Facebook Friday: Hiatus Edition

Hello world! Isn’t that how the first posts start on here when you create a new blog? Anyway, I finally have about 5 minutes to breathe and decided to update you all on my insanity of a life. As you can still, I’m still kicking for the most part. As I mentioned in previous posts, my job has basically taken over my life. I’ve been upgraded to number two, second to none, personal assistant almost and anything else you can think of. I’ve basically gotten a crash course in what my boss does every day and my days just fly by. By the time I get home, all I want to to do is pee, eat, read something if I can, and sleep.

Besides taking over her job (on top of mine), I’ve had baby stuff galore. Last Saturday was our baby shower. It was pretty great and we got tons of gifts which makes me so grateful for just people in general. We still have things to buy and send thank you cards and oh, I kind of need to pack a hospital bag as well because we’re in the last 4 weeks and need to be prepared. In between all of that, I’ve had constant appointments from chiropractor to dentist to OB and my life is just a whirlwind.

I do want to apologize that I have just barely looked at WordPress in the last week. One day I’ll go back and catch up on all your posts. Please don’t hate me! I miss reading and commenting and being present but please don’t give up on ReactionaryTales! I’ll be back regularly eventually. Because of this, I wanted to extend an invitation to you all if you would like to be my friend outside of WordPress, just let me know. I will message you the details of my personal Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with my life and the other random stuff I post if you’d like. I know some of you already are my friends but for anyone else, just let me know! I’m happy to be your friend outside of this world too!

Facebook was pretty much my only social avenue the last week. Here’s what I shared:

Not only am I digging the song, but the women celebs he got to cameo in the video are just so cool! Give it a watch and listen.

I also shared this video today which just made me go woah! Definitely watch this one if you don’t watch the one above. You’ll be like “NO WAY!”:


Lastly I shared a couple pictures from the shower and another one from the grocery store! The first picture is me and one of my best friends Scott. He kept me sane in front of all the demanding “photographers”. The second picture is a pigeon that made a nest on some carts at my local grocery store that I snapped yesterday. The staff were nice enough to put a sign saying not to disturb the carts near the pigeon. Birds will make a nest anywhere!

And that’s it! I hope all of you are doing well! I miss you and I promise to try and catch up the minute I get a free day. Keep being awesome, and read some pages in your books for me! 🙂

Inside My Head Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a pretty long time. I couldn’t even tell you when, honestly. Cherylene over at Living vs. Existing was gracious enough to tag me in this new one that I’ve never done before. If you haven’t met Cherylene, go check her out. She posts a lot of inspirational and motivational passages that will boost your spirit each day. Thanks Cherylene! There are quite a few questions so if you make it to the end, kudos to you! If you don’t, that’s okay too. 😉

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Rules:
* Thank & tag the person that has tagged you.
* Attach the tag photo
* Answer the ‘This or THAT questions
* Tag a 10-20 friends.

