I have to admit, when I saw how many people downloaded my book thus far I was shocked! I hope everyone who read it enjoyed it, and I thank everyone who helped me by sharing the link, and all the excellent advice from those who have been down this road before and know more than I could ever dream of learning! If you have not downloaded the book yet, it’s link is posted below and it will be availible for free until midnight 🙂
Monthly Archives: September 2013
I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t.
In all my writing I can look back and see the obvious religious undertones. I am not
an overly religious person, but my childhood as a preacher’s daughter filled me
with questions that I wished I could ask God and more daydreaming about Godly
things then I care to admit in the boring hours of church going. From writing
about Angels, to my thoughts on morality I write about God every day even if I
don’t intend to. I love comics with superheroes in them and love anything
paranormal with a higher power or supernatural energy, but I can’t honestly say
that I would ever want God’s job. Having one little life in my hands is an
overwhelming and such a powerful sense of responsibility that I can feel like
I’m drowning at times with worry that I’m not good enough for my baby. Yet, God
takes the fate of all of humanities souls in his hands and dose so willingly,
without any resentment or judgment when we blatantly ignore his
instructions (which is quite often), we only have to ask for forgiveness and
it’s freely given.
I think I would rather be human than a superhuman God any day of the week!
To plagiarize is to loose all respect from the writing community in a whole. Sure, the people who read your work might love it, but it isn’t really even yours though, is it? My biggest fear in college was to be accused of plagiarism so I made an extra point to rewrite anything I had to use to such an extent that it was truly mine, and I of course cited sources when needed. The average turn-it in score for me was a two percent. Six is the student average, so obviously I was pretty good at this. When I heard that Mortal Instruments was actually a fan fiction novel that had been ripped off of the Harry Potter universe I was astounded and appalled. To steal someone’s quote is bad enough, but to steal their whole universe? That’s just downright wrong! So I of course had to investigate!
Apparently Cassandra used the Harry Potter universe as the stage for her books and even called it the Draco trilogy when it was on fan fiction. She changed names and the location of the books, but didn’t change much else, it is still obvious to anyone who knows anything about the Harry Potter world that she used Draco and Ginny as the main characters and even kept the concepts of the three horacruxes (renamed of course).
I mulled this information over and realized it wasn’t the fact that she plagiarized that upset me. It has long been a tradition for people to write ‘fan fiction’, creating stories based on the works of others and trying endlessly to improve upon each others work. My favorite story, Romeo and Juliet was indeed a work of fan fiction, based on a centuries long story that has been a significant part of culture perhaps since culture began. I myself love the idea of fan fiction and thinks it encourages the mind to be creative while providing it a safe diving board. What bothered me was that she made money off of this book without consulting JK. Rowling. Even if she had profited from it and not shared a dime with JK. Rowling I wouldn’t mind, if she had only asked permission. I highly doubt J.K. Rowling would have said no considering she loves encouraging writers to write whatever it is that inspires them and she even will read Harry Potter fan fiction herself sometimes.
Mortal Instruments mortal failure is a simple one that could have been avoided if she had just said please!
So I have successfully managed to finish my book and get it uploaded to Kindle! I’m waiting for it to be approved so it’s a waiting game now. I have been waiting for it to be done for so long now that you would think one more day wont hurt anything, but now that I can see the finish line, the waiting is excruciating! Pulling teeth would be more pleasurable then waiting for your book to be published honestly. It will all be worth it though when I see it online and get the satisfaction that I did it all by myself (minus all the help I had :)) Thank you to everyone who helped and gave me all the amazing advice that helped turned my book from a random mess to the thrilling story it has become! When it’s available I will let everyone know so you can read the whole story and give me your thoughts!