Laurel L. Russwurm's Free Culture Blog

a writer, the copyfight and internet freedom

about me

The world has changed dramatically since I last wrote professionally. Although I’ve been a writer all my life, I’ve emerged from a childrearing hiatus with the intention of self publishing my own novels.

Having completed the online serialization of my debut novel, “Inconstant Moon“, which is available for Kindle and Kobo. I’m nearly ready to make the first draft of my second novel, “The Girl In The Blue Flame Cafe” available to Beta Readers, and have written more than 50,000 words of my third novel through last November’s NaNoWriMo.

too many blogs?
The Usage Based Billing issue blew me away when researching A Disservice to Canada, so I started a new wordpress blog dedicated to gathering information and raising awareness at Stop Usage Based Billing Along the way I’ve learned a lot about technology. Since the UBB issue I addressed is resolved, I’ve repurposed the blog into interweb freedom in which I now post sporadically as I come aware of net freedom in need of sharing

My involvement online has made me aware of many important political issues that the mainstream media hasn’t been bothering to cover. It seems that the dire predictions of James Brooks wonderful film “Broadcast News” has come true in spades. As Jay Rosen opined, “The Watchdog Press is dead; now we have WikiLeaks.”

And, it seems, citizen journalists and opinion writers like myself. [Not because I want to do it, but because somebody had better.] My Whoa! Canada blog is where I’m more likely to discuss Canadian political issues and suggest that Canadians become more involved politically. When 40% of the vote can deliver a crushing majority at the federal Level or a devastating defeat at the provincial level, its pretty clear Canada needs electoral reform in the worst way. You can read my rants or get involved with Fair Vote Canada, a multi-partisan grass roots group with chapters across Canada.

For fun and relaxation I started a tumblog called visual laurel as a place to share my photos (although the occoasional bit of politics creeps in there, too). My hope is to post 5 photos a day, although stuff happens, so some days none, and some days more🙂 Every image I post there is licensed with a Creative Commons by-sa license. Spreading the idea of free culture, I often reblog other Tumblr blogs that share public domain art work, adding a #public domain tag. Although I greatly appreciate Flickr as a promoter of Creative Commons Licensing, today a Google image search for images licensed to share will still mostly return Flickr results. Like anything else, its good not to have all our eggs in one basket.

techDITZ is to share important online security and tech advice I stumble across with other non technical folks. This one is very sporadic, but something I’ve done here and there in my other blogs, but now it’s all in one place. I especially love the Beardsley blog theme; which is uses various pieces of Beardsley’s lovely artwork that is now in the Public Domain.

Libreleft Books is my self publishing blog, where I’ll share self pub stuff. I made a huge error when first setting it up, and to fix it I thought I had to delete and start over. Apparently I didn’t really. Anyway… Getting it back on track is an important goal.

I also have an online blog serialization of my debut novel, “Inconstant Moon” I’ve been building special features, the most challenging being the character pages. I’ve been having fun creating portraits of the characters using faces found in public domain artwork digitally imaged into modern photographs. Still a few more to go on that.

who am i?

Beyond reading my blogs, probably the best way to get an idea of who I am is to check out the “comments” tab in the right side bar. For my own reference I try to keep track of the articles that I feel compelled to comment on there.

And of course there are my novels. “The Girl In The Blue Flame Cafe” will be my next novel which I hope to publish September 2012.

I seem to have also evolved into a free culture advocate along the way as well. My blogroll is pretty extensive, but again, that’s another of my personal resources. But I believe in sharing, so help yourself.


One of the things I like best about the Internet is the fact that it’s making the world small.

The Internet makes it possible to connect with new friends from around the world
(although I’m unilingual I’ve got Bablefish and and I know how to use it!).

But it makes it so much easier to reconnect with the people we’ve lost touch with.
I love hearing from old friends, but I may not get back to you immediately if my nose is to the novelling grindstone,
but you will hear from me when I come up for air.

portrait of an approximately one year old me

Laurel L. Russwurm

Drop me a line at laurel.l@russwurm.org


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Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

May 25, 2009 at 4:20 am