commented on The Sawhorse Revolution and the Builders Dinner
Most excellent! Thank you for letting us know about this, Brendan. It's an amazing and decidedly worthy endeavor, and we'll be pitching in to help with whatever we can. My wife and I learned a long time ago the value of building things with our own hands. It's good to see those skills being passed along!
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Exing Out Exes
It's so, so hard to hear, especially when you've got a house and pets and you really, really love her. Getting out is so complicated and messy and there's going to be pain and anger and drama, and you find yourself thinking, "I just can't face that. Maybe it'll get better!" so you stay anyway, because the change now is just too big and painful to contemplate.
But Dan's right. You need time and distance from her to see how slippery that slope has become. I suspect (and I'll admit, this is from my personal experience, so I could be projecting) that power in your relationship has been steadily, if slowly, moving into her hands. Do you share chores equally? Do you have equal say in where you go, what you eat, what you watch on TV? Or, bit by bit, did you find that it was easier to let her have her way than fight about it? And weren't the rewards great when you caved?
Until your compliance became expected, and then you had to give in even more. Sweetheart, run. Run now. You're still young -- seriously, 33 is young! -- and there's someone out there for you who won't want to change you. You know it's true; otherwise you wouldn't have asked for affirmation that what you believe to be wrong is really wrong.
Or, if this is tl;dr -- get out now! From someone who's been there.
commented on Amazon Slowly but Surely Raising Prices
Josh, in general, authors don't have much -- if any -- say in how their books are priced, unless they own their own publishing imprint. So most stores are locked into whatever price the publisher determines. Yes, a small publisher can set up their imprint through Amazon (I assume), but Amazon regulates its own pricing, and often publishers (and I would assume other retailers) are subject to their structures and algorithms, and from what I've heard, Amazon doesn't always explain to owners when or how or why they choose to change prices, nor are they forthcoming about being willing to change them once they've tinkered. There's a standard discounting system in place with the big publishers, but smaller publishers can set things up as they like.