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by kewms
Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Blood and guts and gore
Replies: 13
Views: 2825

Re: Blood and guts and gore

How do you write about things you can't bear to read or to imagine? (Not just because it's gory, but also because it bores me.) Can I resort to having bystanders relate important details, and just skip the rest, or is that a cop-out? Is an enthusiastic cop-out better than a wimpy pastiche (which is...
by kewms
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Macbook or Macbook Pro?
Replies: 209
Views: 44002

Re: Well I bought a Macbook

Yes I could make people drool, and no, we are not adopting.Suffice it to say that its capabilities make running VUE a joy, when Vista decides to behave... and I don't believe any Mac machine would approximate it... due to its upper end 3D hardware. Have you seen the new 8-core Mac Pros? Remember th...
by kewms
Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: OK so I confess I am stuck...
Replies: 42
Views: 7880

Less facetiously: most people until very recently in history (perhaps even now) didn't travel far unless they had to. They left because conditions where they lived were intolerable: that is, they were refugees of one kind or another. Or because they were sent by someone with authority over them, as...
by kewms
Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: OK so I confess I am stuck...
Replies: 42
Views: 7880

As others have said better than I ever will, it's best to think about characters as people rather than as professions. Who they are in the context of the larger quest becomes ancillary. In fact, it's probably more interesting for "Random Dude #78" to have to pick up a sword and fight for ...
by kewms
Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: OK so I confess I am stuck...
Replies: 42
Views: 7880

Why do people travel in our world? Interview 30 people on a bus, and you'll get 30 different reasons, from the grandmother going to visit her kids to the homeless guy who rides the bus because it's cheap and no one bothers you. As I see it, the basic problem with the fantasy quest cliche is that the...
by kewms
Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:02 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

wmarcy wrote:I would only expect royalties if they were previously negotiated.


The whole argument is about exactly that: the upfront negotiation of royalties.

Harvard, '84.


Better brush up. IP law has changed a whole lot since then.

Katherine
by kewms
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

When one buys a CD or a book, one is not buying ownership of the intellectual property in that book or CD, one is purchasing the right to consume that book or CD in a manner prescribed by the publisher. Same thing when you buy a car. Just try setting up a line to produce carbon copy Porsches and se...
by kewms
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

When a publisher buys the rights form an author, the author is in effect signing over all his ownership rights to the publisher, transferring control to the publisher. The publisher is then the owner of the product, be it a piece of music, or a manuscript. (Which is why the publisher can reserve al...
by kewms
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

Which goes back to my auto factory worker analogy, the guy who assembled your car, ought not have the right to tell you what you can do with it once you pay the purchase price. Don't you agree? Actually, it's more like the people who sell books and CDs, and who feel perfectly free to tell you that ...
by kewms
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

Well, I don't believe that it is a shared risk. The writer is risking his time which (s)he values at a certain rate. They produce their manuscript/screenplay for an agreed upon price. From the moment the product is handed over and paid for, it is no longer their property. the production company the...
by kewms
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

I actually do some work on a work-for-hire basis. I charge triple what I get for my royalty-based work. I'm sure the WGA would be willing to reconsider their position on residuals if the studios would triple their standard advance. I'm equally sure that the studios aren't willing to do any such thin...
by kewms
Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

So it would seem that both parties are getting what they want, no? One is getting a product, the other is being paid to produce that product. They reach a compromise on payment for that product. Except in this particular case, they haven't been able to reach a compromise. Hence the WGA strike. Kath...
by kewms
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: WGA strike
Replies: 46
Views: 8631

It takes two to make a contract, doesn't it? Not one side making an offer and the other side forced into accepting? What am I missing? You're missing the huge power imbalance between writers and publishers. (Studios in this case, but the situation for fiction writers is much the same.) Unless a wri...
by kewms
Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Antivirus....Which One?
Replies: 57
Views: 8937

If I may ask for your views on: (a) OS X hosting non-Mac malware; (b) the impact on OS X security with Apples big time incursion into Wintelland with the adoption of the Intell Processors, Parallels and Boot Camp. I see that as a big incentive to MS Windows users to jump ship, and still retain the ...
by kewms
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Antivirus....Which One?
Replies: 57
Views: 8937

Absolutely not true. The prestige, praise and reward that would be heaped upon the first hacker to successfully write a true virus for OSX is enormous. The oft-spread FUD that OSX is only secure because of its small market share is rubbish. Yes and no. It's true that OS X is a prestige target that ...