View from my back door.

View from my back door.

Would I Write for Free?

Would I Write for Free?

Once again, Damyanti has written a thought-provoking post about writers being asked to write for free. Hers was inspired by the even more thought-provoking “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” by Tim Kreider for the New York Times.

One of the things I most value about U.S. copyright law is its recognition of the fact that as the creator of a literary work (which, for legal purposes, includes the less…

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Rainbow! You might have to look hard, but it’s there.

Rainbow! You might have to look hard, but it’s there.

Free Speech, Fear, and Consequences

Free Speech, Fear, and Consequences

Freedom of speech. It’s hard for me to imagine living in a world where that’s not considered a human right. By free speech, I don’t mean “the right to lie,” or “the right to deceive others.” I don’t mean “the right to bully” or “the right to swear at” others. Free speech, to me, means that ideas are encouraged and shared – the obviously good and popular, side by side with the smaller, quieter…

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To My Dad, on Father’s Day

To My Dad, on Father’s Day

Thank you, Dad…

…for demonstrating the importance of education, and setting a good example;

…for letting me play with your monstrosity of a calculator – I would never understand the math (no doubt, to your everlasting frustration), but its resemblance to a typewriter surely had some influence on me;

…for your even temper;

…for taking me nice places, even when I was wearing the “Lucy” button or…

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Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid?

Does this Manuscript Make Me Look Stupid?

Encouragement vs. Support

A book review is not the same as a writing workshop critique. Writers sometimes fail to see the difference – regardless of whether they are giving or receiving, and this makes it hard for some to do either. Over on the blog Daily (w)rite, Damyanti asks, “Does Encouragement equal Support for #IndiePub Authors?” It’s a fair question, prompted by Andrew Leon’s post, “Encour…

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#NoSadSackLunch

#NoSadSackLunch

Will this sweater be a sweater before cold weather hits Houston again??

Will this sweater be a sweater before cold weather hits Houston again??

Frozen #YeniRaki

Frozen #YeniRaki