I Was Drowning under Waves of Boiling Rage… Before Being Rescued by a Heart Bright with Stars, Red Fabric under Black Lace, and a Grenade Full of Daisies

Actually, I was pulled out of the hot depths of hurt and fury by several other happenings. But I thought that a 28-word title was… freaking long already.

If you and I are friends on Facebook, then you might have an idea of why I was so upset. In case we aren’t, let me give you a bit of background: someone stole a bunch of my blog posts, short stories and poems included… a total of 183 entries. I was made aware of the theft eleven days ago. I cried… I raged… I spent days and nights and more days thinking of ways to solve the issue in the most permanent manner.

A few friends helped me find the thief. Soon after that, we figured out that the website seemed to be run by more than one person… and they don’t reside in the US. Even with this obstacle, one of my friends was able to contact the right organizations and make the necessary arrangements in order to shut down the website… Fewer than 48 hours later, most of the stolen content (bastardized with a changed word here and there) was back up.

This is the third time this happens to me in the last six years. “They won’t stop, will they?” I said to my Piano Man. We brainstormed, searching for ways to keep it from happening again. After a lot of head scratching, loud exhaling and a little cursing, we (okay, it might have been mostly me, but my love always stands by his witchy woman) decided that I was going to publish the conclusions to the current storylines of Lum and Darlene, Camp Cute, Creepy (and Quite Conveniently) Remote, and every web serial currently open. Once that was done, I wasn’t going to share my fiction or poetry online.

The not publishing fiction or poetry online resolution stayed around for a few days. I was looking for ways to tell you about it. At least, that’s what I told myself. Now I think that I was just delaying a deed I really didn’t want to put into action.

I drafted the post. Put it aside to publish after I was done with a medical appointment. The anger and disappointment kept the decision alive… Then I opened a message from a young woman in California, who said, “I love your Four Sutural story. Not many people think we can be funny or proud to be just like we are. ‘I am not letting anyone attach arms or legs to my already perfect self,’ either. Thank you for Drusilla.”

The email made me cry… with a full burst of extra happy. Before the tears (and the weird grinning) were completely gone, Holly from Holly’s Horrorland left a comment about the same post, saying, “‘I am not letting anyone attach arms or legs to my already perfect self.’ LOVE that line so much! I want to create a poster of Drusilla with it…”

Then I opened a package, from Sharon of Touch of the Goddess, containing Sedna Oil for my muscles and bones, Clean and Clear smudging mist, and a Crimson Heart. I love that heart and keep it next to my bed—every time I look at it, I smile like a happy lunatic.

And because the Universe knows that sometimes I can be rather thick when it comes to signs, Emma, from Little Gothic Horrors, emailed me pictures of fabrics and ribbons and such, so that I can help her choose the best look for our 13-year-old Drusilla.

Remember that bit about the Universe hammering her point? If you read “Eyes, Legs, Gut”, then you know that my Sexy Sister Sarah found a wondrous drawing of a grenade gone flower vase and forwarded to me. I’ve been exchanging messages with Mellie Moss, the artist who sketched it; during our last exchange, she asked if she could throw the blooming grenade my way. “I’d be honored if you would take it,” she said. “You gave it life after all!”

There is more, but I will leave things here before your eyes begin to glaze over. I just need to add the point behind this post: none of the individuals mentioned above knew what I was going through (feeling violated due to the thievery) or what I had decided to do about it (stop sharing my fiction and poetry online), before the actions I’ve described took place. Their gestures reminded me of why I share my fiction, my poetry, and bits of my Self on this blog: my words bring smiles and nudge people to shake their fists in agreement. And that knowledge, my Wicked Luvs, feeds my witchy writer’s soul.

I won’t stop sharing… even if I suspect that there might be more stealing.

A little voice—my zombie self?—told me that symbiotic soul-feeding is worth many risks. I believe her fully… So read and feed, my Luvs, and I’ll write.  

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  1. Malay as long as you write I'll keep "reading & feeding" and after that I'll re-read. Never let them make you stop doing what you love and what you were born to do.

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  2. If you stop writing you're giving those thieving B's a power over you they don't deserve to have. You're a powerful witchy woman whose words I'll enjoy and re-read for as long as your write them and while there are always people in this world who'll look to knock you down and steal what they don't own, I think you're strong enough to dust them off like the maggots they are.

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    1. I know, I know; it's easier to see that once my head and heart have cooled a bit. I was just so mad that I could hardly think. But yes, those maggots will get brushed off and squished.

