The WGA Dispute

I support the Writers Guild of America, though I’m not fortunate enough to be a member. Packaging agents are in it to make money for themselves and therefore aren’t negotiating in the best interests of their writer clients. And now certain high-powered agencies like William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency are forming their own production companies, which shows they are not working to get the best deal for their writer clients but for the production company that they themselves work for and represent. How can an agent fairly represent both a writer and a production company that’s hiring the writer? There’s no way this kind of relationship can result in the best deal for a writer.

Writers’ Views on Literary Theft

The dustup about whether A J Finn committed literary theft when he wrote his thriller Woman in the Window is nothing new.  Writers have been accused of stealing from other writers since the beginning of time.
T S Eliot once said that good writers borrow from other writers, but great writers steal from other writers.
Hemingway observed that it’s OK to steal from other writers as long as you make it better.
According to Alexandre Dumas, writers conquer and annex other writers’ territory.

Horror Stories

I’m working on a collection of horror stories, which, by the way, for what it’s worth (exactly nothing), were rejected by magazines such as Fantasy and Science FictionClarkesworld, and Black Static.  Nevertheless, these stories will see the light of day, even if I have to publish them myself.  Sic semper tyrannis.