Author: kcraybould

  • Failed Writer’s Journey: I Do Not Want an Investor, I Want An Economy That Works for Authors (and Everyone Else)

    So this newsletter has been making the rounds a bit, and it strikes me as looking for a solution in the wrong place. Griffin’s basic argument is that investors would be better for authors than publishing house because publishing houses have too much power with respect to authors. They keep too much of the profit,…

  • I Am Perplexed: A Short Review of The Mimicking of Known Succeses.

    I do not understand why I enjoyed The Mimicking of Known Succeses. The plot hinges on information you are not presented with until near the point at which that information becomes the solution. The main romance feels forced, not organic, and the mystery itself is short and leaves many flapping loose ends. But I really…

  • I Wanna Tweet Like Common People Do

    Jack Dorsey has officially left the board of Bluesky, letting the world know via a rambling interview. In that interview, Dorsey inadvertently highlights the anti-equality, ant-liberty view of too many of our tech overlords. The interview is bog-standard, right-wing fantasy. Dorsey is leaving the board of Bluesky because, basically, it moderates. Or, at least, moderates…

  • Failed Writer’s Journey: It’s Okay Not to Write on Schedule

    A shorter entry this week as I am recovering from a health scare late last week. I am feeling better, thank you, but have a fair number of unpleasant tests to get through to discover the root cause. (As an aside: pay attention to what your body and loved ones are telling you. You’ll live…

  • Can Industries Survive Business Schools?

    I believe business schools and what they teach have reached a point where it is almost impossible to run a business successfully on their terms. This is mostly spit balling. It offers little in the way of rigorous data to back up its contentions, which I know is a weakness. But I am not an…

  • If Imitative AI Was So Good They Wouldn’t Need to Tell So Many Lies About It

    Imitative AI is going to be the next big thing we are assured. We must get on board with it because it will inevitably be better than, well, anyone creative at anything soon and so you better just suck it up and fall in line. Hallucinations? Soon to be a thing of the past. And…

  • Profiles in JFK Was Full of It. A Review of Impeached

    I was made to read John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage in middle school for history class. The story we talked about in class was the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The book’s take, shared by my teacher, on that incident was that one lone Republican senator, Ross from Kansas, heroically saved the country’s balance of…

  • We Need a Real Book Hall of Fame

    Kate McKean (who you should all be reading if you have any interest in the business of writing) has an interesting proposal to make the NY Times Bestseller list more useful to readers and fair to writers. It does not go far enough. McKean’s proposal is simple: a Hall of Fame for Bestsellers: I propose…

  • Dead Dogs, Dead Bangladeshies, and The Loss of Morality

    , The below has nothing to do with tech, hockey, or books (not really). But it does touch on systematic problems, something that I do try and emphasize. South Dakota Governer Noem wrote a book (well, likely paid a ghostwriter to write a book. Most politicians, even ones I agree with, do this and tend…

  • Failed Writer’s Journey: Creativity is at the Heart of Humanity

    I am a failed writer in the sense that I have never had my fiction professionally published. These posts, which will run on most Fridays, are an attempt to keep myself creatively motivated and just generally discuss the creative process from someone trying to figure it out. I genuinely love the process of making things…