Oscar Pistorius: Judge Distinguishes Justice from Vengeance

In the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius in the widely watched South African trial, the judge “warned that society couldn’t expect to have its way on the sentencing. . . . And she cautioned that the public — in this case including the Twitterati who had dissected every moment of the 49-day trial — often had no idea of the difference between vengeance and justice.” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2014)

These are wise words we all should take to heart.

Vengeance: the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you or someone else*

Justice: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals*

* Merriam-Webster

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Amazon Must Be Stopped? OK. Any Volunteers?

amazoncom_logo_RGBRe: Amazon Must Be Stopped: It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy. It’s time for a radical plan. (Franklin Foer, New Republic, Oct. 9, 2014)

All humans are self-serving and short-sighted to some degree; most humans are self-serving and short-sighted to a large degree. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos understand this; thus, their business models thrive, and despite all the whining, more and more consumer products are Made in China or other enclaves of cheap labor, while our employment base evolves from manufacturing and production jobs to comparatively lower-paying service jobs.

We, as consumers, reward these business practices when we buy their products.

Pogo’s celebrated quip come’s to mind.

In terms of the book biz, I laughed out loud at the comment about “dilettantism.” Let’s see, dilettantes E. L. James and Amanda Hocking (among others) pen best-selling ebooks that take Amazon by storm, then the “antediluvians,” who earlier had refused to publish these authors’ subliterate tales of sex and paranormal phenomena, jump on the band wagon and offer them wheelbarrows of dinero for these tomes . . . and peddled a significant number of them through Amazon, the very demon they want reined in.

I believe there’s a word that describes that type of behavior, and, if I’m not mistaken, it begins with “h.”

If the establishment book oligarchy doesn’t like Amazon’s policies, it can stop offering its products to Amazon and sell only to brick-and-mortar stores or Amazon’s competitors.

As to the predatory, monopolistic and antitrust allegations regarding Amazon’s business dealings, Foer makes a valid point. We know that unfettered, free-market capitalism does not benefit a modern society in the long run because unregulated or lightly regulated businesses tilt the scales in their favor, and more often than not resort to deceptive, fraudulent and corrupt practices to line their pockets by seducing unsuspecting (or self-denying) suckers.

But who’s going to run with this regulatory ball that Foer suggests? The Chamber of Commerce?

Again, I can only laugh. We have businesses whose greed-driven executives typically decry government intervention and regulation who are now whining about the lack of oversight and regulation of the evil Seattle juggernaut.

The business community has no one to blame but itself, whether it’s books, shoes, diapers, subprime mortgages or stocks and bonds. It wants to have its angel food and munch on it, too.

Sorry, you C-suite boys (and a few girls), you can’t have it both ways.

As for me? I have my reservations about Amazon, but being a self-serving, greedy, indie publisher with a mortgage to feed and bills to pay, Amazon has offered an opportunity that I will exploit to its fullest as long as this train stays on the tracks.

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Book Events, October: Presentations by Award-Winning Author Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards - Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent LossI am making two presentations in San Diego this month: today at the Descanso Branch Library and on Wed., Oct. 15, at the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild.

In the presentation to the Guild, I will share the when, how and what of my marketing and publicity campaign for Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss.

If you’re in the area and can come by to say hello, that would be a thrill and a delight.

Learn more at: http://www.dareicallitmurder.com/news/author_events_oct-2014.html

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Is Literature Disappearing Up It’s Own A-Hole?

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Fodder for thought . . .

Originally posted on The Misfortune Of Knowing:

Horace Engdahl seems to think so.

In comments to Le Croix, Horace Engdahl (of the Swedish Academy responsible for the Nobel Prize) criticized the “professionalization” of writing through financial support from foundations and educational institutions that allow writers to leave their “day jobs” to devote more time to writing. Noting that it’s particularly a problem for the “western side” of the world, he said:

Even though I understand the temptation, I think it cuts writers off from society, and creates an unhealthy link with institutions… Previously, writers would work as taxi drivers, clerks, secretaries and waiters to make a living. Samuel Beckett and many others lived like this. It was hard – but they fed themselves, from a literary perspective.

If we set aside Engdahl’s hypocrisy — he’s a literary academic linked with an institution — there’s a kernel of truth in his words: experience matters. Real-life experiences inform…

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Secrets of . . . Surviving the Murder of a Loved One

September 30: Secrets of . . . Surviving the Murder of a Loved One

celeste vinzantJoin Judy and Celeste Vinzant on “Off the Record with Judy” on Tuesday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on http://www.ToginetRadio.com. Click on “Live on Air.” Feel free to call in with questions and comments during the show at 866-404-6519.

