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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


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 Turkevich 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 Damron said...

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

Deborah 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

Deborah 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.