Sunday, May 25, 2014
After much consideration, and my concerns preying on me for the last couple of years, I have decided to delete the majority of my posts. The reasons for this are many, but the largest worry was this: I wish to publish my work as I get it finished, and I constantly fret someone with unpleasant motives will come along and steal my work, claiming it's theirs.
My stories are my children. I have nurtured and developed them for years--many since I was in middle school (some even earlier). I care for them and their characters deeply, and it would be unbearable for me to see them taken from me. I just have too much invested in them and too much at stake for the risk to seem acceptable. I thought that back when I started posting them, and I still do today. A conversation this weekend cemented those worries, so I have pulled my work.
I doubt many people will notice (or even care) since I wasn't getting many hits on my blog, but the majority of those I was were from foreign sites. Whether spam sites or not, I don't know, but I'm familiar with an artist from Canada whose work was stolen and claimed by a certain now-deceased dictator from the Middle East for a novel he'd written (not sure if he also stole the novel, but he certainly stole the artwork; the artist had photos of the book).
I may, if I attempt Camp NaNoWriMo or the official National Novel Writing Month in November again, post as I go as proof that I'm doing it and to keep myself accountable, but I'm not sure yet.
I apologize to anyone who was actually reading my work. I hope you understand.