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2024-06-15 21:30
Given the potential copyright issues if you use a photograph taken by someone else for your professional portrait, it's not a bad idea to take the shot yourself.If someone else takes the pho… Read More
2024-06-13 12:00
Here's an article about the evolution of the romance fiction market: Romance Novels Have Changed This discussion seems directed to people who don't regularly read romance and have stereoty… Read More
2024-06-08 14:12
Ethics and the Internet have long parted ways.Over the last decade, legal blogger Peter S. Vogel of  Foley & Lardner LLP  has written some fascinating blog articles about super… Read More
2024-06-06 16:50
Here's an essay by Cory Doctorow about fiction, movies, and games giving audiences what they need instead of what they want, or think they want: Against Lore Writers hijack the reader's "e… Read More
2024-06-02 01:00
The bold and the fearless sounds like a soap opera... it's not easy to get a touch of romance into a blog about copyright law... but there you go. There is a law firm with Bold and Fearless… Read More
2024-05-30 12:00
The second season of the current INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE series has begun. I'm ambivalent about this project. It has lots to admire. The series format allows far more delving into and exp… Read More
2024-05-26 12:14
Working writers, and even retired writers, need insurance. For many of us, putting ones writing pursuits under the umbrella of an LLC.Legal blogger Dave Griswold of the law firm Wolters Kluw… Read More
2024-05-23 12:00
Peter S. Beagle, author of THE LAST UNICORN, has just released a fantasy novel titled I'M AFRAID YOU'VE GOT DRAGONS. What if dragons weren't huge, majestic, terrifying beasts, but household… Read More
2024-05-19 01:00
When I lived in Germany, I belonged to an ex-patriate group whose name I forget, but it was nothing at all like Real Housewives of the Taunus. They had a DIY ringbound cookbook which they pu… Read More
2024-05-16 12:00
In Cory Doctorow's latest LOCUS column, he analyzes why everything on the internet is in his view "(suddenly, simultaneously) getting (much) worse." The Villain of Their Own Story He begin… Read More
2024-05-12 11:03
I am not going to recommend that you wear some flowers in your hair. Such a disguise might not help at all. But you might want to read an article that has been thoughtfully shared by our som… Read More
2024-05-09 12:00
Recently, I've often pondered the question, "What if you could live your life over?" Many works of science fiction and fantasy explore this provocative idea, such as the 1986 movie PEGGY SUE… Read More
2024-05-05 10:40
'Tis the Season to be jolly. Not. At least, "not" in the sense of expecting a portly foreigner to come down the chimney bearing gifts.It might, however, be the season for romance writer conf… Read More
2024-05-02 12:00
Last weekend, my husband, our daughter, and I attended RavenCon near Richmond, Virginia. Here's the convention's website. Information about this year's con is still up. RavenCon Guests of… Read More
2024-04-27 23:30
One has to be careful of unicorns. They may be the stuff of fantasy and fabulists, but like "black swans", they can also be understood in stock market terms. A unicorn company is valued at a… Read More
2024-04-25 12:00
Is AI good or bad for authors? AI (artificial intelligence) is such a broad term, and the technology included under its umbrella -- from little more than an enhanced variety of autocomplete… Read More
2024-04-21 21:01
Maybe not everyone knows this, but if you have an LLC, for instance to protect yourself as an author in case you are sued for something you published, you have to file with FINCEN. That is t… Read More
2024-04-18 12:00
Is it possible to be a good Dark Lord (or Lady)? The term "good" in this context is ambiguous. It can mean competent, skilled at certain tasks, fit for his, her, or its purpose. Or it can me… Read More
2024-04-14 01:30
Why Santa Claus? Why a Mammogram, and not an MRI? Obviously this is an extended metaphor, it might even qualify as an allegory. Santa Claus is a probably not real, he does not fly around the… Read More
2024-04-11 12:00
A work of art (specifically, literature, including poetry such as song lyrics) does not necessarily reveal the life or personality of the artist. Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers didn't ma… Read More
2024-04-07 02:00
Clichés aren't copyrightable, and rightly so. It would be unjust and inconvenient to deprive the populace of the right to express an inoffensive idea (even an over-used and unoriginal… Read More
2024-04-04 12:00
