Cyberbullying rap, verse or poem…anyone???

All you poets out there… Here’s a call for a poem of support. 🙂

Traces of the Soul

li-samsung-7171Now this is a weird request. I waited until the candle vigil ofWorld Suicide Prevention Day,  passed as I wanted to keep that post on my front page.

I am asking if anyone would like to share a jingle, a rap or a short poem on cyberbullying. At my work we are preparing for our regular newsletter each month and the themes vary. September was anxiety and back to school ( which I was even interviewed by the Montreal Gazette!). October is dating (probably touching violence to promote awareness on unhealthy relationships) and November is Cyberbullying. We had a teleconference meeting yesterday and ME being the only one not in that Toronto office opened my mouth…again.

My brainstorming offering was how youths need to be careful not to “click Like or share” too much otherwise it would go viral. So the viral and clicking seemed to interest…

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Stop Author Abuse!

Here is a petition to put the GOOD in Goodreads. It’s worth reading the short petition letter, where it talks about authors wanting to add beauty to the world. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if the spite weren’t encouraged, or was at least discouraged? Why can’t people leave 1- or 2-star reviews for books that they read, but didn’t like, without including spitefulness? The big question is whether you, as an author, will unite with other authors and take a small stand against this, by signing the petition, commenting, or reblogging. Will fear of the troll keep you from taking this stand? It’s a challenging question to ask yourself.

The BookChick am making this post as a public service announcement. I just want to encourage all of my fellow readers and bloggers who are Goodreads members to disengage from attacking authors on the site. In the past couple of days, I have seen several Facebook posts by authors of different genres who have mentioned being attacked by readers. ‘Readers’ are one-starring pre-released books or dive bombing every book the author has ever written with one-star reviews. Why? Because these ‘readers’ feel as if the author has made some reprehensible infraction against the world of literature as a whole *eye roll*. I know…dramatic, right? But sadly, it’s true. The internet trolls have now taken up residence on Goodreads. They are pollinating the site with their vitriol against authors and fellow readers who might support the author or their book(s). At some point, we as a community of readers and authors…

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