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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Could Someone Be Plagiarizing Your Writing?

Cover of "Sideways [Blu-ray]"Cover of Sideways [Blu-ray] I received an interesting email a few days ago.
It was from someone who had found a couple of my articles plagiarized on a self-published author’s Facebook fan page.
Naturally, I was curious. Upon following the link, I did find two of my articles—one of them with a slightly different title, the other with its original title. The woman had named herself as the author of the articles, and had not given credit or linked back to Write It Sideways in any way.
Okay. So, I was a little miffed.
I wrote her a polite note asking her to credit me and link back to my site.
What happened next shocked me, although perhaps I’m naive to not have expected it.
With no real expectation of what I would find, I plugged a short excerpt of those same two article titles into a Google search, and came up with another (unrelated) site that seemed to have used my work.
Lo and behold, there were my articles again. Only this time it wasn’t just two articles.
Nearly all of the content on this site for the past three months was made up of my writing.
The person in charge of this blog had taken at least 17 of my posts, slightly changed the titles, posted large excerpts of my writing interspersed with a few thoughts of her own, and put her name on them. A few of them were cut and pasted word-for-word, still signed with her name.
What’s worse? This blog’s About page claimed it was officially connected with a self-publishing company. The company’s Facebook fan page had some of my plagiarized titles in their feed.
I sent the blogger and the company separate emails, and heard back from the blogger within 24 hours.
She gave no explanation but expressed her apologies, and has since removed all of my work from the site. However, I haven’t heard anything back from the company.
Wikipedia says:
Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as “the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and publication, of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
So, we’re not talking about simply using someone else’s work, but using it and then claiming you wrote it.
After some time to consider things, I’ve decided this online battle with plagiarism is one I’m not going to actively fight.
Why not?
There’s nothing I can really do about it, other than ask them to take down the work or credit to me.Being angry over something you can’t change saps a lot of energy. I’d rather use that energy for something more productive.No one can build a successful blog on blatantly plagiarized content, because sooner or later they’ll get caught.It doesn’t matter whether you put up a copyright notice or not, people will still use your work and put their name on it.
Some bloggers, like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, have uncopyrighted their material, which means people are free to use it, change it, distribute it, and do basically whatever they want with it, and not have to give the author credit.
I’m not going that far. I understand the reasoning behind uncopyrighting your work, but I’m not going to tell people it’s okay to use my stuff and take the credit for it.
That said, will I go searching for plagiarized content on a regular basis? No. I won’t waste my time. If someone brings it to my attention, as in the case of the email I received, sure—I’ll check it out.
These are my personal feelings on the issue at this point in time, but that doesn’t dictate what you can/should do in a similar situation. You can help protect yourself by putting a copyright notice on your blog, and by regularly using a plagiarism checker. Or, you can uncopyright your work and forget about it.
Anyone who has taken a high school English class knows what plagiarism is, and why it’s wrong. But what about ensuring we’re giving our sources the type of credit they deserve?
Even if work is uncopyrighted, we have a moral obligation to credit the author.
If you want to quote another blog, use only a short excerpt.Mention the author’s name in conjunction with the quotation or excerpt.Add a link to the author’s website, if they have one.If you want your readers to read another blog post in its entirety, use a link to direct them there instead of copying and pasting their entire post.When using someone else’s thoughts or ideas, mention them and add a link to their website.
Like all writers, I love it when people use my articles as springboards for their own posts, or share links to my work. I hope people will continue to do that in the future.
What would you do if you discovered your work had been plagiarized? How do you feel about uncopyrighting? Are you guilty of not giving proper credit when you use other people’s work?
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