Self-Publishing Supervillain

Going the Full Doctorow: What Not to Expect From Your Creative Commons Licensed Work

Submitted by C B Wright on

Eleven years ago Cory Doctorow released a book called Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. What was unique for the time was that not only was it published under a traditional publisher (Tor), but it was also published under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives license directly on his website, allowing people to stop by his site and download it for free. What did it mean?

Aeschylus, James Dean, William Shatner, and Writing

Submitted by C B Wright on

When I was in college and majoring in theatre I had an opportunity to listen to a short clip of a very old recording of a performance of Oedpius Rex. When I say “very old” I mean the recording dated from just before the 1900s, and I was curious to hear what the performance what like. The actor, whose name I can’t remember, was apparently very highly regarded in his day, so it was a chance to hear one of the greats performing one of the classic works of theatre from a time that pre-dated the automobile.

The professor pressed the play button, and the room fell silent. Then we heard the first words of the actor’s soliloquy:

Yea, Oedipus, my sovereign lord and king

And we burst out laughing and couldn’t stop.

SF Is Better Than Every Other Genre Imaginable, Ever

Submitted by C B Wright on

This is crossposted from my Tumblr page. It has two things going for it: first, it's the most pretentious thing I've ever written about speculative fiction, and second, I stand by it 100%.

Before I begin, let me explain to you, dear reader, exactly why I am eminently qualified to talk about this, and why, based on my impeccable credentials, you should immediately agree with me and accept, uncritically, every word in this essay:

Glad we cleared that up. Let’s get started.

I Don't Want To Be A (Self-Publishing) Hero

Submitted by C B Wright on
My Self-Portrait

The Internet is probably not the best place for a journey of self-discovery, but it can happen from time to time. Today on my lunch break I was amusing myself by Googling "self publishing" to see what came up. One of the results was a Huffington post article entitled The Heroes of Self Publishing which listed some of the self-publishers through history who managed to find success -- not just Amanda Hocking, but other notables like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and Beatrix Potter.