Don’t Get Burned with Copyright Misuse

New FlashDo you know where all the photos come from that you use to spice up your blogs?

Some of you may have noticed my sparse visits around blogtown and social media these past few days. That was because I’ve been a busy beaver, trying to protect myself from FURTHER copyright infringement. Yes, you read correctly – further.

We’ve all read enough articles on the perils of copyright infringement, but do we understand the rules completely when it comes to adding photos to our blogs?

Apparently, I thought I was adhering to the rules, but Thursday morning I woke up to an email sent to me from Creative Commons, telling me that I was being fined for unlawfully having used a photo which was posted on one of my blogs.

…to continue reading this post by D. G. Kaye, go to her post Listen Up! – #5 Tips to Protect Yourself from #Copyright #Infringement.

Creating Images with Wacom

Castle clouds cropped02 5x5aOver the past few days I’ve been working on a castle. Indoors of course. Along the way I’ve been learning about the features in my new Wacom Inutuos Small Creative Pen and Touch Tablet.

After working with this tool for almost a week, I’m believe it will be well-worth the money I paid for it. It gives me every reason to believe that I will be able to illustrate my children’s picture books with it…after much practice. But I’m okay with that because I love to visually create.

Here is the castle I’ve toyed with during my free time.

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New Toy…err work equipment

Lady Bug 5x5In my goal to illustrate my  own books, I’ve purchased a Wacom Inutuos Small Creative Pen and Touch Tablet. Tonight we were playing around, learning the basics of creating an image and seeing what we could do with no experience using a pen with a computer.

First, let me say that holding a computer pen takes a little getting used to. I’ve sketched for several years and am fairly familiar with a pencil and ink pen, but…the computer pen doesn’t exactly work the same way. However with practice I know I’ll be able to work it to make recognisable pictures. My kids will too since they really like the idea of drawing on the computer.

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Snappy Saturday #03

Diane Lynn TibertEach Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

I’ll gather free images on their own page, so they’ll be easy to find.

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Snappy Saturday #02

Diane Lynn TibertEach Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

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Snappy Saturday #01

Each Saturday, I’ll post a free image for anyone to use on their website, blog, book cover, trailer…whatever. It is non-exclusive, and everyone can use it freely. All I ask is that you link back to my website if you use it on the Internet, giving me (Diane Lynn Tibert at http://dianetibert.com) credit.

You are welcome to leave a link to the page on your website where you used the image in the comment section below.

I’ll gather free images on their own page, so they’ll be easy to find.

Today’s free image is a weeping willow overhanging a pond. Similar and exclusive images of willows, ponds, bull rushes and ducks are found on the Pond page .

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Making of a Book Trailer

Book Trailer - Shadows in the StoneOver the past few months, I’ve been gathering pictures and ideas to create a book trailer for my fantasy novel, Shadows in the Stone. I’ve watched about two dozen trailers of various degrees of quality to get an idea of what others are doing. Even the poorest was interesting and held my attention, which meant they worked. The high quality trailers were elaborate with a cast, unique music and played like a movie trailer.

My hope is my trailer falls somewhere in the middle; it’s my first, and although I see a few things that need to be changed, I don’t have the experience to fix the problems…yet.

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Using Images to Capture a Character

I opened my inbox this morning and found an interesting blog post by Christi Corbett. She had written about pictures that inspired her, got her into the mindset of her characters and set the scene. She asked, “How about you?” Do you use images for writing inspiration?

My answer was a loud, “Yes!”

I’m a very visual person. When I’m writing dialogue, I can picture in my mind the character, what he/she’s wearing, their dialect, stance and hand motions. I know when an eye brow goes up or a lip is curled. My characters scratch their heads and their butts and put their hands in their pockets.

I often sketch my characters to better see their faces. Sometimes, I stumble upon an image that cries out, “I’m Anna!” I snatch it, print it and stare at it when I’m writing.

For example, last year, while googling my name to see where it appeared on the Internet, I came upon a page

containing a black and white image. The intense stare spoke to me. It said, “Hello there. I’m Tam. It’s been a hard day at the castle. My brother’s being a wingnut again, the lords are asking for tighter security and the plumbing is backed up in the guard house. I just need a cold one to relax.”

I saved the photo to my hard drive, naming it ‘Tam Mulryan’.

Searching the page further, I discovered it was Gerard Butler’s face I had stolen. But why was my name on the same web page as his? Oh, I had written a review of Nym’s Island several years ago and he was one of the stars. Little did I know that little review would link me with the photo I’d use to identify with one of my characters.

I googled Gerard Butler’s name to see if I could find Tam in another setting. Jackpot! Butler had starred in Timeline, a movie in which the characters travelled back in time to the age of sword fighting and castles. I found Tam in rugged

clothing with longer hair and a thicker beard. Almost perfect.

While living at the castle, Tam was clean cut with a short beard, but while hiding out on the trail, he’d become a little rough around the edges with longer, shaggier hair. The intense stare in this new photograph was perfect for Tam. He thought more than he spoke.

Printed and posted on the wall behind my computer, this photograph of Tam keeps an eye on my writing, making sure I write him true to character. Whenever I need inspiration for him, I just stare into his eyes and he lets me know what I must do.