Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

16 Aug

8:02 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. We have quite a grab bag today, so let us start.

1] I came across the first article on a blog I subscribe to, For Bloggers By Bloggers. The title, ‘Finding Timely Images for Topical Blog Posts,’ is, well, timely and affects many of us, who like to use images from the Web. The premise is: ‘You also can’t just lift an image from a… site saying “kindly borrowed from xxx” – that’s still image theft and you can still be taken to court, found guilty and punished heavily’. Even some of the sites I am used to going to might be a little dickey, according to the author, Sarah Arrow, managing editor of Birds on the Blog [itself worth investigating].

Arrow lists the occasions we might find ourselves in trouble and then offers a site that she and other writers use. While their focus is topical items, I went to the site and typed in winter, then, even more general, trees. Not only did I get a wide variety of photographs, they were gorgeous. Visit, read the article, check out the photo site.

2] The article above arrived in my inbox shortly after I read ‘Beware of Copyright Infringement‘ over at imaginary garden with real toads. Serendipitous, no? Kerry O’Connor starts with: I received a complaint this week from a photographer whose image I used for a picture prompt on Real Toads last year without permission. Kerry includes a link to another article that will be of interest, ‘Bloggers Can Be Sued’. Go on over to read her short post, but also, read the comments. They are a discussion of sorts.

3] Need a little lightness? Try this one: ‘How to Eat Like Your Favourite Authors‘ from the site Flavorwire [which is a dangerous place. I was distracted by several items]. While your favourite author might not be among the ten listed, the article is great fun, including recipes from and by writers ranging from Dickinson to Rushdie. Head over. Oh, you already went and came back? I don’t blame you. Did you check out the bonus link, ‘love to drink’? Good heavens, go back. The link takes you to an article on ten writers and their favourite drinks.

The set up, for both articles, is to click next, for each writer. If you prefer a long list there is an option to view as a single page.

4] That was fun! Now, more serious: punctuation. I know, but it’s good for you. Judy Lee Dunn, whose site I also subscribe to, because of the plentiful information which I find of use, tells us that this is a topic that pushes her buttons. It pushes mine too, although I have mellowed a little. I still hold that punctuation guides a reader and adds clarity to poetry. However, this is a discussion of the exclamation point. When I taught, I banned them. Students who wanted to use one had to defend their use. Their writing became so much better with that small thing alone. Check out: Here She Comes to Save the Day!: ‘Wanton Exclamation Point’. Quite a title. Says it all.

5] I don’t want to leave you there, so something quick. Poets & Writers, recently, gave us a short video, about which they say: “Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty,” says artist and author Maira Kalman as she shares her thoughts on the difference between thinking and feeling, the inspiring power of walking in the city, and more. The video is charming and short, so take a minute to listen and watch.

I shall see you tomorrow for Friday’s Freeforall; Tuesday for the warm-up, transition back into new, uncharted prompt territory prompt; and, next Thursday for more serendipitous finds, unless you send me announcements you want to… announce, or, have a topic you want us to discuss, a question you want answered.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 16/08/2012 in poetry, writing


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11 responses to “Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

  1. pmwanken

    16/08/2012 at 10:04 am

    margo, I recently read an article about a blogger being sued for copyright infringement…so, I’ve started using “zemanta” through WordPress…a (somewhat limited) service to find images or related articles to my blog post–without having to leave WordPress. The last several images I’ve used have been suggested through their link. WordPress “help” gives the step-by-step on how to set it up. It’s easy peasy! (and yes, I was excited enough to use the exclamation point)


    • margo roby

      16/08/2012 at 10:28 am

      Hey there! Grin.

      I have been using Zemanta for quite a while, not that I use images, but I am always curious. Very limited, but you are right. If someone doesn’t want to leave wordpress… or doesn’t have the time, Zemanta is a quick fix.

      With the Internet as a conduit for writing comments and responses, I use more exclamation points than I would ever have normally. I find that many people don’t do tone well; the exclamation point with that kind of communication does help convey excitement. But then, it loses its potency when used properly. We need a new piece of punctuation that signals excitement at the mere fact of writing to someone. Maybe your cheerleader, but done with one stroke.

      Hey there *\o/* Grin.

      • pmwanken

        16/08/2012 at 10:39 am

        Ah, yes. My cheerleader would be good. It really does need fewer keystrokes, though! 😉

      • Hannah Gosselin

        21/08/2012 at 1:07 pm

        I love this idea *\o/* phew That’d take some getting used to becasue I’m a chronic exclamation point user!!!!!!! Heeheehe *\o/* I just typoed that gal five times….shift or not to shift… 🙂

  2. teri

    20/08/2012 at 12:17 am

    Ah—– a nice quiet spot on your blog.

    I guess I am lucky I take my own images. As a photographer the thing I care most about is having a link back to my website, blog or facebook page. I am not important enough to sue anyone.

    On the punctuation topic all I have to say is !!!!!!!!! Honestly, I don’t know how you put up with me.

    And on another note- how did you find out I had surgery?? I did not mention that in my wordle piece this weekend.

    I have however been talking about it on my photography blog, incessantly. I tore my rotator cuff on my right shoulder in 2011. I waited until this summer to get it repaired. It was a hellish little surgery. But I am finally back to typing with two hands and driving again. Simple pleasures.

    Anyway I came over to hunt down your wordle… but alas. Maybe I need to look again. Sorry to write such a long email here. I don’t think you give out your real email. So this is what you get.

    I hope your summer away was fine and you are ready for autumn. I know I am.

    Your One Armed Bandit Friend in Blacksburg- xoxo teri

    • margo roby

      21/08/2012 at 1:58 pm

      Hello! [she exclaimed] I have sent off an email to you. Let me know if it does or doesn’t come in.

      ‘Ah—– a nice quiet spot on your blog.’ I like that. I started another blog which I keep closed and that’s my nice quiet spot. It’s fun to wander over to it.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    21/08/2012 at 1:04 pm

    Margo!!! Hi there!! I love this woman, Maria…I’m pausing mid new video to tell you so I don’t forget what I was doing…taking on the doing and not thinking…she’s good!

    Also on numero uno topic…it has inspired me to be more active in my own picture taking and to double check the content on my own blog. I’ve found that photobucket is pretty safe…they state this:

    “Terms of Use for Photobucket fourth bullet point of the section titled “Your Content.”
    You are also giving other Users the right to copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and create derivative works from it via the Site or third party websites or applications (for example, via services allowing Users to order prints of Content or t-shirts and similar items containing Content, and via social media websites)”

    Sounds pretty legite…

    I hope you’re well! I look forward to checking out the Tuesday tryout as soon as I can turn off Maria! See you soon. 🙂

    P.S. You were right about taunting fate or what ever you wanna call it…just as soon as I said I couldn’t wait for my life to get back to some kinda normal it picked up double time! 😉 Wowsers!

    • Hannah Gosselin

      21/08/2012 at 1:19 pm

      Hmm my eyes are dyslexic today…Maira….I mean. 🙂

      • margo roby

        21/08/2012 at 1:45 pm

        Enh! I knew whom you meant 🙂

    • margo roby

      21/08/2012 at 1:43 pm

      Yup! I figure Fate hangs around just waiting for statements like that 😉
      For some reason I keep away from Photobucket, not because of legitimacy issues but it never seems as easy as it should. I’ll give it another look. Now for your next nine messages. I love when you are excited!


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