Celeste Vinzant experienced the sudden and violent death of her 24-year-old sister by a serial sex offender on probation. It took 32 years to get a conviction. Meanwhile, she helped raise her sister’s children while working through the anger, grief, and loss. The darkness nearly consumed her soul until she started transforming the deepest hurt into healing.

Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources by Connie Saindon, MFTConnie Saindon, author of Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources, also appeared on the show.

If you missed the interview, listen to the podcast.

Celeste reviewed Connie’s book and gave it high marks:

The stories of loss shared by survivors in this book shed light on the fact that when this type of trauma happens, lives are touched with both tragedy and renewed capacity for resiliency. Every time I hear on the news of someone just murdered, I cry inside for their families and loved ones. This book will be of great benefit to the newly bereaved.

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Book Update: Now that it’s out, what’s next?

Many of you have asked, What’s next? When’s your next book coming out?

Lots of things happening, not just with Dare I Call It Murder? but with other books that are now an integral part of my life as I seem to be veering from author to publisher, wearing my Wigeon Publishing hat more often than not. (But I am not abandoning writing (or fiddling)—just being sidetracked for a while.)

Next year, I am bringing out a first-hand account from the American Civil War, told through letters and diary entries, as well as a dramatization of the diary of my “cousin” Philip Edwards, who served as the clerk for the first recorded cattle drive in North America. No, not from Texas, but from California to the Willamette Valley in Oregon Territory in 1837.

And I continue to work on Ramsey’s Run, a historical novel of the American frontier set during the fur trade era of the 1820s, in which a 17-year-old joins a fur trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains after being falsely accused of a murder in east Tennessee.


Book Launch
Murder Survivor’s Handbook

Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources It’s official. Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources is launched and available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, and through traditional retail outlets.

Written by Connie Saindon, MA, MFT—along with many other voices—the book is being formally released today, Sept. 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

In prerelease sales, the book became a Hot New Release at Amazon.com in the Criminal Procedure Law category, and climbed onto Amazon’s Best Seller list in that category as well.

Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Survivors of Violent Loss Program to provide books to those who may need assistance.

Learn more . . . Wigeon Publishing Launches 4th Title


Book Event

Dare I Call It Murder? continues to draw interest, along with positive reviews and feedback. At Amazon.com, the book now has 159 reviews, 101 of them 5-stars (no, I do not know most of the reviewers). Thank you, again, for your encouragement and support.

Presentation and book signing
Sat., Oct. 11, 2014, 1 p.m.
9545 River Dr.
Descanso, CA 91916
619-445-5279

If you’re in the area and can come by to say hello, it would be great to see you.


Author Presentation

San Diego Writers/Editors Guild
Presentation: Larry Edwards Shares ‘How He (and others) Did It’ — the success of the award-winning Dare I Call It Murder? (and other books)
Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Health Services Complex
3851 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA

Learn more at San Diego Writers & Editors Guild


New Books Coming Soon

Wigeon has two more titles in the pipeline . . .

Bull Run to Appomattox - The Civil War Letters and Diaries of Oney Sweet
Bull Run to Appomattox
The Letters and Diaries of
Oney Foster Sweet

April 9, 2015
The Greatest Cattle Drive, California to Oregon, 1837, a dramatization of the diary of Philip Edwards
The Greatest Cattle Drive
California to Oregon, 1837
Dramatization of the Diary
of Philip L. Edwards

Q3, 2015

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Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
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Website: Survivors of Violent Loss
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Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss
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Again, thank you for your support and kind words.

Be well, do good, and may you have fair winds.

Larry

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New Book: Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources

Polishing Your Prose:

Important book now available to help those who have had loved one murdered.

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It’s official. Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources is launched and available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, and through traditional retail outlets.
Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources
Written by Connie Saindon, MA, MFT—along with many other voices—the book is being formally released on Sept. 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. [Read Connie's essay:Remembering Our Murdered Loved Ones.]

“Many survivors and co-victims of murder asked me to write this book so those who must make this tragic journey will have a helping hand,” Saindon says. “I am saddened that there is a need for this book, but I am happy that we were able to pull this together in the interest of helping others.”

When a loved one is murdered, the survivors—the co-victims—are plunged into a head-spinning world of traumatic grief, criminal investigation, criminal justice, and the…

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