Posted in Self Pub, Writing

Castle Syndrome

I am putting procrastination to the test today, hell I could teach a class. I would rather do anything but write, but I have to.

I read a blog post today regarding the Facebook post that is circling around gaining both support and outright rage.

It’s all about piracy and why people feel they are entitled to downloading shit for free. My favorite quote from the person is “I’m broke and can’t afford it.”

I’m broke and can’t afford it.

This is there reasoning for stealing. I wonder if that would work if I went to the grocery store and walked out with a cart of groceries.

Or drove away from a mechanic after they just spent hours/days working on my car.

Or walked into a movie and just sat down while reaching for someone else’s popcorn. They can afford it.

Which was statement number two.

Writers can afford it.

That’s when the original blog author (and I am so sorry, I don’t remember her name) used Castle Syndrome or Murder, She Wrote syndrome for those not familiar.

Basically both shows focus on famous mystery writers solving crimes. Now with MSW, she didn’t seem to have the endless pockets that Richard Castle did, but none the less, this is what some non-readers believe. That we write a book or two and boom! We’re rolling in dough.

I know a lot of authors use the analogy of how would you like it if you went to work and then on payday get nothing.

And people say it’s not the same. And maybe it isn’t. Maybe those people don’t poor their heart and soul into their work. Maybe they do it for free anyway. And maybe it is just the sense of entitlement, the “isn’t hurting me” mentality.

But please be honest about it. If you are too broke to spend $.99- $4.99 for a book, then I guess you’re also too broke for your daily Starbucks habit.

Go to the library, they have books available for Kindle download.

Talk to the author, I’m not guaranteeing anything, but they may send you a copy for a reduced rate or free.

Please don’t steal from us that put out the entertainment you so much enjoy. Most of us are doing this so we get a little extra money for the essentials. For me, it is the ONLY source of income I have at this time.



Lisa Arrington is a mother to two wonderful who has always had a passion for writing. Lisa attended a local technical college and received an associate degree in Computer Networking which she put right to use. Lisa currently lives in Southern Arizona with her two sons and when not writing she can be found curled up on her favorite chair with Kindle in hand, reviewing books for her blog, chauffeuring the boys around town for basketball games or playing Candy Crush Soda on her phone. She loves the color blue, can't get enough cherry cheesecake ice cream or Junior Mints and will forever be in a power-struggle over the big screen TV with her youngest child.

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