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It’s Not About You

April 23, 2013
It’s Not About You

Being someone who’s constantly looking at the dark cloud that happens to be near every silver lining, I’m constantly down on myself. I think it’s one of the reasons that I’m having so much trouble getting my own fiction written, why I feel stymied and stumped with other creative projects, why things generally seem more than a …Read the Rest

Captain’s Review – A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men I was a fan of Darkship Thieves when it came out, and when I was (fortunately) stranded in a local bookstore (Book People in Austin is great), I saw that the second book in the series – Darkship Renegades was out. I was understandably excited. If you’re a fan of Heinlein’s …Read the Rest

Book Review: Darkship Thieves by Susan Hoyt

The other day, someone pointed out a blog post written by Sarah Hoyt on the IPG / Amazon conflict, and as I started reading I immediately thought to myself: “Who IS this?” And I immediately started looking for her books. Darkship Thieves is exactly what the blurb says – Heinlein-esque pulpy goodness. The story involves […]

Free legal e-books for your e-reader

So, maybe you’re a subscriber to FlagShip. Maybe you’re not. But you DO have one of those shiny new e-readers on your holiday wish list. And the question comes up. So, you’re going to spend how much money on a reader? And you still have to buy the books?  Oh, how I remember having that […]

Story is Where You Find It: The Captain Maps Media

While Flying Island Press is admittedly interested in people reading our stuff (see those links above to subscribe or buy an issue?), I also want to direct people’s attention to other places where I’ve found good story lately. After all, we just had a Galley Table episode about storytelling in different venues / mediums, so […]

Right to Copy – What’s Protected, and How do I get Protection?

I don’t know if I was very clear last post, but I wanted to explain a little more what my motiviations are in writing this. The publishing world is changing, and as a writer, you may need to change with it. That means you need to be familiar with what your rights are, how to […]

The Right to Copy

May 21, 2011
The Right to Copy

It is occasionally a source of some surprise to people when they find out that I am, in my day job, a practicing attorney. And one of the things that interested me most in law school (and since) has been copyright. For the last few days, I’ve been thinking that it would be a good […]

The Art of Play

May 15, 2011
The Art of Play

At heart, I think most science fiction and fantasy fans are great big kids inside. We love to play with big ideas, and have those “That’s SO COOL” moments. And there’s a part of us that just… likes to play. Period. Video games, RPGs, Collectible Card Games, Arkham Horror – fans love to play. It […]

Fiction Binging

May 1, 2011
Fiction Binging

eBooks have always been something I’ve been interested in – even before we started to see dedicated readers. If that wasn’t the case, I never would have started our little venture here at FIP. I’ve been using my iPhone for the past few years as a reader, and that’s still a great choice. It’s largely […]

Accept No Substitutes

April 23, 2011
Accept No Substitutes

For a few, blissful moments today, I had a golden opportunity. Actually, let me back up a bit. I love couches. More specifically, I love relaxing on a couch. There’s nothing like the feeling of stretching out on a couch after, say, a day of intense technical writing (something that the day job has me […]

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