Here's the truth about truth: you'll never get the "real" story about anything that's ever happened.
Human beings have a propensity for skewing reality toward their own point of view.
Take my lies last Friday. Several people identified #6, When I was twelve, my mother took me on a cross-country camping trip in search of dinosaurs, sulfurous hot springs, and giant stone men, as the truth. Yes, we took a trip (in a camper) to see Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. True.
But, all of the others held an element of truth:
1. The least true of them all, although I do have a score of unusual birthmarks and one sort of looks like Texas.
2. I did have a cat named MacArthur (General MacArthur was his full name). The others...not so much.
3. I didn't write the story, but I had plenty of nightmares and trouble sleeping after that funeral.
4. I dated a pre-med student once. (at least she said she was pre-med...) We did look at cadavers. She wouldn't let me snip an ear, though.
5. Oh, you know I will. I just can't keep doing it every week. (too many irons in the fire)
7. Totally true except for the part about stabbing the other kid. What did I offer for the exchange that year? Two Star Wars action figures from Return of the Jedi. What did I get? Lifesafers. Suckage.
So I lie. And I lie well enough to hide the truth some of the time. Do you feel robbed? Am I a thief of the first order?
But Robert Swartwood has a nice post today about a different kind of thief, and he raises questions that bear serious discussion. As to the New York Times article about e-book prices, just remember that stakeholders (editors and their ilk), have a stake or investment (hence the name "stakeholder") in keeping themselves relevant. And they are relevant. For now.
Me? I'm done giving away my work for nothing. Meaning, I will still give away my work to venues which increase my audience (I told you I was a liar), charities, and direct-to-my readers. Me to you. Free doesn't need a middle-man unless that middle-man brings something to the table (e.g., bigger audience).
I've got something free to offer in the next couple of weeks. Me to you. We only have to invite a middle man if you want.
Edited to add: You can preview a bit of "Empty Vessels" a short forthcoming in Morpheus Tales #8, here.