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1. I've added 4 new templates to the Drabble-Matic, one each by me, iamsab, campylobacter, and not_vacillating. If you want to create one, please feel free. :)

2. Here it is Lupercalia and I have no Remus fanfic for you. I just didn't have time. If I had, this is how it would have gone: Kingsley wants to do something for Remus on his birthday. Remus explains that he doesn't like to celebrate his birthday, since it falls on Lupercalia and the wolf isn't something he likes to be reminded of. He was named Remus because of his birthday and although he's not superstitious, he can't help but feel it's a cruel trick of fate that he's now a werewolf. Oh, Kingsley says. How about Valentine's Day then? So on the 14th, they have a lovely dinner and lots and lots of sex and everyone is happy. Except Snape, because he's never happy.

3. Speaking of Snape, you must see minitrog's manip of Snape as Richard III. I can't stop staring at it.

4. On Friday, I read a paper that Cory Doctorow presented at the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, 2004: Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books. He made some very good points about the nature of e-books, some of which I thought was also relevant to fanfic. If you're interested in internet publishing and how it works alongside traditional publishing, give it a read.

Doctorow made one of his novels (I've not read any of his work, I should confess), Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, available for download from his website at the same time as it was for sale in bookstores. Now, with this presentation, he goes one step further:

About a year ago, I released my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, on the net, under the terms of the most restrictive Creative Commons license available. All it allowed my readers to do was send around copies of the book. I was cautiously dipping my toe into the water, though at the time, it felt like I was taking a plunge.

Now I'm going to take a plunge. Today, I will re-license the text of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom under a Creative Commons "Attribution-ShareAlike-Derivs-Noncommercial" license, which means that as of today, you have my blessing to create derivative works from my first book. You can make movies, audiobooks, translations, fan-fiction, slash fiction (God help us), furry slash fiction, poetry, translations, t-shirts, you name it, with two provisos: that one, you have to allow everyone else to rip, mix and burn your creations in the same way you're hacking mine; and on the other hand, you've got to do it noncommercially.

The sky didn't fall when I dipped my toe in. Let's see what happens when I get in up to my knees.

Good on him.

5. Ack! Where did the morning go?


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My drabble is about Draco's love - a pint of ale with a mystical nostril and the battle for a widget, also features and armpit biting ibex. 0_o


Mmm...pint of ale. I think I'll steal it away from Draco.

Why haven't we thought about writing an epic in which the Black and Tans come for one of Seamus Finnegan's forebearers and are turned into Bass and Guinness by accidental magic?

er...

Oh, Master of the Drabble-matic, you have given me this collection of words:

He grabbed a pie chart and, like a cup of Starbucks warms the fingers on a wintry day, beat the coyote assuredly until it ran off.


For which I will always be grateful. Yet, I must make with the picking of nits. You ask us for an extended metaphor in the D-m directions, but you really want an extended simile.

Just sayin.

:flees:

Yet, I must make with the picking of nits. You ask us for an extended metaphor in the D-m directions, but you really want an extended simile.

Heh. By way of miracle, I managed to restrain myself from picking that same nit. And now I'm sitting here smirking that someone else said it.

;)

Hee! Yeah, I know. See my reply to tzikeh for the details, such as they are. *g*

For which I will always be grateful. Yet, I must make with the picking of nits. You ask us for an extended metaphor in the D-m directions, but you really want an extended simile.

I wondered when someone would call me on that. *g*

This is just me being weird and stubborn. See, in my mind, metaphor can be used in a technical sense but also in a broader sense. And in the broader sense, similes are metaphors. And metaphors are metaphors. (I think in most of the drabbles, either would fit in.)

Dunno why I have this thing about it, but I do. It probably goes back to some issues I had with Latin grammar that I won't go into. :)

So, uh, yeah.

> I wondered when someone would call me on that.

I almost had, then I remembered that:

a.) no one says "extended simile"
b.) Hal can read the ILIAD in its original tongue
c.) similes are wimpy metaphors

I'm a huge fan of Cory Doctorow, and I loved Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which I downloaded online and read, and then I bought the book. What he's doing with his work is amazingly brave, in many ways; he is going all the way with some ideas Stephen King tossed around, but never really followed through on. I saw he's a Nebula finalist this year, too, so it's not hurting his career, either. *g*

I could never get it to download (damn it), but I did read it in paper.

I love the idea of self-backup and the way this plays on the issue of text and finished or published text and what that looks like on the net (wayback machine notwithstanding), where revision and file renaming pretty much obliterate the concept of a work being final, make this such a perfect book to make available electronically at the same time. I love that he's now taking this to the logical conclusion and throwing it out for free use.

Eric Flint is doing a lot the same (with Baen) as far as making his work as available as he can electronically, and damn if I'm not more likely to buy his stuff than previously. It works, this e/paper thing. And it's very fun to think about the why of it all. :)

Oh, cool, I should check it out. I see him referenced all the time in other articles I read -- it seems like he's got some good ideas.

Eee! Oh, that Lupercalia fic idea is a little drabble unto itself, you know. Look, I tidied it up into exactly 100 words for you!

"Once upon a time Kingsley wanted to do something for Remus on his birthday. Remus explained that he didn't like to celebrate his birthday, since it fell on Lupercalia and wasn't something he liked to be reminded of. He was named Remus because of his birthday and although he wasn't superstitious, he couldn't help but feel it was a cruel trick of fate that he was now a werewolf. Oh, Kingsley said. How about Valentine's Day then? So on the 14th, they had a lovely dinner and lots of sex and everyone was happy. Except Snape, because he's never happy."

If only I'd known it was just that easy! Thanks for the sweet editing job. I'll do all my fic that way from now on. *g*

Speaking of Snape, you must see minitrog's manip of Snape as Richard III.

Which has actually sent me on a RIII and Shakespeare rampage, rather than a Snape one.

I read the first and last 3rd of of Julius Ceasar today. Marc A/Wesley? Garn - you *know* you wanna!

Ok, all piss-taking aside - separated at birth much? Discuss. *g*

Juiced on your pimpage hon. Mucho Cha-Cha's.

Doctorov says "...the more scathing the review is, the more likely they are to give it a shot. Any press is good press, so long as they spell your URL right..."

So true, so true.

I like his idea of "copyleft" applied to a work of art, because I've only seen it applied to software in the Open Source communities. If JK Rowling or JRR Tolkien or Chris Carter or [insert commercial artist name here] had copylefted their works instead of copyrighting them, allegations of plagiarism or lack or attribution in fan art would acquire an entirely new cant.

Would fan art eventually enjoy a more elevated status in the eyes of mainstream audiences?

The commercial media tie-in market (film novelizations, serial novels, wall calendars, etc.) would have to obtain different licenses to produce and sell their goods.

Hmm. Vive la revolution!

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