Cory Doctorow advances the position that capitalism isn't evolving into socialism (as classical Marxism predicted) but into a new form of feudalism: Capitalists Hate Capitalism His explana… Read More
Guest Author Post
2024-03-28 12:00
This week we have a guest blog, in Q & A form, from multi-genre author Karen Hulene Bartell: "What inspired you to begin writing?" IMHO, reading is the inspiration for and entry into wri… Read More
2024-03-23 21:19
Last week was a bad one, at least for my discretionary (aka writing) time. As writers, we are under pressure to promote, which means populating social media sites, making lots of friend… Read More
2024-03-17 13:04
The Red Cross won't take my blood. No matter how overdrawn the blood banks are, some blood is just too muddy to be accepted as a donation to those who desperately need a transfusion.As you m… Read More
2024-03-07 13:00
Confronted with yet another stretch of several rainy days in a row, I'm reminded of the passage in the New Testament that illustrates divine impartiality with the statement that God sends ra… Read More
2024-03-02 16:51
Do you sometimes see emails that appear to have come from yourself or your author name? Only when you hover your cursor over your name do you see that the email address is actually from an a… Read More
2024-02-29 13:00
Another post by Cory Doctorow about how good platforms go bad and, by extension, how the internet goes bad: Intermediation Why didn't the internet, as promised, "disintermediate the world"… Read More
2024-02-25 02:00
Some superstars get to trademark a word and buy themselves trouble, and others have to persevere for many years before their brand and image is shielded. As far as I know, no one has tr… Read More
2024-02-22 13:00
One of my publishers hosts weekly author chats. I recently read the transcript of a chat that warned against "overwhelming" the reader. Specifically, it discussed the hazard of overwhelming… Read More
2024-02-15 13:00
This week T. Kingfisher's new horror novel, WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT, was published. Sequel to WHAT MOVES THE DEAD (a retelling of "The Fall of the House of Usher"), it features the same narrato… Read More
2024-02-11 00:00
"Two wrongs don't make a right," directly contradicts "An eye for an eye", which notion of equal justice predates Exodus, and is thought to come from the ancient Mesopotamian Hammurabi's Cod… Read More
2024-02-08 13:00
Speaking of living one's life over again, have I mentioned Jo Walton's novel MY REAL CHILDREN before? Having reread it last week, I'm impressed anew by its unusual approach to alternate hist… Read More
2024-02-01 13:00
February 2 is almost upon us -- Groundhog Day, aka Imbolc (Celtic) or Candlemas (Christian). Here's a brief overview of its history: Imbolc This date constitutes one of the major seasonal… Read More
2024-01-29 14:53
Who cares if a late night comedian's voice-over says PERIOD and displays an exclamation point? How influential is that? It is thoroughly illiterate, and wrong... or is it, if a powerful gove… Read More
2024-01-25 13:00
Recently T. Kingfisher published the fourth book in her "Saint of Steel" series, PALADIN'S FAITH. (The others are PALADIN'S GRACE, PALADIN'S STRENGTH, and PALADIN'S HOPE.) Also in the same s… Read More
2024-01-21 15:06
I was planning to regurgitate some of the current discussions about AI, particularly with respect to copyright (this is, after all, a blog by and for authors), but I have just changed my tit… Read More
2024-01-18 13:00
I've recently finished reading an anthology called WEIRD TALES: 100 YEARS OF WEIRD, edited by Jonathan Maberry, current editor of "The Unique Magazine." As the subtitle implies, this book wa… Read More
2024-01-14 15:11
"Once..." is an odd and exciting word. It sets up expectations for what is to come next. Three possibilities come to mind.Once... Twice, as in "Once bitten, twice shy," the proverb, and the… Read More
2024-01-11 13:00
A robotic device called ElliQ, which functions as an AI "companion" for older people, is now available for purchase by the general public at a price of only $249.99 (plus a monthly subscript… Read More
2024-01-07 14:52
Just what we need for an AI-enhanced Happy New Year: AI-enhanced scams, data breaches involving everything a "population health technology company" has on millions of patients, trademark sca… Read More
2024-01-04 13:00
Cory Doctorow's latest LOCUS column analyzes AI as a "tech bubble." What Kind of Bubble Is AI? Although I had a vague idea of what economists mean by "bubble," I looked it up to make sure… Read More
2023-12-30 16:00
My topic for the day is "Pig Butchering", which is a brutal name for a type of scam. For my title (not to borrow someone else's title), I took Anatomy, with reference to meaning #6, Examinat… Read More
