Writing, A World Apart

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You know that moment when you’re writing, cramming in more writing, and trying to write between reality?

Yeah, that’s me. But between all the writing, I’ve listened to a lot of advice and opinions on when to write, why I should write, why I shouldn’t writing, and mostly how to write. Especially, how to write correctly.

Then I took a good look around. After a while, conformists lost their voice writing what certain people wanted to read, and what’s “trending” now that they forgot to write what they felt. In a community of writers who recreates the billionaire boyfriend, the BDSM stud, the sexy man who saves the virgin damsel in distress, and the private school students who just happen to come upon “magical powers” that transform them into a Harry Potter look-alikes, I’m trying to find out if there’s any originality left. Is there?

Where’s the awesome kick butt books? Where’s the heroes who don’t sound like magical dragons plus Harry Potter? Where’s the strong female lead who doesn’t need a billionaire boyfriend but would like the romantic hearts and flowers? (Seriously though, aren’t there enough authors rewriting Harry Potter and Fifty Shades already?) Where’s the good stuff? I’m worried that one day I’ll wake up and all there’s going to be are billionaire boyfriend books or heroism absorbed, sugar coated Harry Potter books. As an avid reader, I’d love some originality. 

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Giveaway Scam Alert, Facebook

*****ALERT TO GIVEAWAY AUTHORS, BLOGS, READERS, ETC!*******

Please be aware of giveaways that are opened for “preorder” books where you can win swag, gift cards, etc!

I’ve just learned that a blog posted a giveaway for 1 winner to get a $100 amazon gift card but you MUST PREORDER the book in the link BEFORE it’s released on December 5th.
(That was yesterday by the way.)

Even though the book is released, the blog is STILL keeping the giveaway opened so the author gets sales (making it look like the book wasn’t released and no winner was chosen).

NO winner was posted on the giveaway post or in the comments leaving readers/commenters believing that the $100 gift card was still available. It wasn’t. There wasn’t a limit date on when the giveaway closed, and the giveaway post was NOT marked “closed”.

Please be aware of these scams.
Thank you.

💙
~Tracy Millosovich

Devil’s Death

(A poem)

Light a match
and let it see
hopes and dreams
you set free.

Call its blaze
in dire need
A hell of love
Your devil’s weed.

Burning bright
Within a hole
You’re mine now
Your heart of coal.

Screaming loud
Within your bed
Call me out
Your body’s brain dead.

This is why I started writing. So this message can be read, and heard. Sometimes evil can be seen, and I see it.

Free Books, Posting Piracy Online

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I know this maybe a sensitive subject but I need to stand up against plagiarism, and theft. I know 4 online usernames who have stolen written works of other published authors, and attempted to resell the published books as their own (a M/M author, Paranormal author, a well known romance author, and an ARC receiver). That’s not what this blog is about though.

In 2012, I was assaulted online by a kid (at the time she was probably only 19) who deemed herself a “novel writer wannabe”. Per her own pet title, she posted hundreds of her written works all over the internet FOR FREE. As her “book” was written, and rewritten, I found out that the wannabe wasn’t just writing a series, but was also a Harry Potter fangirl. Her hero series became more and more of a Harry Potter fanfiction the longer I read it, and less of an original work.

If you know JK Rowling like I do, she doesn’t encourage fanfiction stories of other people’s work, especially her own, to be published. That, to me, is essentially stealing, in this case, from the Harry Potter author. Unfortunately, the girl’s work has 400+ “fans” whom I recently found out to be mostly under 17 year old kids posing as 18 years old and up who follow this wannabe writer online, not read her work, but assault anyone (like me) who figures out that her hero series is a Harry Potter ripoff.

The point of this isn’t to point my finger at a 2015 college grad animating student. This is to say, she posted her entire books on DeviantART.com for FREE, and now she’s trying to get people to BUY them.

First, her book’s already FREE online, so why bother paying for it.
Second, why support a plagiarist? What’s the point of that?

I’ll get a ton of flack from her “friends” for this, but I hope that if any publishing houses get involved with this girl’s writings, college degree or not, they’re risking a lawsuit from JK Rowling and her publishers. Who wants that? Not I.

I’m just saying, stealing pictures is wrong. Just as wrong as rewriting the Harry Potter series into a hero story, turning poor Harry into a girl who just happens to go to a private school, and carries around a red stone. (If you read the first HP book, the red stone from the thief’s book comes directly out of the Harry Potter book.) Unfortunately, I’m no Harry Potter author so I can’t do much. Maybe reporting this wannabe writer to Mrs. Rowling would do some good? Hopefully so.

The Bookworm Box: Donation for Good and Books

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The story so far…

Some great things that happened this year!

I’m officially an author! I have a legit cover designer, and an official editor. I’m so grateful!

I’m so excited for the cover reveal of Crystal Dreams! But first…

Check out The Bookworm Box!

It’s run by NYT Best Seller, U.S.A. Best Seller, and International Best Seller Colleen Hoover (CoHo)! The basics: it’s a site, and store, where authors can donate swag, autographed paperback books, and other things to BWB (Bookworm Box);subscribers, and all that money, buying, gift, giving, goes to great charitable causes throughout the world!

Today I finally got my first Bookworm box!

There’s all these beautiful bookmarks, postcards, and 3 signed paperback books! Hopefully I can contribute to the dominations when my novel is published! Very excited! Until then, I’m a loyal subscriber! I can’t wait for December’s purple box!