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My IPSTP Day contribution

Posted by dhensley on 2007.04.22 at 04:55
Well it's after 1 AM on Monday, April 23, 2007 --at least on Kiritimati (also called Christmas Island), and it can only get more Mondayish from here on --Until it all goes to Tuesday...

So here is a link to my short story, spun just for International Pixel-Stained Technopeasants Day.

The Right to Write


If you enjoy reading it half as much as I did writing it, you'll really enjoy it.



willowgreen at 2007-04-22 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this story, as well as the one it's based on, which I hadn't read before. A question: I wondered if you chose the name Dale Hanson on purpose to reference Dale Hanson Bourke? She's the author of one of the most copyright-abused essays I know of, usually titled "Motherhood: It Will Change Your LIfe." You can read one version of it here:


It appeared as a newspaper column some time in the early 1990s. In 1994 or 1995, I received a copy of it as a baby shower favor, carefully printed on a little scroll tied up with a green ribbon. The only attribution was "author unknown." After that, it started making the rounds on the Internet, usually unattributed: A Google search on "motherhood 'it will change your life'" reveals ten instances of the essay on the first two results pages, eight of which don't name the author. This didn't prevent the essay from appearing in "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul" and making a lot of money for someone (probably not for Ms. Bourke herself, given what I've read about the payment policies of the "Chicken Soup" editors).

None of this seems to have slowed down Ms. Bourke any. She's a successful inspirational writer who has published a number of books and whose columns and interviews appear, properly credited, all over the Web and presumably in print as well. Still, I'm irritated on her behalf every time I see "It Will Change Your Life" posted without attribution. If you like someone's work enough to steal it, I feel you should at least do them the courtesy of mentioning their name.

Probably not directly relevant to your story, but I thought it was an interesting connection.

Thank you for sharing your work freely on IPSTP Day!
dhensley at 2007-04-22 16:20 (UTC) (Link)

Dale Hanson Bourke

I just made the name up. I had never heard of Dale Hanson Bourke before you pointed her essay out to me.

But I'm glad you did, put a spin on Motherhood that is rather profound.

So right off the bat IPSTP Day has paid off for me. You give and you get, what a sweet deal it is to be a Pixel-Stained Technopeasant.

Thanks willowgreen, for broadening my horizons!

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