Felix + Dzintra + Queensryche: Story Free to Share

Recently, I’ve been reading some stories by Cory Doctorow, and started looking a bit more at his thoughts on copyright. Thanks to him and BoingBoing, I was introduced to the Creative Commons licenses – a way to better define just how you would like your work shared.

I like Cory’s take on why he chooses to give away his books for free. In particular, I’m taken by a phrase he cites from Tim O’Reilly:

Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.

To read the full article by O’Reilly, check out: Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution.

I’ve been kicking around the idea for some time now, and have decided to make a lot of my writing available under a CC license. While I have some plans in the works to put many of my poems online, under the same kind of license… that’s a bigger project and a bigger blog entry, for another day.

For now, I’ve added in the story I contributed to the Cassette From My Ex book. I was unsure whether I could repost the full story here, but after checking with Jason… he looked over the contract, and I got the green light. My story is entitled Felix + Dzintra + Queensrÿche. Here are the openining lines:

I was an Asian guy with long hair who was into Heavy Metal; she was a Latvian dancer who liked to chain-smoked Camels. We met in Mr. Dennis’ Orchestra class at North Central High School. We both played violin, and we both had unusual names: Felix and Dzintra.

I’ve made the story available in several file formats, including PDF, Word doc, HTML and plain text. You can find them (and copy/share them) at http://www.avoision.com/writing/.

And actually, if you wouldn’t mind passing it along… you’d be doing me a huge favor. Feel free to copy it, email it, share it – the more the merrier! I hope to add more to the writing section in the coming weeks, but for now… we’ll start with one.

And if you enjoyed this bit, and would like to read more – definitely consider picking up a copy of the book.

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