Spring and All

My latest release in the public domain book push! This is “Spring and All” by William Carlos Williams. There’s some quite cool poetry in here along with fun essay/prose/poetry on a variety of topics like Shakespeare and what really counts as poetry and so on. Let me know if you’d like to see a copy!

New Hampshire

New Hampshire, my illustrated and annotated version of Robert Frost’s book of poetry, is now going live in both Kindle and Paperback format! It should be fully live in the morning. Well, later in the morning :). Let me know if you’d like to see a copy! I adore Robert Frost and this collection has some of my favorites in it.

Fourth and last for this morning’s efforts, I’m now also loading live the base version of New Hampshire by Robert Frost. This doesn’t have any annotations or illustrations and is for those who just wish to read his poetry. Thank you to Tom Brooks for the lovely cover photo!

The Prophet is now going live!

My illustrated and annotated version of The Prophet is now going live! I had to wait until 2019 to hit the West Coast before I could post it, for copyright reasons. It should be live in the morning!

Let me know if you’d like to see a copy.

In addition to my illustrated / annotated version of The Prophet I’m also offering the base version with just the book’s poetry. So people can get that one if they don’t want to have my commentary or artwork in it. It’s going live now!

Famous Books Out Of Copyright

As we’ve talked in the past, books have a length of time during which they are under copyright. Their world can’t be “used” by anybody else while that copyright is in place. So for example you currently can’t write a Harry Potter story where Harry falls in love with Ron and sell that story. J. K. Rowling has control over her Harry Potter world.

That time span isn’t infinite, though. At some point a book goes out of copyright and becomes public domain. It is then fair game. That is why there are now books about Pride and Prejudice with zombies, for example, The novel Pride and Prejudice is long out of copyright. People can do whatever they want with those characters.

Because of the ways laws work, we’re about to get a slew of books released from their copyright on January 1st. Anything written in 1923 will be fair game starting January 1st. Here is the full listing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923_in_literature#New_books

Note that this DOES NOT mean you can claim you wrote one of these books :). What it means is that you can write stories set in these settings. So for example you could write an alternate version of Tarzan and the Golden Lion where Tarzan is a girl. Or you could write prequels or sequels to these. Or versions with zombies. Or time travel. Or time traveling zombies. Or versions with notes. It’s always good to still say “based on the story by …”

I’ve decided to write an annotated and illustrated version of The Prophet which is one of the most famous poetry sets of all time. It has 28 poem-stories, each fairly short, on various topics like teaching and prayer and love and so on.

Each poem is standalone. My plan is to release this right on January 1st. I’ll let you know when it’s ready!

Ask with any questions!

Ironclad

It’s Christmas Eve! Bob is off shopping and then I’m looking forward to settling in to watch Ironclad. It’s set during my favorite period – the King John medieval era. It features a woman with a sword :).

What are you up to tonight?