Author’s Rant: Plagiarism

If you expect to read one of my whimsical ramblings, this one isn’t it.

Apparently, I have been a victim of plagiarism.

Let me just say how disappointed I was when I stumbled upon a post that was very similar to mine in content. Not word per word but the key elements were there.

Oh let me rephrase that.

I wasn’t disappointed. I was OUTRAGED.  And I still am.

It began on one beautiful Sunday afternoon when the aforementioned post suddenly appeared on my facebook newsfeed due to one of the people in my friends list liking it. If said friend hadn’t liked it, I wouldn’t know.

In reality, this wasn’t the only time it happened. The first time it happened, I thought it was just a simple coincidence, so I winked it and moved on. The second time made me wonder. Still, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Great minds think alike after all. But the third? That’s just way too many occurrences to be classified as a coincidence, and there’s the convenient timing at which these new posts seem to materialize, all appearing after the publication of mine, that made me doubt more. I knew then I’ve been had.

Do you know what is plagiarism?

If you don’t, here’s the dictionary definition:

“the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something”

And then there’s this, which is specified as the definition for Kids:

“an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person”

Both definitions were taken directly from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.

You see, the general definition doesn’t only cover the written part of the work but also the ideas, the thoughts that go into the work. This is the part where a lot of people seem to miss, that it has turned into a huge blind spot which can easily be used by some opportunistic individuals to their own benefits. They think ‘borrowing’ ideas is acceptable; and they’re free to use those ideas as long as they present them in their “own” words, in a different way from which the original ideas were extracted. Well, it’s NOT if the proper credit is not given, according to the definition above. Stealing is stealing. And that’s a serious offense in my book.

I have no tolerance for plagiarists, in particular the repeat offenders. These people have no respects for other people, and I doubt they even possess a conscience. I refuse to call them writers or authors–they’re NOT. They’re copycaters, idea snatcher, or just plain thieves.

I believe it’s the writers responsibility to verify the originality of their own works. Real writers take pride in their creations, the fruit of their creative minds, and they’ll take the extra efforts to do research to ensure their works don’t plagiarize others. Fake writers, on the other hand, have no regards for originality whatsoever. They’ll do anything for the sake of gaining popularity, even if it means resorting to a thievery act. What a shame!

This is the first time I’ve ever written such a caustic public post. But I’ve had enough. This must be done. I’ve invested way too much time, energy, and more to search for topics and gather the supporting materials to just let someone swoop in and take them as though they’re free for grabs. It needs to stop. To deter future incidents from occurring and to protect my intellectual properties, I have no choice but to implement some counter measures to the site immediately–so expect to see more changes to the site soon.

Despite the reproachful tone, I hope this post makes you become more aware of what constitutes plagiarism and know how to recognize it so that you can protect yourself and other writers from falling victim to one–and more importantly not to become a plagiarist yourself. And please don’t ever reward those thieves. What they do is completely wrong. It’s a serious offense; although it’s not exactly criminal in nature, the behavior is grossly unethical and there are real examples where it can actually lead to a course in legal action, such as a lawsuit.

While there’s a chance plagiarism may have been committed unintentionally due to various reasons, including ignorance, we should never give the perpetrators reasons to continue what they’re doing. It’s still WRONG, and they must be stopped. The best thing to do in such a case is to alert (confront) the writer whom you suspect may have committed the plagiarism and/or to notify the original author. Conversely, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you think I might have plagiarized someone else’s work, as that will be the last thing I want to do.

BUT if the act is committed repeatedly, such as the one I mentioned in the beginning of my post, you have every reason to believe that it’s deliberate.

If you want to educate yourself more about the subject–as I certainly do–you can refer to the wikipedia. More definitions and references can also be found here.


This last message is ONLY for those who feel offended by this post:

You know who you are.

And the only reason why you feel offended is because you’re the guilty party.

Go ahead scour my blog and fish for inspirations, or whatever you call it.

Isn’t that why you’re here in the first place?

Oh don’t bother trying to deny it.

It just proves the kind of person you are: a blood-sucking leech that has no regards for other people’s feelings.

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News & Updates

Hello!

My apology for the lack of updates.

Some of you might already know about my 1-month hiatus that’s about to expire soon (has it been a month already?). I was away during that time and unable to update or answer any messages. Originally, I planned to leave you with some treats of small updates. Alas, due to the hustle and bustle of preparing for my trip and some last minute things that came up at work (figures), I wasn’t able to finish them before I left. I did start writing the posts, but since I was constantly traveling I couldn’t continue working on them.

