No More Smashwords for Me

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I’m typing this using one eye only, so if there are any typos, please direct your ire towards the massive bug that connected with my eyeball at speed this week, scratched said eyeball, and gave said eyeball one of those rotten burning infections that means a constantly runny nose and tears also. It’s my favourite eyeball too. This one doesn’t seem to work as well as the injured party, and looking at the computer screen is painful too. Anyway. This is the actual bug – I got a picture before I realised that he had an agenda, and still thought he was cute.

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So far I’m very happy to say that Echoes of Narcissus isn’t available on any of the free download troll sites, and right now whether I’m right or wrong, I’m convinced that this is because I haven’t published it on Smashwords. I’ve unpublished my other books there now, and as soon as they’re taken down from all the other platforms that they distribute to, I’m going to enrol them into Amazon Kindle Select. I won’t ever be using the free days option for any books other than short stories or the first in a series, but at least they’ll be available for KU downloads. For the foreseeable future I’ll be sticking with only Amazon and Createspace. I might go with Lightning Source at some later point, but that won’t affect the book’s KU status.

This probably won’t happen for a couple of months though, because I’ve been reading loads and loads of posts around and about, from authors struggling to get their books unpublished on the premium sites that Smashwords distributes them to. It seems that it takes upwards of seven weeks, even though they’re taken down pretty fast from Smashwords itself, and sometimes back and forth emails before they’re removed everywhere and eligible for AKS. That in itself would make me wary of publishing with them again. As an Indie I like to think that I have total control of where my books are sold at any given time. I know that the damage is already done with the pirating of my books that were there, but from now on they’re not going to be legally downloadable in any format other than from Amazon or my own sites, and I’ll be very careful about who I send copies to in formats other than Mobi as email attachments.

Now I’m going to try zoom through as much of blogland as I can with this eyeball – which is now also sending out many tears.

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68 thoughts on “No More Smashwords for Me

    Sue Vincent said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Ouch!Take care of that eye.
    Just a word though.. my books have never been on Smashwords… and are on the damnable thieving sites.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Sue – it’s been a soggy mess for days now – I’m really rotten with ongoing pain, so not a happy camper that it doesn’t seem to be improving. Whine…. 😀 That’s a really good point to make about your books! Have they never been offered as PDF or ePub anywhere else at all?

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        Sue Vincent said:
        March 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        Nope, only ever on Amazon and Createspace.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          I did see a free download a couple of weeks ago from Giveaway of the Day that converts mobi files to other formats. Where there’s a will there’s probably always going to be a way – thieving sods. I got a wonderful helpful email from another author with loads of helpful information about having our books taken down from these sites, and just as soon as I can see properly again, and not drip on my keyboard, I’m definitely going to take aggressive action. If people want to sell books or give them away for free then they should write them themselves.

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            Sue Vincent said:
            March 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

            I agree. Getting them taken down isn’t as easy as it ought to be either.

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I have to admit that I still get pirated even being on KDP Select. Never put Books 2-6 on Smashwords, so it can still be done. Might make it a bit harder though. I do agree that getting my first book off of Smashwords to go KDP Select was a bit of a pain. It disappeared from that site swiftly, so I figured it was safe to go with Amazon. Then I had a week of emails, stress, and arguing because B&N was dragging its feet to take my book down. Guess that’s part of the risk for taking that path first. Good luck and hope your eye gets better quickly.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Charles – I’d rather have pretty much any other part injured right now than an eyeball. No writing at all so far this week – just a lot of whining. Between you and Sue my theory is knobbled now. I’m still happy to be leaving Smashwords though – Echoes is on KU, and so far I’ve had more loans on just that one book than I’ve had sales on the other sites for the other two.

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        March 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

        The loan system definitely helps. As for the pirating, many of those sites just grab everything they can see. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I wonder if they can make a program that steals every book out of Amazon or at least the page information to make it look like they did. Many of those sites simply deliver malware and viruses to anyone who tries to download.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

          I’m definitely loving the KU loans, and can’t wait to get my others up there. I wouldn’t be surprised if they download everything – those ebay guys have millions on offer too. The malware thing is a really good point – they can get into computers and use them to send all sorts of rubbish out from them, so maybe that’s the main point. My anti virus and malware programs blocked everything when I looked on those sites (I hope!) but I still managed to download my books.

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            Charles Yallowitz said:
            March 12, 2015 at 4:47 pm

            They bank on people not having that protection or not keeping it up to date. I know a lot of people who tried to download movies/books and they got nailed with something. So that might be the overall goal isn’t of screwing over authors. I mean, those people don’t seem to be getting money. So what’s the real reason for doing it?

