Hat tip: Naaman Brown
I’m more than a little late to the plate on this one. Evidently, Nicky’s tried to steal someone’s anthology, and make it look like it’s his. From what I can tell:
- He had a story accepted
- He volunteered to do the cover, and some editing
- He padded it out with at least one story from a woman who had no clue he’d swiped her story
- He posted the book listing on BookPatch as though it was his, writing the blurb and only comment himself
- Posted an ad on his old high school’s Facebook page about the book
Mr. Brown tells me:
I am beginning to think the boy has taken over someone else’s book, like he did with Jordan Bobe’s “Darkened Horizons 3”, Carter Kaplan’s “Emanations”, Serena Carrington’s “Avalon”, Aimee Bejarano’s “The Gateway”, Butler’s “The Aeneid”, Bloch’s “This Crowded Earth”, either by being involved [by having one story in the book, or] as a book designer or deciding it’s P.D. and his for the taking. I might be wrong, but, hey, it’s Nickolaus Pacione.
I think he’s right. The sad part is that the woman whose story he stole is flattered. He never even contacted her about using it under creative commons, so she found out about it some other way.
On two completely different subjects, Ozzie, our newest adoptee 10 y/o cat, has settled in so well with the other cats, and the dog, that none of them challenge or spook him anymore, and the oddball items I can find on eBay for super cheap never fail to astonish me.
Ozzie has turned out to be a real lap cat, which is great in winter. He’s a long and tall longhair, so when he sprawls across my lap, he’s the feline equivalent of a fur draft chaser. He’s got a few physical oral and sinus issues, but nothing other than that.
As for eBay, it’s so easy to find all sorts of things, from tractor parts to party supplies. From time to time, we do need replacement parts for our tractors; usually, Craig’s List is better, but eBay sometimes has what we need. Throwing a party for some neighbors and friends is something I have to do, because we got invited to their parties over the holidays. Sure, we brought hostess gifts, but still, I owe them. Throwing an outdoors BBQ/cookout is the way to go. Informal, pool will be open for swimming by then, kids are welcome, the food will be good, and none of it will be catered. Kids may not like satay sauce, or a spicy BBQ sauce, but they will be fine with Sweet & Sour sauce, or a sweet BBQ sauce.
Have an outdoors bar, with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Set up the tables for seating, and a buffet style setting. I’ll do the cooking, and the guests may serve themselves. I’m willing to bet our guests, kids included, would love root beer floats for dessert. Plenty of coolers and ice will serve to keep the food that should be kept cold, cold; chafing dishes will be fine for anything that should be kept warm, such as pulled pork, flank steak, etc.