Today’s Tumblr – April 29, 2014

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I Hunt Killers: The Wiki!

I Hunt Killers is a bestselling, award-winning novel. It’s a hardcover. It’s a paperback. It’s (soon) a mass-market paperback.http___i-hunt-killers.wikia.com_wiki_I_Hunt_Killers_Wiki

And now it’s a wiki, too!

Someone (I have no idea who) has assembled the  I Hunt Killers Wiki. So cool! I’ve never had a wiki made of anything I’ve written. A first! 🙂

Check out the wiki and feel free to contribute. Seems like fun!

Call to Arms: Net Neutrality

I don’t often ask people who read my books and/or follow me online to do something, but I feel like this is important. Net Neutrality is being threatened by a consortium of private businesses and the American federal government (via the instrument of the FCC).

What does this mean? Well, others can explain it better than I can, but in short: The bodies who deliver internet content to you (such as your cable company) are attempting to change the rules so that they can A) make more money, B) control the availability of specific content, and C) stifle competition. You may be wondering how any of this helps you, the end consumer. The answer is: It doesn’t. You will end up paying more for less, and you will have fewer options for redress.

The fact of the matter is that the internet is at the center of every economic, social, and artistic endeavor you can imagine. Restricting or rerouting its behavior to the advantage of a cartel of corporations means that — slowly, but surely — you will begin to lose out on the benefits of a free, open, and unrestricted flow of commerce, creativity, and ideas that the internet has fostered for the past two decades.

So, please let the FCC and the federal government know that you won’t stand for this. It’s actually pretty easy.

1) Take a few moments to sign this petition at WhiteHouse.gov. I know what you’re thinking — online petitions never solve anything! But if this petition gets 100,000 signatures, then the White House has to respond. This is one way to get their attention.

2) Call FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. I know, I know — it seems like a big thing to do: To actually use your smartphone as a phone and call a top government official. But guess what? It’s totally what we’re supposed to do as citizens in a democracy. It’s our job to tell the government what we think.

Call 1-202-418-1000 and tell whoever answers that you support Net Neutrality. The folks at FreePress.net have a script you can even follow, if you’re not sure of yourself:

I’m calling to urge Chairman Wheeler to scrap the FCC’s plan to allow Internet service providers to charge for preferential treatment.

These rules would destroy Net Neutrality. I urge the chairman to throw them out and instead reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This is the only way to restore real Net Neutrality.

If you don’t want to call, send an email to: open internet@fcc.gov. Write what you think, or use the above as a template.

So, there you go! I’ve already done both of these and I feel better knowing that I’ve done so.

Summer 2014 Teen Author Reading Nights!

Check it out: The schedule for the Summer 2014 course of Teen Author Reading Nights! Yours truly will be reading from Lucky Day on May 7!

(All readings take place from 6-7:30pm, at the Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, on the corner of 6th Ave and 10th St.)

May 7
Corey Haydu, Life By Committee
Barry Lyga, Lucky Day
Andy Marino, The Door
Kieran Scott, Only Everything
Aaron Starmer, The Riverman
Yvonne Vintresca, Pandemic

June 4
Nora Raleigh Baskin, Subway Love
Caela Carter, My Best Friend, Maybe
Alex London, Guardian
Michael Northrop, Surrounded by Sharks
Gae Polisner, The Summer of Letting Go
Tiffany Schmidt, Bright Before Sunrise

July 9
Ellen Jensen Abbott, The Keeper
Charlotte Bennardo, Blonde Ops
Zoraida Cordova, The Vast and Brutal Sea
Amanda Maciel, Tease
Anna Schumacher, End Times
Alyssa Sheinmel, Second Star
Christopher Van Etten, Wickedpedia
Alecia Whitaker, Wildflower

August 6
Patty Blount, Some Boys
E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Elisa Ludwig, Pretty Sly
Diana Renn, Latitude Zero
Lindsay Ribar, The Fourth Wish
Amy Spalding, Ink is Thicker Than Water
Mary G. Thompson, Evil Fairies Love Hair

Today’s Tumblr – April 24, 2014

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