Artists Have Opinions, Get Over It

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This post was inspired by a TorrentFreak comment thread earlier this week. But it could have been inspired by any number of interactions I’ve had over the years as an artist with a political opinion. It’s been said a hundred times, but I say it again because it keeps needing to be said: Artists can make up… Read more »

November is Cold

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This was a guest post I did, originally published November 9, 2011, for the now-defunct online literary magazine Fiction Brigade. It’s that time of year again, and since Fiction Brigade no longer exists, I’m reposting this here. Some thoughts on NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo sucks. That’s right. Writing 50,000 words in a month may be a walk in the park for… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 3/15

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Confession #3: Sometimes I like books because I like the authors. This is the less mean corollary to Confession #2. I’m not saying I like The Sandman or The Graveyard Book or Neverwhere  *  because Neil Gaiman has an enlightened view of copyright or because he is a shockingly (because he’s English…) ardent defender of the First Amendment. Despite the grudges I hold… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4

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What’s the last book your threw across the room*? This distinction must go to none other than @ajkeen’s #digitalverigo. Yes, that is a hashtag in the title and a twitter handle in the byline. Mr. Keen is just that clever. #digitalverigo is intended as a counterweight to the techno-optimism of Silicon Valley and the twenty first century in… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 3

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It’s Day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (I’m catching up!) Day 3’s challenge was: Who are your blogging BFFs? I’m going to take some liberties with this one (shocker, right?) by changing blogging BFFs to blogging inspirations. Not to take away from the friendly relationships I have with other bloggers. But BFF has such a personal… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 2/15

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And, yup, it’s even MORE from the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! (Yes, I’m still on that.) Here’s the continuation the first task, Make 15 Book Related Confessions……… Confession #2: Sometimes I don’t like books because I don’t like their authors.   I never finished the Liveship Traders books.  I got through the first two – which was quite an accomplishment… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2

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This is Day 2 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. Today’s challenge is: What’s your bedtime reading ritual? Well, gee, I don’t usually talk about ANY of my bedtime rituals on here, but if you insist…….. In all seriousness, though, I wish I had one. I wish I fell asleep reading stories. Sadly most of… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 1/15

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Ok, it’s Day 1 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. (Ok, actually Day 1 was a couple days ago…. shut up, I’m working on it! At least I’ve got the right week. I think) Anyway, Day 1’s challenge was: Make 15 Book-Related Confessions Now what happened when I sat down to confess my 15… Read more »

Writers, Writing, and Getting Paid – Reblog: “The Great Release”

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LISTEN to this! A recent playwright’s post displays a beautiful illustration of the plight that many, many writers face as they fight to keep a tight hold on their work. Read the whole damn thing. “Let’s explore this idea that “giving away” my scripts devalues them. My plays are valueless, as long as they sit in a drawer…………………. Read more »

Why the Pitchforks and Torches?

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Last week we answered the question once and for all, Is TUEBL legal? with a decisive YES! But on Friday, we heard from a pro-copyright author who still thinks we’re all dirty rotton thieves. The fact remains that, despite efforts to serve both the writer and reader communities, our little library attracts the occasional hysterical mob…. Read more »