Plagiarism in the Literary World

I recently read an article on plagiarism and I was baffled at how some writers and authors have been exposed of plagiarizing their stories. Why??? Why would someone want to do such a despicable thing? Who would stoop that low to write or tell a story? That to me is wrong on so many levels and it speaks volumes of the type of person that they are. Wouldn’t you want credit for coming up with your own amazing story opposed to being exposed and humiliated for copying someone else’s? I would much rather wait until a good idea for a story hits me than steal a story line from someone else. After all, they worked hard to come up with their story. They didn’t write their story for someone else to copy it and take the credit for it. If I ever found out that someone plagiarized one of my stories I would be spitting fire! Every writer wants to pen a great story, but do it at your own creative expense and not someone else’s. Plagiarism is for lazy writers and dull minds. A true writer never plagiarizes.

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One Lovely Blog Award

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I wanted to take this time out to thank Emma Woods for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. As a fellow blogger I can tell you that her blog is not only entertaining, but it is an absolute thrill to follow. I’ve never won an award in my life, but I must admit that any time I am nominated for an award I get this huge boost to my morale. Any time your work is recognized it gives you the motivation to keep doing what you are doing plus it makes the pursuit of your dreams even more meaningful. As with any nomination there are rules and they are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Display the award on your post.
3. List 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 bloggers and let them know you have nominated them.

*Please note that the nominees are not obligated to participate in this award nomination*

So, you want to know 7 interesting facts about yours truly? Here goes nothing!
1. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
2. I spent my early childhood in Florida.
3. I am a survivor of childhood bullying.
4. I used to be a habitual nail biter.
5. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and a minor in Health Education.
6. I love making jewelry as much as I love writing.
7. My favorite color is turquoise.

Who are my 7 nominees? Take a gander below:
1. Write Now and Later
2. Words from Emma Woods
3. Color Me In Cyanide and Cherry
4. Live to Write-Write to Live
5. Interesting Literature
6. Optional Poetry
7. Between the Beats

All the best to everyone! Stay writing!!

Writing and Jamming to Panic! At The Disco

It’s Saturday morning, 9:30am to be exact and I am sitting here pecking away on my keyboard with music playing in the background. All is well; as a matter of fact things are going really well, but then something odd happened. An amazing song began to play on my radio and before I knew it, I became distracted. I was trying my best to stay focused on my writing, but soon my mind became focused and consumed on finding out the name of this awesome song. As I was scrambling to find out who was playing on my radio, I was surprised to learn that it was Panic! At The Disco and the name of the song is called Death of a Bachelor. Whoa! Seriously, I had to do a double take because this song is entirely different from what I am used to hearing from this amazing and talented group. The beat is amazing, Brendon’s voice is amazing and I was completely pulled into this song from the beginning right down to the end. I couldn’t help myself from playing this song over and over again because in my opinion this song is AWESOME! I did more than snap my fingers to this melodic song, I sung right along with Brendon as I belted out the lyrics at the top of my lungs. Sorry neighbors! This song really got me going this morning and now, just like that, I am ready to tackle a full day’s work of writing.

Thanks Panic! At The Disco!! You ROCK! Time to get back to my writing!

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The Struggle Is Real!

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Goodness gracious! Where on earth do I even begin? Let me tell you, the past five days have been a real struggle for me and as of today I am still struggling. I have been sick as a bug with a bug and every part of me seems to either ache or hurt. My head hurts, my chest hurts, my ears are clogged, my nose is raw and on top of that, I haven’t been able to eat anything. Geez Louise! I’m already small as it is. Can a woman get some type of relief? Pretty, pretty please? Trust me when I say I have had enough! Besides, I haven’t been able to write like I want to the past five days. I wanted to write, I even had the desire to write, but I just didn’t have the strength to write. Getting sick sucks, especially when you have things you are trying to do or accomplish, but that’s L.I.F.E. for you. I’m not too upset about not being able to write these past five days because I know what I have to do. I’m going to have to hit it hard and get it done if I want to do some serious catching up. My current struggle is very real at the moment, but it is not enough to stop me or get me down.

Stay writing, stay reading and stay well out there folks!

Buying Likes and Followers? Get Outta Here!

Ever since I joined Twitter and Instagram I have been bombarded by fake profiles, bots and spammers. They foam all out the mouth uncontrollably spamming me and my inbox about purchasing followers and likes. Seriously? Buying likes and followers?! Get outta here! Buying followers and likes seems, well, pathetic and I would much rather build up my profiles with genuine REAL people than with fake ones. Maybe they feel “sorry” for me because I don’t have a huge following on Twitter, maybe they feel sorry for me because I only get a few likes on Instagram. Listen, let me be very clear, likes and followers is NOT what I pay attention to. Conversations and real interactions with genuinely interested people is all I care about. If someone chooses to follow me because they genuinely find me interesting as a writer, I am all for it since I love meeting new people. It has never crossed my mind to pay someone to follow me or to like any of my posts because to me it is not that serious.

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These spammers and bots are in it for the money and I have no doubt based on the amount of spam I get that they are making tons of money supplying likes and fake followers. They don’t care about you, your purpose or your goals in life. They only care about one thing: your money. So don’t get all worked up if you don’t have a lot of followers or get a few likes on a post. Just keep doing you and continue to pursue the things that you love. The followers and likes (if that is what you really care about) will come later as you build up your platform and profile. Save your money for something more meaningful instead of spending it on some numbers because at the end of the day, likes and follows are just that, numbers. You can’t take followers and likes to the bank.

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday

Are you familiar with the poignant and powerful song Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday? If you have never heard of this song, let me tell you, this is a song that speaks volumes! Strange Fruit is not a mere blues song or poem; it is a lyrical outcry and a vocal testament of the pain, frustration and racial violence that took place not too long ago. Strange Fruit, a poem originally written by Abel Meeropol under the pseudonym Lewis Allan and inspired by the unfair lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, was specifically written to address the racially motivated lynching of African Americans. Strange Fruit is a well written masterpiece that will tug at your heart and stir your soul, but after reading Strange Fruit and listening to Billie Holiday belt out the words from her  heart, it is quite easy to see why it has earned a valuable place in history.

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Writer’s Block Sucks!

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Don’t you hate it when you are on a roll with your writing and all of a sudden you get hit with a little writer’s block? Bam! Just like that, it hops in to kill your thunder and now you are sitting there scratching your head wondering what in the heck just happened. You sit there struggling trying to get your creative juices going, but it is of no use. If you are anything like me, you sit there for a moment staring at your computer screen trying to figure out what just happened and how you can get back on track. After all, you have deadlines to meet, goals you want to reach and readers you want to entertain. Amongst all the panic and the dread, it suddenly hits you, like a barrel of bricks. You get the bright idea to just step away and take a break. Disappointed and a little frustrated, you begin to slowly focus your mind on something else. Soon enough, before you know it, you ready to start back writing again. Whew! You tell yourself, that was a close one!

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The truth is, all writers deal with writer’s block from time to time regardless of who they are. It happens. No writer is immune to it. Instead of getting frustrated when I am hit with writer’s block, I have learned to step away, take a break and focus my mind on something else. Writer’s block sucks, on that much we can all agree, but the good thing is that it doesn’t last forever.