  1. How do I feel at the moment? Hungry as usual.
  2. What do I need more of in my life? Time. There is just not enough of it.
  3. What would make me happy right now? If I could have this baby but it’s not quite done cooking yet.
  4. What is going on right now in my life? The usual, work, trying to ignore my itchy, paying bills.
  5. What am I most grateful for? List 10 things. My husband, the cats, my turtle, having a house, having a reliable car, money in my bank account (even if it’s not as much as I want it to be), the sun, having food in my fridge (even if I’m too lazy to cook it), a flexible job, awesome friends, my mother.
  6. When did I experience joy this week? I find joy in the littlest things every day but I have to say, the pasta salad at the BBQ brought me great joy. It was sooooo goood!
  7. List a small victory/success? Not having to buy a portable A/C unit cause my friend had one he gave us cause he’s awesome.
  8. What is bothering me & why? My job for reasons but I’ll be off for a few months soon so just counting down the days. Oh, and all the spiders that keep showing up in the house!
  9. What are my priorities at the moment? Staying healthy for the body snatcher in these last few weeks before he or she is born.
  10. What do I love about my self? Not to sound cocky but everything. I really like me and not afraid to admit that loud and proud. 🙂
  11. Who means the world to me & why? Definitely my husband. I don’t know what I’d do without him. My friends too. They keep me balanced.
  12. If I could share one message with the world, what would it be? Always keep an open mind. It’ll make life more bearable if you go into it with as open eyes as possible. Life can disappoint you, sure, but it can also surprise you.
  13. What advice would I give to my younger self? Honestly, nothing. The past is the past. If my younger self did anything differently, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
  14. What lesson did I learn this week? Getting a divorce sucks. I was a witness to one yesterday and it better not happen to me ever.
  15. If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first? Finish the book I’ve been reading. If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d travel and do some home renovations.
  16. What’s draining my energy? The -5.5 week old in my womb.
  17. What does my ideal morning look like? Hitting snooze twice then thinking about getting up to get dressed. Contemplate cooking breakfast, struggling to put my shoes on cause bending over is difficult; getting in the car, driving to work, checking email and making phone calls.
  18. What does my ideal day look like? Staying in bed and sleeping as much as I can cause I don’t get enough of it. When refreshed, probably do some reading, Netflixing, cleaning, playing with the cats, eating. I have simple needs.
  19. What makes me come alive? Good food. I love food!
  20. What/who inspires me the most? I can’t say it’s one specific person or thing. I find inspiration all over each day.
  21. Where does my pain originate? My hips? My back? I don’t have any emotional pain if that’s what the question was going for.
  22. What are my strengths? I’d say I’m a very accepting person. I also love to learn new things constantly. Can never have too much knowledge if you ask me.
  23. What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get? Can’t say I’ve been too scared to get anything. It just all depends on the means I have available to me to get whatever it is that I want.
  24. What is something I would love to learn? Another language fluently and maybe some software coding (I’m a tech  nerd).
  25. Where would I want to live my ideal life? Wherever my husband is in an self sustainable, energy efficient house.
  26. Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years? I probably won’t be doing a lot of travel because I’ll have a small kid but if I had to pick, we would like to go back to Florence, Italy and then maybe Japan or Ireland.
  27. What can I do to take better care of myself? I hate to reiterate this again but having this baby because then I’ll be able to get marginally better sleep cause I’ll be able to sleep on my stomach again.
  28. What hobbies would I like to try? I think it would be fun to have a YouTube channel. I don’t know what it would be about but something to do in my spare time. Also, gardening. I haven’t even attempted to try that yet.
  29. When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do? Car related stuff. With direction, I was able to change the cabin filter once. That’s a big deal! And I can change a tire if I absolutely need to.
  30. At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be? I would hope my legacy would continue on through my child which is mostly continuing to having a thirst for knowledge, being an open-minded, adventurous yet compassionate person and spreading it to the world even on a tiny scale.

Whew! So many questions! The rules state that I should tag 10-20 people but I’m lazy so I’m only going to tag a couple. Feel free to do this tag if you’d like. You are not obligated to do so. If I didn’t tag you and you’d like to the tag anyway, go for it! The more the merrier! You can even answer some or all of the questions in the comments if you like.

I tag:

Peela
Orangutan
Nina
Carla

Happy Hump Day!

“Please, Thank You, I’m Sorry”

Recently I was talking with my coworker because she was feeling down and out about how she goes above and beyond for people and hardly ever receive a simple thank you or even credit for the hard work she’s put in. It mostly stemmed from the fact that, as I mentioned in a previous post, my boss was in a car accident and has needed a ton of help these days. As much as we are willing to do whatever she needs for us to do to make her life easier, it hasn’t escaped our notice that we aren’t acknowledged for a job well done or for going above and beyond our pay grade to make sure her life is easier. Instead, it has become more demanding.

When I was younger, the first words that got drilled into my head were “please, thank you, and I’m sorry”. Whenever you want or need something, it should always start or end with please. “I need a favor. Do you think you can help me please?”, “When you get a chance, can you please….” are just a few examples. Automatically following the response you receive, even if it’s negative, should be a thank you. “Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.” “That’s okay. Thanks anyway.” When people don’t use either of these it comes out more of a demand instead of a polite question. In the case of asking for a favor, if you ask for a favor and this favor is granted, you should give credit where credit is due. Say you couldn’t figure out how to formulate an Excel sheet at work and you got help for it before presenting it to your boss. Just thanking your coworker is not enough. You should let your boss know that you at least had help and couldn’t have perfected the worksheet without so and so’s help.

