Swoonworthy Characters, Pre-Apocalyptic Reading, and More

We’re in desperate straits, people. DESPERATE STRAITS.

Due to my aversion to being sued for using permission-restricted images, I tried REALLY HARD to find the perfect public domain pics for today’s post. No dice. So I decided to make my own. Prepare yourselves, people. It’s not pretty. If you have small children, you may want to cover their eyes.


I had so much fun visiting blogs and friends a few weeks ago that I decided to do it again. And, you know, a visit can mean a lot of different things. Because I want no confusion on this issue, these are NOT the kinds of visits I’m talking about:

No ghostly visitations of any kind

Pathetic, right? It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to download add a bunch of my own pics to the WANA Commons group at Flickr. We writers have to stick together, so if you’re committed to doing the right thing when it comes to web images, check out these resources Angela shared on Monday, and consider sharing some of your pictures at Flickr. The more images we have to choose from, the less hand-drawn monstrosities we’ll have to endure.

In the meantime, come visit some writerly friends with me and join us in talking about writerly subjects like…

Conflict vs. Tension, with Teralyn Rose Pilgrim at A Writer’s Journey
Tension Building Tips, Rowling Style, with Kathleen Doyle at Writing, Reading, and Life
Top 5 Swoonworthy Male Characters in YA, with Gail Krause at The Storyteller’s Scroll
Books I’d Read Before the Apocalypse, with Vicki Essex at Writing, Romance, Laughter, Life


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Stina Lindenblatt
8 years ago

I’m in the process of organizing my photos. Once I’m finished, I’ll donate some to the group.

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

Welcome, Alice!

8 years ago

Hi, I’m a new follower from Elissa Cruz’s blog.

Cecilia Robert
8 years ago

thanks for the links. I read Roni’s post last week and was really shocked. Better safe than sorry, I think. I visited Gail’s blog and had a blast reading and commenting. 🙂

Leslie S. Rose
8 years ago

That article about getting sued FREAKED ME OUT. Love your answer to the problem. Thanks for the links, I’m up for some conflict, tension, and swooning.

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

You guys are too kind, lol. And thanks to everyone who’s donating pictures. I asked Roni Loren about the book cover question and she said that she believed book covers and movie trailers fall under fair usage because we’re using them to review, promote, and add commentary, etc. So take that advice for what it’s worth. 🙂

Jaleh D
8 years ago

I’ll start going through my images, both ones I’ve used on my blog to check for correct usage and ones I’ve shot myself that I can add to the Flikr group. That’s a fantastic idea btw. I’m sure I’ve got some good ones that could be useful even though they aren’t stellar. Though some of the first ones that come to mind aren’t digitalized yet.

Traci Kenworth
8 years ago

Have to check out Flickr. Thanks!!

Susanne Drazic
8 years ago

Hi, Becca! I guess there is something wrong with me, because I liked your drawings. : )

Thanks for the links. I checked out Flickr. I’ve never used it before, but it seems like one of the safe ways to go.

I’m definitely going to start carrying my digital camera with me a LOT more, so I can try to get pictures for my blogs.

Gwynneth White
8 years ago

I love your pics!!! The blog world needs more of these, it is such a wonderful window into the child in you. And thanks for the links.

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

Sonia, all you have to do is join the group, then you can use any of the photos for free without fear of retribution. The only requirement is that you give credit to the person who uploaded the pic. That’s it!

Barbara, I actually typed out that I thought book covers were okay, but then I realized that I wasn’t quite sure. I want to say they are, but don’t have any reasoning to back it. I’m going to check on this and get back to you.

Jeff, thanks for the tip. Clip-art programs can be pretty inexpensive, so that’s a good idea, too.

And for those of you who liked my drawings…clearly, there’s something wrong with all of you. 😉

Barbara Watson
8 years ago

Love the images! =) I combed my blog on Saturday, removing any image that wasn’t mine or a book cover (book covers are okay, right??). When I got done, I felt like the new photos I had inserted (all of which were my own personal photos) didn’t quite have the professional look I wanted but neither do I want to be sued or use someone’s work without permission.

Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living

So the WANA commons are photos that we upload and can use others without attribution? or without the fear of getting sued?

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

Oh Becca, CLEARLY you missed your calling. I think you should do all the drawings for our blog from now on! 🙂

Jan Rider Newman
8 years ago

It took years before it occurred to me to Google “public domain images.” Slow learner. But, ya know, I’m nervous about using even those.

Loved your drawings! The Conjugal Visit Day had me laughing and shuddering at once. You created quite an expression on that simple circle face.

Jeff Hargett
8 years ago

That second drawing is going to be in the back of my mind for the rest of the day! Loved it!

I’ll have to check out Flickr.

I purchased a couple (inexpensive) clip-art type programs last night–over a million images between them. Part of the selling point is that they can be freely used on websites, blogs, etc. Another option for us.

Annette T Dodd
8 years ago

I found your blog yesterday after a writer friend mentioned your Emotion Thesaurus. I’ve only recently started a blog, and wondered about using images found online, so thanks for starting the Flickr group (I’m new to Flickr too, lol). There are some great pics there (and I’ve just added some of my own).

Donna K. Weaver
8 years ago

Actually, I love them! I think all our blog pictures should be like these. lol

Melanie Atkinson
8 years ago

Great post. After over eight years as a photographer, I have hundreds of random photos sitting on external hard drives that could probably be useful. I agree, writers need to stick together. I’ll upload them to the flickr group today! (sorry, the deleted comment was me. It had a typo.)

Melanie Atkinson
8 years ago

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Angela Brown
8 years ago

Now THOSE are the kinds of drawings I can stand behind and say “Yeah!” cuz you still did so much better than I ever could lol!!

But, so glad those are not the kinds of visits you’re making. And thank you for the links.

Diane Carlisle
8 years ago

The conjugal visit drawing is pretty disturbing. LOL

Ava Jae
8 years ago

Thanks for the links! I especially enjoyed the two posts on tension–there’s a lot of great information packed in there.

Also, I wouldn’t mind illustrations as photos in the future. 🙂