Wednesday, October 2, 2019
This and that
Just a few things I'd like to ask my readers, please.
1. Please don't spam comments on this blog by putting in links to fundraisers, Patreon pages, and other monetized Web sites. Links to a news article, or another blog, are generally OK; but if it involves money, or monetary support, I simply have no way of knowing whether it's kosher or not. Therefore, as a general policy, I'll delete and/or mark as SPAM any comments containing such links. I'm sorry if you don't think that's fair, but it's the best way I can think of to stop my readers becoming victims of scams.
2. Again, a bleg to readers of my books: when you've read one, please be so kind as to leave a review on Amazon.com. It makes a huge difference if future potential readers can access as many viewpoints as possible, helping them to decide whether or not to risk their hard-earned dollars on my work.
There seems to be a fluctuation in the problem. "Taghri's Prize" attracted quite a lot of reviews, quite quickly (at the time of writing, just over two months after publication, it has 55). On the other hand, "Gold on the Hoof", published just over a month ago, is still languishing at 20 reviews. They've both sold fairly well, so I'm not sure why the discrepancy between their review counts. (Perhaps cowboys not only don't cry, they don't leave reviews, either!)
At any rate, I'll be very grateful for your honest reviews. Thanks!
3. I'd like to ask my non-American readers in particular whether they've had any exposure to the use of liquid, injectable artificial disks in spines. I'm talking about Hydrogel or similar treatments. 14 years after my spinal fusion surgery, other discs in my lumbar spine are showing signs of deterioration; but I'd rather look at more modern, less invasive therapies than additional spinal fusions, because I've learned the hard way how painful and incapacitating they can be. I'm also interested in hearing from anyone who's had artificial discs inserted in their spine through surgery, rather than by injection. Please share your experiences in Comments, or e-mail me (my address is in my blog profile). Thanks!