Inspiration vs Plagiarism

“Inspiration definition from

1. an inspiring or animating action or influence:
I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.”


I have been struggling on & off with heartbreak in several online game relationships for at least the last year .. perhaps even longer – the final end of contact with one of those game peeps came in February before Valentine’s Day 2018.

“Plagiarism definition [from]

Literary theft. Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer’s language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers’ words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.

Note: Similar theft in music or other arts is also called plagiarism.”

I had created the heartbreak words & artwork back in July 2017 – I gave the piece to my social worker 🙂 who was recovering from getting a divorce. I wrote the words on my drawing table with other words to inspire myself.

In Aug 2017 I took my heartbreak words and put them in one of my pre-existing dragonfly graphics and put it up in my Fine Art America shop. Note: my doggie died Aug 25th, 2017 – I thought no more about this piece until reading something else this week.

I have been discussing getting a tattoo with my family & friends the last couple years .. I am still getting the tattoo once I find someone local that I trust to create it for me – the tattoo is not about the ex-game-friends but about ME!

I have been working with trees, leaves, butterflies & dragonflies LONG before I ever met them 🙂

I have broken word-to-word definition meaning connections in my brain – but I do think in math equations 🙂

I felt bruised and battered and worn out in 2017 – today in 2018 I am still working on recovering from so much mean-spiritedness aimed .. directly & repeatedly .. like machine gun fire .. at me .. for me not being who they wanted me to be.

Heartbreak = bruise[s] NOT tattoo[s]
Me & the little doggie
Me & Tornado on Paws

BUT .. I read a LOT online .. below are some of my very favorite to read .. I COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY THEM TOO:

Or various others .. none of us live in a vacuum .. everything I draw or paint comes from MY life experiences & feelings and trying to comprehend incomprehensible to me people.


Anyone who reads my blog, Facebook profile / art page or my inspirational posters at Fine Art America can hear me & my voice loud & clear 🙂 .. I am uniquely me and that shines forth in everything I do and everything I create.

But yes, like everyone else .. I am inspired by others every day .. to get up .. to get out of bed .. to keep putting one foot in front of the other .. to keep trying .. to keep thinking & creating .. instead of giving up and running off to the stars to be a far away from here bright light 🙂 that shines with no need to understand or communicate!

Abstract White Flower

Barbara Burns

Senior Citizen / Artist working in watercolor, inks, digital pixels & fabric dyes with silk. I also have Vascular Dementia and am not able to work outside the home in the corporate world now. I started reading tarot cards as a very young child - a neighbor taught me when I was about 5 to 7 years of age. I started reading Oracle cards in my 30's.

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  1. I posted this on my personal Facebook profile today in answer to a question so posting it here as well 🙂

    “Someone asked me how I can appear to be so happy & cheerful so much of the time if I have been dealing with heartbreak for the last year or more

    .. grief happens in waves for me .. sometimes the waves swamp me like a sinking ship .. for a time .. but I never give up and I feel everything as it arrives and I deal with the reality of how I feel when I feel it

    .. and life is GOOD for me and to me 🙂 .. all day every day .. and I am happy with myself .. my happiness does not revolve around anyone else :)”

    I also posted a video – you may want to watch also ..

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