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  3. I'm so glad you're not going to stop writing. I love sitting here, reading your words. ♥

    Perhaps you should direct us to the the site, and we can all comment, telling them how awesome Magaly's words are and how lovely it is of them to share other people's work!

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    1. These people are true parasites, Yvonne. Their site doesn't even offer a way to leave a comment or a method of contact. The first time they took from me, I had not idea what their lack of contact info meant. Then one of the friends who helped me find them, he is an ex-service member who knows works for an organization that monitors cyber crimes; he explained that the way the benefit from the content they steal is through clicks (and I'm just a tiny portion of that, they've stolen tons of stuff from others). They have many different websites like the one I was made aware of, and they use them boost the rating of other websites, which are liked to the fake ones; when someone clicks on the fake websites' links, the rating of the "real" ones (the ones they used to sell ads, for instance) go up. This lets them sell the ads at a higher price. I asked about contacting the people who advertize with them, and we tried, the results left me wanting to strangle them, too. So, that's that *sigh*.

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  4. *hugs* I'm glad you're still going to share. Its true there are a lot of awful people out there, but that shouldn't stop us answering the pull of our hearts - unless y'know our hearts want us to become serial killers, then we should totes not do that and maybe speak to a shrink. But other than that, as a cool friend of mine likes to say, write on!

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    1. Serial killing sounds like such a dirty business... and with me wearing so many light colors and all... ah, such a bother. :-D

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    2. Oh, but that doesn't mean we can't write very terrible tales about what should happen to the thieves *cough*.

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    3. Well of course, that's just a given };^)>

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    4. *does a madly happy dance*

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    5. I think that would be a wickedly interesting story :-)

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  5. I am shocked, then again, not shocked.. I have a few friends who have had their jewelry ideas stolen from their Etsy site... yep... The internet is a scary place... it can be full of heartless, desperate, unthinking folk... and those are the ones who are caught... U could expose them w/a link to their site w/a well written post like the ones who had their jewelry ideas stolen.....

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    1. There is a friend of a friend who has started a Wall of Shame to expose people who have stolen her designs. It works for her, for that way she can keep those who know her and find the wall from buying the products. My situation is a tad different (please read the comment under Winter Moon for an explanation, since it's a tad long). These parasites know what they are doing, they have no conscience and spending my time trying to look for other solutions will just make me explode *sigh*.

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    2. Just read the explanation... what a catch 22...

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    3. It sucks indeed. Hence I was so upset. And the more I thought about it, the more pissed off I got. After a while, I decided to take Gunny Highway's advice, and not "give the prick(s) the satisfaction."

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  6. Really glad that you aren't going to stop publishing! Is there a cost efficient way to copyright your work? It probably won't stop online thieving but could put a stop to secondary stealing.

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    1. I've been thinking about a way around the harm caused by the thievery--I will share once I've put it into action. It's a lot of work, but the kind that can be fun and instructive. I'm hoping it will render the desired results... We'll see... around mid April or so.

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  7. Magaly, love - sharing your writing is who you are, whether it rises from your pain, your gut, your rage, or your heart. I am sure "the Borrowers" can't squelch that one tiny bit.

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  8. My best advice to you is to 'unpublish' all your early work on the blog. Keep your archive accessible only to yourself. It is a shame how some have no ethics at all.. but the ideal we call 'copyright' does not exist in all countries - some cultures see it as the right to copy.

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    1. It was my first thought, to unpublish them. However, after thinking about it for a while (for too long probably), I've decided to fight fire with gasoline. Yes, I'll make the fire bigger before publishing them. I'll explain soon...

      And you are so right, I'm not sure how certain people are brought up; but it seems that respecting other individual's intellectual property wasn't part of their home education.

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  9. What a loss it would be to lose access to all the wonderful words and unique characters you bring to our screens! This violation, and that is exactly what it is, of your Soul work is generating Karma of the unpleasant kind for the thieves as each and everyone of us reads of it. Not many people know who Seda is. Sedna is the Sea Goddess of the Inuit of North America. Trying to escape with her father from an abusive husband, they were followed and attacked by her husband's people. To save himself, her father threw Sedna overboard. When she tried to climb back into the boat, her father cut off her fingers, which turned into whales, dolphins, seals, and all of the mammals of the sea. She reminds us to not be a "victim", and to remember the nourishing gifts to be found in the dark, cold places that we most fear.
    I am glad she can help you. That being said, maybe we could take up a collection and send Oliver, our favorite hit man, their way! Big, big love! <3 *

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    1. I think, my beloved Sharon, that you've just put a story in my head! ♥

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  10. The internet is a den of unscrupulous thieves. Posting anything unfortunately makes it vulnerable to theft and passing off as someone else's work. I'm sorry it happened to you yet again.

