If you know and love reddit already, here’s the short short version:
Tomorrow (8/11/15) I will be on Reddit doing an AMA from 2-5 PST (5-8 EST) on /r/books. I’d love for you to join me!
If you don’t know reddit, you might need a more involved primer:
What is reddit?
Reddit is a website where people talk about, well, just about everything. Some people talk about football. Some people talk about cars. Others talk about knitting, politics, cat videos, just about anything under the sun.
As a massive catchall, it can understandably be very confusing to navigate. To help organize things, reddit is organized into topical categories, called subreddits. Some of them include:
I point this out because reddit
sometimes usually is getting attention for bad things really annoying people do, and that scares some people off. Those people are on reddit as well, but if you stick to the subreddits where there are decent people talking about things you enjoy, you can avoid the purulent underbelly of gangrenous misogyny that makes some people nervous to check the site out.
What is an AMA?
One of Reddit’s claims to fame is their “Ask Me Anything” posts, where people from all walks of life go on to discuss their work, or experiences, or latest projects. Sometimes it’s an airplane pilot talking about their job. Sometimes it’s Woody Harrelson, or perhaps Elizabeth Warren. Sometimes it’s some guy who lost a leg in a tragic crocodile incident.
In the books subreddit, they limit their AMAs to authors, and this is what I’ll be doing tomorrow.
This is an opportunity for anyone to ask me about the book, the writing process, my dog’s cancer, veterinary medicine, what type of wine I prefer, my shoe size, literally anything. (That doesn’t mean I have to answer, if anyone was wondering whether I would answer what my weight is. No.)
For an example of a typical author AMA, here’s one from Robin Hobbs just a few days ago.
How do I participate?
Step One. Create a reddit account. It’s free.
Step Two. Come on to reddit.com/r/books between 2-6 PM PST Tuesday and find the thread (I’ll link it here too.)
Now here is how you do things on reddit. Let’s use this example of a post discussing an adorable baby bunny photo:
- The post at the top is the topic everyone is discussing. Here it is a baby bunny; on Tuesday mine will be a description of the book. My username there, selected many years ago, is dogrelish. Get it? Because I relish dogs
- The box underneath is where you add your comment/question. After you do that, hit “save” to submit the question. (ie Hey Dr V, do you still own the Jimmy Poos? etc)
- If someone else has a comment you want to respond to, you do so by clicking “reply”
- See those little up/down arrows? Reddit thrives on these. Clicking the “up” arrow means more people will see my thread. Clicking the “down” arrow buries it further down in the bowels of the internet. Use the arrows. They help!
1. Denim X Jegging in Deconstructed Indigo // 2. Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging in Torn Dreams // 3. Denin X Skinny Jean in Rich Ink // 4. Denim X Kick Boot Jean in Blue Daylight // 5. Denim X Jegging in Bright White // 6. Denim X Skinny Jean in Glacier Crush // 7. Skinny Core Flex Jean in Medium Repair Crackle // 8. Slim Core Flex Jean in Light Wash // 9. Original Straight Core Flex Jean in Dark Rinse // 10. Skinny Active Flex in True Black // 11. Slim Extreme Flex Jean in Medium Crackle // 12. Slim Core Flex Jeans in Ultra Light Destroyed
I think we can all agree that when it comes to autumn wardrobe staples, a great pair of jeans is queen (or king). Whether you’re heading back to school or just looking to spruce up your closet, if you shop for just one new piece of clothing this fall, go for the jeans. Trust me on this. No matter where you live or what you do or how you choose to dress, it’s this classic denim pant that will make your look. Jeans can be paired with virtually everything, can be dressed up or down, and are infinitely more comfortable than the majority of other types of pants I’ve owned. Jeans win you guys. Period.
Clearly I’ve had jeans on the brain, so I decided to round up some of my current favorites style – for both women and men – as seen above. I focused on two specific jean collections: Denim X (super soft and never loses its shape) for the girls and Flex Denim (just enough stretch for increased comfort and flexibility) for the dudes. All of these styles can be found at American Eagle Outfitters, which happens to be a long time favorite of mine for stylish casual wear. I’m especially loving the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging (#2) and the Denim X Boho Artist Flare series (not pictured, but check them out because they’re rad) for myself. And I think my guy would look dashingly handsome in a pair of the Original Straight Core Flex Jeans (#9).