Lastly, the universal, “I’m sorry“. It’s not only used in sad situations. Loss and grieving people appreciate hearing “I’m so sorry for your loss.” However, and I’ve had to do this, I pitched an idea that was not my own to my boss once and I gave the credit to my coworker because it wasn’t my idea. Only problem was, she wanted to pitch it herself and didn’t appreciate that I offered it up before she could even though I did give the correct credit. I apologized for that and remembered that for the future. Another example is when someone thinks they’re 100% right and makes it a point to almost rub it in your face. When it’s all said and done and it comes out that they were wrong, the first thing out of their mouth should be “I’m sorry” but most often it’s still a case of someone trying to prove in some form that they were still right even if it wasn’t 100%.

Simple accolades such as these would honestly make for a nicer world. Yet, these phrases are so foreign to some that it’s just so sad. This has been on my mind for a while and I just continually think of how more and more individuals are becoming immune to the fact that they aren’t receiving the accolades they deserve even if it’s something as simple as leaving a book review or sharing someone else’s post. I know I’m guilty of it because I’m terrible at Twitter but I try to acknowledge when I notice even if it’s late. I also make it a point to respond to all comments left on my blog or ones that were responded to that I left on someone else’s blog. I just hope this immunity doesn’t continue because it just makes us all much more cold as human beings and we don’t want to turn into emotionless robots now do we?

What do you think about accolades given or received? Were these phrases taught and ingrained into at a young age like they were for me? Do you have any experiences similar to mine you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 5/25/18

Hey, hey, it’s Facebook Friday!

Although I haven’t been too active on the blog, I have been a tiny bit active on Facebook this past week. Still a bit hectic in my world. Everyday after work is always something; from shopping to getting library cards and cooking or, for the past two days anyway, baby classes. Let me tell you, there is a lot. I’m definitely grateful for these classes cause I readily admit I know nothing about human babies. It’s baby CPR next Saturday. Yikes! I don’t even know how to do adult CPR. Hope I’m never in a situation where I have to and if I am, hope I don’t freeze panic.

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

Again, as usual, no memes were shared. I just haven’t seen any on Facebook or Twitter! Maybe I’m not looking hard enough.

However, I did share two videos on Facebook. The first one is all about turtles which are my favorite animals. May 23rd was World Turtle Day and National Geographic made a video post not only celebrating turtles as a species with a few facts but also to bring awareness to the fact that almost all turtle species are endangered in some form or another mostly due to habitat desctruction such as all the plastic in the ocean they mistake for food. Anyway, check it out below:


The other video I shared was a clip from the Ellen show that was so fun! The game they’re playing is called MOVIE and it’s like HORSE but with media. So what the players do is name a movie and the other person has to name an actor or actress in the movie and then it goes back and that person has to name a different movie and so on and so forth until someone is stumped. Whoever spells out the world MOVIE first wins. There was also a surprised scare that I found absolutely hilarious so if you’re looking for a good laugh, check out this video as well:


Lastly, I didn’t share any pictures on Facebook. However, my husband’s second job is with a furniture company called Arhaus and he got a surprise when he went into work yesterday:

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They made him a cake that says “Welcome Baby Hollywood” (Hollywood is his nickname) and it had cute little Care Bears sticking out all over. They also pitched in together and bought a bunch of baby stuff for us. This is everything unwrapped:

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It’s one step closer to becoming real for us man. We are super grateful to them for this load considering we’re slackers and only had like 2 baby things so far (in our defense we’re waiting til after the shower to see what additional items we’ll need so we don’t buy duplicates!).

That’s it for me this week. Extended weekend this week because Memorial Day on Monday. It’s highly likely I won’t be posting because I’ve been told we’re going to a BBQ so yay grilled food!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and have an even more wonderful weekend. See you next week!

