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Monday, December 3, 2012

The Inevitable Troll Attraction

Where do trolls come from? Do they spawn under bridges, the horrible result of water pollution and sentient rats? Are they descendants of Big Foot dressed up and given keyboards? Or are there really people out there who think their life will be improved by advertising their tobacco product in my blog comments?

I'm leaning towards the Big Foot theory myself. It's terrible to think that a human being is out there spending their day trolling and spamming blogs for fun and profit.

Alas, the trolls exist, and to cut down on the spam comments I am turning off Anonymous commenting. Open ID should be in effect now, and I'm sorry. I know not everyone has an OpenID account (FaceBook, Twitter, Google, ect) and that's going to limit you. I will turn that off the next time I hold a contest. If you run into problems, I'm on Twitter @LianaBrooks.

One more thing... I DON'T DO REVIEWS!

I know I've done some in the past, but that's closed now. My review policy is listed right beside my email address on the right side of the blog (under the big Email Me button). Please, don't send me a copy of your book and ask me to review it. Don't email me telling me you'll send me a PDF so I can review. Really don't demand I review it. Chances are, I'll read your book if I know you've written one in the sci-fi genre. I'll get to it eventually. If I adore it, I'll tell people about it on Twitter and GoodReads. Promise.

Now, I'm going back to my writing cave because I need to get a short story to Pippa Jay by Wednesday and I'm still 7k behind quota. *everyone panic with me*


  1. I don't know, I'd like to think Big Foot had more brains to pass along. Maybe the water pollution and semi-sentient rats is the origin of trolls. I think even sentient rats would have better morals than trolls.

    Seriously, people get paid for trolling and spamming blogs? As badly as I need money I couldn't compromise my morals to do that.

  2. I had to disable anonymous commenting as well, for exactly the same reasons. Unfortunate, it is...

    Best on your deadline!

  3. How do you turn off Anonymous commenting? I switched to moderation because I was struggling to read CAPTCHA myself so didn't want to force others to do it.

    BTW, I finished my short for the anthology. No pressure. :P

  4. Also, while I'm at a loose end (hahahahahaha, not) how do you put all those links under your books down the left hand side? Mine looks soooo messy by comparison.

    1. It's an HTML widget in blogger that I copied from what I saw on other author sites.

      [] instead of <> here

      [a onclick="" href="http://www.lianabrooks.com/2001/01/real-lies.html" target="_blank"][img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YhSiHj0GG74/TpevoOitwPI/AAAAAAAACRQ/AluCPsS9Jxo/s400/REALLies.jpg" title="Liana Brooks" alt="Liana Brooks" border="0" width="165" /][/a]

      [a href="http://www.lianabrooks.com/2001/01/real-lies.html"]EXCERPT[/a] | Ebook Available at...

      [a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Real-lies-liana-brooks?keyword=Real+lies+liana+brooks&store=ebook"]Barnes & Noble[/a] | [a href="http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Real-Lies/book-M3I_36WDOUKWejadGe2xPA/page1.html"]Kobo[/a] | [a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96346"]Smashwords[/a] | [a href="http://www.amazon.com/Real-Lies-ebook/dp/B0085L1GD6/ref=la_B007S9DB2A_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337891501&sr=1-2"]Amazon[/a]

    2. Uh, okaaaay, will give that a shot when I have a spare couple of hours, thanks. And the turning off Anonymous commenting? (demanding minion at work). :P

    3. If you have blogger is a matter of going to Commenting or settings and clicking a button. I'll find the full directions if you need me to.