March 23rd, 2015

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Why Piracy Mostly Doesn't Matter

Because they were never going to pay you for it anyway.  If they were, and this is a category the author left out, they pay you anyway.  Subcategories include people who use free copies to decide if they want to buy a product, people who are reading the freebie while waiting for a paper copy to come out, and crowdfunding where folks read free stuff but have the option to sponsor more/faster/whatever if they wish.

The author is absolutely right that many people will pay for convenience over free stuff, if they have more money than time/energy or if the EROEI is better when paying.  This is why my year-end collections are now spiralbound at Staples instead of hand-punched at home.  Save us a day's backbreaking work?  TAKE MAH MONEY!

Conversely some people will tolerate extra effort for free stuff because they have more time/energy than money.  That's okay too.

The general rule is, make it easy to do the right thing and hard to do the wrong thing.  Reward good behavior, ignore or discourage bad behavior.

In crowdfunding, I have noticed that giving away things is an excellent way to get more money.  It's a little counterintuitive ... in a cash  economy.  But it is the fundamental premise of a gift  economy.  We say, "The gift must move."  You don't just accept the goodies and pocket them.  You give something to someone else, which can be a share of the first or the same kind of thing or something totally different.  The idea is to keep the energy moving.  A lot of folks in crowdfunding route part of their incoming funds back to other projects crowdfunded by someone else.  I can only afford this sporadically but I still do it.

Another consideration is relationship.  When people like a creative person, they will throw money  without even being asked.  But if they feel their money is going to a big corporation instead of the author, they're less enthusiastic about that.  They get downright huffy if they feel like they're getting screwed, not getting their money's worth -- maybe the prices are jacked up or the product isn't very good.  So that's a big reason why some people pirate.  It's not just an economic issue that people can't afford a product or feel it's overpriced.  It's a relationship breakdown between provider and customer.  Consider how very badly the music, movie, publishing, etc. industries have treated their customers.  Well, now the bottlenecks are coming loose and people have other alternatives.  Newsflash: if people hate you and get a chance to leave or hit back, they will TAKE IT.
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Monday Update 3-23-15

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Native Americans in F&SF
First Flowers
Terradeforming
Older Women in Urban Fantasy
Read "News Bulletin: The Massacre of Cascabel" and "The Conscience of the War"
Unsold Poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl
Karma Tribbles
Read "Urgent Business" by Dialecticdreamer
Today's Yardening: Wood Pickup
Meltdown vs. Tantrum


The March Torn World Muse Fusion was this past weekend. I wrote two poems, and two sketches were made from my prompts.

The half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family has sold out.  Woohoo!  Thank you all for your enthusiasm.  Posted poems have been linked from the sale page.  The triptych is slated to begin posting after Dialecticdreamer's story "Urgent Business" concludes, of which the last chapter is slated to appear tomorrow.  Today's Part 5 is up, if you've been reading along.  So you'll have some big chunks of poetry to enjoy.

I have some other stuff going on this week that's likely to reduce my time online, though.  I'll stay on top of stuff as best I can.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Often Buried Deep" belongs to the series An Army of One.  It follows Astin on the trader's loop.  "Settled" is the third piece of the Polychrome Heroics triptych about the fight at SPOON.  Aidan and Danso discuss nightmares.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has turned nippy, though not freezing.  Tulips and daffodils are well up.  Naked ladies and daylilies are sprouting, and maple buds are swelling.  My snowdrops are blooming!  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, male and female cardinals, a few mourning doves.