🙂

Romance World Shenanigans

In previous posts, I’ve talked about how much I love the romance genre. In fact, I made a tag in my early blogging days called the Soul Ripping Romance Tag that made the rounds a bit. I follow the world estensively and I also follow a few WordPress authors who write romance serials on their blogs. Huge, huge fan.

The latest news in the world was initally all about RT and how the website and all it’s affliates were retiring. RT stands for Romantic Times. Most people are unaware of them especially in other countries but every year they host a giant convention that’s like the San Diego Comic Con of the book world. Every, and I mean EVERY, romance author or even authors who only incorporate a little romance (fade to black) in their stories, goes to this convention. It’s a HUGE deal and I had plans to go to one some day but I found out that this year was the last year. 😔

RT had been in business for an astounding 37 years. They had a regular magazine I got in my email and you could be a member or VIP member and get all these benefits and freebies. I was just a tiny part of the massive, amazing, supportive community but I’m gonna miss them.

In other news, the week before last I talked about trademarking and copyrighting and the differences between them. The subject came up cause there was an author who is currently in a legal battle over the word “cocky” that she felt was her right to trademark. Unfortunately, the saga is continuing.

Another author has filed a trademark for the word “forever”. 😐 I found this news our because an indie author I follow has a book called forever and she’s afraid she’ll be a target now. Multiple people have contacted the author about this and she’s claiming that she’s being impersonated and that she didn’t do that except to trademark her name and her series. Things are sketchy however because it was filed by her publisher who said they were advised by the attorney of this author. The author is still claiming it’s not hers even though the trademark is up officially.

This kind of thing just blows my mind. I don’t understand why these situations have all of sudden popped up. Is this some kind of pseudo marketing scheme to go viral and get your work attention even if it’s negative? I really hope this doesn’t expand past the romance genre because this type of behavior is just unbelievable especially when groups, bloggers and the community in general work so hard to promote and include everyone.

Have you heard about either of these stories? Does it feel like the end of a good era and the beginning of a bad one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Past Few Days

Today’s post is basically going to be an update of sorts. Last week I kind of ranted about how I had the itch from hell and my midwife tried to prescribe me quite a strong oral steroid which I was pretty much against taking because I was afraid of an alien baby. Most doctors or midwives will tell you that at 33 weeks, the baby is fully developed and steroids won’t do anything to harm the little body snatchers. I understand that but I also hate swallowing pills especially 21 pills over the course of 5 days. That just seems like overkill especially when its not guranteed to work. So, I went to a dermatologist who prescribed me a low dosage steroid lotion and I’m happy to report that the rash and most of the itch went away in just two days! So I’m quite content to be a lot less itchy.

However, I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that for every symptom you manage, another appears in it’s spot when you’re pregnant. The itching went down but then I started getting pain in my lower right abdomen right above the hip. It felt like a bone was stabbing from the inside. At first I thought it was baby but it’s too small at this point to be a baby foot or elbow or something. All day Sunday, I couldn’t get comfortable in any position which meant I didn’t sleep at all. Instead of going to the ER or even contacting my midwife, I went to Google again to see what other people were suggesting besides “oh hey take some tylenol” which is only temporary. Lots of suggestions pointed me to a chiropactor and let me tell you, chiropactors are Gods. I had one 15 minute session with the guy and he aligned my spine and did some other stretches and I slept like the baby I’m carrying that night. Seriously, if you’ve never been to one, go. It’s worth every penny even for a couple minutes. I went again today and I just feel so great. Turns out the little bone sticking out is a muscle that’s just balled up from expanding to accomodate the growing monster and all it needs is a little TLC to be kinked out.

Yesterday I talked about getting a library card so I can have access to the Ohio Digital Library. Happy to report that I got one and here it is:

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I went to go check out some books online in the series I’m reading but the ODL only has the first 2! Sad panda. Except, I continued my search and found out that I can apply for an eCard with a different city’s library. Imagine that! An e-library card! This card will give me access to Clevenet and Rakuten Overdrive which not only have the books I need but they’re available to borrow now and I don’t have to wait on hold or request the book to be added to the collection. I registered online for that quick and easy and I can’t wait to get my eCard in my email!

