Facebook, Updates, and Assorted Housekeeping

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Well, it’s official – I am now Facebook free. Or, at the very least, I’ve deactivated my account. I suppose I could log back in and restart things, but for now I’ll be testing the waters of a Facebook-free lifestyle.

Note, though, that my Facebook author page is still up and running. I will be limiting my use of it to auto-updates from synchronized postings on this blog and only occasionally taking the reins to post promotional related stuff on those rare instances that I have things to promote.

So, this is it.

And you know what, it actually feels pretty damn good. Like a weight has been lifted. One less monkey on my back.

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to limit my use of Facebook. I hadn’t then planned on deactivating the account, but the option certainly became more attractive as the days of this New Year wore on.

Let’s face it – Facebook is an enormous time-suck. It’s literally a black hole for productivity, and I had allowed it to suck up more of my life than I reasonably should have. Pure weakness on my part, but there you go.

Time, in particular, is a very rare commodity in my life. I have a full-time job, I’m a part-time writer, I’m married and have a three-month old son, and I also value having time to read and, in the very unlikely event that I somehow find myself with additional free time, I’d like to someday get through some TV series on Netflix and Amazon, or not spend two (or more) days trying to watch a movie. I recently watched Bone Tomahawk, which took me two days to view (thankfully it was well worth it). At some point since it hit iTunes, I’ve been lucky enough to watch a whole 8 minutes of Jurassic World. So I don’t actually think extra free time will be something I’m allowed in the foreseeable future, but whatever I am lucky enough to have afforded me I would much rather not be scrolling through an endless social feed and checking for updates. I have too many other things to do, and, honestly, my wife and son are way more important and a bigger priority than my Facebook feed. Now, I don’t have to worry about missing out on his, and to an extent my own life, on people pixels.

Facebook is gone now; account is deactivated, app is deleted from my phone, and it feels pretty freaking liberating.


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I’m in the process of getting an Author page verified on BookLikes. If you blog or review over there, give the page a follow. You can find me right here.


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Amazon has recently implemented a new feature called Kindle Instant Book Preview. You can find out more about this at geekwire, but the gist of it is that it allows bloggers to embed book samples on their page the way they would video.

This is an awesome idea and I have to give Amazon a big pat on the back for this! Unfortunately, the embed code is in iframes, and as user of the free WordPress dot-com end of things I can’t use it. But, I’ve added a link to each of my book pages that will at least allow readers to check out the preview. You could, for instance, head on over to the page for my novel Convergence, click the link that says Read A Sample, and off you go.

And should you like the sample well enough, you could always purchase the book for your Kindle for only $3.99. /shamelessplug


 

Facebook, Updates, and Assorted Housekeeping

Where to Find Me

Facebook has become a bit of a headache lately, with the service opting to focus more heavily on filtered feed content, advertising, and promoting paid posts over basic updates and content.

As such, I started dabbling a little bit with Google+ recently and figured it might be a good time to post a comprehensive list of all the various ways you can find me online. It’s always nice to hear from readers, so hopefully those of you out there will connect and engage.

You can find me here at this blog, obviously: http://michaelpatrickhicks.com. You can subscribe to the site or follow by e-mail over on the right. Feel free to check out previous blog posts in the archives and drop a line in the comments at the bottom. There is also a Contact button in the upper menu that you can reach me at. In the future, I expect to be making greater use of my mailing list, so feel free to sign up on the upper right-hand side, or by clicking here.

On Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/118298043352697628891/posts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MikeH5856

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7909523.Michael_Patrick_Hicks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormichaelpatrickhicks

Anyone of these options is a great way to stay up to date, and I’ll have some big announcements on future works in the coming months that you won’t want to miss!

Where to Find Me

Woe’s and Whoa’s

After an incredibly busy couple of weeks and lots of Thanksgiving goodness, I’ve found myself with a lot on my mind but little time to get to blog about it.  I needed a way to highlight some of the recent events, both good and bad, and am introducing Woe’s and Whoa’s to encapsulate it all.

Woe:  Still no TV.  Since my Mitsubishi WD-60737 DLP went on the fritz Friday, Nov. 5, I’ve been stuck in TV-limbo with ABC Warehouse, Harvey Electronics, and Mitsubishi all giving me the run-around.  The repair guy for Harvey Electronics showed up nearly an hour late for the 1-5 p.m. appointment, for which I had taken an unpaid half day off work to come home and wait.  He told me it was a bad main board and they would have to order it, but I should be up and running again within a week.  After nearly a week goes by, I had to call Harvey to find out what the status of this part is, and was told it should be in by Wednesday or Thursday.  Wednesday and Thursday came and went, and I found myself calling them again on Friday.  After some more back-and-forth, they found out the part is on back-order and won’t be in until mid-December, more than a month after I first reported the problem to ABC Warehouse.  They couldn’t seem to explain how they didn’t know the part was back-ordered when they ordered it, and I found myself dealing with ABC Warehouse’s Warranty Service center yet again and was given a line to Mitsubishi to call.  And call I did, but since nobody answered I left a message detailing the problem and asked for a call back.  Although I never received one, I was informed this past Wednesday from Harvey that the part has shipped.  Since this is the second time I’ve heard this line from them, I find myself a bit hesitant to get excited.

Mitsubishi gets a second Woe for building and selling a television set that I have now called for a warranty repair service on twice in less than a year.

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