I got my Computer Guy to check the message - which turned out to actually BE from FB - so it was safe for me to press the button and let them run their "review" - which turned out to be them thinking I was a robot (probably because I had never posted anything on that page).
So all is well!
AND here we go again.
Facebook has now disabled my page because it doesn't live up to their "Community Standards" - I have NO idea what they mean by that. I have quite literally NEVER posted on the personal page to which my business page is attached - and the Business Page consists entirely of notifications of Open Road specials.
And, here's another Open Road Special!
Tomorrow - August 26 - only, one of my favorite of all my books, "The Bride of the Rat-God," will be downpriced to $2.99 (digital) in US and Canada.
"Bride" is my Hollywood silent-film fantasy, a combination of silliness and horror. And, since it involves magical Pekineses, it was my way of letting my three little Pekes live forever. (I'll see if I can find the Gahan Wilson review of it).(In between prepping to start classes Monday...)
I'm pleased to say that I was finally able to use all the research I did for it, because the murder mystery upon which I'm currently working is also set in Hollywood in 1924, though it's a straight murder mystery - not a fantasy - and has a different cast. But the setting is the same (and there are also Pekineses in it, though they are not magical or supernatural), and it's allowed me to dig deeper into that time and place. We're still shuffling around with working titles; I will keep you posted.
Sunday, August 23 - Dragonsbane (digital) downpriced to $1.99, US and Canada, through Open Road Media!
Still hot as blazes here in the San Fernando Valley, but no power failure yet! There WILL be audiobooks of the Winterlands quadrilogy - just don't know when (and of course, everything is slowed down due to the virus).
Still prepping for Fall Semester class, which I'll be teaching live-streaming-online through Zoom; just got a large shoji screen to put behind my chair, so people can't see my study and won't be distracted by the less-than-perfect operation of a digital background. The cats will be locked into separate rooms during lectures. I do NOT want to be distracted by cat-fights in the hall. We'll see how this works!
More of George's work downpriced through Open Road Media.
Weds Aug 19, US and Canada, George's short novel "Those Gentle Voices" and one of my favorite collections of his short stories, "A Thousand Deaths," both $1.99. My recollections of "Gentle Voices" are dim, but "A Thousand Deaths" is the collection of his stories about the hapless Sandor Courane - the poor schlub who gets killed in EVERY short story he's in.
It's no secret that George pictured himself as Sandor, the eternal screw-ee of Fate. In fact, I was very pleased when Sandor makes a quick guest appearance in one of the Budayeen books - I think it's Fire in the Sun, but I'm not sure - as the owner of a bar in the Budayeen, and DOESN'T get killed. George's wistful hopes for happily-ever-after, I think.
Still frying-hot here in South California; 109 yesterday. Taking walks at sunrise, I see the whole neighborhood out, scurrying to get their air-time in before the thermometer hits 90. Even the Giant Tortoise (who lives up the street) is staying under shelter.
TODAY only! (And, apologies for not getting this up yesterday...)
George's hurricane book "Felicia", digital, on sale for $2.99, US and Canada.
One of my favorite of George's books. I've always thought it would make a fun movie - a small-scale caper novel: these days, probably a 1970s period-piece (given how much technology has changed). I'd have cast a young Johnny Depp as the poor schlub who gets roped into the projected heist.
Through Open Road Media.
Still working on trying to get my personal web-page re-launched. The host-site is almost impossible to get hold of and deal with.
Tomorrow only - Wednesday August 12 - George Effinger's Budayeen Cycle will be downpriced through Open Road Media, to $4.99, US and Canada.
If you're not familiar with George's cyberpunk writing, this is the place to begin. He set out, he told me, to do a Raymond Chandler imitation, in a science fictional city that is very obviously New Orleans (though it is set in an un-named Islamic country and simply referred to as The City); "When Gravity Fails" succeeds very well at being excellent film noir. He explores that world more thoroughly in "Fire in the Sun" and "Exile Kiss," and of course his writing is always entertaining. It's always amused me that he predicted both cell phones and the collapse of the Soviet Union years before either appeared.
Sadness here. Last night heard of the deaths of two friends - not intimate friends, but women I've known for forty years. Roberta Pournelle - Jerry Pournelle's widow - was the definition of the word "queenly," taking no shit and no prisoners, yet warm and delightful to be with. I knew she'd had a stroke - I saw her very shortly afterwards - so her death, though saddening, wasn't a surprise or a shock.
The passing of Susan Ellison - Harlan's amazing widow - was both. What a sweet, lovely woman she was.
Two steel-strong, wonderful women (who never failed to amaze me that they could live with the men they lived with!). I will miss them.
Just touching base - and glad to have access to FB again. During breaks from the MASSIVE amount of work involved in switching course materials for my Fall class over to an on-line format, trying out working titles for the Hollywood murder-mystery. One of the smaller chores of writer-hood.
Thursday evening I'll be the guest-speaker at the Los Angeles Science-Fiction Society meeting, which should be interesting, and good practice for the upcoming MileHi Con, at which I'll also be a guest - both on Zoom, so I don't have to take an airplane ride anywhere and don't have to go look for a cat-sitter.
I'm also in the process of reviving my old website, just to have a little more presence on the Net. But as always, there's the time issue: I'd much rather be actually writing than doing any of these things.
Still working on trying to get direct access to my Facebook page, and MANY thanks to the folks at Open Road who’re trying to get that techno-mess sorted out!
In the meantime, I’m trying the alternate scheme of reviving my barbarahambly.com page, with a link to Open Road… a task complicated by the fact that I have lost contact with the page’s webmaster. My most recent password to THAT page doesn’t work – why should it, it’s about 8 years old? – and of course everybody at the host server is out working from home and it’s VERY difficult to get in touch with ANYONE to help. I may well have to re-establish ANOTHER home page for myself, and I’ll go that route if I can’t get into barbarahambly.com.
Meanwhile, thank you all for your patience! I continue to post on Live Journal and Dreamwidth, in between trying to prep for an online-live class Fall Semester (HUGE amounts of work) and trying to finish the newest murder mystery – plus other upcoming projects. (It’s the school prep that’s prevented me from doing new Further Adventures: they’re outlined, but I simply haven’t had time. At one point last semester I was getting up at 4 a.m. simply to transfer material for the following week – not the optimum way to stay mentally in shape to write).
And thank you, Open Road, for all your help and patience!
If by any chance my former webmaster reads this, could you get in touch with me at the e-mail I always had when dealing with you?