Desire, Belief, Ability, Synchronicity, Infinity

January 18, 2010

That’s me — symbolically — up there, doing the yelling at Person A. It’s been my lot in life to be surrounded by wankers.

Kathy likes to start trouble like this.

I countered that belief also played a role.

Here is a great story about belief. Two kids at a Jai Lai game.

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What’s The Cost Per Reader?

January 17, 2010

I’m one of the few people who is absolutely fascinated by ABC’s Shark Tank. I don’t know why other people aren’t. It has everything in it: ambition, greed, ideas, pitching, money, business, and more.

It’s instructive as all hell and I’ve argued in Comments at another site that Mark Burnett should turn it into an entire cable TV channel because a one-hour show is just too compact and I’m frustrated by not being able to connect all the dots.

It returned two weeks ago and since I hardly watch any TV at all, I didn’t find out it was back until this week.

I caught up with its first return episode and the final minutes got me to thinking about both traditional print publishing and especially about DIY direct publishing.

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Book Funding Drive

January 17, 2010

Coming & Crying: real stories about sex from the other side of the bed

The lack of good storytelling about sex in print feels ridiculous, bizarre. And now that we have on-demand publishers, Kickstarter, and an internet community of contributors and supporters and potential audience looking to fill the very same void, there is no longer any excuse.

— via Warren Ellis

Something To Think About

January 16, 2010

Amazon the disruptor

As pointed out by Scott Anthony and Clayton Christensen in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Amazon is disrupting publishing. If anyone can make a book or CD, the distributor gains.

Distribution Is King

He’s got the money, but no impact. Because the distribution medium he chose has got a limited audience.

So don’t tell me how great you are. If no one can hear you, it doesn’t matter.

Sign The Abandonware Petition!

January 14, 2010

I’ve been stymied in my plans for a post about screen design due to trying to track down an example from classic monochrome Macintosh days. (By the way, if anyone out there has a complete set of Educorp or NYMAUG NYMUG — NY Mac User Group — library disks, you might have what I need! Email me!)

As I’ve done fruitless search after search, I’ve come to realize that a lot of tech history is disappearing right in front of us.

This should not happen!

One of the things I ran across today was classic Mac OS running on an iPhone. This is something I’d love to have.

But when it comes to the programs I used to have — they’ve just about disappeared into the void. It’s as if they never existed.

Go sign the Abandonware Petition to try to make it possible to keep software alive.

Someday the stuff you’re running on your iPhone right now will be obsoleted — and there will come a day when you’d like to run it again.

Signing this petition could help make that a future possibility.

You Won’t Be Published, You’ll Only Be Robbed

January 3, 2010

I am not rehashing this damned issue again. I’ve done it in several past posts. Go read those or just STFU when you’re left holding nothing because you stupidly signed a contract with a bastard print publisher.

At Mike Cane 2008:

Writer 2.0: Realize Your Investment
Quote: Matt Fraction
Suit Bastard Print Publishers NAILED!
MammothMedia Loses Another Pair Of Balls
Tonight’s TV: Monopoly!
You CAN Fight And WIN!
Writers: Laugh Last, Laugh Best

At The eBook Test:

Quote: Writer M.J. Rose
The Authors Guild Leadership: 21st Century Chamberlains
Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Nails Authors Guild
Edgar Allan Poe Knew The Score In The 1800s!
Writing Quote Of The Year: Paul Witcover
YOUR Creation, YOUR Work, YOUR Art
Quote Of The Day: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
TV’s Bonanza: With Charles Dickens


In 2010 Give Some Back
For Writers Only

The Holy Grail: iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Driver!

December 22, 2009

Click = big

iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Driver

Well, the Grail is such a beast. But this one is an ersatz: It will work only on an iPhone/iPod Touch that has gone through the jailbreak process.

How long, Apple, must we wander in the wilderness before you grant us this essential tool officially?

Barnes & Noble Nook Browser Hack

December 17, 2009

Those madmen over at Nook Devs have been busy.

They’ve gotten an unspecified web browser running on the Nook.

See two photos after the break.

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Quote Of The Day: Writer Moxie Mezcal

December 16, 2009

Moxie Mezcal Interview

I’m going on record as saying I hate hardcovers. I mean, sure there’s probably some archival value to it, and maybe you need a sturdier binding for something like the Oxford English Dictionary, but other than it – there’s no reason you’re making me pay $30 for the fucking hardcover for new releases. Just give me the cheap paperback and the ebook right away, you godless-fucking-swine.

There is more awareness in this interview than any others I’ve seen with writers lately. And it’s infected throughout with great stuff I could quote. Go read.

Moxie Mezcal website
And read her Guerilla Fiction Manifesto there!

Previously here:

Edgar Allan Poe Knew The Score In The 1800s!
What Publishing Fears: The John Galt Maneuver
Writing Quote Of The Year: Paul Witcover
She Who Measures
Writer Peter Watts Beaten, Arrested
The Invisibles
Book Publishing Thinks It’s A Darwin Exception!
eGether Is The Future Of Book Marketing
Writer Eddie Wright: Broken Bulbs
Quote: Writer Moriah Jovan
Quote Of The Day: Kathy Sierra
How It All Works
YOUR Creation, YOUR Work, YOUR Art
For Writers Only
Twilight Of The Suit System
Writer Declan Burke: A Sad Post
Quote Of The Day: Jenn Topper
And Just Who Are You?
The D In DIY
Think And Grow … Um, What?
DIY Does Not Mean Do It FREE
Writers: DIY Or Die!
Curation: A Dead Idea Of Dead Thinking
Quote Of The Day: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
Writer Jason Pinter On What Matters
Keeper Quotes
Why Read?
The Amanda Fucking Palmer Effect
Who Stole The Audience?
Prominence Versus Influence
Pay The Artist!
TV’s Bonanza: With Charles Dickens
A Contrast In Scale
Advice Too Good To Lose