They say you can't go home again, yet here I am. I just need to blow the dust off the furniture *cough cough* and knock down those cobwebs, and I'll be all set. A bit of background would be in order. I began blogging here on Blogger back in 2010. Jack's Hideout was my second site, and this takes me back to the carefree, innocent days of meeting Nicole Vulcan, and the Nerd Lunch crew. Back then I hadn't been published, and had left all such thoughts far behind. I drifted away for the bright lights and fancy bells and whistles of the Weebly provider, self-published my steampunk epic, and conducted all my book business over there with their simple interface and killer fonts. And then I got an Email telling me that they were hooking up with something called Scribd, whatever that is, that Scribd would be carrying everything I posted there on their site as well, and that beginning October 15th, I would be subject to Scribd's Terms of Service.
Unlike almost anyone else on earth, I opened them up and read them. Behold Clause 6:
"6. GRANT OF LICENSE TO SCRIBD IN USER CONTENT
By uploading User Content via the Scribd Platform, you hereby grant to
Scribd a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, fully
paid-up, royalty-free, license (with the right to grant and authorize
sublicenses) to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, distribute,
compress or convert for distribution, monetize, charge money for,
restrict access to view, restrict access to download, advertise against,
and otherwise exploit Your User Content, in any media formats and
through any media channels, in order to publish and promote such User
Content in connection with services offered or to be offered by Scribd.
Such license will apply to any form, media, or technology now known or
hereafter developed. Whether your content is uploaded under the free
access or paid access terms, you grant Scribd the right to restrict
access to view or to download your content (for example, without
limitation, to paying users) and to charge users for access to your
content, subject to certain configuration options provided to you by
Scribd, Subject to the terms and limitations set forth herein, you may
terminate this grant of license to Scribd as to any specific piece of
User Content by removing or deleting that piece of User Content from the
Scribd Platform; provided, however, that it is understood and agreed
that Scribd may retain a copy of any User content as necessary to make
it available to any other user who has paid for that access, and
provided further that Scribd may, but is not required to, retain
indefinitely a copy of any User Content for archival purposes."
I'm no lawyer. I read stuff like this and simply see what it says in English, and what this says to me is that anything I post there becomes their property to do with what they will. After careful consideration, I have decided to decline the offer to trust an anonymous, largely unaccountable corporate entity with my created and copyrighted material, and so I am back on Blogger. This is the new digs, folks. Anyone wanting to follow needs to bookmark this site. I'll need to rearrange the furniture, and bring in a few new pieces, but this is, with the exception of a few details, the final appearance. I have several samples at my Weebly site that will be migrating over here within the next couple of weeks, and soon nothing will be left there but a link to my new, old address.
Looking back through the posts, you can see that I was just blogging about anything that took my fancy, and having some fun into the bargain. Now I will be blogging almost exclusively about writing, the Craft, the methods, the peripheral items that come with it, a lot like the old blog, but without agreeing to let my provider steal it.
This represents a new start for me, and as I turn over this fresh page, I promise you that I'm going to try to leave behind my doubts about my own ability. I have in the past aggravated my readers something awful with my frequent expressions of self-doubt. I am no big-time author, and have no huge collection of reviews, but the ones I do have are uniformly good, and I have no reason to think my skills are lacking. Beyond the Rails was nominated last month for a Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Award. It didn't win, but it has officially been noticed by the literary world. In short, my readers have confidence in me; now it's time for me to have some confidence in myself.
I have a considerable amount of material to move over here, and it will necessitate setting up pages, and probably things I haven't thought of yet. I'm going to take my time and get everything just the way I want it, and then we'll begin this new phase of the journey together. Meanwhile, come in and sit a spell. You may have to sit on a packing crate and drink your coffee from an old tin can, but I promise you warm companionship and friendly conversation. Anyone who would like to check out the old site, and the posts that are being left behind, can find it at http://steampunkjack.weebly.com/blog. And until I get this new endeavor up and rolling, remember to get out there and live life like you mean it!