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March 2017



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he's everything inside of you that you wish you could be.

This is like the Ninja Quotient*, only better.

*which uses the number of main characters who would have to be replaced by ninjas in order to improve the story as a measure of literary merit, and I believe is original to Some Guy (lnhammer).

For example, Romeo and Juliet would be a pretty good play if you just replaced the title characters with ninjas, so the ninja quotient is two... oh, wait. That's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, isn't it?

Also, scott_lynch has a very, very funny post on weird emails from random entitled people on the internet who think for some reason they own you. Or maybe it's only funny if you are the sort of person who gets weird emails from random entitled people, but it had me on the floor.

(see above, George R. R. Martin is Not Your Bitch.)

Also, apparently Scott (like tim_pratt and catvalente) is doing a Donation Model Book On The Internets. As somebody who is doing a donation-model hyperfiction collaboration on the internets, I support this endeavor.

See, the whole thing about this donation-model stuff is that we're trying to figure out new ways to exploit the internet that will get you wonderful stories, and allow us to feed our cats. Writers, as Scott points out, are usually actually Starving Artists, and sometimes we go a long time between paychecks. And the distribution models and so forth are changing--

So basically, right now we're all experimenting, trying to find ways to use our professional skill, acquired through years of practice, to continue making a living. In an era where everything is instantly copyable and DRM pisses people off, it's looking less and less likely that selling paper books for a marginal royalty is going to keep us in pretzels and beer twenty years down the line.

Musicians can go out and gig for a living. But writing in the modern world isn't a performance art, though once upon a time, storytelling was. Maybe the internet is a way to revisit the bardic tradition.

Basically, we're busking. We're trying to give you something awesome, and in the process Not Starve.

Seems like a reasonable trade to me.

Mile and 6/10 in 20:18 this morning, including a big hill and a stop to poop in a garden (The dog, not me. Yes, I picked up after him.).

Now, to shower, eat some banana bread, and invent a serial killer. Yeah, it's a pretty good job some days.


I've been writing about Busking in Cyberland over on my journal. I'm very interested in hearing your experiences (and others')!
It's interesting in part because we're just figuring out how to do it, I think--

--of course, the thing about busking is that there's no obligation to the listener. You can always just walk away if you don't like it.

Which is why it seems so weird to me that people get so... crabby... about it.
Perhaps they feel guilty if they have money, like the content, and don't donate? And feeling guilty makes them crabby?

One of the things I'm trying to do with my Busking in Cyberland series of articles is to let people know that it's a two-way street, that their dollars influence what's available, as does their word-of-mouth. They can be active consumers, and can influence what projects their favorite writers or artists spend time on, in a way that only corporate big-wigs (editors, publishers, etc.) could do before. (If people are interested in what I have to say on this, without paging through all my journal, they can find links here: http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/46940.html).

Also, people hear how rich someone like JK Rowling got from her books and think all authors get that kind of money. They don't realize that the reason her writing income is "news" is that it is so astoundingly astronomical.
I'm interested in seeing how that works out.
There is also 'plays that would be improved by one of the leads having an invisible 6 foot rabbit best friend': generated by seeing a Priestley play about Time in which a leading male character was a dead ringer for James Stewart in Harvey. Spent much of Act II during the major family angst expecting him to go down the pub with Invisible Bunny Pal.
See, the whole thing about this donation-model stuff is that we're trying to figure out new ways to exploit the internet that will get you wonderful stories

As an outsider (or reader) looking in, it looks different to me: It looks like you're trying to use (not exploit) the internet to give a story to your readers, and let it stand on it's own merit in order to earn you beer-and-cat-food; it's less about the anticipation of a good story, which is what novels are sold based on, than about the experience of having read a good story. Content first, then "reward"; and it all comes down to a noble interpretation of human nature. That or just thinking we're not ethicless morons, which is the same thing.
Pretty much, yeah. That about covers it. *g*
As I keep telling people (mostly when I'm writing essays...), unless you're being paid by the word, why use one word where ten will do? *g*

I only wish I could find an author pretentious enough to agree, rather than actually valuing the integrity of their (unpretentious) characters' voices!
bears poop in the woods, not in gardens.
I have spoken to (conservative) people who were moved to incoherent fury at buskers; one suggested they should all be shot out of hand. They have been unable to explain this distaste, though they seem to assume performers are homeless panhandlers -- whom they also want shot. It's an odd, odd perception.
I suspect people like that feel very, very trapped by the choices they have made in life, and the anger has to come out somewhere.
Lack of slaves to whip. Breeds frustration in the privileged and entitled
I always thought the ninja quotient was something to do with how one ninja is incredibly badass, but a large group are easily defeated.

But then, I was always bad at math.
No, that's ninja division -- a different branch black-ops math.

I originally called it the Ninja Replacement Score, but Ninja Quotient works at least as well.

It's an incredibly useful concept, in any case....

Imagine how cool The Day The Earth Stood Still remake could have been if the chick were a ninja?
Exactly -- it's a very useful concept.

That said, I have fun testing it on books where it simply doesn't work. For example, Journey to the West is hard to score because almost everyone already pwns ninjas to start with.

I'd say it's a damn good job most days. Good for you.
(Predator She Wrote)

LOL I get those e-mails too, but for different reasons and possibly from less intelligent people (oh hai, youtube)
Some form of busking is what artists need to do now. Since I live in a part of Europe where it is legal to download tv shows and movies, etc, I even wish everyone involved in those productions, from directors to sound effects, could work the donation method, though it sounds nigh impossible. Certainly a little PR about returning to the bardic tradition might help a few tightwads open their pocketbooks along with their eyes.
When it's an optional button, I don't know why some people get mad. Optional! Hey, as soon as I have any money, sure I'll contribute. For now all I can do is buy my favourite authors' books new instead of used, and feel I'm doing my tiny bit for those slogging along writing fiction. Reading is my favourite activity and writing is a difficult job, and hey, yeah, a tip jar. That might help.