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Just as I posted about Jo, one of her own popped up.. Smashwords is a site that we should be able to trust but is their wider distribution net to other sites enabling the free download of our books?

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    Natacha Guyot said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I hope that your eye heal quickly!

    My only experience with Smashwords was for an eBook I edited (Feminist Bloggers: The 2014 Collection) that we wanted free. I have no idea whether it was pirated or will be. Otherwise, my single authored volumes is/will be on Kindle, especially as I am more and more thinking of publishing a collection of short story as one, and not one after the other.

    I have no experience with CreateSpace so far, but might look into this at some point to offer a physical edition of some of my titles.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Natacha! The way to find out if it was pirated is to google the full name of the book and the author. Google will list all the sites that it can be found on and you can log on to them – just be very sure that your malware and virus protection is strong before doing that. Looking forward to seeing your book! Definitely publish paper copies of it – nothing beats holding your first book in your hands, and if you need any help – just yell. 🙂

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    Oh! It's Vefday said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Ouch! That’s a nasty bug. Be sure to look after your eyeball as it has had quite a serious injury. And don’t strain the other eyeball too much…. blogland will still be here tomorrow.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you my lovely friend. He was really massive, and with all that dirt on his feet he’s done a good job. I love my blogland, and with this eye taking so long to get better, I’m going to have to zoom slower. ❤

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    T Ibara Photo said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Hello Jo,
    Oh, your poor eyeball 😦 I’m sorry you’re in pain, and all this pirating nonsense doesn’t help either 😦 Please take care, and try to get as much rest as you can ❤
    Best wishes,
    Takami

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you my lovely Takami. ❤ It's definitely been a very strange time these last couple of months, so a bug in the eyeball doesn't surprise me very much. With your beautiful photography, have you also experienced and theft? XXXX

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    Pamela Beckford said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I have been pirated and have never used anything except KDP Select 😦

    Hope the eye gets better soon – we forget (and take for granted) how much we rely on our sight. I have MS and lost nearly all vision during one episode several years ago (fortunately it only lasted a few days). Never again will I take my eyes for granted.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      I didn’t know you had MS Pamela – sorry! What you went through really does put this into perspective for me. Losing nearly all vision for any amount of time must be beyond terrifying. I’m terribly shortsighted and going blind has always been one of my biggest fears, so I have the utmost respect for those who manage to live full and productive lives without being able to see at all. A good friend of mine when I was very young had retinitis pigmentosa and it really hurt watching her deal with her failing eyesight, and knowing that she would go totally blind at some point. I will be much more grateful for all the things that I get to do that others don’t from now. ❤

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    ghostmmnc said:
    March 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Sorry to hear about your encounter with the big bad bug! Hope your eye heals up really soon!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you! I’ve got medicated drops from my optician, and stern instructions not to use it, although it’s the worst kind of thing knowing that there are all sorts of things I need to be reading or writing just hanging around waiting. XX

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    noelleg44 said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for this warning, Jo. Hope your eye gets better soon. Insect proteins are very allergenic. My husband once smashed a mosquito into his eye in his sleep, then woke me up to help him. He looked like one of the living dead – we did antihistamines and ice packs until he could get to see a physician. Lots of sympathy from me to you.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Wow – nightmare Noelle! It took about twenty minutes for mine to kick in, and it didn’t help that I left my contact lens in for the rest of the day regardless of the burning and watering – not a clever move. That bug guy was seriously dirty – I’m not too sure what he was though – some kind of large beetle, covered in dirt (hopefully only dirt). XXXX

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    coldhandboyack said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    My books have only ever been on Amazon KDP. I’m not pirated, but I’m not a big deal either. Now I wonder what the bug posted on his blog.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      You are a big deal Craig! I’m finding it very interesting how many authors are saying that they’ve only published on Amazon and still have been pirated – I reckon a little bit of research will be in order once my eyeball is usable again. That bug probably posted that he was chased by a furry feline from the Yark Nebula and fell into the nether pit of slimy hell of roundness, and then got smacked far out into the galaxy of blueness only to land painfully on hard alien ground, then to be pursued by his almost hostage taker and clicked at with the black box of doom, and only by the grace of Snerd to escape beneath a unknown thingy. 😀

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        coldhandboyack said:
        March 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        I love it. Hope you feel better. I am now in selective give away mode. I never saw any benefit to the free promotions. When my friends want something, I am happy to give them a copy. It’s been working out pretty well, because I get feedback, and occasionally a review. I don’t have any faith in the countdown deal either.