Lastly, at my work, it’s still been pretty hectic. My boss has been in the hospital for 3 weeks now and her husband is still driving me insane. The brightside to all of this is the two plant cats that showed up just before winter. Both are black cats and my old buddy took care of them. For months we were all hoping they were both the same sex and it seemed like they were until one day, early last month, he came in and discovered kittens! There were originally 6 but one died. Mama cat has been very good to her babies. There are 4 black ones and 1 gray one. They are super cute! I snapped a photo of them today to share with you all:

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They are about 3 and a half weeks old now and nice and snuggled under a giant wood pile. My old buddy is hoping to catch them this weekend and take them home to get them started on transitioning from Mama’s milk to at least wet kitty food. He also wants to capture mom and maybe dad and get them spayed and neutered.

So that’s been life the last few days! Look forward to the weekend because Monday is Memorial day which means extended weekend hooray! I hope you all had a great few days and continue to do so the rest of this week. 🙂

Any Memorial Day plans? Let me know in the comments below!

La Biblioteca

Hello everyone!

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of my post I just want to thank the couple of bloggers that sent me messages checking up on me. You know who you are and I appreciate you because that is so very thoughtful. 🙂

Now, I’ve come to a decision!

I’ve decided I’m going to get a library card! I know what you’re thinking, that’s not very monumental and really Nel, everyone has a library card! Guess what, I don’t. I used to have one and technically still do but it hasn’t been renewed for a long while and I’ve moved far away from the place so my laziness is like, don’t want to drive that far to pick up a book. However, a book was highly recommended to me over the weekend by a friend and it was an author I’ve never read before.

As you all are aware, my reading game is dismal. I’ve been managing one to two books a month just because of time and bodily (body snatcher) issues but this was a freebie on Kindle so I jumped at the chance and grabbed it. For once I didn’t read the description and just jumped right into reading the book. Needless to say, I was hooked and devoured that book in a day and a half. Always amazes me when I do that. So I was looking into getting the rest of the series but I stopped to think, what if I didn’t like the books? Cause you know, just because the pilot of a series is great, doesn’t mean the rest of it will be too and I’d hate to buy a digital book, hate it and then can’t return it you know?

Enter, the library. I went to look at my local library to see if they have the books. They didn’t. However, I still hit the jackpot. There is such a marvelous thing called The Ohio Digital Library. A friend of mine who is a librarian by trade actually informed me that it’s the 5th largest digital library in the country! LA county being the 1st largest if you were curious. Anyway, it basically goes through Overdrive which is a platform you can rent ebooks and audiobooks from and the collection is astounding. I found the rest of the series there but I have no access currently because of no library card. Once I get the library card, which is free btw (can’t beat free!), not only will I have access to ODL but I’ll also have access to a service called hoopla which allows you to rent movies, full music albums and more books and audiobooks with just your libary card!

My mind exploded.

So anyway, I wanted to show you a couple screenshots of what these wonderful websites look like. You may want to do some research cause you could have a similar situation at your local library. They rent out Kindle books, Kobo books and I-books so you can read them on any device and the bonus beauty is you don’t have to worry about late fees for forgetting to return them because they automatically go back when they’re due (assuming you don’t extend your borrowing time)!

Also, if you were wondering, even though you are renting for free, the authors and artists are still being paid! Libraries actually provide a good chunk of revenue along with all the other avenues. It’s a win-win-win all around I tell you! Plus, if you decide you must have your own copy, it’s as easy as going to Amazon and buying the hardcopy which is supporting the artist even more. And, one more note about libraries, you can get out of county or even out of state library cards for a yearly fee! The only downside to that though is you have to reapply in person every year.

What do you think of libraries? Does your library have something like this? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m Alive.. Sort of

Hello friends,

As you can see so far this week, I’ve been a slacker. I figured today is a good day to throw an update out there so you all know I’m mostly alive and kicking but my life sucks right now.

