It has been some time since I wrote a blog post, so I thought I should take a moment to confirm that The Vandal is indeed, not dead. Just quite tired. The reason being is that I have a very bad habit of disappearing from the face of the Earth when I write. By write, I mean books, not blog posts.
Anyway, that’s where I have been, buried head down, in a new Langley Garret story and taking very little notice of what’s happening around me. Well, I suppose nothing much happens in January and February, so I probably didn’t miss all that much except the odd blizzard. But now I can safely say that the first draft is complete and all that lays in front of me now, are months of editing and polishing. It probably would take less time if I was enthusiastic about the task, But I need a break.
So I apologise in advance for those who may be waiting for the sequel to The Sons of Cleito, but well, what ain’t ready, ain’t ready. All I can say is that poor Langley gets into a lot of trouble, but his troubles are as yet unedited. Oh yes, I mentioned that already.
So onto other matters of silly interest. Porn! I read this article this morning about the erotica wave of popularity on Kindle now becoming a pornography wave. So tell me the difference between the two. But two small facts tickled my fancy. One is that erotic titles on Kindle now number over 80,000, almost catching romance titles at 119,000 titles. Is it a race? The other funny parts are Amazon’s KDP Content Guidelines that say explicitly:
We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.
Well, it took me less that thirty seconds on Amazon Kindle to find books with images freely available in ‘Look Inside’ that I wouldn’t want kids to see. I can handle erotica being in the form of the written word, but graphic images ARE pornography by any definition.
Sorry Amazon, Your definition of offensive content is clearly NOT what I would expect. Or am I just being a prude?