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Pay The Writer. And The Artist. And The Freelancer...
I'm killing some time until I the current batch of coasters can be moved indoors to finish drying. So, a rant, of sorts.

Harlan Ellison famously ranted about paying the writer. He was not wrong. You should pay the writer. Or the artist.

When you
1/28/2019 3:48:19 PM
Bad Dreams Are Made Of Win - Sometimes
Last night I had what I call the "horror movie" nightmare. I'll spare you the scenario, but I was with three people and I left two of them in a safe spot in order to rescue someone who had been removed from the group. We were on our way back and were surrounded.

No way out.  
1/6/2019 12:12:36 PM
Look! Writing Musings!
Been a while, hasn't it?

I'm presently (yes, still) plotting out a novel. One of the problems I'm facing is how is the main character going to defend herself? She probably will end up with a small gun, but allow me to walk you through my thought process. (Please note that this has
6/19/2018 10:12:09 AM
Hey, Look! A Story Publication!
Well, this has been on Amazon for a while, but since the 4/17/2017 9:16:42 AM
And The Door Starts To Open
Well, this is interesting. Two nights ago I got about six hours of uninterrupted sleep with no responsibility dreams that I can remember. I'll take that after many nights in a row of waking up every hour or two, sometimes in a panic over a particularly vivid responsibility dream, Those who know what
12/28/2016 11:52:33 AM
On The Hugo Kerfuffle
Hugonaut, by Vincent Villafranca

That is the closest I'll probably ever get to having my own Hugo Award. Above is Vincent Villafranca
4/9/2015 8:05:34 AM
Publishing Myths Series, Updated
About once a year I try to go back and update my Publishing Myths series. I'm kind of surprised at how well things have held up since 2009. (2011 update) (2014 update)

3/12/2015 10:50:53 AM
To The Copypasta Brigade
This is mostly directed at people who comment at a certain web site, and who will probably never see this, but I have to get it off my chest:

Are you one of those people who copy bits from articles you find on other web sites and "forget" to mention the source? It matters not if y
2/3/2015 7:47:33 PM
Publishing Myths Series Revisited (Again)
Way back in 2009, I wrote a series of blog posts on publishing myths, with a quick update in 2011

Changes in the industry have rendered
1/21/2014 12:53:41 PM
Anxiety Dreams
This latest one was a doozy. I was in LA at a charity even to celebrate Quantum Leap. But it wasn't The Leap Back or any other QL con I've attended or have been involved with. There was a huge stage show. Scott Bakula was singing selections from Romance/Romance. There were other name a
11/30/2013 12:00:27 PM
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Pay The Writer. And The Artist. And The Freelancer...
1/28/2019 3:48:19 PM

