April 23rd, 2008


I am pixel-stained.

I'm also opposed to the increasing presence in our organization of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free. A scab is someone who works for less than union wages or on non-union terms; more broadly, a scab is someone who feathers his own nest and advances his own career by undercutting the efforts of his fellow workers to gain better pay and working conditions for all. Webscabs claim they're just posting their books for free in an attempt to market and publicize them, but to my mind they're undercutting those of us who aren't giving it away for free and are trying to get publishers to pay a better wage for our hard work.

Since more and more of SFWA is built around such electronically mediated networking and connection based venues, and more and more of our membership at least tacitly blesses the webscabs (despite the fact that they are rotting our organization from within) -- given my happily retrograde opinions, I felt I was not the president who would provide SFWAns the "net time" they seemed to want at this point in the organization's development, or who would bless the contraction of our industry toward monopoly, or who would give imprimatur to the downward spiral that is converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch. -- Dr. Howard V. Hendrix

Happy Pixel-stained Technopeasant day!

In honor of the day, I will be a shameless webscab and post a Torn World story a bit later here. For Free. Publicly. I'm pretty sure it won't keep you from going out and buying someone else's book or undercut anyone's royalties.

Like onions...

This Orphan Works thing is fascinating. Seriously, deeply intriguing. I've been reading back on it, and I don't mean blogs and discussions (or reaction posts disguised as factual articles), but the nuts and bolts of the idea, the legal documents and the history. My notes are getting out of hand.

Preliminary Results

Many thanks to all who have answered the poll thus far. You are still more than welcome to weigh in: http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/795206.html

At a glance, you definitely want me to give you the business... er... write more articles about business stuff. Readers of the 'zine are focussed on the gallery and the features, with the expected high number of Wombat readers (It would be more, I suspect, if this poll were running on Ursula's LJ), you're not keen on the name, and you're feeling some love for the checkbox.

I was surprised by how many of you want me to write bad poetry. Yes, that IS the only kind I write.

So... a different name for the 'zine.

I considered tying it in more with Fantastic Portfolios and trying something like Fantastic E-Zine? I also found that artofthebusiness.com was free. Maybe something with 'speculative' so it includes sci fi?

I'm very open to ideas. Look what I ended up naming my business, fer godssake.