The State of Writing Today

What’s Happening With Authors? Including Christian Authors?

A couple of weeks ago I posted Nora Roberts’s response to the plagiarism issue going on with a Brazilian author who has become known as #CopyPasteCris. According to @CaffeinatedFae, “We are now up to 64 books, 35 authors, 3 articles, 3 websites & 2 recipes that were plagiarized by #CopyPasteCris.” (https://twitter.com/CaffeinatedFae/status/1104161561399123969)  Yes, I copied @CaffeinatedFae’s words, but because I’m telling you where it comes from, it becomes research. And you can go there and read a lot more about the situation

A number of years ago I used to write a satirical column that I emailed out. (This was before Facebook and Twitter) I had a radio DJ who had a talk show and did some comedy pieces as part of it that he would love to use my work if I didn’t have a copyright notice on it. I told him that I had no problem with him using some of my stuff, just let people know where you got it. (I know – being paid in exposure. I didn’t know anything about it at the time.) He declined to do that, even though it would be throwing a bone to a local, struggling writer by giving me the recognition for my work. At least he had the integrity to not use my stuff then.

We’re seeing a lack of integrity in the writing in many situations right now. We had the romance writer who tried to trademark a common word used in the Romance Genre, “cocky,” that threw a lot of writers up in arms. If this could happen in the romance genre, it could happen elsewhere. A lot of people got mad. Some friends wrote a Romance Anthology with the title “As Cocky as They Come” as a protest – with every story title including the word “cocky.” I tried to write a story for the anthology, but if there was any doubt before, there isn’t now: I’m not a romance writer. I wrote a forward about the importance of fighting that kind of censorship. Whatever your view on the genre, and some of the stories are ones that I wouldn’t read, trying to trademark a word is blatant disrespect to others. I think we should stand in support of the rights of others, even when their expression of their rights isn’t our cup of tea.

What really bothered me today was reading a Christianity Today article about a popular author for Christian ladies. Many of my friends admire her work. They made the claim that her second book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing,” is full of plagiarism. I haven’t read the books, but I’ve heard others talking about them. That a Christian author would plagiarize like that, if the article is correct in its assertions, is unconscionable. Holly Hansen, a friend who’s done more research on this than I have, wrote a blog post that dealt not only with the plagiarism, but also the theological quality of the books. Her blog, titled, “Girl, Read a Great Book” helps to highlight to problems the author of “Girls, Wash Your Face” and “Girl, Stop Apologizing” has set in motion.

There are other posts out there that deal with this problems of theology, but sadly, self-help and self-adoration appears to be a popular genre among people who claim to follow Christ. I would make the point, and saw that some of those other posts made the same point, that Christians need to stop worrying about getting a hold of our lives and start learning to let God take control. The best life I could ever have is one where I’m walking with Christ and living in obedience to Him. Should I plan? Sure. Should I work hard? Sure, but I should always be living and writing ethically and in accordance with His will. So stop worrying about taking control of your life, and learn how to give that control over to God.

Daily Work

April 23 – Another Day, Another Book Cover, Moving Along

Today was a busy day. You’d think a guy could take it easy when he gains a year, but nope, still a busy day. Devotional was written, then after making arrangements and acknowledging birthday wishes on Facebook, I went to do laundry. I did about half of my writing challenge there while waiting for laundry to finish. (We have an issue with our washing machine and dryer now, so everything’s at the laundromat.) Then, lunch, a bit of work around the house, reviewing the covers for my edited devotional books (!!!), and on to chess clubs. After that, I had a fundraising banquet to attend. No, I didn’t fall for a trap pitch. I knew what it was going into it. This was to support Baptist Student work in Texas. Back when I was in college (TCU) it was called Baptist Student Union. It was there that I met Jesus Christ and gave my life to Him. It was there I met my wife. I owe that ministry for some wonderful things in my life. I’m happy to help support their work. When I got home, I finished my writing challenge. I’m completely reworking my short story involving time travel.

Today’s Devotional – April 23 – Proclaiming the Kingdom of God

 

 

Daily Work

March 31 – Ending the Month Strong

Today was a nice, carefree day. I had no responsibilities, nor did my wife, so we slept late, not waking up til just before 8. Then coffee and a late breakfast after finishing devotionals. My wife writes a much shorter one, posted only on Facebook. Mine was 514 words long. After breakfast we ran errands. I love having that time together with my wife! I began editing after we got back home and spent a couple hours editing. I did six days worth, some of them had some areas that needed extensive editing, just saying, and then did some work around the house…the kind that I was supposed to be doing in retirement. I do have a lot of editing to do, so I may need to spend a lot more time editing in April and May.

Today’s Devotonal – 514 words: March 31 – What You Can Expect As a Follower of Christ

I should point out that a friend is doing a special promotional deal to help us go to Rwanda. If you go to Driftwood Coffee Company and make any purchase, they will give a portion of the proceeds to us in support of our work in Rwanda. They have great coffee – we’ve been buying from them since the beginning of their company, and the owners are amazing people. They ship anywhere in the country. They use a direct trade approach so they get to know the farmers they purchase from. Check them out!

If you don’t know about our upcoming Rwanda trip, The post is located here.