Who else is on team jean for fall? Which jeans above are your favorites?
When Pete and Sharon Adney’s cat Jess went missing, they were frantic. They searched for eight long weeks, going door-to-door and posting signs. Their hope was beginning to fade when one day, their dog Millie discovered the cat tangled in a barbed wire fence.
According to Caters News, Pete and Millie were out for a walk one day near their home in Birmingham, England, when Millie began barking and whining frantically. Pete, who couldn’t see anything strange, tried to move the dog along but she wouldn’t budge as she stared intensely at something Pete couldn’t see.
“Millie was going mad barking at the wall, she must have known it was Jess. When I peered through, I saw Jess’s skinny body wrapped in barbed wire,” Pete told Caters.
Pete was able to get through the bushes to reach Jess and free her from the fence. She still had part of the barbed wire stuck in her so the Adneys rushed her to their veterinarian for emergency surgery.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Pet Doctor Barbie post. It’s past due for a new episode, yes? I think it’s time for Pet Doctor Barbie to meet one of her self-appointed arch nemeses, Pet Food Dude.
Hi Mrs. Sandford, good to see you and Muffin. It’s been a while!
I’m really glad you’re doing housecalls now. I want to get Muffin’s bump looked at again.
OK, I’ll just look at my notes here- 1 cm, top of head…mm hmmm… So where we left it one year ago was that you were going to go talk to your husband and then we were going to aspirate it.
Oh….yes. It’s grown quite a bit since then. We really need –
Yes, I wanted to talk to you about that. I’m a bit upset that you didn’t mention last time how his kibble might have caused this.
We don’t really understand why cancer occurs, Mrs. Sandford. The important thing now is to take care of this mass. I’d hate for you to blame yourself because of your food selection.
I don’t blame myself. I blame you. How much do you make from Big Pet Food anyway?
Actually nothing. But aren’t you feeding a boutique brand anyway? You told me last time you were feeding…let me check…organic grain free non-GMO preservative free all natural Wolf Chunks.
Yes, and you told me to stop and to go back to that one full of corn and despair!
Actually, no, I said Wolf Chunks were fine if that’s what you wanted. But about that mass…
I’ve been using turmeric on the advice of Pet Food Dude. Do you know Pet Food Dude? Can I borrow your computer? This guy knows all your tricks.
Sure, have at it. May I ask what tricks you are referring to?
Vaccines. Pet food. You know. Poison. They are full of free radicals that are overpowering the antioxidants and preventing cellular apoptosis no matter how many carrots I add.
Here’s his site. He knows your medicine is a lie and you’re really just after our money.
I’m going to log on and see what the forums say about your “cancer just happens” line. Oh wait….shoot. My membership is expired. Can you hand me my wallet?
Oh, I think I’ve seen his site. Is he the one who sells supplements and seminars on dog juicing?
Yes! He’s a pioneer. OK, credit card updated, I’m in.
OK, here we go: Have I at any point in the past fed kibble from Big Pet Food or gotten Muffin vaccinated? Yes, 10 years ago. So they say here that this is why he has cancer and it isn’t responding to the turmeric. They also said you would say exactly what you said about it not being their fault, and not to fall for it. What do you have to say to THAT?
Mrs. Sandford, I need to level with you here.
It really doesn’t matter to me what you’re feeding Muffin. I am glad you care about him and want to do what’s best for him. I do too! I promise! I’m having a really hard time talking to you when you’re typing at someone who is convinced I’m out to hurt you both. Right now I am just really worried about the size of this mass on his head. I think we need to get him in for a full evaluation ASAP.
*tap tap* I’ll think about it. I haven’t tried coconut oil yet.
May I ask why you even had me come out?
I just wanted this all on DropCam- see it over there? It’ll be on Pet Food Dude’s YouTube tonight. He’s doing a “Vets Revealed” bit. Well, since you didn’t do anything I’m sure you aren’t expecting payment. You can see yourself out.
TO BE CONTINUED….
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