why you should care about net neutrality

Hey all. Long time, no talk. I’d go into things that have been going on, but I’d rather get into the meat of this post. As the title says, we’re going to be going over net neutrality. For those who don’t know, “Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked” (Free Press, 2017). As you can see, this is something that impacts everyone. Imagine having to pay more just because you want to use YouTube or Netflix. Imagine an internet service provider blocking either of those because they don’t agree with their business decisions or something else arbitrary.

Sounds pretty terrible, yeah? It doesn’t get better. This isn’t my first time writing about net neutrality. I wrote an article on it in late July of 2009 while I was doing a blogging internship on the now defunct College Jolt. It focused in on an incident with AT&T and 4chan, which involved AT&T blocking access to /b/ and /r9k/ for AT&T users. It was an easy one for me to verify because we had AT&T internet at home. I don’t go to 4chan, but I found that I was irritated and angry that I was blocked just because AT&T didn’t agree with how 4chan did things. I’m sure there were more incidents before that, but this was the one that really brought net neutrality to my attention.

However, I’m going to be focusing on the effect this will have on content creators as I am, in fact, a content creator.

But LL, why are you just focusing on content creators if this affects everyone?

Because content creators, especially indie content creators, stand to lose everything if net neutrality is repealed.

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Introducing: Unfading Daydream

Unfading Daydream is a literary magazine that strives to feature the genres that inspired us to start writing (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.). We want to showcase stories of all types – from romantic, to platonic – and especially ones featuring LGBTQ+ themes. Unfading Daydream will be published on a quarterly basis.

Unfading Daydream is a venture that Adelei Wade and I are taking on. We want to find a way to feature writers – both experienced and inexperienced – who write in the genres we love (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc). Genre fiction doesn’t always get the love in the publishing world that literary fiction does…yet there are plenty of amazing stories out there. We want to find those stories.

That’s where you guys come in~

We’re just about to open our first submission period! This means you’d have the opportunity to be published in the first issue of Unfading Daydream.

Basic Details:

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • No fanfiction, please
  • Reading periods are MayAugustNovember, and February. 
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period. In this case, all submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on May 31st.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks
  • See full guidelines HERE

While we are brand new, we are offering monetary payment to those who we accept for publication. Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine.

Submissions:

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

We are also seeking submissions for cover art.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing the submissions!
~LL

Indie Reviews: Stupid Gay Vampire Book

stupid_gayHey all!  This was a bit of a jump for me.  I’ve never reviewed a book like Stupid Gay Vampire Book by Gali.  Mainly because its gay erotica and I never thought that I’d be reviewing that sort of thing!  However, when I was at Anime Detour, I wound up chatting with the ladies at Red String Productions about Tales of Vesperia and doujinshi.  I saw the books, I got interested. I mentioned I write books and all was happy.

Books were bought, cards exchanged, and I figured I’d review the book when I had the chance.  I feel a bit bad that it took me so long to get to it!

There may be spoilers. You have been warned.

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