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    1. It's a bit of a mess, isn't it? I'm hoping to turn the vulnerability of online sharing into a strength. Let's see how it goes...

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  11. Stealing stuff? That's just stuff. Trash. But stealing our thoughts and ideas and creations, that has to be soul-suckingly awful, a big slap in the face to our hope and optimism. It's good to see that people care and it must be a transformative experience to see how important your work is to us all. Keep writing. Keep sharing.

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    1. They rip chunks of us and don't even have the decency to understand it...

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  12. I am so glad I did not miss this post and very relieved to know you will continue to post so we can all continue to read your work. The stealing of your work is ghastly, our greatest fear........I do not understand how someone can sink to such a level. I applaud your courage in continuing. Wow, Magaly. I am rendered speechless at what you have just gone through.

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    1. I've been so upset over this, Sherry. Some people lack soul, pride of respect for others. It makes no sense. Deep inside, I want to think that in the fog of their depravity, they don't really know what they are doing. For if they did--if they understood that they are stealing pieces of me and just not cared--then that would really make me feel terrible...

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  13. sorry to hear about the plagiarism. There's almost no way you can stop it if you publish on the internet. and it's not just your writing. I was talking to an architect and he was telling me about all the young ones coming up, about how they never do their own work anymore, just find what they need on the internet, cut and paste.

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    1. I was just talking with a professor friend of mine, who told me a student turned in a paper he (the professor) wrote while he was in college. He has no idea how the student came to have it. Right now, he is just trying to figure out how to deal with the entire situation.

      It's insanity.

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  14. Dearest Magaly,

    If thoughts could kill, these people would be dust already. I found a site recently that seems to collect RSS feeds and run them on their page - so basically, you can read my entire blog on their page! It's insane, and I have no idea how to combat that sort of thing.

    I'm glad you are still going to share your words - this world would be less bright without them.

    And I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with as far as getting around those thieves!

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    1. I found a blog that had all of my posts for about two years. I messaged them and they didn't answer. I sent some forms to Google, and eventually they took the site down, since it was a Blogspot. Nowadays I'm scared of looking to see what's out there. How terrible is that?

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  15. When u think about it logically, it really is sad isn't it? The fact that the person who has stolen your work and others, is doing it because they LACK the TALENT to write... also they must be very ENVIOUS of the fact that you have a wide audience that loves your style... To me LACKING TALENT is about the worse... oh, also they lack INTEGRITY... Then again, we all know that... :-) *wink*

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    1. I has to be sad to walk around knowing that they are empty inside. I hope they have enough brainpower to understand just how low their behavior sets them. And I hope they think about it for a very long time...

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  16. I seriously think this whole thing is AMAZING (minus the plagiarism, but even that...there must be a reason) and rather fate-y! I for one and SO happy to have met you, and to have had this ongoing conversation. You are just the coolest and I really think (cue the cheese alarms) that grenade happened for a reason. And maybe we don't even know the whole extent yet! I'm telling you, Fate has strange and cool ways and I'm just speechless every time I think about this whole thing!!! xoxo Mellie

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    1. Mellie, you are so very funny. I have no idea what you sound like, but I swear the voice that read your first sentence came from very far away to make me giggle.

      It was a good thing wrapped in a whole lot of bad, indeed.

      I'm grateful for the good! ♥

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  17. I was having trouble with the commenting form yesterday, so you will either get about 3 comments from me or none.

    Anyway, you are so inspiring to me, both your writing and the way you live your life with passion and bravery!

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    1. It seems lots of people have been having trouble commenting. I had no idea. I knew there were some Apple/Blogger issues going on, but didn't know so many people have been affected. I'm glad you got through... And now that I've moved to WordPress, you'll probably have no trouble at all.

      I'm so happy I can inspire. You've inspired me as well. I was just telling my Piano Man that I need to keep a closer eye on your blog... I've been thinking about playing dress up and such. ;-)

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  18. Having similar problems to Laura...
    2nd attempt.

    Let's file this "thieving" under..."maybe the universe is getting them to spread your talent and "messages" to people who may otherwise not see you blog. Maybe there is just one lonely person out there, who reads about Drusilla or Eyes, Legs Gut and feels less forgotten. Hold on to the "positives" that the universe is showing you and burn even brighter. They may not know who truly sent those words, but they will feel the love all he same :D XXX

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    1. And THAT, my Gina, is the reason I love you so much! ♥

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  19. It always amazes me what lengths some people will go to for money or fame not deserved. You, though are the real thing, the whole enchilada, the complete CN Tower and totally amazing, too. <3

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    1. It's amazing and a tad disgusting, isn't it? lol!