So firstly, work has been a shit show, literally. Unfortunately, my boss and her husband were in a car accident last Saturday. He walked away with a few scratches and bruises and she was lifted away with a severely broken leg. So for the last week and a half I’ve been doing not only my job but hers too and for someone who’s in a hospital bed, she’s very demanding. And her husband is worse cause he doesn’t know how to do anything for himself. These are the times when I hate text messaging but I’m the type of person that always answers my texts because what’s the point of my cellphone otherwise?

Meanwhile, I’ve been fighting the mother of all itches. I’ve developed some kind of rash or hives or something on my arms and legs and it’s slowly creeping to the belly. Baby probably doesn’t want me to scratch him or her constantly all day so I asked my midwife to prescribe me something stronger after exhausting all the over the counter creams, lotions, ointments, oatmeal baths and everything else under the sun you can think of that I got off Google. She prescribed me and oral steroid; low dosage. I was all for that until I googled the steroid and then decided I’d rather suffer because the side effects, especially to baby, scare me. I really don’t want to have an alien baby considering how close I am to being done with this whole pregnancy business.

She also put in a dermatolgy consult for me because who better to prescribe me something that won’t harm the body snatcher than a skin doctor. So two days go by and nobody calls me. I call the office and she says the earliest they can get me in is in November. NOVEMBER! I legit told her I’d be dead by then and that’s not acceptable and asked for dermatologists in the area I can spam call that could possibly get me in sooner. She warned me that she wasn’t sure if my insurance would cover it but I’m so desperate at this point I didn’t even care. American health care system is so jacked. Luckily my husband has bomb insurance and the first place I called after explaining my situation and emphasizing how desperate I am for relief, I have an appointment later today that will hopefully cure me at least for the next 7 and a half weeks because apparently the be all end all cure is child birth.

Anyway, there you have it. My blog slacker rant. I probably won’t be posting the rest of this week but I hope to pick it back up next week especially with endangered posts. I have at least two lined up in my mind they just need to be written for when I’m not trying to claw my skin off. I hope you all are having a better week than I am! I’m still going to keep up with all of your blogs even though mine will be gathering a little dust for a bit.

Facebook Friday 5/11/18

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday!

I’ve had quite a busy week. My boss was in a car accident Saturday evening so let’s just say my duties have been double time. She’s fine but has a long road to recovery because of the way her right leg broke. So lots of therapy but a coworker and I went to visit her yesterday and she’s quite optimistic. I also wrote a huge chunk of detailed posts this week ranging from colors to copyright. Do check them out if you haven’t read them yet. I was on an educational roll!

Weather wise, it’s been nice and toasty all week despite a few rain showers here and there. But I have to say, today feels like winter again and that’s not cool! Go away 45 degree weather! We don’t miss you til at least October! Was quite enjoying going from winter to summer thank you very much. 😉

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

For once, it’s not my meme game that sucks! It’s the internet! Once again, I did not see a single cool meme the whole week and trust me I was looking! So sadly, no memes to share today. I did come across a pretty hilarious yet genius video on Twitter. Check it out:

Bahahahaha! I can’t stop rewatching it cause it’s just so funny!

I thought I wouldn’t have a picture to share this week but I went to a library book sale yesterday and reaped some great freaking rewards!

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I’ve never been more excited to spend money. I snagged a copy of the complete Cantebury Tales because I realized I don’t have one and I love those! I just read A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet last year and planned to buy it anyway so this was awesome. And then there’s the Baba Yaga books. I’ve never heard of them but the whole trilogy was there so why not. The books were 25 cents each; so basically $1.25 for those.

The real steal were the Blu-Rays and DVDs. Every last one of these literally came out last year and I got them all for $1.00 each. I was floored. Blu-Rays are expensive! Somewhere upwards of like $20-$30 dollars each and I got them all for $8 bucks! If you’ve never been to a library sale, seriously, go to one. You won’t regret it. There’s always something to find! My friend and I are looking to go back again today cause it’s bag day which means you buy a brown bag for $3 and fill it with however much you can fit in there at no additional cost. It’s awesome.

