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It appears we are living at the dawn of a new era. Throughout our culture we see signs of change, progress, and evolution. A “Creative Class” is on the rise that — with the help of the Internet and other related technologies — will reportedly transform our entire socio-economic system.
And yet, at the same time, something is amiss. Much of this so-called Creative Class can only prosper by finding work within the current corporate infrastructure, resulting in very little actual creativity or innovation. The very ones who might create the necessary change in society must expend their time and energy worrying about “making a living.” Those who can keep a job have to sacrifice ideas that contradict the wishes of bosses and the company’s stockholders.
2010 was a crazy year for me, with some of the highest highs and lowest lows that I’ve ever experienced. I moved out of the country, got published in a real (albeit online) magazine, began writing my first book…and even bottle-fed three foster puppies! By the holidays I was totally worn out. But now that I’m settled in the new year and working steadily on the book, I thought I would write a quick summary of what I did last year. I’ll provide links, in case you missed anything or want to read one again.
A quick calculation revealed that in 2010 I wrote about 50,000 words in essays and stories, as well as 31,000 words on the book manuscript!!! That doesn’t even count the articles on my MusicEdge blog (which I closed last April), my Refractor blog (which has been on hiatus, with a few sporadic posts, since last July), my notebooks, or my dream journal. I have to say, I’m excited by the thought that I probably topped 100,000 words in 2010—especially because that’s my goal for the book manuscript. When I lacked a first-hand sense of how much work it would take to create a book, the idea was a lot more terrifying. (more…)
On August 12 the web magazine Reality Sandwich published a second essay of mine. Click here to read the full thing. Here’s the blurb:
Copyright law now protects creative works for almost a century. At the very least, copyright terms should be drastically reduced. Of course, the concept of revising creative compensation is based on the presumption that we will still use monetary currency with inborn inflation in the future. But a gradual transition would be better than picking up the pieces in a post-apocalyptic world.