A Day In The Life…is a new bi-monthly feature here at Wordsmithin’ Ain’t Easy. I wanted to do a feature like this for anyone who wonders how people with jobs, family and friends, school, errands can find time to pursue their dreams.
Today we are going to follow fellow blogger Kate at Kate's Bookshelf through a typical day to see how she fits it all in.
So, usually I’m not one to get to irritated with people online, but this is not one of those times.
There has been a lot of debate regarding photo rights and what people can use online. Most bloggers I know of, especially those from Tumblr, use whatever image they want with little regard for sources. While technically just adding in a source is not the correct way of using images, it’s more proper than just claiming something as your own.
Even I’m guilty of using images that are not my own. However, I usually try to link to the original site where I found the image, and if there is a credit, I will include it. The only time I do not use certain images is when they are specifically from a photographer with their name on it. Most of the pictures out there I find it hard to know who the original source is, so I can’t label it.
Just this week, I was on Tumblr and I found a really nice background of Colin O’Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison sharing the infamous Captain Swan kiss that has set the fandom all in a marvelous tizzy. It was posted as the background of the blog Because You Didn’t See This Coming…
I loved the image, and I am going to include it with this post so you can see. A charming wintery background, and then the couple kissing. So, I posted it on Tumblr, crediting the site I found it on, though I figured well, the image could have come from anywhere.
Not two hours later, I received a message from the blogger asking me to take down ‘her’ image. Well, technically, it is polite to remove an image if it isn’t your own and the ‘owner’ wants it down. So, I removed the image and apologized profusely for upsetting the person. The reply I got was this.
“If you want to promo me, you can just explain my blog and link it. But thank you for removing it when I asked. No worries. I’ve dealt with assholes in the past, thus why I got really mad, but it’s fine now!”
Okay, fine. Whatever. I went on my merry way.
Until the next morning.
See, it’s all fine and good to say you have created an image and it is yours, if it actually is yours. However, when you take an image from the internet of say, a famous couple kissing, and edit it and add a background, I’m sorry, but that original image is not yours. Did you ask for permission to use it and edit it? In this instance, did you contact the ABC network and the producers and photographers of Once Upon A Time and ask them if you could use the image? If not, then you are breaking all the copyright and image rules out there.
You do not own public images like this unless you are the photographer. So, I can just take that image, and edit it a bit, and call it my own. In fact here, let’s just do that. Oh my, look at that. It’s not the same, but look at the couple, well they are still what was the original. I’m going to call this my own. And I’m sorry, but no one can use it without my permission.
I think that sounds right. Don’t you? See how ridiculous that is? These images out there are corrupted and edited by thousands of fan girls. Then they get upset if said image is posted without their consent, but I’m sorry, they do not own the original image and cannot claim it’s theirs.
Now, I’m not one to get on a soap box, but I think there are times when I need to speak up. I give this a warning to people who blog and ‘edit’ pictures. Unless the image is one you took with your own camera, you cannot claim it is yours just because you edited it a bit. Editing is easy now. Anyone can do it. I’ve just proven that. It is impossible to call something yours, if you have no rights to it.
Dear Mr. Knightley; a novel by Katherine Reay is my new favorite read of 2013. Samantha Moore has always lost herself in the works of Austen, Dumas, Bronte, and various other writers, instead of really stepping into the real world. Escapism at its best. However, when an unknown benefactor offers her the chance to go to the prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Sam has to choose between trying to make it on her own or take a difficult course that could jump start an amazing career. The only stipulation is that Sam write her benefactor letters on her progress, somewhat like a diary. The letters are to be addressed to a Mr. G. Knightley.
So begins Sam’s quest to become a journalist, something she is not comfortable with, and learning how to let people into her dark past. Will she be able to traverse the social world without always quoting from her books? And what will happen when she meets one of her favorite authors, Alex Powell, and he turns out to be an incredibly warm, charming and young man? Will she retreat into her safe, bookish world?
Dear Mr. Knightly is an epistolary novels, which means it is written completely in Sam’s letters to Mr. Knightley over the course of her schooling. A quarter of the way through the book, I was really not liking Sam, which is unusual for me since I usually love the heroine right off. I thought Sam was like an Emma in her own ways. Superior in her knowledge of English literature and closed to criticism. However, she starts to grow on you and when she finally really starts to open up to Mr. Knightley, you feel so much for her. The secondary characters add an amazing warmth to Sam’s life. Friendships and ‘family’ help her grow and become a much more confident young woman.
I knew I had to read this book from the title because any Austen fan knows of Mr. Knightley’s wonderfulness. I almost laughed three-quarters of the way through the book when Sam wrote and said: “I think I’ve told you this before, Mr. Knightley, but a name is a powerful thing. I don’t know that I could have shared so much with you if you were a Mr. Elton or a Frank Churchill. They weren’t honorable men. George Knightley was. So I trusted you on that association alone – at first.”
That statement is spot on. You immediately trust Mr. Knightley.
I absolutely loved this book and it will be one I will want to read over and over. The struggles of Sam left me laughing, crying, and sharing in her plight. I want to meet her. I want to read Alex Powell’s books. These characters feel so real to me. I think my only eyebrow raise would come from how well Alex can quote Jane Austen and knows what quotes Sam is using. I have never met any guy who is a ‘real man’ who could do that. However, it does make for a charming story. Five stars and then some. Read it. If you love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you’ll love this.
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