Bad Dreams Are Made Of Win - Sometimes
1/6/2019 12:12:36 PM

Look! Writing Musings!
6/19/2018 10:12:09 AM

Hey, Look! A Story Publication!
4/17/2017 9:16:42 AM

And The Door Starts To Open
12/28/2016 11:52:33 AM

On The Hugo Kerfuffle
4/9/2015 8:05:34 AM

Publishing Myths Series, Updated
3/12/2015 10:50:53 AM

To The Copypasta Brigade
2/3/2015 7:47:33 PM

Publishing Myths Series Revisited (Again)
1/21/2014 12:53:41 PM

Anxiety Dreams
11/30/2013 12:00:27 PM

Writing Credits, Professional And Otherwise
11/15/2013 3:30:50 PM

Dear Author Looking For Editing Services...
11/7/2013 8:32:47 PM

Monday Mumblings Sifts Through The Spam Folder
7/29/2013 10:26:01 AM

Writer On The Bottom
3/7/2013 9:14:34 AM

Monday Mumblings Contemplates The Creative Life
12/10/2012 4:39:00 PM

Back From Chicago, And Boy, Are My Arms Tired!
9/6/2012 8:34:19 AM

On Choosing A Publisher
8/6/2012 6:40:38 PM

My Fellow Panelists...
6/4/2012 2:43:08 PM

A Few Links, A Little Commentary
4/16/2012 11:07:11 AM

Why I Can't Work For Free
10/12/2011 10:34:03 AM

Yog's Law: It's Not Just For Writers
10/8/2011 5:25:14 PM

The Wrong Stuff
10/4/2011 8:58:48 AM

It's the Bulwer-Lytton Contest Winners!
7/26/2011 7:47:56 AM

Why Is It...
6/30/2011 2:25:16 PM

Monday Mumblings Polishes the Brass
6/13/2011 6:48:10 AM

Following Up on SoonerCon Epublishing Panel
6/7/2011 11:12:09 AM

Monday Mumblings Goes Sweeping Down the Plains
6/6/2011 6:09:56 PM

Yog's Law, Revisited
4/22/2011 1:03:11 PM

I will gladly pay you ... who are we kidding?
4/12/2011 7:53:17 AM

Monday Mumblings Needs and Antihistamine
4/11/2011 6:32:29 PM

Congratulations to the RT Winners!
4/8/2011 12:58:05 PM

Smart Words on the Price of Ebooks
3/20/2011 12:41:57 PM

Welcome to the Undead!
3/15/2011 2:23:03 PM

Monday Mumblings Just Lost A Blog Entry
3/14/2011 12:25:18 PM

Nebula Nominations Are Out!
2/22/2011 9:52:40 AM

A few publshing links to keep you warm
2/3/2011 12:21:18 PM

THIS is why healthcare should be accessible to all
2/1/2011 9:41:52 AM

You should not be this desperate to get published
1/18/2011 9:17:55 AM

More Twitter Spam Aimed at Writers
12/9/2010 10:36:28 AM

So You Want to Write a Novel
11/29/2010 1:19:43 PM

To NaNo or not to NaNo?
10/29/2010 4:24:05 PM

A primer on rights and copyright
10/1/2010 5:00:34 PM

Dear Aspiring "Indie" Writer:
9/29/2010 10:15:40 PM

The end of the week is nigh!
9/24/2010 3:24:24 PM

Why I Don't Write At the Coffee Shop
6/13/2010 7:48:57 PM

I'm An Author, Not A Brand!
6/10/2010 3:27:34 PM

Would You Rather Take and Advance - or Royalties On the Backend?
5/24/2010 8:02:50 PM

