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Writing, Facebook, and Google

     It’s been a long time since I posted anything here.  There are a lot of half written posts which I hope to edit and post in the coming months, specifically about Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Sexuality and on the current state of speculative fiction publishing.
     My life has happily been busy writing a new novel, editing and submitting short stories, and waiting for a certain publisher who has had a novel manuscript for almost a year to get back to me.  This time frame is not unusual for un-agented material, but I am also buoyed by the fact that at least one publisher has liked my novel enough to hold onto it this long.   My best news is that one of the professional speculative magazines asked me to send more material in a very friendly and humorous rejection letter.  Indeed, looking back at response times and the names attached to my various rejections, I now believe I’ve gotten onto the second look pile on more then one occasion.  If true, I am very happy with the current momentum.  Wish me luck.
     Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of traffic, domestic and international, being directed here from Google.  I had known when you search for my name, Trevor Boylan, this page comes up as number 4.  Given the relative unusualness of my name, this makes sense to me.  However, I was a bit surprised to find that searching for Facebook Pages You Must Like my last post comes up as number 5.  (UPDATE: A friend just point out it’s number 2 with search words Must Like Facebook Pages.)  Given how off topic that post was to the intent of this blog, I’m a bit flattered by how much Google’s search algorithm likes me.
     In respone to this trend, let me add three more Facebook Pages you must like.
Oh Myyy – As George Takei’s life has gotten easier, his husband Brad and staff have taken up the mantle of posting ridiculous photos.
Sun Gazing – Some days I just need a positive affirmation about my life, the universe, and my chosen creative pursuit.  Sun Gazing provides all these things as well as some rather stunning art work.
Black Cats are Good Luck – Because there are simply not enough pictures of cats on the internet.

Five Pages You Must Like on Facebook

The First rule of Facebook: Don’t talk about Facebook.

The Second Rule of Facebook: Like first, don’t ask questions.

If you’re alive and human you probably have a Facebook page.  Here is a list of pages that you must like on Facebook.  (Remember a decade ago when that last sentence would have been grammatically incorrect?

1) I FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE.  First let me apologize to anyone with dainty sensibilities who finds the title of this page inappropriate.  To edit its title though would be to inaccurately portray this page as much as calling Evolution or Global Warming a controversial scientific debate or to claim the Earth was exactly 6000 years old because He Who Should Not Be Named said so.  Humorous and informative Science for the Win.

2) GEORGE TAKEI – For anyone who has ever wondered, Takei rhymes with gay which is of course the only reason anyone would possibly like Takei’s boring waste of an internet page.  George throws news articles, internet memes, and puns into a hypothetical blender resulting in laughs so hard as to result in involuntary bodily reactions.  Ohhh Myyy!

3) ANNE RICE – I don’t want my Vampires to sparkle any more than I want my archaeology and mythology whitewashed by Victorian ideals.  Even if Anne sometimes talks as if Lestat is real (is he?), her interesting questions and links to interesting articles are a refreshing break from lesser internet fangirl dribble.

4) DOCTOR WHO AND THE TARDIS BY CRAIG HURLE – A long time ago one of  my friends was a child and her parents made her watch Doctor Who.  The sound of Dalek’s screaming Annihilate! terrifies her to this day.  To fix this, Craig makes Dalek’s into cute and snuggly My Little Ponies with mostly spoiler free fun.

5) CAT SWAG – Because Cats.  Period.

And may I remind you of the Second Rule of Facebook: Like first, don’t ask questions.