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        Ali Isaac said:
        March 12, 2015 at 10:55 pm

        I left Smashwords to join KU. It took about 2 months for one of my titles to be removed from a retailer in India. I hardly sold anything through Smashwords, but havent done much better with Kindle to be honest. Now I’m not sure what to do for the best.

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    Paul G Day said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    As if it isn’t hard enough for us indies. Sales on SW aren’t good anyway. Thanks for the post.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you Paul! You’re right – I’ve never been overly impressed with Smashwords, and honestly only published with the because of the premium distribution. I think that you can distribute a little more widely using Createspace anyway. I’m just happy to have started to process to Amazon exclusivity. Say what we like – Hugh Howey rolls that way. 🙂

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    Clive Mullis said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hope yer eye clears up soon Jo, best wishes.

    With the piracy thing they can just download from Amazon and copy even if it has a drm. Your books could have been nabbed from anywhere.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thank yer Clive. ❤ Reading the comments here – dripping eye notwithstanding (any pro tips to hasten recovery? – pretty please) I'm wondering if some sort of petition to Amazon asking them to look into better ways of protecting against piracy would be a good idea – for those who are exclusive to them. XXXX

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        Clive Mullis said:
        March 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        Antibiotic eye drops, but you should already have them if you went to doctor. If you haven’t then go. Beware of swelling and what feels like a bulging eye.

        Have I cheered you up? 😊

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          C.E.Robinson said:
          March 12, 2015 at 8:13 pm

          Clive, agree with your doctor & med recommendation. An ophthalmologist for sure! Christine

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    teagan geneviene said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Eeeekkk! Bug? Eyeball? Infection? I’m going to classify this post as “Horror.” I hope you feel fabulous fast, Jo.
    As for the SmashWords thing, that’s really interesting. I only didn’t use them because my “indie activities” time is so limited, otherwise I probably would have. So this is really good to know. Huge hugs. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you gorgeous Teagan. ❤ Ha haaa! My loveliest of wussies. It's horror to me too because I'm the biggest wussy of them all – not keen on bugs in eyeballs. Eyeball is one of my favourite words though – as in when you click on an innocent looking link and have your frontal lobe terrified to the size and knowledge of a walnut by some sort of horrible not at all erotic body part – you get to say – "Aaaargh. My eyeballs!" Smashwords delivers all formats and I'm not liking this any more at all – too easy to steal or plagiarise. I hope that soon you'll have more time for doing what you are so obviously destined to do. XXXXX

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    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    How did that thing get in your eye?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Typical of the weird stuff that always happens to me Juan. I was outside taking photos of my epic taller than ten foot sunflower when I saw one of my new neighbours terrorizing kitties on the roof. I jumped up and down and made a lot of noise while it totally ignored me as always, and that bug either ran or flew straight down into my eye – hit like a small brick. Little sod clamped on to the actual eyeball with his dirty little feet.

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        yeseventhistoowillpass said:
        March 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Yikes… Now I must ask who was terrorizing the kitties? A Boom Slang or Cobra?

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

          😀 Cats are the terrorists themselves. Before you start pelting rotten apples at me – I LOVE kitties – I’m much more of a cat person than a dog person (although I love dogs too – hold with the fruit dog lovers!). My birds fly around the house at will, and these new kitties have taken to jumping on windowsills and scaring the daylights out of my little guys leading to them flying into windows and walls and hurting themselves, so I’m trying to get these kitties scared of me. Not working at all though.

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            yeseventhistoowillpass said:
            March 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

            I envision cobras and other fellows as your terrorists.. Yes kittens a bad when it comes to birds

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    Jack Eason said:
    March 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Poor you. Sending you a virtual hug Jo. Get well soon. 😀 xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you lovely Jack! Now both of my eyeballs are insisting on staying shut, so maybe a little couple of hours break away from the computer again – it sucks. Lots of love and HUGS! ❤ XXXXX

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    davidprosser said:
    March 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Sorry to learn you’ve been injured in the line of duty Jo..I hope it soon gets better.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Aaah – my wonderful Lord Prosser. I’m generally injured in the line of stupid, and this one is a hard one what with all the things I want to be seeing and doing. Thank you for you love and Massive Hugs – I love them! HUGS – HUGE ONES! XXXXX ❤

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    March 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I hope you have good med to remove that bug’s dirty footprints. What a misadventure. Do take care not to strain too much.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I went to my optician – my eyes aren’t overly great at the best of times, and so many hours on the computer every day probably isn’t so good for them, so I’ve got eye meds and stern instructions. It’s hard though – I’m bored more than I could imagine, and I want to see what everyone’s up to. ❤

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    sknicholls said:
    March 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Hope the eye heals up for you soon without any complications. I don’t know if I’ll ever make any changes with Red Clay and Roses, but I don’t think I want to go with smashwords for any of my future books. So difficult to do all-inclusive promos with all of the sites. I know people say you should make yourself available in as many places as you can, but I sold only a small smattering of books through all the other platforms combined.

