Facebook groups: how you are getting screwed and what to do about it

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Howdy, friends. Are you an author or creator that uses Facebook groups (a.k.a., “fan pages”) to reach your peeps? We do, and for a long time it’s been a great way to get our stories, pictures, podcasts and general goofiness directly to those that want to consume what we make. In the past few months, […]

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Managing expectations when you don’t know what to expect.

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We’ve talked before about Empty Set being a very small Small Business. We’re two people day in and day out, and one of us (not me) is a non-stop new idea machine. While not minimizing what a blessing it is for a small creative business to have a very invested, always inventive Creative; I do […]

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Our 2015 download numbers: 6.2 million

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There’s a great quote by BuzzFeed’s Jonathan Perelman that reads, “Content is king, but distribution is queen, and she wears the pants.” That’s too-clever-for-our-own-good techie speak meaning: “you can have the best stuff going, but if you can’t get it in front of people, then your quality doesn’t matter.” We think our quality is pretty dang […]

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Hey, tradition-snobs: blow it out your wazoo!

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Cross-posted from a 2012 article over at scottsigler.com, written by Scott Sigler. Check out this chart and this full article from the Atlantic. As one who lives in the book industry, I constantly hear that “no one reads anymore.” I also hear the bitching of how Stephanie Myers, Snooki, or any other phantom menace is […]

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Beware the robots … writing robots, that is.

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As if it isn’t hard enough to stay profitable in the writing biz while competing against smart people, it might not be that far in the future when we have to defend against the “rise of the machines.” You know, robots that write fiction. Yes, seriously. In an article for The New Stack, David Cassel […]

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Dear NaNoWriMos: first drafts suck

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Reposted from a 2013 article on scottsigler.com. The details on what Scott’s currently writing are a bit out-of-whack, but the rest bears repeating. Good luck for a strong finish NaNos! This month, thousands of working and aspiring writers are banging out a 50,000-word novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo.” The challenge […]

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