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365 Guide

Posted on 2007.04.23 at 15:11
Howard Hendrix recently ranted about the determental effect of writers putting their work online for free, prompting papersky to declare today, April 23, "International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day," and say, "On this day, everyone who wants to should give away professional quality work online. It doesn't matter if it's a novel, a story or a poem, it doesn't matter if it's already been published or if it hasn't, the point is it should be disseminated online to celebrate our technopeasanthood."

As a Technopeasent from way back, I'd thought a place up a handy-dandy guide of the 78 stories I wrote and published online over a www.365tomorrows.com/. Some are great, some are little more than excuses to tell a joke, but I believe there is indeed something for everyone. Also, some of my favorite titles ever.

1. Outer Space Romance
2. Last Resort
3. Fleet Of Ages
4. This World’s Not Built For Lovers
5. What Mechanics Do
6. Roll
7. The Life of the Venusian Cowgirl
8. Welcome to the Hotel Kraken
9. The Water’s Fine
10. Built To Last
11. Licensed
12. Favor Fishing
13. Curse
14. Who Forever Belongs To
15. The New Economy
16. The Uncanny Valley
17. In the Belly of the Desert
18. Mercy Mission
19. Invaded
20. The Dead Done Gone
21. How Much Will You Take?
22. Real Girls
23. In A Teapot
24. Perfectly Logical Explination
25. Hand And Fist
26. Waiting For Ironwine
27. The Bitter Kiss of the Ronin’s Cup
28. Made To Be Broken
29. Word Made Flesh
30. When The Dust Settles
31. Old Man’s Moon
32. This Year’s Aristogiton
33. In A Nest of Ice and Snow
34. Left
35. Hoist That Rag
36. Happily Ever After
37. Quitter
38. Nether Lands
39. The Horsemen of Carnaby Street
40. Object of My Desire
41. Walltalkers
42. Where The Heart Is
43. Chains of Commerce
44. Mongrels
45. Burning Angels
46. Wall of Cloth
47. Behind the Wire
48. Forward Motion
49. The Body is Made of Clay
50. Rocketer
51. Drudgery In Czech
52. Saturn Swallows Its Children Whole
53. Martian Bluff
54. The Difference Salt Makes
55. The Public Air
56. Antennae Don’t Blink
57. Trimming Back the Growth
58. Home Defense
59. The Final Voyage of Captain Shakespeare
60. Like A Stone
61. Red Letter Day
62. God of War
63. Son of Steel
64. The Purifying Flames of Burning Love
65. The Illuminated Man
66. Sense of Worth
67. Welcome to the Monkey House
68. Where the Wild Horses Run
69. Brietards
70. How To Snag A Muffin-Choker
71. The Fury of the Widowmaker
72. Tête á Tête
73. It’s the Same Old Song
74. It Comes In Waves
75. From the Top Down
76. Hoarding Colored Rags
77. In The Black Moriah’s Shadow
78. Devotion for Mechanics


failed existentialist
johnkazuo at 2007-04-23 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
Huh. Well, at the very least, I'm glad that Hendrix's outdated sensibilities resulted in the generation of a nice list of your stories from 365tomorrows which will ease my perusing of said stories.

I find the resistance of individuals in both the writing community and comic industry to online distribution. I've seen a lot more of this, and often in much more inflammatory terms, in the realm of comics, but still. Is it a matter of the old guard rejecting a change to the status quo simply because it is a change, or do you think the expressions of distaste for online distribution are rooted in a perceived threat to their livelihood?. The two are certainly not mutually exclusive, but to me at least, it seems that the former is more of an issue.
planetx at 2007-04-23 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
A combination of the two. We're seeing a lot of older individuals who don't understand how the web works and veiwing with a considerable amount of distrust. In a way, it is taking some out of people's livelihood, because they aren't using it. Online culture--particularly for genre material--is becoming more are more instrumental in not just setting up but also keeping an audience. It's your own fault if others are using it to their benefit and you're losing ground 'cause you're not.

I think alot of people see it as the beginning of free culture, that no one will pay for what they can get for free. Which is ridiculous, of course. People will pay for what they can get for free as long as they can get it easily.
failed existentialist
johnkazuo at 2007-04-23 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
I actually had a rather brief conversation last night with astrokel's father who is in town for a conference tangentially linked to this topic. We were talking about emerging technologies, and flexible, foldable screens. One of the sons of my company's president has been working on a product that would use such a screen to do away with the need, or at least marginalize the dependency on paper blue prints. You would load all your plans onto the device, unroll the screen and use like normal drawings, but without all the bulk, and without the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of printing costs.

We started talking about the resistance by many to moving away from the printed medium of magazines and newspapers, and how this could represent a solution. Many magazines and newspapers are already providing electronic editions of their products, and some titles are doing away with their printed format all together. The recent fuss about Wizards of the Coast dropping their partnership with Paizo, who publishes
magazines, got me started thinking about this. So many of the complaints (at least when WotC indicated they would be continuing the products in some manner electronically, not doing away with them entirely) came from people lamenting the loss of the ability to sit and read the articles on a bus or train, curled up in a chair in their living room, or what have you. Such technology could solve this issue, and I think is something that is looming on the proverbial horizon.

Right, this has become a little longer and more disjointed than I intended. Really, I think that you're right on about the notion of free culture, and the fact that it is a fallacy. It's just a different distribution model, and one that is coming to be unavoidable. It won't be much longer when the major players in the printing industries will be unable to ignore this movement of electronic distribution. When that moment comes, it'll be interesting to see how both sides react. Will we see less available for free online, or will it continue to be a tool for writers and artists to get their work seen?
planetx at 2007-04-24 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
I think the success of PDF-oline magazines over flash-based oline mags says that folks do prefer having something to hold in their hands on the subway, but don't mind low-print quality to have it for free, or at low cost. Not that that will be an issue in a few years, when home printers outstrip large presses. Right now, the printer/binder print-on demand companies like Lulu use looks like copier on steriods. How long before it looks like a desktop printer?

What this means is troubling for printing presses, but not so much for magazines. If your reader does the printing and binding for you, that lowers your overhead considerably. You can afford to sell your magazine for a dollar or two, becuase you're no longer printing it. Sure, you can print a more expensive "specialty edition" with better graphics and more content, but if your mission is to get readers, your readers have been gotten.

iTunes showed that people don't mind paying for digital content as long as it's as easy or easier to get than the free stuff. Penny Arcade and Homestar Runner has shown that you can support yourself off of merchadising from free content. You can use the internet to make money, even if it involves giving stuff away for free.
failed existentialist
johnkazuo at 2007-04-24 13:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm definitely with you on this. Advances in tech will be just as big a driver in this shift as anything else, if not the biggest one.

Regarding magazines, and overhead, it will be a huge boon too that industry when we see a majority shift to an electronic distribution model. As it stands, large magazines (read: anything that isn't an independently published zine) makes all their profit from ad space. The actual cover price of the magazines just covers printing and distribution costs. When that cost is not longer there, they'll stand to make a much larger profit.
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