Lynne Cantwell #RespectsArtists

Respect Artists

My awesome author friend, Lynne Cantwell, has carried the torch for #RespectArtists today, making this my happy thing for day 16 in 100 days of happiness.

Not only is she doing this post but she also works with indies unlimited who are doing a #PublishingFoul month.  This is where people talk about their experiences with publishers and how they’ve gone wrong in a bid to help other indie authors from falling into the same traps.

Please check out the full article below and check out her blog for she has many amazing tips and tools for authors and many awesome books for readers.

My author buddy J.r. Barker has come up with a terrific idea for a new movement, and I’m happy to take part. She’s calling it Respect Artists, and the hashtag is #RespectArtists.

She explained the impetus for her campaign in a post on her blog earlier this month. What got her going was an incident that happened to an artist friend whose work was plagiarized and harassed. The friend ended up removing her work from the internet over the incident.

This is just the latest in a long string of sad stories I’ve heard about people who have spoken up online about something, or posted creative work somebody didn’t like, or — horror of horrors! — attempted to game online while female, and who have been called out, insulted, doxxed, and/or lost their livelihood. In some cases, the victims have needed mental health treatment. In other cases, they have taken outrestraining orders against their stalkers.

Come on, people — this is immature behavior. Bullying is bad enough in any context, but the internet makes it easy for people to bully others anonymously. However, that doesn’t mean the bullies can’t be found. My favorite story along these lines is the one about the Australian game reviewer who got back at the kids — and they were, by and large, teen boys — who sent her rape threats by contacting their mothers. Kudos to you, Alanah Pearce, for not letting these kids get away with it.

Any time you create something and put it out there for people to enjoy, you’re going to find someone who

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Brenda Perlin and Rex against Bullying #Respect Artists

Today we have Brenda Perlin talking about how bullying has effected those she cares about and the inspiring way that one ten year old boy dealt with it and helped others in the process.


Ty Art

Before I was considering writing Ty the Bull, a short story about dealing with bullies I was spending quite a bit of time on the weekends with ten year old Rex, my boyfriends grandson. Even though he was a happy, well-adjusted boy, I began to notice a sadness about him. He was losing some of his spark and it clearly showed.. His parents had just gone through a divorce and he had to move to a new house and a new school. He could no longer hang out with his old friends and he was feeling a new sense of loneliness.

He would constantly share stories with me about how he was endlessly being picked on. It began at school but continued at home by the neighborhood thugs. None of these kids seemed to discriminate. They bullied him over the silliest of things. I couldn’t imagine what they could find to pick on such a handsome, good hearted kid, but Rex said they found plenty of things.

“They think my name is a joke. They tell me my hair is goofy the way it stands up in the front and they say I walk funny,” Rex told me as a big frown spread across his face.

It was as they were blindly picking reasons to make his life miserable. As much as he tried to fit in, he became an outcast and made to believe he was not as good as the other kids. I hated hearing his stories and I wished I could have taken all of these children to side and question their actions but of course that was not an option.

It was during this time that I decided to work with Rex on a story, a fictional story based on his life. Most of it we would take from Rex’s experience. I talked to fiction writer, KD Emerson and she agreed to use her creative mind to give this tale an uplifting ending, which she managed to achieve.

Rex was enjoying the attention he was getting from my friends on Facebook and the Ty the Bull blog. He loved the accolades and all the fuss. I think the telling of his story was liberating for him. Therapeutic even.

Rex shared his experiences with me, detailing many of the fights he had to endure and some of the mean things the kids said. Maybe from hearing it out-loud, he realized it wasn’t his problem, it was the kids who said all the nasty things.

We did some blog posts together and made some Youtube video’s sharing his experience. He liked that telling his story would be helping others. He discovered that is was more rewarding to give than to receive. Suddenly he didn’t feel so alone, a message he began to share with others. It became empowering and he started to become more confident.

On the blog we began selling his bracelets that he made, he loved making some of his own money! Made him feel like a businessman, he told me. He also liked that people were making a fuss over him and he began to walk around with a lot more self-assurance than he did before.

He now realizes that the bullies didn’t know what they were talking about. They had it wrong. His new confidence told him he was just fine the way he was, funny hair and all.

Ty Braclets

Check out Rex’s blog here and buy his book 

Visit and follow Rex’s YouTube channel

As always if you have experienced bullying, or have been frustrated by plagiarism, can vent or leave your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Bullies and Plagiarism


Day five of 100 days of happiness and I’m happy that #RespectArtists has been well received.

It is my hope that it can become a self sustaining self support group for artists and authors, from all walks of life, who have experienced bullying or have had work plagiarised.

If you have any tips for those who might be struggling, or you want to ask for help use #RespectArtists.

Or even leave a comment below. Sometimes it can help to vent.

Respect Artists- Help Create A Movement!

Respect Artists

 I decided that, rather than saying something that makes me happy, I would try to start something to make others happy.

Why?  Today I had an e-mail from an extremely talented artist, she put her work on the internet and she was harassed, plagiarised and stalked.  She now doesn’t want to share her art any more and has removed some of her work from the internet.

Her work is not controversial, it is not lewd or crude, it’s beautiful fantasy landscapes with dragons in silhouette.  There is no reason it should provoke such animosity.

I find it disheartening to think that anyone can be bullied to the extent that they lose the love of something they have such an amazing talent for.

I won’t say who she is, I’m sure she doesn’t want to be dragged back into the interwebs again.

So what message do I want to portray? It’s simple- Respect the Artist.

It’s too easy to see a piece of artwork and think it’s ok to use it because it’s not immediately obvious who created it. Someone did create it, so it’s not yours and you can’t use it unless you have permission to do so.

In fact if the work is copy written it’s also illegal and could leave you open to lawsuits, even if you didn’t know it wasn’t ok to use it. Yes, even if you have changed it, it’s still their work. If you want to use it, ask.

I’m not just talking about people who create artwork, I’m talking about authors, comedians, bloggers, photographers, film makers etc.

It can take days, weeks, months or even years to create certain things and the damage it can do when someone steals it or defiles it it can be devastating.

If you come across some work and you don’t think the person who is using it is the original author, see if you can find out who is and let them know that their work has been stolen.

Bullying is unacceptable.

It’s fine to leave an honest review or a comment.  Reviews and constructive criticism are welcomed and often begged for, that can help us grow, but nastiness is unnecessary and it’s not ok to bog people down with e-mails.  It’s not ok to stalk them.

Treat others as you would want to be treated.  

I’m sure many of you already know this, but there are obviously some people out there who do disrespect others work, and sometimes it gets to the point they start attacking the artist. This is unacceptable. The lady who has inspired this post has said she has even been attacked by fellow artists, to me that’s just crazy.  We’re all in this together!

We need to rally round and raise awareness against bullying, against harassment and against plagiarism.  We don’t have strict internet laws yet so we need to respect and look out for each other.

Forget respecting art, respect the person who created it. Don’t be a killer of dreams.

Please help spread the word using  #RespectArtists

Or, if you feel the need to vent, feel free to do so in the comments below.