Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kickstarter: Citizen of the Galaxy graphic novel.

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Hay folks,

Just pledged a bit of my hard-earned cash to this Kickstart of Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy to create a graphic novel. I hope they do it even if the Kickstart does not happen. Seems like a great one to start with. Also discovered that Joss Whedon was probably nodding to this Heinlein book. Eric Gignac, who is the man behind the kickstart says: “In the middle of the book, the two spaceships Thorby is interested in visiting are called, ‘Serenity’ and ‘Firefly’.” Cool. And the art looks great.

Melancholy Elephants: Is copyright killing our cultural past?

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From past present 1983 Spider Robinson’s Melancholy Elephants. Brilliant mind. Spider predicted the dilemma we are facing today. Read this Atlantic article then read the FREE Creative Commons copy of Melancholy Elephants.We need genius thinking here. There are two opposing ideas: protecting creators of art and their creations during their lifetimes and allowing cultural studies both present and future. Quote from the article:

“Thanks to the DMCA, the future of our cultural history will be based on the work of people who ignored the law — the same people that many copyright holders would call “pirates.” How ironic that the pirates will be the ones that save the day when they’re supposed to be the bad guys. If librarians wanted to do the same thing, they’d be branded as criminals.” Benj Edwards

Let’s protect the art for the creators and the consumers (read: appreciators/readers/watchers) and the future culturalists, not the corporations. See my post on Random House below.

SFM & EMP

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Checked out the new Video Game Art and Science Fiction Icons (and Nirvana: Bringing Punk to the Masses.) and the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum.

Always love to stare at the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Bizarre to see people my friends and I jammed with in the Nirvana section. Wanted more of the “ART” of the video games, like story boards, preliminary drawings, etc. Still very cool to see all the old consoles and games. Missing three of my favorites (probably pretty low on the ART scale): Rogue, Tetris and Lode Runner.

Then some great Thai food with some of my kids. Plan to be back with the rest of the kids in the next few months.

 

Writing Workshop Opportunity and Free Bonus

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Please check out Holly Lisle’s Workshops, Fiction and How-To Writing Guides. Her fiction has enthralled me, especially the Arhel and Cadence Drake Series. Her How to Think Sideways Writer’s Survival Guide [HTTS] helped me write my NANOWRIMO novel. For a limited time (3 Days) you can get her HTTS Ultra with Bonuses for a discounted price. It’s well worth it without the discount. For a sample from Holly try her 5-Minute Quick Fix: Get Past the Blinking Cursor. Her focus is on genre fiction, but the courses will work for anyone writing fiction. You won’t be sorry.

Write on,

Rob

Welcome!

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Hey folks, I’m learning WordPress, so that I can have a regular, easy to maintain web presence that will not horribly impact my ability to do the above-listed jobs. Please visit www.desertedlands.com for information on my edgy young adult apocalyptic novel: All is Silence in the World. To be released August 2013.

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