Whoooo! Complaining Works! Amazon Book Reviews Are Now Exempt!

A good read. Some more information about Amazon since my last shared post.

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I just wanted to celebrate that as of today, amazon have seen sense in their guidelines and have now made exceptions to their 5 non-verified purchase reviews rule.  In case you didn’t know what I’ve been talking about for the last few days, Amazon.com had recently changed its rules on posting reviews.  The original rules can be found in this blog post: Amazon’s Even Newer Reviewing Rules  These rules led to a great deal of commotion and anger amongst authors and book reviewers as it restricted both how many non-verified book reviews you could write each week, as well as potentially deleting many verified purchase reviews when too many are posted in a short time.  However today the US rules have been updated again but this time they are clear:

  • Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week. Non-Amazon Verified Purchase review counts are calculated each week…

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Amazon Rule Update! UK Rules Imposed, US Rules amended!

Interesting info

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ANOTHER UPDATE about amazon rules for you.  It seems that along with new UK rules amazon US made a boo-boo in their previously released rules and have amended part of it which will bring some relief to authors.

If you are confused by this blog post please read the previous one to understand what this is all about: Amazon’s Even Newer Reviewing Rules Will Book Reviews Be Affected?

I’ll start off with amazon.com.  At the time of writing all about the new rule changes point number 5 was this:

When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict reviews of these Amazon Verified Purchase reviews.

This rule has caused uproar but it seems amazon has now amended the rule to include the simple word ‘to‘.  This changes the statement above to:

When we find unusually high numbers…

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The Poetry Corner featuring Meagan Cahuasqui

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Meagan Cahuasqui!

Ding Dong, the Witch Is Drunk by Meagan Cahuasqui

Dorothy, Dorothy where you goin’? Put on your best blue dress
and watch its folds erupt like waves around your waist
as you twirl in the cyclone, unaware of the Kansas ground.

That ain’t Toto in your weaved, straw basket, but a bottle
of tequila sloshing around half empty, or is it half full?
You stumble, barefoot over the brambles and thorns

never paying any mind to the cuts and sores, soaking in the rain
and wind raging and ringing in your ears. Scarecrow across the way
forgot you like he asked you to not to do. Now he’s moved on

and you’re stuck, red shoes left behind in the mud. No place
to get like home. Yellow brick road ravaged and torn, led astray
by the call of Oz just to get blown away. Dorothy, Dorothy, why you stay?

 

Awesome poem, Meagan! Thank for sharing. 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving – Turkey Time

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!🙂

One of the things I’m thankful for are my readers and friends I’ve made as a writer. To help celebrate, I wanted to share a flash fiction story I wrote for a local writer’s club. The challenge was to write a story in Second Person POV, so that helped make it memorable. Hope you all enjoy it!🙂

 

Turkey Time By CP Bialois

 

Rubbing the back of your neck, you enter the kitchen with a yawn.

“Love you, too, hun.” Your wife smiles back as she answers you, causing you to smile in return.

“It’s my special way of telling you. So, what’s for breakfast?”

“Something you cook yourself?” she replies as she hurries about the kitchen. Her apron is covered in flour and other spots that look familiar.

“Gee, thanks a million, babe.” You swat at her, but she sidesteps while not missing a step as she moves from one task to another.

She pauses to smile at you before asking, “So, where’d you put the turkey?”

“The turkey?” The question bounces around in your head for a few seconds, but you can’t figure out what she means.

“Yeah,” she says, putting a hand on her hip. “You know, the turkey you were supposed to pick up at the store.”

“The store?” You try to swallow the lump that suddenly forms in your throat.

“You did get a turkey, didn’t you?”

You open your mouth to respond, but you can’t look at her after forgetting her birthday the previous week. Your eyes drift to the window and your neighbor’s pet turkey next door. The only thing separating you from not sleeping on the couch is a twelve inch high chicken wire fence.

“Harold…”

You lift your hands to fend off any potential blows. “Now, babe, I’ve got things under control. I left it over at the Jacobsons’ so it wouldn’t get in your way.”

Her eyes narrow, and after a couple of seconds she nods and smiles. “Okay, just be quick about it, would you? I’ve got to get it cooking if you want to eat this afternoon.”

