The last three days have been absolutely bizarre. I think you have to get away from something like this for some time before you have any halfway decent perspective on it, so I won’t pretend I have any perspective now. Missy called me sometime around noon on Tuesday to tell me about the photo in Dairy Goat Journal, and in some ways it’s difficult to believe it’s not still Tuesday at noon. The past three days have been an overwhelming blur.
I haven’t posted as much as I usually do, or on the usual topics, and I promise I will get right back to that. It’s mind-boggling how distracting something like this can be. One thing that has troubled me enormously is the thought that if I hadn’t had an audience, Countryside Publications might have just swept this under the rug. But then again, I believe times, they are a-changin’, and the internet is not perceived as the “free-for-the-taking” box at a garage sale it used to be. To my knowledge, Monica Gaudio was not a well-known writer before the Cooks Source debacle. But she spoke up. She told her story. And she effected change. That her case was a watershed moment in the bloom of understanding that copyright applies to the internet is without a doubt–it was proven swiftly in my case. That Dave Belanger himself noted the Cooks Source case is proof of it. If this happens to you, speak up. TELL YOUR STORY. Today is a new day on the internet.
We have rights, and we won’t be swept under the rug anymore.
And I think that’s all the perspective I can offer when I don’t feel as if I have any perspective yet.
As for Countryside Publications and Dave Belanger, I can only report that Dave Belanger was extremely nice to me yesterday. He repeatedly expressed contrition, and he agreed to the terms I had requested in total. When I get the check, I will take a picture of it for you. And I shall report when it has cleared. (I believe it will clear. I don’t think he wants me to report to you that it didn’t clear.) I’ve tried very hard (imperfectly, no doubt) to only report the facts of the situation, and the statements made to me by Dave Belanger. I can’t see into his heart. The road wasn’t quite straight on the way there, but in the end, he made it right with me by doing what I asked.
As for you all, there are no words, but I will try. You make me cry. Your support reminded me of the SAM-e days. (Whew, aren’t we all glad that’s over. They’re having another contest right now, I think. Aren’t you glad I didn’t enter?! If you’re new here, you have no idea what I’m talking about…. This sentimental moment is for the long-timers.) You remind me again that I have a purpose here, and of the importance of serving you. (I feel really guilty for not posting much this week. I will be back.) You give back to me far, far more than I can possibly give to you–not just in these wild events, but every day, in every comment. Your support carries me. I work, every day, to write posts that you deserve. THANK YOU.
Tonight, I’m headed to Point Pleasant for the Roane County Raiders first (we must hope!) playoff game. There is an absolutely fantastic photo of Weston from last Friday’s final regular season game here. Scroll down to the photo titled Chain Gang. That’s Weston, #57, front and center, holding up the chain as the team ran onto the field. The newspaper sells photos and I’m going to buy one to frame for Weston. I love that picture. My child is so awesome! (I love him.)
I’ll let you know how it goes. Go, Raiders! Somebody go to the concession stand and get me a hot dog with chili and slaw…. MORGAN!!!