2023-12-28 13:00
January 1 is Public Domain Day for works still under copyright that were first released in 2028: Public Domain Day 2024 The article includes selected lists of books, plays, films, and musi… Read More
2023-12-24 02:30
If you do an internet search for images of Trolls, you are likely to find small, colorful creatures with wild hair, big toothy grins, and retrousse noses with large, wide nostrils.The nostri… Read More
2023-12-21 13:00
The solstice is upon us! There's hope that within a few weeks darkness will stop falling at 5 p.m. Happy winter holidays! It might seem natural that if people with arcane psychic talents ex… Read More
2023-12-17 10:55
It was a time when all women were men, at least on the stage. Boys and men played the female parts. The "nurses" and other character parts were the Mrs. Doubtfires of the Elizabethan and Jac… Read More
2023-12-14 13:00
Can a computer program read thoughts? An experimental project uses AI as a "brain decoder," in combination with brain scans, to "transcribe 'the gist' of what people are thinking, in what wa… Read More
2023-12-10 21:17
Punctuation is a matter of courtesy to ones reader. I believe that Sir Ernest Gowers wrote words to that effect in his influential "Plain Words". He was a powerful advocate for brevity and p… Read More
2023-12-07 13:00
Here's yet another list of the supposedly most intelligent nonhuman animals, or at least a selection of them: 11 of the World's Smartest Animals How is intelligence defined for purposes of… Read More
2023-12-03 12:40
What's In A Meme? In a fund-raising email, with the subject-line "Fight For The Memes", Christian Romero of the EFF Membership Team wrote of memes:"Support your right to have fun online.""De… Read More
2023-11-30 13:00
A study at the University of Kansas Medical Center "discovered that cats use nearly 300 distinct facial expressions to communicate with one another": Cats' Facial Expressions In contrast… Read More
2023-11-26 21:34
Now this is interesting if you happen to want to be legally correct while writing about a naughty astronaut.Per ardua ad astra is the motto of the British Royal Air Force, and means (roughly… Read More
2023-11-23 13:00
Happy American Thanksgiving! Ordinarily we spend the weekend after Turkey Day at ChessieCon, formerly Darkover Grand Council, which has traditionally occurred every Thanksgiving weekend for… Read More
2023-11-19 14:33
Whether the photo is of your wedding or is taken as you arrive at a glamorous event or awards ceremony (not that the latter two are mutually exclusive) or even if it the one-in-a-million pas… Read More
2023-11-16 13:00
In his latest LOCUS essay, Cory Doctorow discusses whether "all the internet services we enjoyed and came to rely upon became suddenly and irreversibly terrible – as the result of mora… Read More
2023-11-12 12:49
Today's earworm is not a song about Tattoos, but the lyrics include "I'm in tatters".Since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that Andy Warhol's use of the Goldsmith ph… Read More
2023-11-09 13:00
That is, one adaptation in particular: CONJURE WIFE, by Fritz Leiber. It was first published as a magazine serial by UNKNOWN WORLDS in 1943, later revised and expanded for reprint in book fo… Read More
2023-11-02 12:00
I recently read a lavishly illustrated book about midwinter folklore, THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, by Jeff Belanger, featuring Krampus, the Yule Cat, Belsnickel, and many other Christmas-sea… Read More
2023-10-29 13:36
Did you ever glimpse an attractively grizzled former President of the United States, dancing barefoot on a beach with a lady who did not look like his famous first lady spouse, in an adverti… Read More
2023-10-26 12:00
The Hallmark channel has already begun its annual Countdown to Christmas movie marathon. For us (Episcopalians) the season runs from the first Sunday of Advent (early December) to Epiphany (… Read More
2023-10-22 22:10
"Say, say, say..."  Is that one word? Or is it three? Is that a quibble? Does it matter?It might. Some would say that the context matters very much, for instance as in how and why a nov… Read More
2023-10-19 12:00
I've been reading a book called WHEN THE "DEAD" ROSE IN BRITAIN, by Nicole C. Salomone. After a forty-page overview of the history of medicine in Europe and Britain, the author delves into "… Read More
2023-10-15 13:00
Enunciation matters.Enunciation is the art or skill or ability to pronounce words clearly. Some minor celebrities have it, and some don't. If, as an author, you are paying substantial prices… Read More

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