Change of Plans, and Pictures!
5/13/2010 10:18:51 PM

The Writing Nook
5/4/2010 4:31:19 PM

Big News!
4/12/2010 6:09:29 PM

I'm Back ... Sort Of
4/6/2010 7:28:49 PM

I Have A New Book!
4/1/2010 10:53:29 AM

Monday Mumblings, Spring Break Edition
3/15/2010 5:11:21 PM

Now I'm Dreaming of Shameless Self-Promotion Fail!
3/11/2010 7:21:58 PM

How to Get Rich in Self-Publishing ... Or Not
3/9/2010 2:26:15 PM

Friday!
2/26/2010 8:17:35 PM

The Not-A-Snow-Day
2/23/2010 6:23:35 PM

Dredging Up an Old Column
2/22/2010 3:32:59 PM

The Killer Rabbit Ate My WIP!
2/22/2010 2:37:58 PM

Monday Mumblings
2/22/2010 8:42:08 AM

A Small(ish) Announcement
2/12/2010 11:03:22 AM

Why Don't We Value Artists?
2/5/2010 9:56:53 AM

More Amazon, More Fail
2/1/2010 10:02:31 AM

My Take on #Amazonfail
1/31/2010 4:28:33 PM

Monday Mumblings, Tuesday-style
1/26/2010 10:56:19 AM

What I'm Reading
1/8/2010 10:19:00 PM

How to Schmooze at a Convention
12/16/2009 4:54:44 PM

A few mutterings on publishing and tech stuff
10/23/2009 10:56:45 AM

More on that book...
9/27/2009 1:40:46 AM

Banging head to desk...
9/26/2009 4:28:31 PM

Heat and other musings
7/14/2009 6:51:00 PM

Pardon me while I do a happy dance...
7/9/2009 10:06:46 AM

Work, Work, Work....
7/7/2009 2:12:48 PM

Writers (And Readers!) Making A$$es of Themselves?
7/2/2009 10:38:27 PM

More Promotional Fail
6/16/2009 8:07:34 PM

Monday Mumblings
6/1/2009 5:21:18 PM

Poking my head out of the (virtual) hole...
5/27/2009 4:19:15 PM

Taking A Break From Cleaning ...
5/12/2009 10:47:25 AM

Workus Interruptus...Or Something Like That
5/7/2009 3:31:08 PM

Can Writers Take A Cue From the Unemployed When it Comes to PR?
5/4/2009 10:18:40 AM

And On the Author Self-Promotion Front...
4/29/2009 9:59:21 PM

Wonder Why Many POD Publishers Have Such A Bad Reputation?
4/24/2009 8:39:26 AM

It's International Pixel-Stained Technopeasants Day!
4/23/2009 3:19:08 PM

Desert Rose Literary Agency Gone?
4/22/2009 4:32:16 PM

Update on Yesterday's Viral Marketing Post
4/18/2009 5:16:11 PM

Does Viral Marketing REALLY Work for Authors?
4/17/2009 3:25:54 PM

Why Some Writers Use an Alias on Forums
3/19/2009 5:03:14 PM

Writers, Follow This Twitter Feed
3/5/2009 1:56:26 PM

Monday Mumblings
2/16/2009 4:08:15 PM

AbsoluteWrite is Down; Looking For New Home
1/17/2009 10:40:29 AM

Of Bowling, Editing, and Cheesy Stuff
1/6/2009 7:29:28 PM

More on Self-Promotion Gone Bad
12/23/2008 6:14:54 PM

How You Can Promote Reading Without Being a Criminal
12/18/2008 12:12:36 PM

Watching for Red Flags
10/17/2008 12:33:23 PM

Shiny Stuff in the Mail
9/17/2008 2:50:07 PM

Monday Mumblings
8/11/2008 7:14:13 PM

A few writing-related bits
7/8/2008 9:18:21 AM

Writers' Rooms
7/5/2008 10:20:54 PM

Speaking of free speech...
7/4/2008 3:55:00 PM

Two of the Deadliest Update
6/27/2008 3:03:43 PM

A little shameless self-promotion
6/12/2008 11:30:32 AM

The Sweet Sound of "Done!"
5/29/2008 8:36:25 PM

Catching up on some writing/publishing news
5/8/2008 11:52:59 AM

Get a Free Copy of "The Street-Smart Writer"
4/29/2008 9:04:18 AM

Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasants Day!
4/23/2008 3:39:47 PM

