RIP 9Rules

I’m not unlinking from 9Rules. My feed still goes through on the Writing section of their network, so for that, I am keeping the link up. But, I have in every way that matters, given up on 9Rules. I feel really let down, disappointed and somewhat stupid for ever believing in it.

If I had my blog in 9Rules in the beginning, when the site still had passion behind it, I would have felt very much differently. Instead, I was accepted in the one and only batch of blogs after 9Rules was bought out. Since then we had a few empty promises and then… nothing much at all. Someone logged in for awhile to update the blog, token updates. My links appeared there until someone must have protested that my links were appearing too often. I update daily so there are a lot of posts to choose from when someone updated the 9Rules blog. But, someone must have been jealous and protested about the amount of times Word Grrls was linked to. I never bothered to ask about it, I understand pettiness and jealousy. It was just one little thing that began to bother me.

I’ve been a member of 9Rules since 2009. When the site went down recently, without explanation, I thought that would likely be the end of it. Like a sudden sinking of a ship. Just gone beneath the waves, leaving nothing but a kerplunk. But, they brought it up.  Of course, it’s been unchanged since then. It would have been a nice sign of life if there were a post about the down time, or an email sent out to the members. This unchanged, non-communication, took away the last trace of hope I had for the site. I’m just waiting for it’s final disappearance now.

But, as I wrote above, I’m keeping the link up as long as my feed still gets published on the network. It used to be important, part of the agreement to having membership. Now I can find many sites still part of the network, but no longer giving the link back to 9Rules. No one cares. I don’t mean the individual bloggers, I mean the people behind 9Rules. They just don’t care or have an interest in the network. It serves them by merely existing as  a domain to stick up Google Adsense. A shame, but it happens all too often when someone sells a site to someone else.

RIP 9Rules.

RIP Anne McCaffrey

I think writers need windows on a view to remind them that a whole world is out there, not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.

I don’t often reread my own books, unless I am going into another in the series and need to refresh my mood when originating the concept.

A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.

Because we build the worlds we wouldn’t mind living in. They contain scary things, problems, but also a sense of rightness that makes them alive and makes us want to live there.

That’s what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.

I do outlines when I’m writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom.

The thing is, emotion – if it’s visibly felt by the writer – will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.

Anne McCaffrey Quotes


RIP at the Social Cemetery

I read Dead Accounts – The Social Cemetery on Derek Haines’ blog. This got me thinking about all the dead social accounts I have. I can think of a couple but I know there are others I joined and have not thought of in years.

We all have dead (inactive) social media sites, somewhere. You may have started one on Twitter, Facebook or any of the endless less well known social media sites. If you haven’t been back to that account in 3 months, a year or even longer, it’s just adding to the number of users the site claims to have. It lets them seem more popular than they really are.

For each of us it may not matter. Just another account you started and forgot about. It does leave your email address and other information hanging around. You might consider closing those old accounts for that reason. How do you know what they do with that information. Having a spam policy doesn’t really mean anything. Did you read the spam policy when you joined?

You might delete your account just to get rid of the reminder emails they send, or the newsletters which will clutter up your email inbox as long as you remain in their database.  It’s also a way to hear first hand about social networks that don’t make it and close up shop.

Hanging on to the account, should something change and you do start using it, is a remote possibility. Social sites seem to make it or not in the first year. Check through your email and go to each site as you find it. See how they have done. Keep those that seem useful. But remove yourself from the rest. Take the time to clear out some clutter and free yourself from dead accounts.

The Rumours of my Death… #RIPrumors

I forget which celebrity it was, but an RIP for one of them became a trend post to Twitter last week. Turned out the rumours of his death were false. I posted “We should all do a fake RIP for each other just to see if anyone notices.” Well, Catherinette noticed and wrote an RIP for me. Thanks Catherinette.


RIP @thatgrrl she was an inspirational tweeter. I want her followers. #RIPrumors

RIP @Catherinette Well known for being gorgeous, glamorous and modest. Send chocolate to her home address. #RIPrumors


Pick someone and write a fake RIP for them and post it to Twitter (or keep it to 140 characters or less, if you don’t use Twitter).

Note: There is the issue of the Canadian spelling of ‘rumour’ versus ‘rumor’. I chose to stick with Canadian spelling for my post but kept the US spelling for Catherinette on Twitter. Does that make sense? Of course not. 🙂