Author: shadowfals

Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

My romantic sci-fi poetic prose titled "Space in Our Relationship" is in this week's issue of Strange Horizons. Editor Ciro Faienza also read this piece in the 26 November podcast! This was my first time hearing my words spoken by another person like this. Listening to that podcast is surreal. Charles Payseur reviewed "Space" at … Continue reading Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

Howdy, readers. It's that time of the year when thousands of writers go crazier than usual. Does everyone know that #NaNoWriMo kicked off today? Ya? Guess what? I'm participating. You can follow my attempts through November to write what will either develop into a sci-fantasy M/M romance or a romantic fantasy about queer oracles & … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

The End of CockyGate

The End of CockyGate

At the end of "Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate", I promised to update on "the BIG, REBELLION, WEIRDs, and STORYTELLER claims later." That's taking me much, much longer than expected. Happens, you know? Let's take care of the CockyGate updates today. COCKY Author and retired IP lawyer Kevin Kneupper tweeted about the final settlement … Continue reading The End of CockyGate

Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Why can't we look away for a while without feeling guilty for condoning shit? Or, is that just me feeling that way? The world is full of shit, but this post brings to you updates on slimy trademark filings and related acts. (See my last post on trademark checks if you haven't already.) Content Warning: … Continue reading Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

This is a quick summary of my recent posts and an update about trademark applications on my watch list. Faleena Hopkins created hoopla over COCKY prosecution of Romance and Erotica authors in what appears to have been an attempt to promote her Cocker Brothers series of books. Her trademarks are pending cancellation. She's still in … Continue reading Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’

A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’

This is another post about a trademark of a single word. This one was from the United Kingdom and it's insensible. The uses on the application include nearly everything and the kitchen sink. Honestly, I'm not sure the list includes kitchen sinks because I have too much to do than figure out whether or not … Continue reading A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’

More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff

More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff

I've already draft seven more posts about how the cocky trademarks popping up might give everyone a hard time in the near future. The research alone is draining. I don't want to spend much time on post headers for each announcement of these ridiculous-appearing trademark applications. You're going to see repeats or nothing in header … Continue reading More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff

The BIG Distraction in CockyGate

The BIG Distraction in CockyGate

Puns are fun but they're too easy when words everyone use are claimed in the recent rash of trademark abuse. Today's focus on trademark applications is "BIG". An application to trademark “BIG” was just filed. More information: Status: https://t.co/57eZmDHrC2 Documents: https://t.co/7R99NdT4mf AMZN: https://t.co/z5gUv3aHwL keywords: fiction — CockyBot™ (@cockybot) June 16, 2018 I don't yet know … Continue reading The BIG Distraction in CockyGate