Reaction to Anna's post: "Plagiarism Sucks: It's More Than Just Drama"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

You have your own thoughts. Use it.


PLAGIARISM SUCKS.
Everyone can attest to that.

The highlight of my birthday today is my lovely friend, Anna's Plagiarism post.
Click HERE or if you can't access it, here's the link:
http://sparkles-and-lightning.blogspot.com/2013/01/plagiarismsucks.html


This post is entirely for Anna, and those who agree with me.

Even thought I told her, Anna, in a tweet that:
"[...] I wanna post something too but I think I shouldn't meddle with the situation further. :p"
P.S. See how I cited my own self?
You can do the same, put it in quotations (since I had stated that "I told her in a tweet" and put a semicolon ":", I don't need to reiterate after the quotation that I am the one who said it).

Continuing what I said in the tweet, I know I don't want to meddle with the situation at hand. But I am just enlisting my reaction. I really want to voice out and I do hope people would not get some mob to turn to me regarding my reaction.

This post is for Anna (to share or not, I am only voicing out a reaction).
No need to sue me for libel.

I am not as eloquent as Anna but I need to stir clear some of my reaction regarding the matter. I know and meant that I am in no place to act against the accused (though it had been proven already; though the real accused/respondent have not shown up yet) since I was not the one plagiarized. But I respect Anna, as a person and as a book blogger; I am just speaking up as a concerned twitter-friend to Anna.

If you respect someone or admire them, wouldn't you be somehow defensive when something happens to them? I am doing just the same. And going to speak out for the others who seem to idle to just pass this matter. Maybe the others just want to let this go, and I will do the same after I posited some reaction.


I know most of us have the same emotion and reaction to different things. We may or may not perceive it as the others do, the bottom line: We will always have the same opinion regarding a matter.
We may have the same thoughts, and that's good. At least you're not left alone. But the deal is that as we have the same perception of things, we have our own thoughts, we may construct a sentence, similar but never exactly the same. And I do not encourage paraphrasing to pass it as your own.

Plagiarism is illegal. How to make it legal? Nothing. Nada, don't even think beyond that.
*P.S. No threat intended*

An option: IF you have the same thoughts and want to use it, copy it but be sure to CITE them. You can put up a link to a complete post of that particular review.

As what I had written, you may have similar ideas but never as perfectly the same as the others. What you perceive is less or even beyond one has. We are different, the same as our thoughts.

As for the accused blogger and co-blogger (to which I did not cite as for giving them partial anonymity), a formal or informal letter with a sincere apology should be indicated. That would be highly appreciated.
Write a letter showcasing how apologetic you are, without linking some pictures. It leads to more angry or furious reader. Do not even try to threaten and delay the situation, just tell how sorry you are, and that's it. When you hear something about someone the best way is to confront and take into consideration what you heard. Try to talk out with the person being blamed and try to fix it, together.

As for the person (rightfully) blamed, do not try to run away. It leads nowhere. If your caught, or even if you're not caught, the best way is to lay all what you didYou are given the "benefit of the doubt," but if it is really you: Say how apologetic you are and do not try to reason your way out, then enlighten them and say why you did it. Let them know that you are really sorry and will not do it again. Give them the time to forgive you, do hope to have their forgiveness in the future, but do not expect to be forgotten. You did a wrong thing, we all do make mistakes but for that mistakes to be learned, we should try to accept it. Accept that you have done wrong, apologize for what happened and mostly after all those are done, move on and learn from it. Take note, I said "after" accepting what you did and apologizing, then you have the right to move on.

I shall not state anything further but I do hope my reaction had given justice on behalf of Anna.

P.S. Anna, I do hope that when I say some of my endearments like lovely, dear, love, hon, or whatever to you, I surely hope it does not infuriate you. *adds a nervous emoticon: :p*


-     Jassie

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Saturday, January 19, 2013

You will be held captive by your own dreams... or nightmare.


