It’s here! It’s finally here! The legal e-book I wrote for The B Bar is officially live, and I couldn’t be more excited.* When Victoria and Meg approached me a few months back, asking if I would be interested in writing a book for their blogging bar [an amazing online bookstore stocked full of e-books (a.k.a., cocktails) for all of your blog and business troubles], I jumped at the chance. I’ve been looking for a way to combine my career as a lawyer and blogging in a way that feels really organic and approachable, and an e-book, explaining the ins and outs of the legal issues that might come up as a blogger, seemed like just the way to start.
The Blogging and The Law e-book is for bloggers who are interested in learning more about the legal issues that can arise throughout blogging. This includes things like using other artists’ photographs (fair use), protecting your own original content (think photos, graphics, etc.), disclosing gifted items, how to handle cases of plagiarism and defamation, and so much more. So head over to The B Bar, and get yourself a copy!
*I’ve also added a handy link up at the top of Glitter, Inc. under the Business Services drop-down menu to easily hop over to my Blogging and The Law e-book. Plus, there’s a link to The B Bar on my Small Businesses + Boutiques page (more great businesses, coming soon!)
*I just wanted to send a little thanks to my Daddy – who has practiced as an attorney for 30+ years and has taught me so much of what I know – for all of his insight and help on this e-book!
Going on day three of my second trip to New York Fashion Week, I’m full of ideas, ideals, hopes and dreams, and a ton of great inspiration. My blog, my writing, fashion – those are a few of the things that really fuel my passion. And when I come to fashion week, I’m inundated by it all. At home, I practice half-time as a lawyer, the other half is blogging – but when I come to fashion week, I get a big dose of it all. I love seeing the new season’s fashions, the art that these incredible designers send down the runways, I love playing with my DSLR camera – snapping photos of fashion and the city and channeling my creativity, I love laying out my outfits for each and every event and sneaking off for a quick trip to some of my favorite NYC stores when I have an extra thirty minutes here and there, I love meeting so many talented business-women (I even got to hang out with two other lawyer/bloggers, Jenny and Lynsey!), hearing their success stories and talking shop.
This weekend plans changed unexpectedly; the good kind of change. We were going to continue prepping for a huge trial we’re starting on Monday (being a lawyer is not always so glamorous), but yesterday, we settled two days before trial (woo hoo!) Now I’m left with an open weekend and gorgeous weather (thank you, Miami!) All of my siblings are in town on Spring Break (man, I miss Spring Break!) and it’s safe to say my instagram will be full of sister love. We are thinking of playing tourist for a day and we’re going to try to head South to the Redlands and check out Robert is Here (the best fruit stand and farm) and Knaus Berry Farm (home of the most incredible strawberries and homemade sticky buns … i.e., we don’t leave without at least two dozen.)
Here’s what I wish I was wearing. Can you tell I’m a big fan of stripes-on-stripes ( … on stripes)?
Get the Look: Camilla and Marc Astral Peplum Crepe Top // Current/Elliott The Rolled Skinny Jeans // Joie Striped Sweater // Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag // Honeydew Intimates Lace Bralette // A Peace Treaty Wadi Ring // Valentino Glamorous Lace Espadrille Flats
Hubby and I have found ourselves in the thick of what we like to call “workaholics syndrome”. I touched on this here, but I’m curious to know what you all do to combat laptop-glued-to-lap-itis. The story goes a little something like this: Hubby is an eternal Md/PhD student (a.k.a., school is the norm for many many … many years) and I am a lawyer/blogger. The “/” is important because let’s face it, they’re both pretty time-consuming endeavors. Hubby also works until 8:30/9:00pm every night, and once his rotations start, his hours will get worse. I blog after work, which means I’m up blogging far too late.
As the new year rolls around, I’m reflecting on things I’m proud of, things I can change, things I can improve upon. Hubby and I have one of those awww-inducing relationships. We’ve been together on more fingers than I can count and I still beam/gush/squeak when I talk about him. But I worry sometimes that the work does get to be too much, even when we don’t think that it does. You know, like when we’re arguing over his double-dipping (because I swear once you’re married you argue about the most trivial things, and then laugh about it later), you throw in a gut-wrenching, “Yeah, well when was the last time you planned a romantic dinner for me?” Where the heck did that come from? I blame my hormones. And I always regret those knee-jerk comments, but I know that I wouldn’t have thrown that at him unless it held some glimmer of truth.
So truth is, I don’t like that we work so much. I don’t like that he hardly gets enough sleep, let alone time to plan an Anniversary dinner for me. This is in no way to blame him, trust me, I’m guilty too (says the girl who sits with her laptop on her lap … in bed … well, past 1am.)
I guess my question is, how do you make the time for each other? How do you shut off that computer? How do you balance work, play, love, family? And is that even realistic? Work is what I busted my tush for during all those years in law school, blogging is an utter passion, and hubby, he’s everything. How do you make it all fit?
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PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.
As a small blog owner, a defender of the laws (sounds way cooler than “lawyer”), and an all-around big fan of the internet and free expression, in protest again SOPA and PIPA, and instead of blacking out my blog for the day, I’m posting this video and providing links to learn more about SOPA/PIPA. Today, major sites like Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, I Can Has Cheeseburger, Twitpic, Wired, Greenpeace, Vimeo, and many more have shut down in protest against SOPA. Read up, learn more, and get involved.
Also, here is a letter from several musicians, artists, and creators you may know, who are standing against PIPA and SOPA. “We, the undersigned, are musicians, actors, directors, authors, and producers. We make our livelihoods with the artistic works we create. We are also Internet users. We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) …”
Even Google has blacked out its logo.
Read up on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) on Wikipedia.