Saturday, October 28, 2017

Poetry Writing: Explaining The Free Verse Nature Poem "Be Renewed"

Be Renewed

Look upon nature and receive hope,
For she reminds us
Of the chance for new growth,
Where before
There was nothing.
Look. Drink in.
Be refreshed. Be renewed,
And grow.

You can write a free verse poem by simply writing out a thought, as I did here. It doesn't have to be any certain length. It's not long, or short. It's just a thought in time. Arrange the words in the sentences just as you thought of them. Make the length of each sentence like we all think. We usually think in short, disjointed, choppy sentences. We don't think in perfect English, even if we know it.

You should, however, always check your poems for basic spelling errors, or have someone do it for you. You can also paste your poem into a free online grammar checker or writing enhancer, like, which will identify your spelling errors.

Photography: ©Artsy Craftery Studio
Poem "Be Renewed" ©SJHolland

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BUSINESS: Did You Write That? Well Who Did?

Often as I read around the Internet, I have to ask if the OP wrote what I am reading. This is when there is not a byline, and no sources, references or other info on the origin of the material. I think some wonder why I am asking and does it matter, so this is why I ask Did You Write That?
  • When we publish something, it is assumed that the person who created the post also wrote it, but without a byline, by so-in-so, there is no proof.
  • I love to meet fellow authors and poets, and I might want to talk shop with you sometimes.
  • If I really enjoyed what you posted I want to congratulate you and maybe discuss your motivation behind and plans regarding further publication on the subject.
  • If it was written by someone else I may want to locate and read more of that person's writings.
When we run across content, books, poetry and other writings that we enjoy, we love to share it to benefit others. To lead others to think that you wrote it by either intentionally or unintentially leaving out from where it came or who wrote it is a form of intellectual property theft, especially when money is made through it. In the academic world it is called plagiarism, and it is a serious offense.

There is nothing wrong with sharing any content that we enjoy, but it is wrong to not share the origin. It doesn't matter from where it came. If you read it on the back of a cereal box, or on the side of a bus, state that. If you don't know who wrote it, you do know where you found it. If you don't remember where you found it or who wrote it, you should state that at the end of it. If it was written by Anonymous or Unknown, state that. All of the info that you can give about the origin should be shared to give credit where credit is due.

Why should you go through this trouble?
  • The owners of intellectual property often have workers scouring the Internet for offenders. The least they will do is contact you and ask you to remove their property and to not do it again. The worse they will due is to sue you. They do watch and many will prosecute. This is especially true in the creative industry.
  • You project a professional image that may serve you well one day.
  • You develop an honest and trustworthy reputation in writing and social circles.
  • You don't have to repetitively answer questions like Did You Write That?
  • You save your readers from having to repetitively ask Did You Write That?
  • If you don't take steps to respect the intellectual property of others, when it matters most to you someone will not respect yours.
As a creative person, I am aware of an increasing amount of intellectual theft that is perpetrated today, especially on the Internet. Sometimes it is just an oversight, because many don't even realize that they are stealing from others when they don't provide credits. Even if you are not making money from what you have shared or used, it is stealing to receive accolades and appreciation from readers who enjoy what they think you wrote or created.

Take a little time to include all that you know about the origin of what you publish, and join the fight against intellectual property theft. It does matter and I don't like to have to ask Did You Write That?

CRAFTING: Handmade Sewing Accessory A Little Too Much

I love handmade pincushions and other sewing accessories. Saw this on Pinterest this morning, and while it is very cute, it's a little bit too much for me. [rolleyes] It looks cluttered, and I'd be afraid that I'd bend over swiftly and poke myself in the face! More frightening is the possibility of an eye injury! I guess I'm just a little bit too careless to use it safely.

Do you like it and would it be super-useful to you?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEWS: Fervous Handmades Marketplace, a handmade marketplace that has been around for a few years is now defunct. See what the owner says here. The Facebook page is still up as of this post.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MARKETING: Crafty GoGo Promotion Service

Got email from Crafty GoGo, a daily email/social promotions site for handmades sellers. They promote to several places, including their email list. They have thousands of various social media followers, including over 10,000 at Facebook. They are currently charging $15 to submit a product. A little steep, but if you can afford it and the product that you submit is a regular in your shop, then it could be a good investment. Get more info here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

MOTIVATION: How Not To Give Up

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
- Truman Capote

Never give up on your business or your creative pursuits, no matter how many failures you have.

The failures are educating you.
The failures are providing you with new ideas.
The failures are setting you up for massive success.
The failures are showing you what not to do.
The failures are showing you what to do.
The failures are your friends.
The failures are boosting you upwards.

Be smart and use your failures for what they are.
Don't be stubborn.
Don't be resistant.
Allow your failures to correct your direction.
Change when your failures tell you to.
Your failures are gold. 
Recognize it and prosper!

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