Mindee Arnett is having her on-going ARC giveaway:
The Nightmare Affair Focus On You Giveaway
Until January 23, 2013, Midnight!
She's giving away 2 ARCs, and if there are many entries, she'll give away her last copy!
(*silently pleads to win & will shamelessly ask for her autograph :> Haha!*)


The Nightmare Affair - Mindee Arnett

"The Nightmare Affair are referred to as magickind; so nightmares, sirens, demons, fairies, werewolves, unicorns, you name it. Anything magical. - Mindee"


My Magickind is not filled of these magical creatures but by the environment outside the Magickinds.
The world as perceived... but with layers of uncertainty and deception.
A person pursuing to just lay and see the world as it is;
or to take the path to the darker side, where the magic lies ahead.



Original Photo of my Magickind:

In the midst of twilight you have a choice:
Dream and sit in the lake of quotes
Or take a path that who knows who or what you'll encounter.


P.S. That's a Draco Constellation
The tree is beautiful on the outside as perceive, but dark and shadowy inside,
who knows if the clean slate in the inner layer is a part of deception.

The Greyscale makes it scarier and mysterious :>


Be sure to check out Mindee Arnett's The Nightmare Affair coming March 5, 2013!


Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.



Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.


Summary and Picture from Goodreads and Mindee's Site



Thank you for the opportunity to join the giveaway and to make use of my dear ole project (which I did for a week, all those paints, colored pens, quotes, pastels; YAY!)

My entry for this giveaway was my artwork for my Art Appreciation class -- must reflect you or your personality. I never thought I would use this in the future (which I mean is now). This was originally a panoramic version and entitled as, "Sol-It-Ode" (pronounced and meant as: Solitude; intended as: Ode to the Sun). The middle part was cut because of its chaotic depiction.


-     Jassie

Last day to pimp Fallen Too Far

Held captive by the twist of life.
Of all people, why him? Why me?
Maybe, I did fell too far... and way more deep.


Fallen Too Far - Abbi Glines



To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still na├»ve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.



And follow how will this story of love continues in Never Too Far...
Coming this February 26 :)


What if it's time to come back?
After all the hiding, I need him the most.


Never Too Far - Abbi Glines


He had held a secret that destroyed her world. 

Everything she had known was no longer true. 

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again. 
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? 

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.


Sneak Peeks (Click to read the excerpts from Abbi Glines' site):
(1) Rush

Summary from Goodreads: Fallen Too Far  |  Never Too Far


P.S. Those lines written in this shade of blue are my own words regarding the book.

-     Jassie

Creating a New Perspective

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Because a New Year becomes an unexpected journey of Firsts.


I'm not into extravagant events, so I'll just drop a  late Happy New Year!

I'm in my senior year so I am very much needed to put some effort with my academics, that I seem to forget giving my first priority.


Oh here's a list of the books I read the past weeks starting January 1st :)
I was stuck in the New Adult and Contemporary stuffs so please beware :>
January (then the dates)
11th: Vincent Boys and Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
12-13th: Because of Low, While it Last and Just For Now by Abbi Glines
-> awesome and must-read books!
*links will direct you to its Goodreads' Summary and the book covers :)
So there goes, I had read 10 ebooks for the past 3 weeks :D

Well, yet again, I just started reading last year and I think this is part of my resolution to read some books :)
So any recommendation are very much welcome :D

I do like Paranormal and Fantasy Reads! And yeah, the awesome Dystopian Novels :)
So no worries, do drop some amazing tweets about any book recommendation, I am planning to list some from my very well-loved book blogger friends :>


P.S. I'm not a bookworm, maybe a starting book hoarder :D I am trying to read books as much as possible because back then I detest books; especially when we need to do book reports. Now I shall appease the mind of my English teacher, Hi Ma'am, I do dread those times I keep on just skimming the books. If you can just see me now, I am keeping-up with lost time. :D

So what's up with your New Year? Anything very out of you league that you are trying to do? :) Well let's give ourselves a pat on the back and say Kudos for the job well done!


I'm just sneaking a post, I had abandoned this for quite awhile and if I need to do some progress with myself, this must be part of my "Steps to be productive" :) Yeah, let's hope I can live and keep up with that :)

Wish me luck, this week is my Preliminary Examinations Week! :)


-     Jassie