Hey everyone. My name is Rory Price and I'm a science-fiction writer. I recently self-published my first novel, Opt Out. It follows a group of free software activist who get very worried about a new form of invasive proprietary technology known as smart implants.
Other than that, I'm a dedicated free software user and take privacy very seriously. I'm very interested in storytelling in general.
Check out my website at https://roryprice.net/
It's okay to be taught stuff in school that you'll never need again in your life. Because if you only know and do what you need, it's called survival, not life.
It took me quite a long time to realise of, yes, I never needed to learn about Greek mythology using poems written by people in the 18/19th century, but it's good to know.
There might be better things to learn, but there is basically nothing one should not learn. Knowledge is human kind's greatest treasure. Enjoy learning it.
I got some work done towards releasing a print version of Opt Out today. I'd been leaving it aside for too long.
In the same vein, can anyone recommend marketing services that are actually worth it? I'm thinking in investing there, but I'd rather avoid Amazon-centric services and I'm not interested in any sort of social media coaching. Really, I have no idea how to market a book outside of what I'm doing here.
While I obviously don't write as much as I used to before I started this new job, I kinda like the schedule I have right now. I feel like when I do sit down to write, it's more productive and rewarding.
I guess I'll see if I still feel that way once I'm in the twentieth round of edits. First drafts are always the most fun part.
I think I might be getting carried away when it comes to my next book. I keep adding more chapters, more details, and a higher word count. I have to keep reminding myself that the book can be as long as it needs. Part of why I self-publish is so I don't have to deal with arbitrary rules.
So yeah, I might be writing a brick. We'll see.
The more I do it, the more I hate formatting. Everything having to do with graphics design is just so alien to me. I feel like I have to look up every single slightly technical term, and then have to research most of the vocabulary used in the definition.
I want to learn, but man is my brain not wired for this shit.
I ended up watching "Bye Bye 2020" yesterday, which is a comedy show that airs every New Years in Quebec. I've been treated to some honestly insulting attempts at mocking the people who needed money from the government to survive the pandemic. The whole thing reeked of capitalist propaganda, and I'm utterly disgusted that Radio-Canada (French CBC) aired it.
Here's to hoping we learn from the pandemic and start building a fair society that treats everyone with dignity.
Science-fiction writer, free software supporter. I publish under creative commons and oppose DRM.
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