Gimme Munnies #19

Hat tip:  Fallout3

Remember the GoFundMe that Nicky set up last summer to pay his July electric bill?  As of today, he’s still raised $0.  Update #19 shows him standing in the doorway of his grandparents’ house, next to some trim on the door frame that has come loose.  On that piece of trim is the plain vanilla plastic push-button doorbell.  While acknowleding that the house is in disrepair (this picture only shows the front doorway!), he wants the internet to fund replacement of the doorbell, since it seems to be more important than fixing the trim.  Because, how’s he going to know when all those things he bought on the internet are delivered if the poor USPS/FedEx/UPS person has to knock on the door, instead of ringing the bell?  Priorities, people, priorities.

FWIW, a replacement doorbell can be found at Home depot for $7.  The rest of it can be fixed with some glue, and screws or nails.  The whole thing is less than half an hour’s labor, even without a power drill saddled up with a screwdriver bit.

Gimmue Munnies Update 19 2016-05-08



Nicky at Uncle Don’s Funeral

Hat tip:  AngryinIllinois

Nicky posted this to his public Facebook page.

You'll be missed uncle - Nickolaus Pacione 2016-03-22


[pahr-koo r, –kawr, –kohr]


the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to get around or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficient manner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running:

his amazing parkour skills.


Who does that in a graveyard?  That seems awfully disrespectful to the dead.  Regardless, if he did zip around treating the graveyard as an obstacle course, it was not in the video.

The funeral was done with proper decorum.  I don’t know whether this is a Pacione thing or not, but I’ve been to quite a few funerals, in various parts of the country, military and civilian, both Christian and Jewish, and nobody ever wore jeans, black, blue, or otherwise.  The unwritten dress code was always more formal than that.

I found it rather amusing that Nicky tailed the pallbearers like a little puppy, not wanting to be left behind.  *shrug*

Twitter War

Nicky’s going postal on Twitter right now.  At the moment, he’s duking it out with Mr. Campbell.  Within the past hour, he’s tweeted 35 times.  I’d have to take multiple screen grabs to capture it all.  Mr. Campbell has quite a few replies within the same time frame.

Grab some popcorn, and a comfy chair.  Sit back and enjoy the show.

UPDATE:  Here’s the screen capture.

Twitter War 2016-03-16

Stealing Again?

Yesterday, Nicky tweeted about his plan to publish a Hemingway story.  That raised a red flag, but at the time, I was distracted by having to deal with customer support about a FiOS set top box that died, and watching election returns in several more states.  Thanks to Mr. Campbell, I don’t need to research who holds the copyrights to Hemingway’s works.


It never ceases to amaze me that a guy who can’t write a coherent sentence to save his life, yet bangs on ad nauseum with false accusations of people plagiarizing him, is so willing to steal other people’s material.  Here’s a short list of the items to date that immediately come to mind:

  • a famous National Geographic cover (for which he received a cease and desist letter from their lawyers)
  • two Jane Timm Baxter stories (one she knew about, but he never paid for, and the other she found out about post-publication)
  • a Jeani Rector story (he subsequently received permission to continue using it, in exchange for leaving her alone)
  • artwork by Stinkycat
  • numerous people’s photographs, stolen from their Facebook pages

I’m sure there are more.  If he does go ahead with the Hemingway story, it’ll rank up there with the NatGeo cover.

New Video Rant

Hat tip:  AngryinIllinois

We were out of town yesterday, and missed this.  A quick check on Twitter verifies that Nicky tweeted about a new video rant that he posted on the 6th.  To film this one, he set up shop at the end of the block, right smack dab under the street signs marking the corner of Walleye Rd. and Peart Rd., which are clearly visible around the one minute mark, give or take.  He really looks awful — perhaps a side effect of his anti-psychotic meds.  I’ll award him bonus dweeb points for showing off his new cell phone.

This video is rather short for Nicky, at 4:29 long.  I recommend turning on the closed captioning for maximum shits and giggles.

He also posted this one day earlier (it’s only 58 seconds, most of which is text):

The one assertion Nicky makes in this video that stands out to me, at the :30 mark, is that “plagiarists don’t have cell phones.”  Um, okay.  I didn’t know that, but Nicky typed it, so it must be true.

Resquiat in Pace, Donald A. Pacione

Hat tip:  Dru617

Nicky’s Uncle Don passed away last Wednesday.  The service was last Friday.  Dru found the obituary, here.  It reads, in part:

Donald Albert Pacione, age 67, at rest on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Donald is survived by his loving daughter, Amie (Harry) Tidwell; dear siblings, Greg (Lynn) Pacione, Chuck Pacione, and Sheryl (Mark) Campbell. Loving uncle to Nick, Mike (Nikki), Chris, Beth, and Stephanie Pacione. Donald is also survived by numerous cousins and very close friends, Kimberly and Kris, among many others.

Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Shirley (nee Lindquist) Pacione.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family.

A Society Unpublished

Hat tip:  Naaman Brown

Nicky published a new short story, “A Society Unpublished,” on both Book Country and Amazon’s Kindle two days ago.

Here’s the product description (emphasis mine):

2017 where the publishing industry has brought about a lawlessness that one has never seen; Nickolaus Pacione had seen it first hand as it would fall two years after he got fired from the one place he was working with. He addresses some dark subject matter and the thoughts coming to mind writing this story what if some one was published doing the act of historic crime of being a pamphleteer, the crime that Thomas Paine often got in trouble for as this story. It’s in the tradition of The Twilight Zone episode of “Time Enough At Last” as the hoodie he wears sometimes in his e-book promotional are a nod to Rod Serling. Nickolaus gives Rod Serling a very strong nod as he is a protected class in the Civil Right of 1964 and of 1991, where he seen how the publishing industry completely ignores these laws at times.

He was never an employee of Lulu or CreateSpace.  Even if he had been, firing him would not have been an act of “lawlessness.”  The other thing that made me laugh was his implied cause and effect between wearing his Twilight Zone hoodie, and writing like Lynn Venable.  I commented to that effect, here:

Wearing his Twilight Zone hoodie, which “are a nod” to Rod Serling, makes him write like Lynn Venable? It’s a pretty good bet that Nicky never read the original short story, and only saw Serling’s teleplay for that episode.

If he’s going to use the word “as” to imply cause and effect, he ought to at least make the effect part of the sentence a logical outcome of the stated cause. It would not at all surprise me if he were to write “I woke up hungry yesterday as my shoelace was untied.”

There is no “look inside” preview.  I can’t tell what the cover is supposed to be.  It looks like smeared charcoal on a gray background.  No doubt, it’s original Pacione artwork, but it doesn’t look like anything in particular — not even one of those tromp l’oeil sketches (is it a goose or a rabbit?).

Edit:  thanks to Christine for submitting the following screen shots of the preview.  They’re clickable to full size.  He looks severely constipated in that selfie.

Blackened Horror Reality

Hat tip:  Ablert

This was published last November on Booktango.  It’s unclear to me when the Kindle version was made available, but here it is.  It’s $1.99 for an 18 page short story, which probably includes the cover(s).  I’ll get to the look inside preview in a minute.  Here’s the product description:

“We approach the much darker side of what we call the wunderkind; as the realization born within them become the depths of cyberspace. This world, well as I, Nickolaus A. Pacione, invite you into the bleak mirror within that ethereal shadow born within the fabrications that might be Stephen Glass’ nonfiction. The weird world of fan fiction being more celebrated than original ideas.

The seedy world of addicts, gang members and anti-heroes – is this reality or a horror short story where the lines are blurred to something more frightening around this season of the witch.”

The product description really is enclosed in quotation marks on the product listing page.  The description itself reads as though the words were randomly drawn from one of those clear plastic balls commonly used for charity raffles.  Spin the ball a few times, open the door, and pull a ticket.  Except, instead of numbers, each ticket contains a word.  Repeat the process until two paragraphs have been assembled, and call it a product description.  I have no idea what the story is about, having read that.  Clearly, Pacione was shooting for how the words sounded in the foggity fog of his mind, without any regard for coherence.

Inside, the text is a tiny font — mercifully legible, but tiny.  The preview is limited to the cover, publication details, and what is presumably the first page of the “story.”  For all practical purposes, this is a monologue rant, interspersed with dialogue between the unnamed voices in his head.

As Ablert points out, here,

Nicky has stopped trying to write fiction altogether. He can’t be bothered creating even paper thin characters anymore. He used to get a thinly disguised version of himself into a diner with a Mary Sue as an excuse to bitch about his rivals. That was his standard story for years, but now it’s just him arguing with himself in a vacuum.

See for yourselves, in the following screenshot.  It’s clickable for a full size view. Blackened Horror Reality eBook- Nickolaus Albert Pacione- Kindle Store 2016-02-17 08-19-54

Music Licensing, Pacione Style

The following screen shot landed in my inbox, courtesy of Lepplady.  Apparently, Nicky is so powerful in the music business that he has to ability to get bands signed to recording deals.  He “supports” bands by embedding their music in blog posts and videos, and telling other people to buy it.  Somehow, I don’t think purchasing an album by one of these bands automatically confers upon the buyer unrestricted licensing rights to use it however he wants.

He totally dodged the question about reporting whatever paltry income he gets from book sales.