{You Pick Six} An Interview with Writer: Richard Auffrey

Writer Richard AuffreyIf you’re a food blogger or writer in the Boston area, you may have already met Richard Auffrey at a food event around the city.

He is a familiar face that I always enjoy seeing in a crowd. Richard’s blog, The Passionate Foodie, is aptly named, because as a writer, he has a true love for food and drink. He also strives to bring more inclusiveness to the food blogger community and celebrates its diversity.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning more about Richard as he answers questions for the second part in the interview series, You Pick Six.

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What is a favorite simple recipe to prepare at home?
I make a simple Teriyaki sauce. Simply add 7 parts Sake, 7 parts Mirin, 7 parts Soy Sauce & 1 part Sugar to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil under a medium heat, stirring constantly until all the sugar dissolves. And that’s it! Once it cools, you can bottle and refrigerate it for future use. If you want, you can also add minced garlic.

What is a favorite dessert?
I love a well made Bread Pudding, though it can’t have raisins. I think it is also a versatile dessert and I’m surprised that no bakery has chosen to specialize in Bread Pudding. Forget all these cupcake shops, give me a Bread Pudding bakery.

What is a favorite quote?
“O what an ugly sight the man who thinks he’s wise and never drinks sake!”
–Otomo no Tabito (c. 662-731)

What is a favorite food movie?
Ratatouille, the animated film about a rat who becomes a chef. Besides being a fun movie, it has so many excellent lines such as “Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only to be aware to stop and savor it.”

What is a favorite childhood food memory?
My mother’s Cinnamon Rolls, especially when they are still hot and fresh out of the oven. They always brought me joy and I saw them as a sign of my mother’s love. And after all these years, my mom still makes those Cinnamon Rolls, with the same recipe, and they immediately bring me back to my childhood and they also still are a sign of her love.

Halloween Nightmare at Fenway Tipsy SenseiTell me about your book.
Halloween Nightmare At Fenway is my third novel in the Tipsy Sensei series, which centers on a Boston-based Sake expert who learns that the supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore are real. In this latest novel, the darkest element of Japan from World War 2 spawns supernatural creatures which now threaten Boston, choosing Fenway Park during the World Series as the site of their primary threat. Nate, the Sake expert, must stop the threat, assisted by an immortal Japanese samurai and a homicide detective, a woman of color. As the novel occurs in Boston, I also mention some of my favorite restaurants. The Tipsy Sensei series is a way for me to share my passion for Sake and to tell a thrilling tale.

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Thank you so much for participating Richard!

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Photos provided by Writer Richard Auffrey.

SpaceX Waives Copyright ~ Photos in Public Domain

SpaceX DragonRecently I read in Forbes that SpaceX wants the public to use its pictures. They have a Flickr channel where you can take a look at their photostream, then use the pictures as you like.

The photo pictured here shows the Dragon spacecraft being dropped by parachutes. The Dragon is the “only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.” Pretty cool, huh?

The general public may not be aware, but most photos found online are not free to use. They are probably protected by copyright and permission for any type of use should be obtained from the owner. At the very least, the owner of the photo should be credited. But that still may not be enough to protect from a claim of copyright infringement.

Since SpaceX is encouraging the public to use their photos for free, they have waived the copyrights to all their photos and have specifically stated that there is no copyright and the Creative Commons license is Public Domain. See the wording of the license below.

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Waiving the copyright and using intellectual property in the public domain, is different from the fair use of intellectual property.

When copyright protected work is used without permission of the owner, sometimes a court may find that use was okay. The use was fair to the owner based on factors for the public good like, “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research.”

As someone who creates content and has seen my work used by others without my permission, I’m very aware of copyright issues. Hopefully this quick little lesson may help others from making a mistake and using the work of someone else without permission. This is an issue that comes up a lot with bloggers!

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Disclaimer: While I am a Massachusetts licensed attorney, nothing written or shared here should be construed as legal advice. No attorney client relationships have been formed on this blog. I am not in private practice nor am I seeking clients for private legal representation. If you have a legal question, please contact a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.

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Photo Credit: SpaceX

Top 8 Links: The Business of Sponsored Blog Posts

cash for sponsored blog postsThe blogging community is a very supportive one. Since I’ve found so much good information from other bloggers, whenever I find information that I find helpful, I try to share it too.

My blog posts Tax Tips For Bloggers and Tax Deductions & Food Bloggers seem to be helpful to many.

I just found some posts to help bloggers when it comes to pricing sponsored blog posts. For those of us who try to make money doing what we love, these posts offer some food for thought.

I’ve certainly gained some new insight. Whether you are a food, travel, fashion or any other type of blogger, these links may help you with sponsored blog posts too!

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{Blogging} The Money Equation for Sponsored Post (Wooden Spoons Kitchen)

Reader Q & A: How much should I charge for a blog post or sponsored post? (Secret Blogger’s Business)

Are You Being Conned? Fair Sponsored Blog Post Rates and Best Practice Guidelines (Blogging Tips)

How Much Bloggers Charge to Publish Sponsored Content (MarketingProfs)

Sponsored Post Rates: Are You Undercharging? (Babble)

How Much to Charge for Sponsored Content – is This a Question You’ve Ever Asked Yourself? (ProBlogger)

How To Set A Sponsored Post Rate (Bonjour, Blogger!)

How to price for sponsored post and recipe development (Kitchen Table Mastery)

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Photo Credit: 100 dollar bills by Stockvault.net