Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

Reusing Story Material

Two blogs have recently offered some excellent and very interesting viewpoints on where stories come from. Today, I want to examine other people’s writing as a source of inspiration, and Monday, I’ll post an analysis of the inspirations of Pride & Prejudice, in response to A Pilgrim in Narnia’s examination of the stories within that … Continue reading Reusing Story Material

Fan Fiction: An Offering of Love or Laziness?

I was browsing my library book-sale shelves recently and noticed that many of the works offered for sale—at very discounted prices—were works of fan fiction, most notably Star Wars, Star Trek, and the historical fiction types. I thought it rather intriguing, since the books are donated; it suggested that other, more worthy volumes were retained, … Continue reading Fan Fiction: An Offering of Love or Laziness?

Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation, Part Two

 My Thoughts Since some readers have commented that I continually raise questions without posting my own responses and opinions, here are my thoughts regarding the issues of compensation and copyright. First, as an author I am very much in favor of copyright laws. Once my novels are published, I wouldn’t want other authors being able … Continue reading Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation, Part Two

Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation

In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, ®, or ™, or in the seemingly-interminable end user license agreements for software. We are told incessantly that something belongs to someone … Continue reading Writing Matters: Copyright and Compensation