Head downIt 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.

Other things

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.

Offensive Content
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?

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5 thoughts on “Rumours Of My Death

  • 08/03/2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Derek, so good to see you back on The Vandal. I, for one, had been fearing the worst, so I am relieved so see you are alive and well.
    I share your stance on the pornographic images available on Kindle. They will have to find a way to check books manually, to ensure that books with graphic images don’t slip through the cracks and get published. But I think that readers who come across books with pornographic images should assist Amazon by reporting these books, using the button provided for that purpose. I share your concern for how easy it would be for kids to get hold of those books, and one can only hope that parents will be vigilant about what their kids are looking at and downloading.

  • 08/03/2013 at 7:36 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you are alive and well!!!!! And yes, that does deserve several exclamation marks. I don’t think you’re a prude at all. I don’t like the porn/erotica either. Hey, maybe that makes us both prudes.

  • 08/03/2013 at 11:23 pm

    Hi, Derek, glad you’re back – I missed your personal posts!
    Re Erotica – I would never write it, let alone pornography. And no, I doubt seriously that you’re a prude. Sex in my book The Termite Queen is very discreet – it’s a love story, after all., which is a somewhat different matter. “Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder” almost crosses the line however – it does have some explicit and rather shocking sex. Hey, maybe saying that will increase my sales! But that one scene is absolutely essential to the story and not at all gratuitous, so I make no apologies.

  • 09/03/2013 at 1:38 am

    Glad to hear you are not dead, Derek. Would hate to think I have been talking to myself.

  • 17/03/2013 at 11:52 am

    “…a very bad habit of disappearing from the face of the Earth when I write.”

    That’s a brilliant work ethic, Mr. Haines. I have to start doing the draft for my second book as well.
    On the issue with erotica/pornography on Kindle – isn’t there a warning of adult content on such books? I wouldn’t worry about kids finding sexual images on ebooks, they see full porn movies, either via torrent or directly via free internet sites. Here’s a really funny clip with World of Warcraft characters, The Internet is for Porn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWEjvCRPrCo
    The differences between erotica and porn aren’t strict as say the differences between physics and mathetmatics; it’s much more subjective. And from what I’ve seen there close no “added-value” in such stories. The plots are ridiculous, the motivations of the characters are even more ridiculous. Some scenes are fast and funny, others way too long, descriptive, and without purpose.
    I myself have a sex scene in A Stage For Traitors (which I’ve made FREE indefinitely ^^), but it’s not pornographic, it’s sensual, but at the same time it’s meaningful/respectful. It’s a love act, not sex-sports.
    What bugs be about Amazon, is that they are still THE place where readers come to find/download ebooks. And they don’t have a friendly policy at all toward foreign (non-american, non-british) authors. Oh, well. Small steps conquer all.

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