I’m a “sometimes” photographer and am completely blown away by the timing of that capture (above). Real life is filled with such moments that come an eye-blink at a time. My camera never seems to be within reach, or the battery is dead, or my skill lacking. But even though the camera may freeze the moment, but the memory leaves indelible paw-prints in the heart.
What “eye-blink” moments do you carry in your heart that you wish had been captured in film? Do tell! And don’t miss some of the other PAW-some cute animal pictures in the link, listed below.
You’ll notice that any picture posted on this blog includes a Copyright notice, usually with link back to the online source, having ensured it’s okay to use that image. When there’s no notice, that means I own the image. But did you know you can also get in trouble for using WORDS without proper attribution? Late Friday night, I received this Email cc’d to the sender’s attorney. I didn’t read it until the next day because it went in my spam folder since the subject line was blank:
I was surprised, to say the least, and conducted my own search to find the single instance (in describing one portion of my Media Training for Authors Webinar) in which I used her trademarked term without the requisite notification. I removed it, and rewrote the description, and then replied:
Hi Katherine, Thank you for the warning. I was not aware the term was trademarked/owned since I have not seen it used with the (TM) designation in any of the 15,000+ google listings. I wish you the best in containing the flood. The term has be removed. For what it’s worth, I take creative theft very seriously and find your characterization that I scoffed at your ownership surprising but very pointed. I will certainly share with colleagues and followers how you protect your property.
So this begs the question–in your blogging, writing, creative-icity endeavors, do you search for trademark terms and include the (TM)? Have you ever received a notice like this? Perhaps I should have trademarked the terms I made up years ago that now fill the blog-osphere, terms like PETIQUETTE and COMPETABILITY, and…heck, WRITER-ICITY, HISSED-OFF and FICTION-ING. I’ve a feeling my future blogs will be peppered with appropriate initials every time Seren-kitty gets the the sniffles and needs a Kleenex(TM) but most certainly not a Tylenol(TM) or I make a Xerox(TM) of my manuscript filled with Post-It(TM) notes or edit marks from my Sharpie(TM).
I’m having a bit of fun here, but it is a serious business. While I’m a bit hissed-off at the tone of her last sentence, she has every right to protect her property and use whatever means necessary. She uses the term to market her own work and terrific speaking engagements–not about media training per se, but still close enough that whiskers got singed. My bad.
What do you think?
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. I’ve also included another Thrillerfest video from last year’s panel as well as an interview with the terrific James Scott Bell . For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.
Writer Beware! All Classic Books et al a roundup of nefarious links of related book publishing scammers, yikes!
Surveying Readers from the great thriller writer Alma Katsu
Some of the WORST Social Media Tips I’ve Read what do you think? The premise that “social media” doesn’t work…well, here’s why. How many things can you count that this person suggest you do WRONG?
Shout-Out to fellow Cat Writers’ Association Member Patricia Fry’s Debut Mystery, CATNAPPED available in Kindle conCATSulations!
Dog Hero Awards Time! VOTE VOTE VOTE for your pick-of-the-litter (all are winners, of course!)
Morris Animal Foundation Answers To Dog Bloat: Dr. Rozanski will discuss her promising research findings on Wednesday, August 21 during a public webinar. Register here for the webinar.
Turtles, Dogs & Kid Life Lessons a touching and spot-on blog from Myndi Shafer
Red Star To The Rescue! the American Humane Association’s program makes a huge difference
How to Stop Cat’s Scratching from certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger (she has a terrific cat behavior book, too!)
From last year’s 2012 Thrillerfest
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