Year 2, Month 5, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.
12th day of writing the novel Warm Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
I planned on giving the novel a push tonight, but still trying to work out some details about the world. My Thunder Mountain world is a complex time travel world and I have, for five books now, stuck to a very clear set of rules.
So this new book has ventured (as my subconscious would tend to do) into an area I hadn’t figured out yet, at least the time travel aspects of it all. I don’t worry about the plot, but I am a stickler for the details on the universe.
So the pause and not much writing is me trying to make sure the world is clear in my mind before I type too much more into the plot, which I have no idea what that might be. But something I wrote three days ago woke me up in the middle of the night and I went “Damn, it wouldn’t work that way.”
Better me finding it in the middle of the night than a reader spotting the problem six months from now. (grin)
So not a lot on the book tonight, but some world building on the time travel aspects of the next step.
Day was pretty standard. Out of bed around 1 p.m., e-mail, then off to the snail mail and to mail a bunch of packages. Then to the store to grab some lunch, then up to WMG Publishing to work for a time. At 4 p.m. I went out walking and then at 5 p.m. I was back at WMG offices working again.
Home by 6:30 for the standard nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then in here to finish up the last of the workshop stuff for the week at 8:30. That took until about 10 p.m. and then Kris and I headed to watch the final Voice. Wonderful entertainment, fantastic music, and my favorite won, which pleased me no end. And I loved the bit with Pharrell as Yoda. Too funny.
So back to the writing around 12:30 a.m. and spent the next hour or so working on the time travel and annoying Rusch (while she was trying to read) with my talking and inability to settle on one way of working this out. Sorry Kris. (grin)
Then I took another nap, thinking about the time travel stuff. Again, not really working on the plot. Just trying to figure out inside the rules of time travel that I set up how this new reality will work.
So thinking I have some of it, about 3 a.m. I went to the writing computer and cycled back and did about 1,100 new words, then a short break and by 5 a.m. I had another 1,000 new words. But still missing a major problem on the time travel, so stopped for the night.
I went over to this computer and sent out all the invitations to the Yahoo group e-mail list for the April coast fantasy workshop taught by Kris. I think I got them all out before starting on this.
So I worked on the novel, but not a lot of words. Actually, if I get this time travel world building worked out, it will open the Thunder Mountain world to hundreds of possible books. So I don’t mind taking my time on getting these details in place in my head.
Topic of the Night: A Rude Awakening Coming (Maybe)
Yesterday I talked about a couple of ways of looking at how e-books are doing and some of the flat silly predictions going into the future on e-books.
But one major thing about e-books that make them different than a paper book. The buyer does not own anything about the e-book. Period.
Under modern court cases, of couple of which have settled just this year, the courts are saying over and over that the “First Sale” doctrine of books does NOT apply to e-books.
What that means is this: You buy a paper book, the first sale doctrine applies and you can keep it, resell it, give it away, trade it at a used bookstore, and so on. Once you buy it, you own the physical property of the book. Not the words, but the book itself.
No one can come into your house and take it off your shelf.
But you pay $6.99 for an e-book, you own nothing. You have bought the right to stream the words past your eyes and that’s it. Nothing else.
You can read it, but also the supplier of the e-book can take the e-book from you without notice (read your terms of service.) You can’t resell the e-book, you can’t give it away without a certain permission of the company you bought it from, and only inside their system.
First Sale Doctrine does not apply to e-books. E-books are only licensed and no one I have ever met besides my wife and I read terms of service.
Now, I understand that in our modern streaming culture, we are used to this sort of thing with movies, songs, television. So most readers would not be bothered by this, if they knew. Some would be, but many would not. Books, after all, are just a modern part now of our streaming culture.
Entertainment is everywhere and streaming past.
And after all, we pay money at a theater to see a movie, and we pay money to have a streaming television service, and we pay money for downloads of songs. So what is different about a book?
So most will not be bothered at all until the day comes a reader goes back to their device to find that favorite book to reread it and the book is gone and the reader has to buy it again.
And then a time later, they have to buy it again.
And so on and so on. Part of the fun of our new world of streaming, I know.
It is in the best interest of the e-book retailer to put a cap on the time a book can remain on an e-reader or a tablet. They will make more sales that way. And again, folks, they can do this. Read your terms of service.
Yeah, I know, I know, you don’t care.
But just a simple thought for all of you who have hundreds of books and hundreds of dollars of books on your readers. Those readers are connected almost all the time, and especially when you buy a new book.
And there have been articles lately that make me shudder talking about being able to tell exactly how far a reader of a book read into the book before quitting. So you finish a book, why wouldn’t the retailer take the book off your reader? You payed to stream it, right?
If the company that licensed you that book is that connected into your device, what else can happen with a simple hack of that company? Sony, anyone?
So far nothing has happened, and the major e-book retailers are managing to keep this ability to delete your purchased books below the radar. But as long as you are connected, anything can happen to your device and the books on the device that you have paid good money for.
Because just as with a movie at a theater, you have paid for a short-term right to be entertained. And nothing more.
And nothing less.
But the key phrase there is “short term.”
So just be aware. Your favorite book might cost you a few times just to keep it and reread it.
And one day you might open up your reading device and all the books you bought will be gone.
Or the books that don’t fit a certain law in some country will be censored and removed (Kobo anyone). Or someone complains about the content of a book and the company pulls all copies of the book. (Happened dozens of times already, yet no one complained or much noticed.)
And the topic of censorship is very real when it comes to e-books. You sign the terms of service that allow it when you buy the book.
Just be aware.
It is a new world of streaming. But if you are buying e-books, they are not regular books, they are streaming entertainment.
And just that fleeting.
MONTHLY TOTAL ON NOVELS ONLY
LAKE ROOSEVELT novel done (most written last month).
Day 1…. 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 4,850 words
MARTIAN LOVER novel started.
Day 2…. 3,600 words. Total words to date…. 8,450 words
Day 3…. 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 12,650 words
Day 4…. 3,400 words. Total words to date…. 16,050 words
WARM SPRINGS novel started.
Day 5…. 4,250 words. Total words to date…. 20,100 words
Day 6…. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 24,650 words
Day 7…. 4,950 words. Total words to date…. 29,600 words
Day 8…. 3,450 words. Total words to date…. 33,050 words
Day 9…. 3,150 words. Total words to date…. 36,200 words
Day 10.. 4,550 words. Total words to date…. 40,750 words
Day 11.. 2,650 words. Total words to date…. 43,400 words
Day 12.. 2,400 words. Total words to date…. 45,800 words
Day 13.. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 47,950 words
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words to date…. 50,250 words
Day 15.. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 51,450 words
Day 16.. 2,100 words. Total words to date…. 53,550 words
(I would need to be at 65,000 words at this moment. That is within reach. Note, about halfway through the month, I am on the same basic pace as last month.)
Totals For Year 2, Month 5, Day 16
— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,550 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words
— Blog Posts: 1,400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,100 words
— E-mail: 48 e-mails. ( A lot of form letters.) Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 429 e-mails. Approx. 13,600 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
Day Job Work… 7.5 hours… Total for week… 14.5 hours… Total for month… 103 hours
Exercise… 1 hours… Total for week…1 hours…Total for month… 6 hours
Television and naps… 5 hours… Total for week…10.5 hours… Total for month… 74 hours
Writing time… 4 hours… Total for week… 6 hours …Total for month… 64 hours
(The rest of the time is sleeping and showers and meals and stuff like that…Day Job includes e-mail and errands for business only. This blog time is about an hour tonight and included in the writing hours.)
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