Monthly Archives: May 2013

Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Fourteen

Part One Hundred Fourteen of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Out Of (Licensed) Character

Fanfic:  It’s no longer just a thing, it’s also a market!

Last Wednesday, Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, allowing writers who want to write about Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries to do so, not just legally but for money.  Not a lot of money (and let’s be honest, no one’s really paying anything to writers these days; just ask the staff writing for Fashion Police about their jobs…) but it’s more than fanfic writers were getting before.

And, as a bonus, one thing they don’t get is a cease-and-desist take-down notice from the rights holder, proof that sometimes it’s not what you add to the act that makes it better, it’s what you take out of it!

Is there a catch, maybe a dozen?  Sure; Ben Richmond on Motherboard does a great job of explaining those, in the form of a more-legal-than-before Gossip Girl fanfic.  The obvious ones, about the rights holder retaining all rights to the characters, having first crack to exploit anything you might come up with, and no crossovers (unless presumably both are part of the program down the road) are of course there.  Which is to be expected; remember to treat this more of a loan than a gift, and you won’t be disappointed.

Still, this is great news for those writers who fall into one of these camps:

  • The Inspirationally Challenged:  Having problems coming up with characters?  Have a situation you want to explore but not a lot of luck coming up with whom to inflict it on?  Here’s your chance to start on your piece with some of the prep work done for you.  Think of it like having a pre-made pie crust at hand to make that chocolate chip-mince meat pie that much easier to bake…
  • The Egotist:  You call that a development?  You call those story arcs?  Well, if they think that’s acceptable, you should see what happens when MY talents are applied!  They have seen nothing until they have seen MINE!  MINE, YOU PEONS!  And you WILL love it!  I just know you will!
  • The Tinkerer:  Cool, let’s see what happens if I go this way, and see if something sticks to the wall…      Awesome, so like, if we do this now…

And for the rest of you, who don’t have to worry about any of the above and can as a result expect higher royalties over more platforms, don’t be so ready to scoff at this.  Just think:

If you create something popular enough to draw a lot of attention to it, here’s an option you might not have considered:  Marketing opportunities through Kindle Worlds!  If you have a good product and a strong hide, here’s an opportunity that might get you more than those tie-in T-shirts.

Please, don’t ask me about the T-shirts; you don’t want to know…

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Thirteen

Part One Hundred Thirteen of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: A New Take on the Sweet Trade

The folks at Ubisoft have recently announced the newest addition to their Assassin’s Creed franchise:  Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and did so with a very stunning (and a little graphic) trailer:

Apparently, this is what we can expect when the Pirates-versus-Ninjas War comes to an end and the two sides combine…

 

EDIT:  And after I posted, I did a little digging around and found a historical background page put up by Ubisoft to support their game.  As far as factual resources published by a game company go, this ain’t so bad, really…

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Twelve

Part One Hundred Twelve of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: A Year of Clear Seas

As of today, there has not been a successful attack by Somali pirates in a year.

 

Some claim it’s mainly the result of better anti-piracy measures.  Some claim it’s more so improvements on the ground in Somalia.

 

The truth is somewhere in the middle, and the story is by no means over as we’re one destabilized government/pull out of the theater by foreign warships away from a new wave of attacks.  For now, it’s a chance to rest.

 

For now…

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Eleven

Part One Hundred Eleven of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account:Revisiting An Old Port of Call

Way, way back a while ago, I wrote about One57 and their crane problems.

 

According to Michael Gross, the Sword of Damocles is rising again.  What’s especially stark about this is that it’s not not so much of an us-versus-them as it is them-versus-them-on-steroids here; it’s now getting very ridiculous up at the top…

 

 

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Going On The Account: Pulling Into Port

I need to note my online novel, Red Jenny and the Pirates of Buffalo.

What, again?!?  you ask…

 

As I was saying/keep saying, this is a novel that is being shared online.  But most of all, it is a novel, which means that as such it must have certain aspects of other novels.

 

Like a definite ending.

 

And the last chapter of Red Jenny has now been completed to satisfaction.  The last piece of the work will be shared online on June 13th of 2013.

 

I spent the last few days getting used to thinking of the novel as ‘completed.’  Having a few more minutes of my day suddenly open up like this is taking some getting used to; not having to comb climate effect reports that kept being continually updated as I got through the first few drafts and went through further revisions as the novel went live, doing pick-up research on small points like Ontario liquor licensing statutes and the Brazilian electronics manufacturing sector in order to add color to a scene that was otherwise drab, pulling out figures and index cards as though I were still DMing a game the way I did way, way long ago in order to choreograph a firefight…

 

And now?  How do I fill all this time I now have?

Well, sleep sounds like a good idea, yeah.  And reading; I have a few things lined up to go through this summer.

And I keep talking about finishing a few more short pieces to explore some professional opportunities.  I don’t have enough rejection slips in my collection, and I could use a few more…

 

And some longer projects.  I already started some preliminary work on those; by ‘preliminary’ it means getting these straightened out enough that my elevator pitch for these can only be delivered if the elevator is going to the top of the new World Trade Center and gets stuck half-way for an extended period…

(I could just see the headlines for that one:  “Man Killed Hour Into Discussing His Novel to Trapped People on Elevator.”  Hell, the seven people who ripped me apart could probably plead that down to justified self-defense…)

 

About the only real planning left on the novel right now is how to note the occasion.

 

I’d love to have a “rap party” for the book.  With a traditional physical novel you used to have a kickoff party to celebrate its publication, which doesn’t make sense for an online work that only a few words of are available to read; there’s nothing there for everyone to feel attached to yet, to celebrate.  It makes more sense to celebrate the completion of said work, the way you’d gather after the last performance of a play, to be able to look back over the entire run as a whole as you raise a glass.

 

As it’s a small novel, it’d be a small party, a few rounds at the local, nothing big.  I’ll save the big blow-outs for when something gets optioned; if someone wants to do a screen version, we’ll ramp things up.  Hell, if there’s a graphic novel adaptation, we can scale accordingly…

Hopefully, after June 13th, there’ll be more to say on this last piece of business.  Unlike what happens in the novel, this future looks a bit brighter…

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Going On The Account: Misread Flags Atop the Mast

So, did you hear the one about the women who dressed up as pirates, thinking it’d be appropriate to attend a talk about pirates dressed as pirates?

None of whom realized that the speaker, Colin Darch, was there to talk about his time as a hostage of Somali pirates…?

Yeah, that kinda went down well…

 

Supposedly he took it in stride, the whole British stiff-upper-lip thing and all, and if the crew that came had attended a talk by someone without that direct experience to draw from, say a historian or writer as opposed to a hostage, this would not have been any kind of deal at all.

Mind you, one thing that allows pirates during all periods to function is gathered intel, which these women obviously didn’t have.  Which means if you dress like a pirate, you best be able to act like one too, even just a little…

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Ten

Part One Hundred Ten of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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