But do not fret!

Now that I’m back and is slowly adjusting to real life, once again, I’ll be able to resume working on those posts. But please bear with me as it’ll take some time before I’d be able to regain my usual writing pace. Nonetheless, I do plan to publish the post I was working on right before my trip by EOW. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Lastly, thank you so much for those of you who have shared your thoughts and written comments on my posts, in particular in the survey about Albert’s background. All of them are very interesting, not to mention quite insightful. I’ll be sure to reply to each one of them and share my very own thought.

In the mean time, keep on smiling 😀

And enjoy these beautiful images from the Candy Candy Art Book.

The three loves intended for Candy, as described by Mizuki in her essay and beautifully depicted by Igarashi.

CC-3LiTo paraphrase Mizuki, the three loves are:

The sweet innocent first love that ends abruptly in a tragedy. The thrilling passionate second love that burns and consumes before it fizzles. And the quiet love that blows gently, subtle like a calming, steady breeze that never ceases.

Anthony, Terry, and Albert.

All I Want for Christmas (2385 words) by forever [AO3]

Chapters: 1/5
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White
Additional Tags: Romance, Alternate Universe, Christmas Fluff, Fluff and Angst, Modern Era
Summary:

26-year-old Candice White has finally fulfilled her dream of becoming a doctor. However, she hasn’t been as successful on her quest to find true love. Her first love was unrequited, and the one time she was engaged, her fiance walked away from her. Now, with her painful past behind her, she is ready to face love again. But the man she sets her eyes upon doesn’t seem to be interested in her. Or does he?

All I Want for Christmas (2385 words) by forever [AO3]

Ninety Day Epilogue Teaser

Here you go a small treat for you. A new ND teaser 😀

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Please be gentle with him, William. He’s only a kid and he didn’t know who you were.

Sarah – I know how to best handle my nephew. You don’t need to worry.

William, please…

By the way, George should inform you soon about all the details pertaining to the Florida resort project. Now, if you’d excuse me I have a meeting I need to attend.

Good afternoon, Neil.

Uncle William… Good afternoon.

Let me explain myself.

Please have a seat, Neil. There’s no need for you to be nervous. Aren’t we family?

Yes… We are.

Please forgive me, uncle. I’m sorry… I’m so sorry. I promise to never bother Candy ever again. I promise to stop slacking. I’ll do anything-pushing paper for the rest of my life- but please don’t send me to war. I don’t want to die.

Get up Neil. Please remember everything you told me just know. I expect that you honor your words. I’m giving you a chance to prove to me that you are worthy to be a part of this family. Show me that you’re a man of honor and integrity. Go to Boston and enroll in the university. You have four years to complete your study and obtain a bachelor degree in the field of your choice, preferably in business administration.

Boston. That’s where Archie is…

Yes, Archie is there. Aside from schooling, he is also training at our company’s branch. And I strongly advise you do the same. So what do you say?

Do I have a choice?

Of course… If you wish to sever all your ties to this family, then you are free to do whatever you want to do.

Fine… I’ll go to Boston.

Very well. I will ask Stuart to make all the necessary arrangements, and I will assign him to be your personal assistant while you are in Boston.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness, uncle, but that won’t be necessary. I can-

I insist, Neil. You will find his assistance to be most useful.

I understand. Thank you. If there’s nothing else, I shall take my leave now.

One last thing. About Candy. I request you stop addressing her solely by her name. She’s to be my wife soon. So you should be more respectful to your future aunt. And I will not tolerate anymore misbehavior from you. Is that clear?

Yes, uncle.

That’s all I have. Now you may leave.

Master Neil.

What is it, George?

The investigation report has not been released to public, but our intelligence suspect this wasn’t a suicide.

A premeditated murder. You don’t suppose this is connected to Milton’s shady deals.

I believe so. It appears that Mr. Milton was planning to leave Chicago quietly, possibly relocating to California. His wife and kids had departed the city a few days ago, and around the same time, our intelligence noted a rather suspicious properties transaction near San Francisco, which later was revealed to be executed under his wife’s maiden name.

I see… So he knew he was the target and tried everything he could to protect his family even though the outcome was a tragic one. This makes me worried… I don’t want to take any chances. Please make sure Aunt Elroy and Candy are well protected. Send more men to guard the Lakewood properties if necessary.

Yes sir.

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Hmm…. Okay that’s it. An excerpt of random dialogues from the next chapter.  I hope that would whet your appetite slightly. 😉

Yes, I’ve begun jotting down for the next chapter and I’ve made some progress, not much, but still a progress.