Trademarking common words is on the rise

It seems ever since #cockygate flooded the author community there have been more and more unknown authors rushing to trademark commonly used words to secure their "safety nets" for their work. Often, these authors claim to have a reader's best interests at heart but to many, it boils down deeper than that. Recently, an author [...]

Hated author strives to play at people’s hearts, Fails big time due to all the awesome chesticles powers

  This showed up last night on my timeline through the retweeting and commenting of others. Many of us waited in anticipation for this "real story" to come to light, of which is to be public and yet again, we are still waiting. There are some things about this I want to address. First, Faleena [...]

Cocky War: It’s on now

  These past several I've been in a heated moment with authors against another unknown author who trademarked the word "cocky" and who then threatened other authors for using it in their titles. Well, now she's suing the IP attorney Kevin Kneupper for filing to cancel her trademark and her lawyer has filed a restraining [...]

Trademarking: Please Stop It

Every day it seems authors wake up to a new trademark that has been filed. The questions come out and the panic sets in. Who can blame us? After what Faleena Hopkins (See #Cockygate) did to many authors, we are certainly on edge. The trademark filings just keep rolling in. Our questions deserve an adequate [...]

What the hell is it with perfect characters?

I love a good book. I mean who doesn't? I love characters that are empowering, strong-willed, and able to continue on after a hard time in their life. But I fucking hate absolutely perfect characters. Excuse me if I come off as rude here, but seriously think about it for a minute. You're planning to [...]

The Warriors: Crimson Chaos Character Word Search

The Warriors: Crimson Chaos, a YA Contemporary Fantasy novel Words to find: Scorpio, Blaze, Chinook, Thunder, Chilie, Snow, Tboz, Shades, Ice, Flash, Tutock, Karma, Sin, Claw, Malice, Suicide, Surge, Savage, Razor, Cain. Words can be found in all directions. Must print. Synopsis: Eight teenagers with powerful, supernatural abilities must undergo training by the eccentric mystic Chinook [...]

I want to write, but I need my muse!

So, you want to write but you need your muse or you need inspiration? First, let me just say this... Are you fucking serious? I'm genuinely asking because if you want to write that badly, you need to go after your so-called muse or inspiration. It's not going to come to you like a fucking [...]