From a translation of The Little Glass Slipper.
One of the many beautiful illustrations by Mirko Hanak
that adorn the text of European Fairy Tales.
Some time ago, agents were annoyed by and writers were warned against, services which -- for a fee -- spammed agents and editors with queries.
Seems the other shoe has dropped.
Now, apparently, there is another drive-by service of the Pay for Pimp variety, whereby people are hired to flit about at random and drop irrelevant plugs in the comment sections of unsuspecting blogs.
Utilizing the camouflage of the innocent enthusiast.
Without disclosure that they are paid advertisers.
To wit: Unsavory, unprincipled, underhanded, dispicable, deceptive, dishonest, sleazy, smelly, tacky, false, fraud, fake, cheat, appalling, lazy, and pathetic.
The term unethical was also roundly applied, I believe.
This sneaky maneuver reminds me forcibly of the step-sisters in Cinderella -- the version where they mutilate their feet in hopes of fitting the shoe and winning the handsome prince.
And it stinks.
A useful word to describe your visiting cousin's beastly offspring without giving offense. "Your little ones are highly zoanthropic today, Mildred. How do you do it?"
A new short fiction challenge, Restless Dawn, opens today at Clarity of Night.
Jason did not pay me to post this notice.
Pimp Report of Another Kind:
Natasha Fondren, aka Spy Scribbler, says she loved my short story Stone Child from the Weirdly anthology.
I did not pay her to post her review.
But I happily kiss her hands and feet.