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Because, you see, Ceiling Cat doesn't actually live in the ceiling. "Ceiling" is merely a metaphor meant to impress upon us his constant nearness and watchfulness. Ceiling Cat actually lives in the upper troposphere, which is a bit lower than one usually finds, say, the Flying Spaghetti Monster noodling about (deities must segregate, elsewise – a word LJ can't spell – we get Kaiju Big Battel and shit like that. Airplanes get eaten. Bad cellphone reception. Blood falls from the sky.). Hubero told me to explain all of this to you, so blame his bald pink ass, not mine.

I think the problem here is that I got less than six hours of sleep this morning. Thank you, Monsieur Insomnia.

It's snowing. A lot. The whole world is white, which makes it all vastly easier on my winter-shy eyes and nerves. Smooth away the bleak, ugly, sharp edges.

Not entirely sure where all of yesterday went. There was work, though no writing. Mostly answering email, questions about proofreading and copy-edited manuscripts, and stuff like that. A burning desire to clean my office (which might be constructive, only there's no longer room to move in here). I'm pretty sure there was nothing exciting. Today, among other things, I need to proofread "Tidal Forces," which is about to be reprinted in...you know, that information is probably not fit for public consumption yet. I will say, whatever editors out there might think to the contrary, "The Maltese Unicorn" (from Ellen Datlow's Supernatural Noir) was lightyears (yes, LJ; lightyear is one word) better than anything else I wrote last year, or the year before that...and that it hasn't received more attention baffles me. I think it must be that dildos embarrass people. I don't get that at all.

Also, this diet sucks. Sugar-free, low-fat instant cocoa. Sugar-free Red Bull. Shoot me now. (Also, please, no dieting advice.)

As it happens, Alabaster #1 will be published with two covers. That is, the official cover is by Greg Ruth, and that's the one everybody has seen. But there's also an alternate cover that will be harder to find, painted by Michael Oeming. Here it is:



If you want this cover, you'll probably need to put an order in now with your Local Comic Shop. Or wait for eBay.

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Okay, so...I had it in my head I was going to write some long and insightful, Pulitzer fucking Prize-winning essay explaining my take on the SOPA/PIPA mess and the problem of internet piracy. And then I decided, fuck that. I don't have time. I'm not so disposed. Whatever. So, instead, I'll put it plainly, and make it brief. It's not like other people haven't already said everything I'm about to say. And said it better.

No, you may not have my books for free. No, I do not believe – based on anecdotal evidence – that if I let you have five books for free, you'll buy the sixth. Bring me some very hard empirical evidence that can be reproduced, and I might think about the ramifications. Me, I want to see BitTorrent and the like die a quick, messy death. I do not appreciate being stolen from. And no, information "doesn't want to be free." That's cock-eyed bullshit. How about, my rent and healthcare and utilities want to be free? I say these things because, people need to know, whether you believe it or not, the mounting theft of ebooks is leading – on my end – to lower and lower advances from publishers. Another couple of years at this rate, it will no longer be feasible for me to continue writing novels. No, really. That's not hyperbole. Want a book for free? Go to the motherfucking library. Or download the ebook free from a library (yeah, you can do that). Stop being so goddamn lazy and unimaginative and divest yourself of that bullsit privileged, entitled I-deserve-to-get-it-free-RIGHT-NOW attitude. Who put that stuff in your heads? Well, learn this: There are options that do not ass-rape the authors. I did the work, and I deserve to be fairly paid, and not to have my copyright violated by douchebags.

But SOPA/PIPA are not the solution. As I said before, you do not burn down a house to kill a termite. You don't risk wrecking the entire internet to stop internet crime. You move slowly and with great care. You address the actual problems. You don't allow the megacorps to crush "fair use" and the like and pervert copyright law (the US was doing this well before the internet). You create the least inclusive legislation possible, not the most. Even having said what I said above, to paraphrase Elizabeth Bear, my books are being pirated on the net every single day, and that's endangering the future of my career, but I'm more comfortable with the devil I know than with SOPA/PIPA. I'm willing to wait for a better solution.

So there. I think that gets the point across.

Oh, hey! Heidi Klum and Seal are getting a divorce! Cool! Who's gonna get custody of the litter?

Cheap, But Not For Free,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-21 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Good cover. Dancy looks harsh, harder, aged-before-her-time. I'm guessing she'll be a bit different to the Dancy I know.

Man, I need to get round to reading Unicorn. Noir is so difficult to write without sounding like a pastiche.

Glad you got some snow - grey winters are utter crap.

Date: 2012-01-21 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm guessing she'll be a bit different to the Dancy I know.

A good bit, yes.

Date: 2012-01-21 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillsostrange.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure the blood of Christian children would be better in cocoa than aspartame or whatever the sugar-free stuff uses.

Date: 2012-01-21 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm pretty sure the blood of Christian children would be better in cocoa than aspartame or whatever the sugar-free stuff uses.

Word.

Date: 2012-01-21 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xarx.livejournal.com
I definitely believe that the dissemination of knowledge should be free, but not to the point of hurting artists like yourself. As you said, that's why we have libraries. It's like Netflix for books, and if you really like a book or want to show some appreciation to the artist that created it you can always buy a copy after having borrowed it. When I was young I dabbled a bit in free downloads, as an adult with a paying job there's no reason not to make sure artists get paid for their work.

Date: 2012-01-21 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I definitely believe that the dissemination of knowledge should be free,

Ideologically, maybe. But in a capitalist society, it's impossible for both artists and scientists to work this way. Knowledge (I don't include art in that) and art are expensive to produce – often extremely expensive – and, therefore, it cannot be free.

Date: 2012-01-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
...and that it hasn't received more attention baffles me.
I wonder if perhaps the collection wasn't widely reviewed? From my fan perspective, absolutely one of your best, the narrative voice and tone are pitch-perfect and I hope you'll have the desire and opportunity to write more noir.

Date: 2012-01-21 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I wonder if perhaps the collection wasn't widely reviewed?

I think it was, as well as anything gets genuine reviews these days (as opposed to DIY blog reviews). Also, frequently my story was mentioned as one of the best (or the best) in the book. Yeah, that's a little uppity, but also true.

Date: 2012-01-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faffinz.livejournal.com
Have you looked at what Baen & Cory Doctrow do? I guess that's a semi rhetorical question. I'd be surprised if you hadn't. Not enough empirical evidence? Would you stand to lose much if you tried it?

Have you considered a tip jar or something similar? They probably seem tacky. Patronage has negative associations that have been ingrained for centuries. Perhaps you could call it a "Chalice of Appreciation" or something. The Kickstarter project you did was extremely successful. I bet a large proportion of that was pure appreciation.

Date: 2012-01-21 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
From yesterday's entry, and since the snow is continuing today -
The sky was creamsicle. I love creamsicle night skies.
I normally feel uncomfortable with this sort of sky, but the "creamsicle" description makes me feel rather more charitable towards them. Thank you.

Please tell Hubero thank you for his insight into the ecology of Internet deities!

Also, I watched YellowBrickRoad a night or two ago on your recommendation - unsettling to a bowtie extent. I woke up at 4 AM afterwards and couldn't, couldn't stop thinking about it. Very Red Tree indeed.

Date: 2012-01-22 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
But there's also an alternate cover that will be harder to find, painted by Michael Oeming.

That is very nice.

Airplanes get eaten. Bad cellphone reception. Blood falls from the sky.

Reminded me of:

With all that passes here for lies
Jet planes that fall out of black skies
And vanish without trace


—Mission of Burma, "2wice"

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