I hope you all had a wonderful week and an even better weekend! See you Monday!

🙂

Copyright Conversation

To round out this week chock full of discussion posts, and because my girl Linda expressed interest in wanting to know more, I want to talk a bit about copyright laws and how they differ from trademarks which I discussed yesterday.

To start, this is the copyright symbol:

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We’ve all seen it and some of us even use it for some of the content we posts in our blogs. The official definition as defined by the United States Government is as follows:

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

So, what does this mean? It means that if you create an original work, whether it’s published or not, it’s still copyrighted. This applies to poetry, music, books, songs, software, movies… the list goes on. The term you’re most likely familiar with is called intellectual property and means it is protected under law. Now, the list of things that are able to be copyrighted are pretty much a form of art right; as in it’s some form of artistic expression. For example, all 300+ of my blog posts are my forms of artistic expression right? So that means all my stuff is automatically copyrighted right?

If you answered right, you’d be wrong. Sorry to break it to you but copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, theories, symbols, phrases, facts and other similar things along those lines. This means that even though I typed up some pretty cool life stories or suggested some ideas on my blog, I can’t claim official copyright and if someone decided to copy pasta my post and call it their own, there’s nothing I can do about it besides ask them nicely to take it down and hope for the best. Domain names are not even protected under copyright law so all our WordPress names we so cleverly came up? Not covered even though they are original.

Now, I know what you’re thinking here. Did I not just say original authorship works whether published or unpublished are automatically copyrighted? Well, yes I did but a post published on a website is considered an original idea, not an original work even if its stories or a logo design you made, it can be duplicated on someone else’s website without consequences. Logo designs actually can be protected but that falls under trademark territory as does words and phrases but it’s a process to get that certificate; as mentioned in the previous post. Copyright law can’t help with that.

However, there is a bit of a silver lining where copyright on websites are concerned. If you post a lot of photos or a compilation of serials, you can file to have the page on which these appear on copyrighted. But remember, even if you just use the symbol and someone comes along and steals your work, you can fight them if and only if you file for a copyright certificate or have already obtained one. Otherwise, you’re a bit SOL to put it simply.

When a copyright is filed, the information becomes public record. It also means the hard copy you sent becomes the property of the United States Government. They do not give it back so if you want to file for copyright, make sure it’s your best version. This also means that you filed the application, paid the fee, it was approved, you got your certificate and the whole country knows that that piece of art belongs to you. If someone would like to use it or reference it in their own piece of expression, they have to get permission to do so and once a copyright is public record, so is information like your name, phone number and address which makes it easy for an individual to try and get said permission. You can file for a copyright under a pseudonym and use a different address such as a post office box if you don’t want your personal details out in the world. This is what a lot of authors do when they copyright their books.

So remember when you see the little © symbol in a book, it only applies to the content on the inside. The book cover, title and logo are not copyrighted. Those fall under trademark laws. In the case of the cockygate author, her content is most likely copyrighted but her cover art, the title and logos of her book are not. She filed for a trademark for the word “cocky” and, as I said in yesterday’s post, you can trademark a word or phrase while your application is pending using the  symbol but it’s not official until you get a certificate of registration in the mail showing the ® symbol.

Generally, anyone can file for a trademark or a copyright but remember, this is not an automatic approval process. You really need to show sound reasoning or, in the case of copyrights, physical copies of your work in order to get even a sliver of consideration.  My mother sees trademark applications come across her desk everyday and she said it can take literal years to get a trademark whereas hard copies of original works are a bit easier to wade through. And yes, to reiterate again, words in the dictionary can be trademarked to a certain extent (example: apple is trademarked) but you’d have to be really convincing to get approved.

Isn’t the law just a boat load of fun?

I hope you all enjoyed all the educational posts this week. Hope it wasn’t too much of an overload and hey! tomorrow we get to see some fun stuff cause it’s TGIF or Facebook Friday around these parts and I’ve got at least one share guaranteed to make you laugh.

What do you think about copyright law? Does it make you want to copyright some of your own works? Let me know in the comments below!

(Source: CopyrightGov)