Great News!
4/1/2008 1:12:36 PM

Publishing Rant, Part the Second
3/25/2008 10:00:21 PM

A Follow-Up to Yesterday's Publishing Rant
3/24/2008 11:19:07 AM

A Couple of Publishing Tidbits While I Procrastinate
3/24/2008 10:06:40 AM

Time for a publishing rant
3/23/2008 5:40:10 PM

Why I REALLY need to get cranking on Stalled Novel #1
3/18/2008 8:08:46 PM

You should be in bed
3/14/2008 2:24:08 AM

Some good information on copyright
2/28/2008 1:25:41 PM

This 'n That
2/28/2008 9:39:26 AM

Now that I've had a chance to calm down...
2/14/2008 3:03:26 PM

Man, what a Valentine!
2/14/2008 2:28:21 PM

Is there no such thing as bad publicity?
2/11/2008 10:45:10 AM

Dealing with money
2/11/2008 9:57:50 AM

Just a quick note
11/14/2007 10:41:58 PM

And there was much rejoicing!
11/13/2007 7:35:30 PM

Dear Author's next part in the defamation series is up
11/13/2007 12:13:58 PM

Time to kill the music...
11/6/2007 12:54:29 PM

What music fuels your writing?
11/6/2007 10:24:43 AM

The November Masochism Tango
11/6/2007 10:03:07 AM

Monday Mumblings
10/29/2007 6:12:37 PM

Rewrites!
10/29/2007 12:16:00 PM

Update on the plagiarism case
10/24/2007 8:48:58 AM

Some good advice for bloggers
10/16/2007 10:17:15 AM

Monday Mumblings
10/15/2007 10:51:21 PM

Of trains - wrecks and oncoming
10/15/2007 2:38:27 AM

Update on the previous entry
10/11/2007 10:37:30 PM

Two sentences: Holy. Crap.
10/11/2007 5:09:07 PM

What sort of fees should you pay a literary agent?
10/9/2007 6:58:44 PM

A heads up for writers and photographers
10/6/2007 9:56:01 PM

Monday Mumblings
10/1/2007 3:19:41 PM

My (anti) hero!
9/25/2007 10:29:12 PM

The Hugos are out!
9/1/2007 10:12:16 AM

Writers, think twice about this contest
8/29/2007 8:39:00 AM

Monday Photo Shoot
8/27/2007 9:16:31 PM

Catching up on things
7/26/2007 9:42:15 AM

Reading exercise
7/24/2007 10:45:16 PM

Monday Mumblings
7/16/2007 3:34:24 PM

Monday Mumblings
7/9/2007 10:00:47 PM

Falling off the 'ship
7/7/2007 6:04:31 PM

Dropping in for a moment....
6/20/2007 3:42:07 PM

A million little refunds?
5/19/2007 10:59:42 AM

Well, darn
5/19/2007 2:24:46 AM

As promised - one more short story
4/23/2007 9:48:32 PM

Monday Mumblings
4/23/2007 11:50:50 AM

Proof that I am a Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Wretch
4/22/2007 10:34:11 PM

Still toying with hardware...
4/17/2007 10:53:13 PM

Monday Mumblings
4/16/2007 2:00:39 PM

Musings on webscabbery
4/15/2007 4:22:28 PM

Yes, I am a pixel-stained technopeasant wretch
4/15/2007 3:42:52 PM

Would you pay $122.47 for this book?
4/12/2007 2:22:29 PM

As the philosopher Jagger said...
4/11/2007 5:16:34 PM

Are we awake?
4/11/2007 8:32:50 AM

Why I do it (Or, am I banging my head against the wall? I hope not.)
4/9/2007 4:48:39 PM

Doin' the math
4/9/2007 3:18:22 PM

Your time waster for today.
2/16/2007 8:23:23 AM

Writer Beware's "Two Thumbs Down" Publishers List
2/14/2007 1:39:02 PM

Sometimes I wonder...
2/13/2007 2:25:09 PM

Picture o' the day
2/13/2007 11:00:02 AM

All this free time...
2/13/2007 9:13:06 AM

Today's work
1/23/2007 5:31:37 PM

Thinking of asking a published writer to read your manuscript?
1/23/2007 1:28:08 PM

