So you may have noticed that this blog looks different. Or if you haven’t, just take my word for it. It’s not that I didn’t like the former look, but it felt like a change was in order. So let me know if you think something’s wonky about the new look or if you have any suggestions.
I should’ve studied copyright law
Speaking of blogging, Ednah Walters recently wrote a very informative post about photograph usage in social media (blogs, tumblr, Facebook, etc.) I, like most people, assumed that if you attributed a photograph’s source or linked back to it then you were covered. Ednah’s post linked to author Roni Loren’s blog, where she recounted learning that common assumption was COMPLETELY FALSE the hard way.
I had a feeling this issue would become problematic for bloggers considering the major copyright problems inherent with photo-sharing sites like Pinterest, whose founders are still trying to figure it out. For the record, Pinterest’s current copyright statement is here.
By and large writers are huge advocates of fair usage and copyright (that’s why we completely lose our shit when someone plagiarizes), so I have no doubt that when improper photo attribution occurs, 99.9% of the time the blogger just needs education not litigation. But I completely understand the frustration that comes with someone misappropriating your art. So since intent means little in the eyes of the law in cases like these, I’ll be rejiggering my budget to include stock photos when necessary, use my own pics more often, and start working on changing/removing images here.
In my quest to see just how insane my writing life can become, I’m tossing my hat into the ring for for another crack at Camp NaNoWriMo in August so I’m busy outlining. It’s exciting and thrilling like all new love interests, I suppose. But I’m not overwhelmed with anxiety like I was in June. I feel like I’m getting much better at simultaneously drafting and revising work and putting more structure into my writing time.
And in case you’re wondering (it makes me feel better to imagine that you are, so just indulge me) here’s the current status of my works-in-progress:
- SISTER STAR is chugging along nicely, with the draft almost finished at around 70,000 words. It will then go into the first revision queue.
- AFTER THE JUMP is in its second revision and surprising me daily.
- ‘TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU is thisclose to being shiny, happy, and polished, the first to dip its toe into the Query Pool.
- PLAYLIST is in its second revision, stubbornly refusing to let me be in charge.