You know when several people send you a link to something on Facebook and you go to check it out and it’s someone complaining about having her posts plagiarized by someone else and you’re like, “I feel you, sister. That shit suuuucks” because it happens to you a lot, but then you look at the screenshots like this:
because you realize that the post she’s claiming was plagiarized from her was actually published by you three weeks before she herself stole it and posted it?
And then you read multiple posts she wrote publicly shaming this other lady for stealing something from her that she actually stole from you first?
And she writes these long diatribes about how terrible this person is because it’s like having someone steal a piece of your soul because it’s her experience, her life and her soul and how this is wrong on every level and that it’s intellectual theft?
And the rants go on so long that you start to wonder if you’re in the Twilight Zone and also the “soulful” experience she stole from you is literally about farts?
PS. Not publicly shaming her here because that’s sort of gross and I’m giving her the chance to just delete it. Just…DON’T DO THIS, OKAY?
PPS. Thank you to all the people who continually (nicely) call out others who steal content or notify the person it was stolen from. Last month someone stole content from one of my books and used it to convince people to buy their workshop on anxiety, which was ironic since it gave me all kinds of anxiety to see someone pretend to be me to bilk money out of people desperate for help.
(Giant hugs to my publishers who shut that shit down hard.)
PPPS. I’m fine. I was frustrated but I feel better now. I’ve wasn’t sure if I should publish this but maybe it’s good to have it out there as a reminder that the world is very, very small and it’s almost impossible to get away with stealing people’s stuff and not get caught so just maybe don’t do it. Or at least pick something more worthwhile to steal than a goddam fart story. Just my opinion.
PPPPS. Spellcheck just underlined the phrase “intellectual theft” and when I clicked on it spellcheck said I should look up the definition of “intellectual” and now I’m mad again because I think I’m being insulted and also because spellcheck sort of has a point.
UPDATED: She apologized profusely and removed the post. It’s all good.