You smile as relief falls from your shoulders. “No problem, babe. Just let me get my pants on and I’ll go get it.”

A few minutes later, you’re making your way across the yard to where you see the Jacobsons’ pet turkey, all nice a plump, standing by the chicken wire watching you.

“That’s right, Gobbler. I’m a friend. You can trust me.” As you draw closer, you pull out the hatchet you’re hiding behind your back. As you reach out for Gobbler, you hear the Jacobsons’ door open and close. Turning, you toss the hatchet behind the bush next to the chicken wire and turn to say, “Morning, Frank. How’s it going?”

Frank Jacobson nods at you and smiles. “Good, you?”

“Not bad. You all ready for Thanksgiving dinner?”

“Yup. Just gotta take ole Gobbler behind the shed and dress him.”

“You’re… what? I thought he was your pet?”

Frank paused to look at you with disbelief in his eyes. “He is, but I’d rather have him on our table than yours. Tell the missus I said hello.”

You watch him as he calls Gobbler over, then smiles at you over his shoulder. You’re about to give up when you hear a clucking and have an idea. Your only regret is the hell the wife will give that store clerk for giving you a chicken instead of a turkey.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Vic Tomlinson!

Thanksgiving Day by Vic Tomlinson

I look forward to our
gathering at Thanksgiving.

It’s fun to talk to friends,
neighbors, and coworkers
about their plans for Thanksgiving Day.

We watch parades on TV
in the morning, especially
the Macy’s Day Parade.

Then there’s football in the afternoon
with either the Dallas Cowboys
or the Detroit Lions.

The turkey is in the oven,
the dressing is almost ready,
the cranberries look too good to eat,
and the pumpkin pie is still baking.

In the late afternoon or early evening,
we sit down to give thanks, eat,
and celebrate this special day.

It all seems to happen so fast
and then it’s all over.

That feeling of emptiness descends on me.
Perhaps one should look outward to help others
on this day, rather than just oneself.

 

Awesome poem, Vic! Giving back is something we should all consider doing if we’re able.🙂

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The Poetry Corner featuring John Petersen

Good morning and welcome to the Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming John Petersen!🙂

Godspeed, godspeed (Snake boot Deep) By John Petersen 2011

Growing up I was taught to learn how to stand on my own two feet
Think for myself, be unique
I alone would be judged on my character and good deeds.

Today, none of that means a thing
if I ain’t part of your group, clan, political party, or fraternity of needs.

I still haven’t gotten used to it, my loner instincts
All that they be

Day after day looking at the world as it sinks
Where are you god? This plan stinks.

I’ve visited the house of the lord and their plate was full
I’ve visited the ghetto, and it was cruel
I visited Key West and North Captiva Sanibel Island
They were cool.

The junonia I got for Su, drove a madman crazy beyond a drool
With a quick pull! She freed it from his grasp
Before I kicked his ever livin’ ass

I visited the depths of my soul and felt like a fool.
I visited them again over time and everything was cool.

I often wonder if I can make it with a guitar sitting on a stool
Probably not
My guee-tar playin’ isn’t all that hot

My strings, gently weep
Scream the dream
Bend against the wind

Today the world is not so great
Lost a couple of friends
And that made me hate…
You…..

Time to come back
The world is crumbling neath our feet
The world is polluted
The water, the land
And Ohh! the corruption and the greed

Even the middle income folks, are in need
Only 40% of our crops are used to feed
The rest are for biofuels
People are government mules

As you can see, the people are in need.
Hasten your return
We’re in it
snake boot deep

Godspeed, godspeed.

 

Awesome poem, John! Thank you so much for sharing.🙂

If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Vic Tomlinson!🙂

 

My Car by Vic Tomlinson

My car gets me where I want to go
although some days it’s ever so slow.

Many times it just won’t start
and then it usually needs a new part.

It’s not very pretty, that’s for sure,
and then again these wheels are my only cure.

When the snow, through the vents, blows in,
I know the car is near its end.

But it just keeps going,
trying to avoid the inevitable towing.

Never give in
until the very end.

Awesome poem, Vic! I love this.🙂 We can all use a reminder to never give up every now and then. Plus, it helps if we’ve had a car like this. They can be stubborn in a good way as well. 🙂

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