It was roughly two years ago today that I started my blog and released my first short story, DAISY, and set my first nonfiction work, Understanding IT. I wanted to take a step back to look at the performance of my various projects, and I realized something very important: Advertising is incredibly important, and something that I've completely neglected.
Understanding IT is a "crash course" introduction into everything Information Technology (Databases, Statistics, IT Service Model, etc); aimed for the professional who has to carve out time on the train ride to work, or over lunch. DAISY is a romantic comedy from the point of view of a quirky, romantic, and well-intentioned artificial intelligence, DAISY, who spices up her life of targeted advertising by playing match maker with unsuspecting users.
If you're interested in more of my work, you can check out NASA Down, my first short story, and read up on my upcoming book, Voyager for free. Both stories are realistic science fiction narratives about climate change, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and the effects these transnational issues will have on humanity.
My first short story, DAISY is free this weekend on Amazon as part of a promotional event. However, not only can you pick up the 22 page short story for free this weekend, but if you leave a candid (favorable or critical) review on Amazon or Goodreads, I'll throw in a free advanced review copy of Understanding IT before it releases on July 4th.
Amazon not your style? Don't worry, once the introductory 90 day period of Amazon exclusivity wears off, my book(s) will be made available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and the Apple store. And - more to the point - each new platform will have its own sales and freebie weekends!
Great news everyone! After a fair number of setbacks, my first nonfiction book, Understanding IT has published. It's available for pre-order and will release on July 4th at the low price of $4.45. But wait, there's more: DAISY, my first science fiction short story is also available for $0.99 on Amazon Market Place. This short story will also be available as a free download for anyone who signs up for my newsletter as part of the new Subscriber's Secret Squirrel Lounge.
And here's the thing, if you put a candid (favorable or critical) review on Amazon about DAISY, I'll e-mail you a copy of Understanding IT when it releases in July. This means that you could potentially get both of these for free if you:
I've faced some opposition recently based on my views that the Electronic Frontier Foundation did a disservice to their constituents by focusing so much of their efforts on privacy, rather than data ownership. With that in mind, I pose two ethical scenarios to help illustrate my (and the Guardian's) point that solving the data ownership debate will solve far more than just the privacy debate.
Our laws are focused on data collection, but the existence of data is not the concern; it’s the usage and sharing of data. In today’s interconnected world, individuals are no longer as concerned about what a given company knows about them, but how it’s used and with whom that information is shared. These are issues that cannot be solved when we limit the scope of our conversation to privacy, but must be evaluated in the larger discussion of establishing ethical data ownership legislation.