April 23, 2007 is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!


World Fantasy Winner and current Nebula nominee Jo Walton has decided to embrace her technopeasantry, as described by current SFWA VP Howard V. Hendrix, and feels you should too:

In honour of Dr Hendrix, I am declaring Monday 23rd April International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. On this day, everyone who wants to should give away professional quality work online. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a story or a poem, it doesn’t matter if it’s already been published or if it hasn’t, the point is it should be disseminated online to celebrate our technopeasanthood.

Whatever you’re posting should go on your own site. I’ll make a post here on the day and people can post links in comments to whatever they’re putting up on. If you are a member of SFWA, or SFWA qualified but not a member (like me) you get extra pixel-spattered points for doing this. If other people want to collect the links too, that would be really cool. Please disseminate this information widely.

Of course, I have a lot of free stuff up already, put for International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day I think I’ll put up something new: The complete text of The Durant Chronicles: Crisis at Tlada, which is a young adult novel I attempted right after I had finished with Agent to the Stars. Now, when I say “complete” I mean, “all the chapters I actually wrote,” because I never got around to finishing it. Nevertheless, it’s a sizeable chunk of text, and I did shop it, and it is fun to read, so I think it qualifies. It’s something to look forward to eight days from now.

If you want to get in on the action, and you’re a pro-level writer (i.e., you’ve sold something sometime somewhere), go over to Jo Walton’s place and let her know you’re in. Then on April 23, post a story for the unwashed masses to read — for free! If you’re not a pro-level writer, April 23rd might be the right day to submit work to pro venues, because, after all, the pros are going to busy elsewhere. And if you’re a reader, well. International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day should be a lot of fun for you, now, shouldn’t it?

Pass it on.