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  20. I so empathize with the anger, Magaly, though I have only had one poem appropriated by an imbecile--it was way worse than the time my whole identity was stolen by someone to start a pornographic website(!!!) but that's another story. ;_) I admire your courage to overcome that anger and sense of violation--and am grateful for the caring friends who unknowingly helped you through it-- also I am very glad you've decided to continue posting your work, which always lifts me up and fills my ancient, blackened cinder of a heart with strange joy. Just do like I do, and slap huge copyright notices all over your page--then at least you have staked your claim, and screw em if they can't take a joke..

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    1. You must tell us about the time you were a porn website administrator without knowing you were, lol! I hope it was a very long time ago; so much so that it's now funny.

      Your poems do the same for me. It must be all dark and the cinders and the witchiness... ♥

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  21. I am back to visit you after a hiatus and I find that someone's stolen your content! What the heck! That's ridiculous! Were they trying to pass it all off as their own? How do people think they'll get away with that. I am so glad you're sorting it out.

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    1. You see? That's what happens when you are gone and leave me at the mercy of thieves. So glad you're back.

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  22. I'm so glad you aren't letting those assholes stop you from sharing your stories, because they are truly delightful and extremely inspiring, especially the ones about Dru. Thank you for giving her a voice. I want to make her part of a new blog I'm starting actually, which is all about embracing our differences. I'll be in touch with you and Emma about that soon. ^♥^

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    1. I'm all about taking our differences and showing them off in pretty colors. I can't wait to see your new blog. Now I'm excited to share the next Drusilla story. We have been having such a blast together. I like the way she thinks, and the fact that she does not let anyone push her around. ^♥^

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  23. A day doesn't go by that I don't see an example online of a writer or artist's work being ripped off... either maliciously, or cluelessly by people who seem to genuinely believe the internet is just a smorgasbord for them to pick and take from. As we can't seem to stop them, I think the only thing we can do is try to make our own presence so strong, individual, and identifiable that it is harder for the thieves to pass off anything stolen as their own. And let's face it, Lady M, you have a fiercely unique and charismatic identity already. :D At one point, I was expending a lot of energy fretting about the bits of me that were being chipped away by thieves, or eroded by crap from trolls, but now I'm trying really hard (not easy, I know) to just focus on keeping the nucleus strong.

    Magic IS happening. ❤ And I can see it in Holly's comment above!

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    1. I, too, believe, Lady Emma, that this is the beginning of a chain reaction that will end up with an explosion of magical yum. When people who believe in each other and in themselves get together, the world trembles... with happiness. ♥

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  24. I'm sorry your heart was hurt and I'm grateful that your courage is stronger than your hurt. How good that you have the support of so many friends- may it sustain you.

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    1. Fate can be cruel, but never so much that she leaves us without choices. I'm glad for my friends, too; for all the people who take the time to stop by, and say, "It will be all right. We are here."

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  25. damnit, Magaly, is probably the only publishable comment I can make. imitation, er, thievery, may be the sincerest form of flattery, but - not really. so glad you've had a rash of good news to balm the rash of bad. ~

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    1. My dear friend Lori and I were having a conversation about "flattery" and how close it is to "flatulence"... Yeah, damnit.

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  26. I am so sorry this happened again! Bastards!
    I love all the precious treasures you received, when the universe knew you needed it most ;o)
    Keep on writing girl ;o) We love you!

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    1. And you are loved right back. ♥

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  27. aweful, aweful; sounds cliche but thats what friends are for, glad it was brought to your notice and you got the matter sorted out

    Keep writing and sharing

    http://myblog-verses.blogspot.com/2015/02/27.html

    much love...

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    1. Sometimes a good old bit of cliche is all we have...

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  28. I'm glad you're still going to share, you're a wonderful, witty, funny, passionate writer.

    Now, on the case of the thief - curse any electrical device she owns, borrows or will own to use to steal your work - whose with me?

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    1. To blow up, constantly - I forgot to add. :)

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  29. Don't know how I missed this post.....
    But I am so glad that you have come full circle and let the love of friends and cohorts (smiling), outweigh the ugly that exists in the world. We must not let the ugly win. xoxo Oma Linda
    ps. What rockin' friends and fans you have.....and you deserve their love and respect

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