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    C.E.Robinson said:
    March 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Jo, already replied on another comment to have your eye treated by an ophthalmologist who can prescribe med and track infection progress. Your post was very informational. I’ve bought books from Amazon Createspace with good success. Will remember your post info when I get ready to publish down the road. Christine

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    March 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Just catching up with all the blog posts I’d saved to be read and discovered THIS HORRIBLE TALE of damage to my favourite South African Lady’s eye!
    Take the eye drops given to you in BOTH eyes to prevent cross infection.
    STOP reading and writing every 20 minutes maximum (for a 20 minute break).
    WEAR EYE GLASSES (but not those favoured by Australia’s Dame Edna or Elton John in his younger years)…
    I dunno, some people can’t be trusted to take photographs without annoying the local predators…
    HUGE furry hugs XXXXX GET WELL SOON…

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    Kev said:
    March 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Great Indie Authors and commented:
    I had a similar issue, Jo and I’ve done the same thing. Just sticking to Createspace and Amazon from now on. I love the KDP select program anyway. I haven’t sold one book on smashwords, yet Amazon keeps pulling through and I get good reviews there too. 🙂

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    Kev said:
    March 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    What really bugs me is the fact that most authors don’t make a lot of money on their books anyway and for people to be able to steal them, get free downloads, and basically just take the piss… it’s not on!

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    Kev said:
    March 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    PS: Sorry about your eye, Jo. 🙂

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    Ali Isaac said:
    March 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Hope your eye is better soon! What an evil bug to do that to you… he looked huge!

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    acflory said:
    March 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

    So sorry to hear about your bug problem, Jo. Hope the eye heals quickly. And thanks for the info about the pirating of your books, and the connection to Smashwords. I was always put off by the horror stories I read about the meatgrinder. Now I’m so glad I was a wimp. 😦

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    olganm said:
    March 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I hope your eye gets better soon.

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    Diane Tibert said:
    March 13, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I don’t think there is any guarantee your work won’t be pirated if you remove it from Smashwords. I’ve read other posts on other blogs by authors whose work were stolen, and they didn’t have it on Smashwords. As long as there are words to be stolen, there will be people who will steal them and sell them for profit.

    I write a column that appears in the online and paper version of a newspaper. Last year I found my column on another site, word for word, without permission. So if they can steal from a newspaper you need a subscription to view, then they’ll get it from Amazon and every site out there.

    I don’t live in fear of pirates stealing my work; if I did, I wouldn’t publish anything online. Instead I’ll keep publishing on Smashwords, Kindle and Kobo.

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    mgill0627 said:
    March 13, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Is that a bug or a Volkswagon? It looks big. Our bugs in Kansas are smaller. Sorry it flew into your eye. Ouch.

    Yours sounds like a good plan. I use Lighning Source, and really like it. They are very responsive.

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    Patrick Jones said:
    March 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Great post Jo…it is amazing how many trolls are out there, isn’t it?

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    hilarycustancegreen said:
    March 14, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Much sympathy over the eye and the piracy.

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    Hugh's Views and News said:
    March 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Sorry to hear about the eye problem, Jo. That looks like one very big bug which flew into it.

    Tears and all, I would be exactly the same as you and would carry on regardless in getting on with writing and reading, rather than resting the eye.

    I hope it’s all healed up real soon.

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    theowllady said:
    March 17, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    March 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Very sorry abut your eye. Hope it heals soon. 🙂

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    jjspina said:
    April 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Ooh, so sorry about your injured eye. It must be very sore and hard to do anything. I had a scratched cornea a couple of times from my former contacts. It was very painful. Blessings and hugs, my friend!

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    April 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    sorry about your eye, Jo. I hope it’s getting better now. That must have been a scary moment.

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    chrllrobb.blog said:
    April 21, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I think I knew about your books. I hope you have gotten everything taken care of now. And I really hope your eye is much better now. Looked like a pretty big bug. Nasty thing too. 🙂

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