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LJ Fail - The Sequel

Because I'm a complete numpty at keeping up with LJ's shenanigans, I didn't know about the latest LJ Fail until I read about it on my Flist.

It appears that the LJ Powers That Be decided to insert a java code into the linking code so that anyone clicking on an affiliate link on someone's LJ would find themselves mysteriously diverted to a website of LJ's choosing.

There are more coherent summaries of this on the following LJs if you're interested:

- caffeinepuppy;

- vichan;

- shatterstripes; and

- elsia-rolle.

(All links came courtesy of rydra-wong, which in turn came courtesy of lizbee.)

There doesn't seem to be any major public announcement from LJ itself, which is unsurprising - LJ has always been notoriously slow at giving a public response when caught out on its idiocy and there's no reason to suspect it of learning the lessons of the past.

Anyway, the reason for posting is because a number of people on my Flist have made the jump to Dreamwidth, which has made me think about whether I want to go as well. I do have an account there (courtesy of a code given to me by uC), which is under the same name as this one and has the grand total of one post.

While there are things that I like about the site and which I think are better than LJ (it's ad free and there are a number of decent freebies), there are also a number of things that I'm not so keen on. The main problem is that it does seem to be a lot quieter than LJ and most of the communities and LJs that I read are found here. I know that you can keep track of your LJ Flist on Dreamwidth, but I do wonder what the point is of logging on there, when I'm still going to be commenting on here. Plus all the spam they send you in the in-box feature (it's supposed to be 'news' but I'm really not interested in any of it) drives me up a wall.

In the end, inertia wins out for me, so I'll stay put for the time being and see how it goes.

In other news, I finished reading my 27th book of the year and am about a third of the way through number 28 - Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov. I got a review copy of this courtesy of Simon and Schuster, which has a review community (plus freebie offers) on booky_talk. The book's an English translation of a Russian fantasy novel (the first of a trilogy) which was apparently hugely popular in its home market and which is apparently going to see the development and release of a spin-off computer game.

The problem is that so far, the book is not setting my world on fire. In fact, it's coming across as Dungeons & Dragons with Big Boss monsters to defeat at the end of each level. The action jumps around a lot, the main character is irritating (there should be an enforceable rule prohibiting main characters from referring to themselves in the third person) and all the women are whores or barmaids or otherwise untrustworthy. I'm hoping that it will pick up, but not holding my breath.

Ordinarily not liking a book and saying that I don't like a book isn't a problem for me. My general philosophy is to be candid wherever possible because life's too short to waste your time bullshitting. However, this is not the first freebie that I've had from Simon and Schuster that I've not liked and I'm beginning to get paranoid that they'll think I've got a vendetta. As a result, I'm trying to find something - anything - positive to say and coming up short each time. It's very ... vexing.

Sticking to the subject of give-aways, to celebrate the UK release of her book Ash on 4th March, Malinda Lo is holding a give-away contest here on her website. Ash is a re-telling of the popular fairytale Cinderella but with a lesbian storyline and it's been nominated for this year's Andre Norton Award, which is a huge, huge achievement (and comes on top of a number of other nominations and awards).

Finally, the writing is coming along a lot better and I'm about half-way through Son of the Chapter of Doom. The re-write is definitely helping with the pacing problems for the final chunk of KYBS and I've managed to remove the melodrama and soap opera aspects that made me cringe during the re-read. I've also gone back through the text and removed 15,000 words-worth of fat, which makes the story much more punchy. The downside though is that I've gone from having 3 chapters to 6, which has expanded the work required.

I've also made progress on working out the story for my zombie historical novel and I'm got a couple of ideas for some really dark and nasty contemporary YA novels that I'd love to spend a few weeks just sitting down and researching.

Right now though, I'm going to climb back into my favourite armchair and get back to writing KYBS because I want to kill it, kill it dead.



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Mar. 7th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
I have the same problems you have with Dreamwidth. I've watched a couple people switch there after this last lj-idiocy, and I'm left wondering if they'll switch back when they realize their comment numbers are going to go down (it's such a pain to have to go over there and log in, just to comment on one journal). My journal's backed up on dreamwidth, and I'll switch over there if I have to, but unless everyone's going, there really is no point. (Also, everything I read besides my friendslist is still on lj.)
Mar. 8th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
I did think about using Dreamwidth as a back-up journal, but it all just seemed to be an extra hassle.
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed Son of the Chapter of Doom can be dipatched swiftly. All zombies should be kept in deep freeze until that point.

(Too embarassed to admit how many books I've read this year)
Mar. 8th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Russian fantasy? Okay I'm there.

Also why must LJ always bring so much fail? It's like periodical or something.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Part of Dreamwidth's problem is that so many people are using it just as a back up account rather than a primary posting account. I think it will take time, and possibly more fail from lj (like that ain't gonna happen!) It just needs a critical mass.
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