Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This blog and the future

Ladies and Gentlepeople:

This blog, for better or worse, has, as you've no doubt noticed, fallen by the wayside. Replaced, practically universally by my official Facebook page, which I am linking here. This blog will, very probably, not receive updates in the future. I save that stuff for the FB page. So, please head on over there, and like/follow/whatever you call it, and get all the new updates there. It's simple, and frankly, most web-capable people have an FB page already....so why duplicate effort? Seems silly to me.

So, head on over, and join me! Thanks for following me here, and even more thanks for following me over on FB when you arrive. 

Before signing off, I'd like to thank each and every one of you who I have interacted with over all this time. You have been integral to my development--such as it is--as a writer. Your input, your concern, your willingness to engage and provide feedback has been invaluable. I thank you. I will always thank you. Each of you is awesome in ways I cannot ever explain. To you, I wish all the best.

See you on FB!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Free MINIMAL ebook for Kindle giveaway!

Hey, everyone. Here's a promotion for you all. A free Christmas gift from me to you.

From December 14th through the 18th, Kindle copies of MINIMAL will be free! Tell your friends, tell the world, tell your barber and let the gift be spread.

Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/MINIMAL-Phillip-Hall-ebook/dp/B00HNFP9HE/


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nous sommes tous Charlie

Recent attacks make me have to say this: If your faith is so weak that it cannot withstand critique or sarcasm, then your faith is a dismal failure. Resorting to murder over such shows you are a failure as a human being and as a person of supposedly deep faith. You are a coward, you are a criminal, you are beneath contempt. You do not deserve to receive any form of support and you should be ousted from wherever you reside and relegated to the wastelands of the world. Those that support you, either physically, financially, or otherwise are equally guilty of your crimes. For those others who share your particular faith, if you are a decent human being, you have no choice but to eject these criminals, to stand up against them, to side with that which is good and right, to reject murder, and to embrace life. If you fail to do this, your tacit approval shows that you support murder and these criminal scum with your silence. I do not care if your faith tells you that you cannot turn against a fellow: this is your failure. Either you are a human being or you are an animal, one will be welcomed in the Twenty-first Century, the other must be led to the slaughter for the safety of all. There are no other options, and you must now choose which side you are to be aligned.

Nous sommes tous Charlie.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kindle copy of MINIMAL free tomorrow

Got a new Kindle? Want a free book to go in it? Well...Hop over to http://www.amazon.com/MINIMAL-Phillip-Hall-ebook/dp/B00HNFP9HE/ tomorrow and download it for the super awesome cost of zero! Enjoy, and have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you, veterans.

Hello veterans. How are you today? Fine, I hope. It is, after all, your day. You should relish it a bit. You saw fit to serve your nation with honor and dignity, and we take a pause in our lives to greet you and send a message of thanks. Were it not for those who served, our nation would not be. So, to all those whom I know, and also those I do not, that served our nation while wearing a uniform: thank you.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mark your calendars! September 28th!

Books, Wine, Live Music!

Join us for an afternoon at Fireside Winery in Marengo, Iowa where you will get to hear from and meet a panel of talented authors who will have their books on hand for purchase.

I will be there, so will some other smashing new authors. Come along, listen to the band, enjoy some fine wine, buy a book or two and have fun!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Trigger Warnings"

There's a lot being said about the possibility of "trigger warnings" being put on books--some classic, some new--and I have only one thing to say about it: grow up. It is not the job of other people to police what may or may not set you off. Nobody knows but you! Not everyone who has gone through a traumatic event will react in the same way. Whereas you might go into complete mental breakdown over a depicted scene, another person could very well read it and not in the least be bothered. Why then must society (or any business venture, like publishing--self-publishing or traditional, it doesn't matter) cater to your particular whim and issue?

I'm not trying to be hurtful, but there's just way too much politically correct coddling going on in the world. Everyone, it seems, has the right to be offended--and once offence is taken, it is the onus of the other party to fix the issue at hand...even when there is no issue at all. Now, I'm not saying that certain events aren't traumatic--they most certainly are--but those events are far from universal. They're subjective in the extreme. To attempt to apply a universal "patch" to something because a handful of people are upset is not going to garner you any favors...or friends.

The next step in this crusade is outright censorship. And that is a very bad thing.

So, to be short: no, I will not ever place a warning label on my writing. No, I won't bother to let you know in advance--that's the fun of writing, I might "set you up" for something...you're along for the ride. Now, the counter to this is that you may choose to not read my books. And I'm totally ok with that. You have that right, you totally do! But what you do not have is Carte Blanche approval to silence someone because they said something you take issue with.