Monthly Archives: June 2010

It’s alright to make a profit

The “starving artist” cliché has been used to describe those in the creative fields for quite a while. It has been part of history that artists of the past were never appreciated until they were dead, crazy, and usually some … Continue reading

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I use normal copyright, even though it could probably use reform.

Yes, I do only use a standard copyright, and not a creative commons license. I do endorse the free distribution of certain works, like Dangerous Rainbows, however that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up the power of a standard … Continue reading

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What happened to quality?

It seems like more and more things are being done without quality. See the gulf. See the iPhone4 antenna (a notable exception to an otherwise great record). See every major production corporation that’s more interested in getting out units than … Continue reading

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Amazon Kindle Pricing Change

There is a new change to give authors a leg on Amazon Kindle. A little history: The reason authors priced low was to compete in the market. It was the lowest price. There was no incentive to price higher, to … Continue reading

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Helping without helping

Help often comes in tangible ways. But just as prevalent is the kind of help given where nothing tangible is given or received. It’s felt. Emotional help, lending a listening ear, and just telling someone: “You’re doing it right”, can … Continue reading

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Communication is a powerful thing

Whether it’s children, friends, readers, spouses, communication is a fundamental part of human interaction. In an era where self-publishing is rising, the internet is ubiquitous, and the social world is being stitched together, there is more interaction among people off … Continue reading

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Comment on the intelligence of publishers

First, this is a comment to this post on the self-pub review. Go read it first. Generally, it’s about how contracts with publishers are now written to last as long as an author is selling, a version of indentured servitude … Continue reading

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Friction in Fiction

There is a post on Ars Technica about the nature of friction. I found it interesting, but it raised some good questions. What exactly would it take to move two surfaces against each other without friction being created? And I’m … Continue reading

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Second book will be different

I was just thinking of this. The first book, The Lupine Prince was about Va’il, almost entirely, from my point of view. Yes, there were jumps here and there, and the great scenes with Aoi, but it was about Va’il. … Continue reading

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Translated Japanese works and their success

Over on ANN there is an article about how major publishers, both in the US and Japan, are, from the article “forming a coalition to combat the “rampant and growing problem” of scanlations — illicit digital copies of manga either … Continue reading

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