Monday Mumblings
1/22/2007 7:08:37 PM

Wednesday's early
1/16/2007 8:50:56 PM

Brrrr!!!!
1/16/2007 10:14:58 AM

Publish America sting novel web site
1/14/2007 2:00:14 PM

Will they ever learn?
1/7/2007 11:53:06 AM

Friday!
12/22/2006 11:25:15 PM

Keeping busy
12/5/2006 11:58:53 AM

Score one for the scam busters
11/30/2006 8:22:42 AM

As the week wears on...
11/16/2006 2:12:10 PM

Taking a deep breath...
11/14/2006 9:39:59 PM

Friday!
11/10/2006 2:19:37 PM

The class of 007 and other nightmares
11/9/2006 8:59:36 AM

Don't forget to vote
11/7/2006 9:12:54 AM

Monday Mumblings
11/6/2006 10:06:09 AM

Friday!
11/3/2006 2:18:35 PM

Fast update
10/31/2006 10:35:10 PM

More IILAA horror stories
10/30/2006 10:19:28 AM

More on literary agents
10/28/2006 5:16:59 PM

Friday!
10/27/2006 2:17:36 PM

Dead tired
10/17/2006 2:27:23 PM

Monday Mumblings
10/16/2006 9:43:48 AM

Just like they say on TV...
10/12/2006 4:07:57 PM

All the diodes down my left side
10/11/2006 8:39:25 AM

Friday!
9/29/2006 2:23:59 PM

Blockety, block, block
9/8/2006 11:25:42 AM

Monday Mumblings
9/4/2006 11:15:38 AM

The Monday Photo Shoot
8/30/2006 10:42:44 AM

A couple of writing links
8/30/2006 9:27:24 AM

Monday Mumblings
8/21/2006 10:13:28 AM

Monday Mumblings
7/31/2006 2:07:55 PM

Monday Mumblings
7/24/2006 6:40:25 PM

Friday!
7/21/2006 5:25:46 PM

More literary lunacy
7/20/2006 5:47:50 PM

Bad POD, bad, bad POD!
7/19/2006 11:07:18 PM

It was a dark and stormy writing contest...
7/11/2006 8:33:17 PM

Since there's no House tonight...
7/11/2006 5:09:16 PM

Updates?
6/28/2006 8:39:25 AM

Not much to say today
6/26/2006 10:03:45 PM

At it again
6/25/2006 4:41:51 PM

Sleep (or lack thereof), writing, and grocery shopping
6/20/2006 3:09:59 PM

Content theft revisited
6/12/2006 11:21:22 AM

A little catching up...maybe
6/7/2006 4:53:17 PM

Another busy Friday
5/30/2006 10:40:03 AM

Hoo boy!
5/30/2006 10:39:46 AM

Absolute Write is down
5/24/2006 10:39:35 AM

AuthorHouse loses libel case
5/16/2006 10:37:47 AM

Better late than never
5/17/2006 10:36:10 AM

Sleep!
5/2/2006 10:26:14 AM

Monday Mumblings
4/24/2006 9:47:44 AM

A few update so the site
4/23/2006 9:47:37 AM

Monday Mumblings
5/30/2006 9:38:17 AM

Is the week over, yet?
4/11/2006 9:37:27 AM

Yeah, and a big "me too!"
5/30/2006 9:25:10 AM

Is it ever okay to give away your content?
5/30/2006 9:24:59 AM

So what about those teenagers?
3/14/2006 7:14:00 AM

Dang! Another apology!
3/13/2006 6:27:00 PM

My scam stories and an apology
3/13/2006 5:41:00 PM

Mumblings on writing
3/13/2006 9:32:00 AM

The weekend cannot come soon enough
3/3/2006 12:01:00 PM

Monday mumblings
2/20/2006 7:07:00 AM

Where's the Home Office Cam?
2/19/2006 6:07:00 PM

Frustration in the morning
2/16/2006 7:26:00 AM

More mumblings
2/14/2006 8:33:00 AM

Monday mumblings
2/13/2006 11:01:00 AM

Six more weeks of this?
2/2/2006 6:55:00 AM

Fabulous Friday
1/20/2006 10:20:00 AM

Monday mumblings
1/16/2006 10:03:00 AM

"Abercrombie Forgery" broadcast on Sunday
1/14/2006 7:04:00 PM

TGIF
1/13/2006 10:34:00 AM

Onward and ... I dunno
1/10/2006 8:46:00 AM

Yes, good fanfic does exist
1/8/2006 1:22:00 PM

Suffering and sympathy
1/7/2006 7:50:00 PM

Friday
1/6/2006 7:23:00 PM

TGIF
1/6/2006 6:33:00 AM

Nose, meet grindstone
1/5/2006 6:17:00 AM

A few quick pieces
1/4/2006 9:08:00 AM

It's gonna be on the radio!
1/3/2006 6:57:00 PM

Still at it
1/3/2006 4:52:00 PM

Kicking up dust again
1/2/2006 2:56:00 PM

A new spot for an old fanfic
12/30/2005 5:21:00 PM

A "snail's pace" would be too fast
12/23/2005 7:39:00 PM

Repeat after me ... money flows TO the writer!
12/7/2005 9:17:00 AM

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