Being Cocky in the Social Media Age

By now, most of you have heard about #Cockygate. If not, let me catch you up to speed: Romance author, Faleena Hopkins, filed a trademark on the word "cocky." Once her trademark was approved, Faleena allegedly sent cease and desist letters to other authors who happened to have the word "cocky" in the titles of … Continue reading Being Cocky in the Social Media Age

#Cockygate: Why You Can’t Copyright an Often-Used Word in Book Titles

Rami Ungar discusses a shocking development in the writing community.

Rami Ungar The Writer

I’m sure that a lot of people are going to be confused by that title, and probably find it funny. Unfortunately, this is a serious topic that requires some discussion, so I thought I’d take a couple minutes to spread the word on what’s been going on.

Recently, it’s come to light that a romance writer named Faleena Hopkins placed a trademark on the word “cocky” (as in…you know), and has allegedly been sending cease and desist letters to authors who use the word “cocky” in their book titles. Of which there are many, and according to the letters, this is a form of copyright infringement, and authors should change the names of their stories or face the consequences. From what’s been going around, most of the authors who have received these letters are not big enough to actually take on a legal battle with other authors, rather than any…

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The Best of NaPoWriMo

April is National Poetry Writing Month and for the past three years, I've looked forward to it. I had planned to participate this month, but it hasn't worked out. Though I've only written about six poems (three of which have been posted to this blog), I did accomplish quite a bit in terms of writing. … Continue reading The Best of NaPoWriMo

Shy and Sweet Haiku

This week's prompt words in Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge are Shy & Sweet. Be sure to stop by Ronovan's blog and read all the wonderful haiku there. You can find links to the various poems in the comment section. * Sweet spring breeze thaws cold Shy buds peek from ‘neath the ground To greet the … Continue reading Shy and Sweet Haiku

My Comfort Zone

For those who might not be aware, the month of April is NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). It's also GloPoWriMo - Global Poetry Writing Month. Kind of cool to think writers all over the world are stepping up their poetry-writing game in order to pen 30 poems in 30 days. Of course, I'm running behind … Continue reading My Comfort Zone