I would like to call that bullshit. Somewhere around the spiderweb of my blog you’ll find the words “We live as if the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be”.
Do you know where I first heard those words? In an episode of Angel. A Show about vampires created by my favorite Writer in the whole wide world named Joss Whedon.
Here’s the full quote:
Now I put this here because I can be heard quoting Mr. Whedon a lot. Like every single day of my life. The man is to use a complicated word, a writing God.
I fully intend to meet him one day to shake his hand and say “Thank you for giving me the moral compass I needed to get through all the shit I’ve been through in my life.”
Because that’s what you do when someone you admire has the job you’d love to have. Has the words you in a million years couldn’t convey on your own if you tried.
What you don’t do? Is steal their work and call it your own. Like this lady here.
I love words. I love the way they feel on my tongue. I love that when I settle into my couch to write something for you guys to read the words flow.
Not all the time. Sometimes finding the right words is like getting a tooth pulled by your three year old. They come kicking and screaming, ranting and raving while swearing revenge a pox upon the third house of your fourth child. Writing is not easy. Taking thousands of words and putting them into something creative and inspiring is not easy.
So I find it personally offensive when someone takes words written by someone else and claims them as their own. To many of you this picture is no big deal. Here’s the problem. She’s already published.
My friend Charles Bivona another Writing God (Who just recently published his first book you should all read) once said that no artist should be forced to work for free. Their work deserves payment. I quote a lot of people in my work but I don’t pay them for it. I do quote them, give a link to their site and say thanks for inspiring me.
I’m not actually sure what pisses me off more. The fact that she stole these words to make herself look good or the fact that she’s already a published author.
Do you know how fucking hard it is to get published? You don’t just wake up one day and bam there’s an offer of tens of millions of dollars. Many amazing writers will never be published – at least not in their life time.
It’s only gotten harder as technology has taken over the planet. Every day another twenty gazillion blogs are being published. I watched Charles Bivona struggle for years and although sadly I was unable to help him I recognize that he has now achieved a goal that has taken him more than twenty years. He published a book.
Do you know why I love Joss Whedon so much? It’s not because he’s hot. It’s not even because he’s famous. It’s because in everything he does, in every area of his life he makes a probably not so concentrated effort, to inspire those around him.
I watched everything he’s ever made – except for Firefly because..I just don’t know what happened there. I digress however.
No one has ever had to accuse Mr. Whedon of stealing because he doesn’t have to. He understands that we as artists work hard for our craft and as much as we all want to be famous and end up sipping margaritas on a fucking beach it isn’t going to happen over night.
There are in this world, bloggers, writers and authors. Joss is a writer. For the moment I am a blogger but I am I hope one day going to be able to say that I have achieved my dream and become an Author. I don’t need to write tv shows or movies – that isn’t my dream. My dream is to be a fucking Author.
To see my name on the front back and side covers of a book that “I” wrote using “my” words. Words I’ve learned and been inspired to use by writers like Nicole Lyons, Joss Whedon, Shareen Masnfield, Charles Bivona and the hundreds of other amazing writers I get to talk to every day.
And woe betide any person who decides to steal my words as their own. My words are MY words and you have no right to take them and steal them.
If you can take the time to put my words, ANYONE’S words on a god damn image and add your name you have the time to write the name of the original writer on them.
But hey what the fuck do I know? I’m just another blogger, right?
Te amo loves,
Be kind to each other, We ain’t got much time left.
P.S. The main image for this post is from Google Images
-EDIT- As of the writing and publishing of this post Ally Donaldson removed her stolen post from her facebook page.