Tuesday, 14 April 2009

#amazonfail – What the Hell happened? And my week away from it all.

Sunday evening, French time, I opened my laptop to work on my WIP and, as it always does, Thwirl opened on start-up. It was pretty obvious pretty quickly that something was going on with all the #amazonfail tags flying about. I’d stayed away from Twitter all day up to then as when I looked in the morning something was going on with someone called “Mikey”. So I spent some time reading up on the whole #amzonfail deal – if you don’t know what happened, here’s the BBC spin on it.

If this is indeed an Amazonian cock-up of pornographic proportions, does it really make it okay? I mean, had the reaction on Twitter not been so vociferous and instant, would Amazon have bothered to correct the error? That, of course, is if you believe Amazon’s given reasons.

On the other hand, if this is a deliberate change of policy on behalf of Amazon and the reaction of the Twitterverse has caused them to back track – that has to be a good thing doesn’t it? It shows that the internet has given power to the ‘people’, doesn’t it?

Honestly, I don’t know. What I do know is that either way it looks really, really bad for Amazon. A major PR cock-up. I bet they won’t do it again in a hurry.

Last week was very productive for me. I wrote five, yes 5, chapters in Amy & Will’s story and managed to review the edits for Kissed by a Rose up to the place my editor has got. So I’m quite happy about that. It feels good to have produced almost ten thousand words in a week. And the story is now well on its way to completion of a first draft.

I was also able to spend a lot more time with Mrs Nobbs and Jr than I normally do – which was kind of the point of having a holiday – so I’m pleased with that too.

Of course, I’ve come back to the office today to find my work piles have grown – and just when I’d started to get them under control. Still, it’s the price we pay, isn’t it? And I for one wouldn’t have missed out on the past week for anything.

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