Saturday, July 28, 2012

Image Use

This image is public domain.
I know I just started it, but I'm not continuing with my Pin of the Week.  It seemed like so much fun and something that I would enjoy doing, but I recently became concerned.  I read a blog post from a writer who was sued for using a photographer's picture.  The photographer sent her a "do not use" notice, so she promptly took the picture down.  This was not good enough for that person and they sued her.  She may be a published writer, but many of us know, that unless you're a select few, Stephen King, Cassandra Clare, Charlaine Harris, etc., you're not making a lot of money.  She was being sued for much more than she had.  She was also just doing what most other bloggers seem to do.  Google search an image and plop in a blog post.  As long as you're not making money from the image, what's the harm, right?  Apparently, though some people (most, it seems) don't mind, there are those that do mind and they might sue.

This got me thinking about all the random pictures and images on my own blogs.  For Loni’s Eye, where I talk about books, movies, babies and life, most of the pictures on my blog seem safe.  There are book covers, movie posters and pictures either I or friends of mine have taken.  I’ve started to go through the blog, but for the most part, I think I'm okay.  (It’s going to take a little while though, since I started blogging in 2006.)  On Loni's Storm, where I talk about my writing, writing articles and other writing/author related subjects, it's a little different.  Many of the posts have no images, but many do, to make it look more interesting (it's one of the first things bloggers learn).  Now, after reading this and a few other similar articles, I'm going to go through the blog thoroughly and either use my own photos or use images from a free source.  I've read about using Creative Commons and Wikimedia Commons, but I need to read more about them first.

From what I've read, it seems like getting sued is very rare.  On one blog I read, the blogger wrote about mixed messages.  This person ran a fashion blog.  They were at an event and someone actually told them to just take pictures of their site, even though on the site it says not to lift any images.  I don't think this category of blog could even exist if the bloggers didn't take the pictures off designers' and stores' websites.  It is much easier to critique something (positively or negatively) if there is an image to refer too.  The same sort of thing goes for other types of blogs too (I love/hate this travel destination, I love/hate this restaurant, I love/hate this book).  I think anything that’s an advertisement is okay because, you’re only spreading the word (whether positively or negatively).

You can use the Pinterest logo only
if it links back to their site.
Pinterest has copyright rules too.
Where does that leave sites like Pinterest and Tumblr?  They exist because of photos.  I’m not sure how Tumblr works since I’ve never used that site.  I do have a Pinterest account (which I’m a little addicted to.)  I’ve pinned over a thousand images.  They range from yummy food to fun geekdom.  I have places I want to see and things that make me think.  There’s humour and of course, there are books.  I hope I’m not infringing on anyone’s copyright.  For legal reasons, but also because I would hate to take someone’s work.  So I’m going to go through all my Pins.  All one thousand-plus of them.  It’s going to take a while.

I figure I’m okay if I repin from publishing houses like Random House or Harper Collins.  I also hope I’m okay if I repin from George Takei and Nina Garcia.  Then there are some other people, authors, bloggers, friends and randoms that I follow.  Those are the repins that I’m going to have to look at most closely in the future.  I will also only pin something from sites with “pin it” buttons or if it says that it’s okay to share.

That’s a lot of pictures to go through.  Two blogs and Pinterest.

If anyone has any thoughts on the matter, I’d like to know.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What I've Been Working On Today...

This is just a sample of something I've been working on.  The bulk of it is actually very emotional.  I had to take a break.  I just want to share a short sample:

"Basically, she was telling a group of people who are supposed to listen to me, not to.  Was she purposefully trying to undermine my authority?  Did she believe what she was saying?  I don't really know.  All I knew was that I had hung on long enough.  I had tried hard enough.  No matter what I did or said, I couldn't change her opinion.  I was tired of going to work everyday and dreading it.  I was angry that she had passed me over, when I was hired by her superiors for a purpose.  I don't know if I was ever more unhappy. "

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Write Words

These weren't the words
I was looking for. (c) Loni
Write words.  What are the right words?  That's what I'm looking for.  Everyday I turn on my computer or open up my notebook and I search for the write/right words.  I look for words for the short stories I love to write.  I search for words for the novel that is frustrating me.  For my chronicle/memoir/non-fiction piece about my search for a job, those words seem to flow most days.  Maybe because the situation is so pressing.  Maybe because I have a lot of emotions mixing around.  In the end, though, are they the right words?  Will I read them in a month and wonder what I was thinking?  I don’t know.  I have so many words inside me, waiting to get out.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Forty Stories, Free!!

A while ago, I started reading the site, Fifty-Two Stories.  Each week they (Cal Morgan) would post a new short story.  Well, some time ago, this stopped happening.  To make up for it, Cal Morgan and Harper Perennial put together Forty Stories.  It is a collection of short stories from various authors.  It was on their site (and still is) as a free PDF download.  As of yesterday, it is available for Kindle, iBooks and other retailers that I don’t use.  There’s an article about it on The Atlantic Wire.  

I think I might start reading a short story a week again.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pin Of The Week #1

I joined Pinterest a little while ago.  Maybe it’s just a fad, maybe it’s here to stay.  Right now, I’m addicted.  There are so many beautiful, hilarious, amazing pictures being pinned (many of them on my own boards J), that I want to share them.  I’ve decided to choose my “favourite” Pin of the Week and showcase it on my blog.

Now, I say “favourite” because it is sincerely difficult to choose.  Mostly I picked the Pin that called out to me.

This week I give you the Surreal Forest of Romania.  I pinned it from someone else’s board, but the original site is Colossal Art and Design

Happy Pinning!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sending Out Pieces Of Me

I'm working hard.  I might have no job, but that doesn't mean I'm moping around the house (at least, not all the time.)  I am taking this "extra" time and I'm putting it to good use.  After a very busy Canada Day, I'm back at computer trying to make it happen.

I have sent out five query letters about my short story collection.  That's not a lot, but it's a beginning.  I'm taking a break from making my querying to explain how I'm feeling.


Thank you.