If you're not aware, minor league baseball players don't get paid very much, and unless you're at the higher minors, that's a massive understatement.
We hear about multi million dollar bonuses for draft picks and international free agents, but that's a fairly small portion of the minor league talent pool. Most of these guys are kids right out of college or high school who get less than $100,000 in signing bonus. Many of them are giving up their college years and all of them are putting themselves behind everyone else in their age group in terms of skills and education in industries other than baseball.
And very, very few of them are going to make it at the major league level.
When they wash out of baseball, they're going to be of an age when people are starting to get married and start families but they're going to be without skills or the savings that would allow them to get skills.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball could give every single one of them a raise of $1,000 per month for a relative pittance. That thousand dollars wouldn't make these guys rich--they would still have to get jobs in the off-season--but instead of being below the poverty line, they'd be above it, even if their off-season job is something part-time and without benefits. They'd be able to put their signing bonus into savings and augment that with a little something every month so that when they wash out they've got a little something to go on.
For minor league baseball executives to be suggesting that a raise like that would put minor league franchises in jeopardy of failure is embarrassingly wrong to the point of absolute dishonesty. Minor league teams don't pay player salaries, they just make money off their labor.
This bill should be killed. These guys should get a raise. It should happen now.
It's about the similarities between writing fiction and writing advertising copy. If you're a writerly type and you're looking for ways to make money to buy you time to write the novel that's going to change the world, well, it turns out that using words to get people to buy stuff is a valuable skill.
If you haven't already picked up Time and Tithe, you probably want to.
LJ Cohen is--what's the phrase--a damn good writer. I haven't read T&T, but I've read her Halcyone Space books (in the middle of the third one now, neener neener) and they're really good stuff.
So get this, read this, enjoy.
Only months after her victory over Oberon and Titania, everything Lydia thought she'd accomplished is unraveling: Faerie is falling into decay, the Fae are restless, and Taylor—the baby sister she sacrificed everything for—has grown up without her.
When Taylor tumbles out of the ordinary world and into Faerie, she discovers that Aeon, her imaginary childhood friend, is all too real. He is a powerful Fae, trapped in a maze of vengeance, memory, and madness. His unleashed power threatens to free Oberon and Titania and reignite the war Lydia had ended.
The sisters, now nearly strangers to one another, must figure out how to keep Aeon from destroying Faerie and safeguard the mortal world, all without sacrificing the Fae who was once friend to them both.
The long-awaited sequel to THE BETWEEN, TIME AND TITHE also can be read as a stand-alone story of the world of the Fae.
Even if fantasy isn't your thing, would you help a writer out and download it anyway? The more downloads a free book gets, the better visibility it has for new readers to discover it. And, hey, you might even like it! ;)
people often judge books by their covers... even though we know we shouldn't. makes some of the best covers I have seen. He does it professionally, and for his own fantastic books as well. Right now he has a deal going on which is beyond reasonable; in fact it is a steal. So, take advantage of the opportunity to get your cover in professional shape.
Click through to the link to look at some samples, and while you are there check out some of his writing. I am in the middle of Malus Domestica and it is fabulous (well written, inventive, fast paced, thrilling, and with characters you will fall in love with).
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On the Democratic side, if my math is right, there are 3158 delegates left to be awarded in primaries and caucuses and Clinton currently has a lead of pledged and superdelegates of 630.
In order to tie, Sanders would have to win 60% of the remaining pledged delegates or make up the difference in superdelegates and there's really no indication he can do anything like that.
On the Republican side, Ted Cruz just had the night that Marco Rubio needed to have.
The Ted Cruz path to victor was to win Iowa, win South Carolina, win most or all of the southern states last night, emerge as the frontrunner, and feed of the momentum. The only problem is that Trump won most of his states and more than his fair share of media coverage. There are a few Cruz friendly states left, but on the whole, the remaining calendar isn't that favorable to him.
But Rubio just isn't winning. He's won one contest and finished third all over the map last night, failing to meet the viability threshold in a number of states. We're moving into states where he should do better, but that mostly looks like a lot of second place finishes.
If either Rubio or Cruz would drop out, the other might have a chance to beat Trump, but neither of them are going to do so. Trump's going to win Florida and, in fact, most of the remaining contests and cruise to the nomination whereupon he will get flattened by Clinton in the general election.
makes some of the best covers you can imagine, but he stopped doing them to concentrate on his own writing. Well, now he's doing them again for a limited time. Don't be a moron. Go check out his covers and sign up to get one.
$100 for both Kindle cover and physical book jacket, free revisions up to 3.
If you haven't got your copy yet, head over and download a copy now!
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A limited run of paperbacks will be made available sometime towards the end of the week, however they will not be priced to move. This is your best chance to read Black Magic before the price hits normal retail.
has a style that makes you feel like you're not so much reading a story as sitting at a backyard BBQ drinking the adult beverage of your choice and listening to an old friend tell you all about the weird crap that's happened to them lately.
If you dig superhero stories, I think you'll like this.
If you're into romances and you're open to something that kinda sorta feels like a romance without actually being one, I think you'll like this.
This is actually the second in a series, though, so you might want to start with the first one, Going Through the Change.
We watched Band Candy because we were in that kind of mood. Then I started picking out some scenes because I really need to go to bed.
And there's that scene in The Body at Willow and Tara's dorm room. I absolutely adore that scene. Everyone is the most them in that scene.
Willow wants to help but she can't so she worries about the stupidest little thing that has the most tenuous connection to helping ever.
Xander is just looking for the right thing to punch.
And Anya, the vengeance demon, says all sorts of inappropriate things because she completely doesn't understand normal social situations and then it morphs into one of the most human things in the whole series with her talking about how she doesn't understand death.
- writing silly stories about serious things.present
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