Monthly Archives: October 2010

Going On the Account: A Clue…

I’ve talked here a few times about the next project, and some of the elements that will end up as part of the new work.

 

Well, for those folk who are interested in potential spoilers, here’s a clue about what may go into the setting of the work…

 

…keeping in mind changes in conditions on the ground since the above came out in 2003 and the prospect for blatant artistic license…

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Going On the Account: As I Was Saying…

This is either an affirmation of how much content I’ve thrown out there, or a new low for me (take your pick); through this link is my first re-run…

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Going On The Account: Tis the Season…

Just in time for Halloween is a great review of The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson, a classic tale of a ship haunted at sea.  The review is by Larry Latham, whose webcomic Lovecraft is Missing is a great scary read itself.

 

So if your entire experience for the holiday has as its horizon just the Flying Dutchman, which as of late has been rendered impotent by a kid’s property (much the same way vampires have been de-fanged as of late…), then here’s a chance to find something to help re-kindle what the holiday’s supposed to feel like.

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Going On the Account: Getting a Kick?

Kickstarter.

 

Heard of it, seen some fellow web creators use it to get their projects off the ground.  And today, saw a story about a theatrical film that used it to keep the production going.

 

And boy, does it sound tempting, as a way to get a concise edition of the novel together to offer.  With the seed money, getting a version of the novel together to make available for print and book reader would be a lot easier.

 

Anyone out there use Kickstarter?  If so, what was the experience like?  And to everyone in general, what’re your thoughts about passing the hat to get things moving?  Come parley here on that…

 

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eighty Fourth

Part the Two Hundred Eighty Fourth of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

 

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Going on the Account: The Latest Off Shore

Word came of the MV Beluga Fortune being besieged and released by the HMS Montrose.  Good news is, there are ways to dissuade pirates without someone getting their head blown off, thought there are still 22 vessels in captivity as of this post…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eighty Third

Part the Two Hundred Eighty Third of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Looking At Pirates…

The buccaneers of the Modern Age of Piracy have been pretty busy this year, as this round up supplied by ECO²TERRA demonstrates.  Their latest figures have 26 ships and a barge under captivity, on this the first anniversary of the seizing of the Chandlers.  Whatever else transpires in Somalia, this act alone is not going to be forgotten or forgiven for some time; the sooner a resolution to this the better…

 

And for those who thought that all pirates these days speak only Somali, there’s a report of pirates boarding a sailboat off Costa Rica.  Some habits die harder than others, probably…

 

And for those looking for pirates in different areas altogether, Adrian Hon discusses digital piracy among ebooks.  Inevitable, yes, and surprisingly slow in coming (I’d have thought someone else would have raised the alarm months before now), but if you want to be a pirate but don’t fancy boats, well here’s an opportunity…

 
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And speaking of things that need doing, I have to cut this short; not only am I finishing this novel,  but getting started on the next project as well.  As is everyone else, I’m also looking at pirates, in this case the new crew…

 

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Going on the Account: Sooner Than Ye Thought…

Yes, on occasion, I do gush so about pirates in space.  Some call it a weakness, some a silly fancy.  And I think most folk don’t think much about it at all, because the idea of pirates actually going to space is so far off in the future.

 

Or maybe not…

 

There’s word out there from TorrentFreak that Pirate Parties International are considering the daring plan of hosting a torrent site on a satellite.   Which means that the digital pirates out there providing content they’re not allowed to offer will build their own Tortuga travelling in geosynchronous orbit overhead, from where you can download pirated music and movies, supposedly free from interference from rights holding lawyers because of the extraterritoriality afforded by being in orbit.

 

If you thought the US went crazy when they found out about Sputnik, you can imagine what’s going on at the RIAA‘s in-house counsels’ offices…

 

Then again, assuming that the argument about being in orbit gives you territorial immunity, which may not be the case (considering how many agreements have drafted language to cover such instances), the pirates have going against them the fact that being outside the law of any nation they fly over, they therefore are denied any of the protections from those same states.  Which means anyone with an ASAT capability could do to their haven what the earthquake of 1692 did to Port Royal.  And if the Russians will convey astronauts for a fee, who’s to say they might not use their own ASAT systems on your behalf if you have the means?  And who knows, their rate might be cheaper than racking up lots of billable hours in litigation filing…

 

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And maybe you’re asking:  Is he bringing up space pirates again because that’s the main element of the next work he’s doing after this novel’s finished?

 

Maybe not; I do have something I’m working on that I’d love to share, but not necessarily that.

 

I can say, it’ll have pirates, and that it will be set in the future.

 

But it’s not a space opera.

 

What it is, that’ll have to come a little later; have the watch look sharp for her, soon…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eighty Second

Part the Two Hundred Eighty Second of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

 

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eighty First

Part the Two Hundred Eighty First of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eightieth

Part the Two Hundred Eightieth of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

 

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