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Hacker-of-all-trades, mom, martial artist, fountain pen geek, and backpacker from Indianapolis, IN.


Apr
12
answered How could I share my lyrics?
Apr
12
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
...(cont.) The difference between hackers and other authors is that we already know we don't need a publisher to make money. They can make our lives a lot easier and happier if they are the right publisher, but that's not a reason to sign on with a bad one.
Apr
12
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@Aaron That's simply not true, because you are forgetting an important factor: a significant number of people make emotional rather than rational decisions. As proof that it doesn't have to work that way, take a look at any big tech publisher that deals with a significant number of open-source topics. We hackers aren't big on being told what to do; the publisher must have a respectable value proposition. Common contract terms include releasing the work under a CC license, offering free ebooks from a project website, writing in the open on the web with community feedback, etc. ...
Apr
12
revised What makes a good action scene?
A more aggressive edit than I usually do, but worth doing to dig an excellent question out of an overly-forumlike post.
Apr
10
awarded  Cleanup
Apr
10
comment Initial Writing Medium
Rolled back to previous revision, which appropriately asked for a "best" recommendation. Second revision was way off topic -- "let's discuss" is not what SE is about, it's about answering questions.
Apr
10
revised Initial Writing Medium
rolled back to a previous revision
Apr
10
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
-1 Because, as edited, this post attributes a number of problems to copyright law that are not part of the statutes, but instead part of contracts that some people are dumb enough to sign. The solution is already legal: don't sign an unfair agreement.
Mar
29
answered How many writers use fountain pens/dip pens today?
Mar
28
answered What's your favorite keyboard?
Mar
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
3
awarded  Self-Learner
Jan
30
revised How does a code monkey become a novelist?
Rewording to try to make this make more sense to English majors; ironic since the target audience will parse it just fine as-is.
Jan
30
answered How does a code monkey become a novelist?
Jan
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on As a non-native English speaker, Is it better to get translated or get copyedited for long texts?
Jan
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do you meet a writing quota?
Jan
28
answered What is the preferred way to type out ellipses?
Jan
20
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
13
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
I switch back and forth between Dvorak and QWERTY pretty easily. It just takes a few minutes to "click".
Jan
13
comment Will e-books prevent books from going out of print (and rights from reverting)?
@Ralph Keep in mind that most fiction is still equally relevant two years later, and great fiction is still relevant two hundred years later. Technology changes fast. Apart from The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Computer Programming, I can't think of a computer book that held relevance over a matter of decades. (For example, The Definitive Guide To Drupal 7 will have limited popularity once Drupal 8 comes out, and be totally irrelevant after Drupal 7 hits end-of-life.)