Music Modernization Bill Sounds Good.

I am generally distrustful of bipartisan legislation, especially when the CEO of RIAA is this enthusiastic, but this doesn’t look too bad on its face:

A key provision of the bill is for Congress to establish the equivalent of a SoundExchange for songwriters to track credits and distribute royalties when digital services use their work. The switch to a market-based rate standard for artists and writers, closing the pre-1972 loophole that denied digital compensation to legacy artists and the addition of copyright royalties for producers and engineers are other changes widely hailed as improvements by a wide range of industry organizations, from the Recording Academy and the RIAA to ASCAP, BMI, the American Association of Independent Music and the American Federation of Musicians.

Sounds like a good compromise on the needs of artists and distributors. Establishing the means to accurately enforce contracts is what we have a govenrment for.

via Music Modernization Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee — Variety

The Sword Update

Here’s where we are on my Civil War novel.

  • I just finished Chapter 7 of a planned 15.
  • Chapters are averaging somewhere between 4,000-5,000 words (rough estimate). This will put me at about 70,000 words, reasonable size for a novel.
  • If I finish in the next six weeks or so, I can let it lie fallow for a bit before editing it and then figuring out how to publish it.
  • At present time, I want to try traditional publishing, then if that doesn’t work, perhaps a Kickstarter.
  • I have a new working-cover. It kind of looks like a flag:Sword2

It’s been a while since I updated on this, but I’ve been working on it – especially since I finished Void. I’m toying with offering a chapter on Tablo to see what people think. Then again, I might not.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of trying to make material available completely available from this website, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post…

You can be a Millionaire, once you figure out how to earn a Million dollars

Am currently reading The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How To Be Succesful, on Instapundit’s recommendation (how much money do use suppose Reynolds has made Amazon over the years). It’s maybe the book I’ve been looking to read for a long time.

Money quote, on the Art of Earning a Living:

The Art of Earning a Living requires a great deal of self-inquiry into what, exactly the difference you want to make is, and also a lot of creative, entrepreneurial problem-solving to figure out how you could make decent money while making that difference.

In other words, the dichotomy between earning and creating is the falsest of all dichotomies. True creation invariably creates value.