Personal Reflection

Annoyed Or Flattered

I don’t know whether to be annoyed or flattered when someone copies something I do.

A bit of both? 

Neither? 

I’ll just keep doing what I do while ignoring everything and everyone else. Because that’s what I do best. 

Writing

How Not To Lose Your Work

  1. Save.
  2. Safely remove your USB.
  3. Save.
  4. Back up.
  5. Save.
  6. Make a copy.
  7. Save.
  8. Make more copies.
  9. Save.
  10. Save again.
Reading · Writing

Things I Can’t Do

Start a book and not finish it.

With a few rare exceptions, I’ve finished every book I ever started. This only applies to reading. In case you’re wondering if I’m talking about the novels I (attempt to) write, I’m not. There are several unfinished manuscripts tucked away somewhere, all in different stages of completion. Or should I say incompletion?

Only have one copy of every document on my computer.

Because I make multiple copies of everything for fun.

Sleep in until the afternoon.

Half a day wasted sleeping? Uh-huh. Take a guess as to how I spend my (early) mornings.

Writing

Copying, Stealing, and Plagiarizing

I’m frustrated and infuriated with several people who decided to copy, steal, and plagiarize my ideas.

If you’re going to use somebody else’s ideas, give them credit. If you can’t give them credit, don’t use their idea.

Don’t claim it as your own.

That’s just wrong.

See I’m okay with people being inspired by others or learning from them. In fact, I am all for it.

Individuals who think it is okay to copy and paste are my problem. It should be obvious that changing one word does not make the idea yours. Changing one word or one line does not magically make you the creator of the work.

To me, the worst kind of stealing is stealing intellectual property.

I guess these imbeciles want to deal with the wrath of a writer. As well as the wrath of someone who has dreamed of being an IP lawyer.

Writing

You Know You Are A Damn Good Writer When

You know you are a damn good writer when….an English teacher accuses you of plagiarizing.

Like what kind of writer copies someone else’s ideas instead of coming up with their own? Why would a writer ruin the writing process for themselves? A real writer uses their own words, their own ideas, and their own brain. 

Studying

Students + Tumblr + Exams

A week before the exam:

Tumblr Dashboard

A day before the exam:

Sleeping

During the exam:

Exam Writing

Blogging

What Bloggers Can Learn From Newspapers

My daily reading of several newspapers sparked this idea.

Newspapers have short paragraphs.

How many times have you seen an article in the paper that is one big chunk of text without breaks or sections?

There is a combination of copy and images.

How enjoyable would it be to read a newspaper without pictures, diagrams, charts?

Attention grabbing headlines hook the readers.

How many times have you read a piece after scanning the headlines?

With that being said, blogs should follow the format found in newspapers with many short paragraphs, visuals on occasion, and interesting titles.