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August Interviews

8/5 Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime

8/12 Maggie Toussaint, All Done With It

8/19 Julie Mulhern, Killer Queen

8/26 Debra Goldstein, Three Treats Too Many

August Guest Bloggers

8/8 Leslie Wheeler

8/15 Jean Rabe

August Interviews

8/22 Kait Carson

8/29 WWK Authors--What We're Reading Now


Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hello Freedom by Carla Damron

Hello Freedom, the Facebook ad read. In the first photo, a scantily clad woman arches her back, as nimble as Gumby. In the second, she twists sideways, lithe and graceful in her midriff-baring cotton top. She is maybe my age, but thinner, like some of those gym gazelles I envy. You know the ones—they complain about buying a size FOUR at Anthropologie last week, so they’re adding spin classes to the seventy-five hours they do on the treadmill.

I hate her. Also, I want to be her. 

Hello Freedom. I imagine the ad is for a diet miracle that will make me as slender as she is. Or maybe it’s an energy drink—never tried one, but hey, if I could stretch myself into laws-of-physics defying yoga poses and look like her I’d give it a shot.  Or maybe it’s for an arthritis pill. Like many women my age, I creak and groan in the mornings, my joints protesting even a short venture to the kitchen. I’d love freedom from that.

But no. Hello Freedom, the targeted ad on my Facebook feed, is for PEE-PROOF UNDERWEAR. Is this the demographic where I now belong? Does that poor flexible woman have to be careful lest she mess herself during Bikram Yoga?

I don’t want to disparage the problem. It happens, and the day will come when I complain about it. And it’s sure not something I want brought up on Facebook: “Hey, I just bought pee-proof panties! How many likes can I get?”

It worries me what targeted ads will appear next. Gingko Biloba to help with memory issues? Funeral home specials?

I prefer ads for river cruises in Europe or Alaska. Give me pics of cotton flowy dresses that I can imagine myself wearing without looking like a mattress that escaped its fitted sheet. Or pet products—show me that latest litter box miracle, or the dog toy that can’t be dismembered in fifty seconds.

But please, Facebook, I’m begging you. No more ads with this woman in my feed:

 Hello Freedom my ass.

How do you handle annoying ads on your social media feeds? 


Jim Jackson said...

I admit to having an excellent filter when it comes to Facebook ads. I don’t see them at the right of my page, where I never look. I skip over them in my feed without really noticing what they are.

It does make me a bit leery about buying a FB ad for my books. Since I write the kind of books I like to read, flawed logic might suggest my readers also ignore FB ads – and so I’d be wasting my money. Sort of like Hello Freedom was on you.

~ Jim

Kait said...

LOL - Gotta wonder - I do sometimes notice the FB ads on the right of my page too and sometimes try to figure out just what search they came from. Writers must drive FB nuts. Glocks were showing up in mine recently. Sometimes I'll search for things just to see if FB picks up on it. We must drive the NSA nuts!

Like Jim, I wonder about buying an FB ad for these reasons and because I keep reading about how annoying FB posters find them. I accept that FB has to make a buck, but it is a bit creepy that they mine our Google and Amazon searches for their ad targets. And in your case Shari, who knows where they got their info for that particular ad - perhaps from some mental stretch that you had visited yoga sites?

KM Rockwood said...

Calls to mind the old story about the two young boys who plunk a box of tampons on the checkout counter. The clerk asks, "Are these for your mother?"

"No," says the older one. "They're for my brother," nodding at the other boy.

"Your brother? Why?"

"Well, the ads say you can swim and ride a bike if you use these, and he can't do either one."

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My FB ads reflect what I've researched recently: how much damage does a hammer blow to the back of the hand do?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. I changed the weapon.

My FB ads were all manner of hand tools and culinary equipment.

carla said...

I need to ignore the ads! They are like shiny objects and I don't turn away!

Deb Romano said...

I haven't been on FB in many months, but for several years my FB feed has included ads for real estate agents in the Seattle area. I love getting on the east coast and I've never been to the state of Washington.

My job requires me to check on- line obituaries first thing every morning. If I used my work computer to access FB I imagine that my FB feed would include ads for estate planners and funeral homes. Probably in Seattle.

Deb Romano

Deb Romano said...

I accidentally hit Publish before previewing my post. Meant to say "I live on the east coast". My phone changed it!

Grace Topping said...

I'm new to Facebook, and only developed a presence because I've been told I need an author platform. It surprises me the number of ads and things I receive that I didn't expect--from companies that I didn't befriend. So how am I getting their stuff? I guess I'll have to break down and find a copy of Facebook for Dummies--if there is such a thing.

Gloria Alden said...

I rarely go on Facebook except to say Happy Birthday to a friend so I never notice any ads. I only watch a few shows on PBS so I don't see many ads there, either.