Update on this topic. A data expert from the European Union comments on the questionable legality of bullying users into providing data. Giovanni Buttarelli writes, The E.U. is seeking to prevent people from being cajoled into “consenting” to unfair contracts and accepting surveillance in exchange for a service." What is a blanket photo release but … Continue reading Resist: The Tyranny of Photo Releases
I’ve debated whether I should add to the “me-too” lists enumerating the atrocities women have experienced from the Harvey Weinstein-type men of the world. I’ve tried to sort through my feelings on the topic. I have my own lengthy list of bad experiences, but I don’t feel outrage, even though it’s justified. Instead, I feel … Continue reading Me Too
I cringe whenever I read of debut novels, or debut novelists.
Interesting update on this topic. The Washington Post has weighed in on this issue as it relates to women -- the debate continues. =================== Now for something completely different. This may be relevant to writing only in that some writers are also wine drinkers. A while back my husband and I went shopping for wine … Continue reading In Vino Veritas
It happened unintentionally. I followed a series of internet links that carried me into a blind alley. I was perusing social media on a Sunday morning and encountered a post about The Timberline Review. It’s a new literary journal, cooked up by Oregon writers, good people committed to fostering the art and craft of writing. … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole: Writer or Performer?
I'm losing my interest in social media as it increasingly gravitates toward revenue-generating posts. Real voices and real people are harder to find. Linked-In seems like some bloated scroll of billboards, rather than the personal updates it once featured. Facebook has also moved toward advertising, granting the greatest presence to those who pay. Ever wondered … Continue reading Another perspective on self-promotion
Designer Jane Pellicciotto recently commented on “The Third-Person Bio Problem.” She wasn’t referring to biographical books, but the short blurbs we post to our web sites for the purpose of self-promotion. Jane suggests that it’s pretentious. I had to wince because, yes, I’ve done it too. But I think there’s more. I’ve been asked to … Continue reading The Burdens of Self-Promotion: the Bio Problem