A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

Exposure used to be the treatment/cure, but the world has evolved to be exposure-resistent. Exposure is like tossing regular penicillin at flesh-eating MRSA and expecting it to work.

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A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

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Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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New Year, New Me


So, technically, we are about halfway through the first month of the year, and it’s been a roller coaster already.

I have witnessed two miracles, no kidding!

Thank you, St. Jude, and for the privacy of those involved, I will not write about them here. But, things were dire and it was a miracle they both are still here. Which brings me to the topic today of faith.

Faith is something we never seem to rely on. We only call upon it when things are at their worst, then we begin to think of consequences of the worst case scenario. We don’t believe in ourselves, either. We second guess what we can do, what we can’t do, and concentrate on being “less than” we truly are. Why?

We can encourage and support friends and family all the live long day, but when we try to promote or embrace our greatness, we start by apologizing and not living up to our true selves.


I will, if you will.

No matter what happens, this year or twenty years from now, I’m done beating myself up or presenting myself as less than I truly am.

You can call me conceited, you can call me arrogant, you can say anything you want. The truth is, I’m awesome. I will be awesome towards you if you are awesome towards me. It’s that simple. And, that hard.

That is my New Year, New Me pledge for 2016. 🙂

Laura’s Five-Star Reviews

I’ve finally made the jump.

I’ve started a blog to review and post my five-star reviews. I will be creating another blog for Crawford Writing & Marketing to promote my books and to have interviews with the authors I review (I hope). I felt most of what I post on this blog is more my insight and opinion, and I wanted something else for the reading, writing and reviewing.

So, if you know an author who is trying to promote their books and wants a place to start, please send them my way. My email is laura.crawford044@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!