Plagiarism, what to do? | Glenn Hefley | The Eye of the Dragon

I was checking some of my keywords on Google recently when I came across an excerpt from my book “The Eye of the Dragon, Stalking Castaneda” which had been copied almost word for word without giving me credit. A few words had been clumsily changed (to try to hide the fact that it was plagiarized, I presume), but the only result of the changes was the distortion of the meaning of some sentences; it is obviously plagiarism.

After having tried to contact the support team of the website to no avail, I was wondering how to proceed when I came across Glenn Hefley who has been a free lance writer for years and has experience with these Internet thieves. Not only he explained to me how to proceed, but he also sent me a link to an article he had published on the subject of what to do about plagiarism. Since this is greatly needed information for all of us, I am including it all here for your convenience:

Freelance Writer Tip #2 : What to do about Plagiarism

By Glenn Hefley

So, you were out there on the web, engaging in a little harmless narcissism by searching for your name, or some favorite phrase of yours, and you come across someone who is publishing your articles, on their web site, without credit to you, or a how-dee-doo … no  nothing –  Just blatantly using your work for their profit. Well how about that?

What to do. First, read this page on Responding to Plagiarism, and follow the instructions.

Next :  People who do this type of stuff, generally have ads on their pages, which means, they are making money on your work, without paying you. If there is a Google Adsense ad on there, there will be a link at the bottom of the ad you can click on, which will take you to a Google Adsense Report page. At the bottom of this page, is a form you can fill out, to make a DMCA complaint against the owner of that web site.

Google is famous for not messing around with this type of thing. Someone stealing content, will generally have their Adsense account closed in 48 hours. They will not be able to get it back once it is closed. There are far too many people and companies out there on the Internet willing to run ads on their web site, for Google to risk the possibility of being pulled into a DMCA related law suite. They remove the account.

Most other ad companies, affiliate programs, and the like — do exactly the same thing. If you can find out which ad/affiliate companies the bad-man-site is using, then send them off an email as well.

It is a simple thing to ask permission to use an article. People ask me all the time. If it is an article which is on one of my web sites, I generally say yes, as long as I get a link back. Why not? It is even a little flattering. In fact you will find on most of my web sites I have a function which allows for exactly this type of co-sharing.

However, most of the time this occurs with my work, it is an article that I’ve sold to a client.

Clients don’t like the value of their investments undermined like this, and they will appreciate your effort in keeping their investment in good health. This doesn’t mean you are obligated to play watch-dog for their content (it is thier content once they have purchased it), but if you see this happening, let the client know, at the very least, and send them the information in this article, so they can respond in the most efficient manner.

you have my permission to do so

You might even pick up a few more projects from the client that way.

Happy writing.

To contact Glenn or get more information please visit:

“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us…Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”– Mother Teresa

The Eye of the Dragon | Stalking Castaneda | A Manuscript

I recently finished my manuscript. The Eye of the Dragon, Stalking Castaneda is now going to the ‘fridge’, meaning it will not be worked on for a few months.  I will get back to it later with a fresh mind to do the last draft. The cover art is below:

The Eye of The Dragon

The Eye of The Dragon

Sycamore Ranch | Sycamore Forest | New Mexico

After I left Arcosanti, Arizona, I eventually reached The Sycamore Ranch in New Mexico. I worked there as a ranch hand for a little over a year. At the ranch I started working on the manuscript for The Eye of the Dragon, Stalking Castaneda.

It was by chance, while digging some facts about the ranch for my book, that I found these pictures on the web. Here they are. Enjoy!


This is the entrance and the Cactus Garden.


This is the main house and my pad to the right:


The forest. Animas Creek runs through it.


Amazing place! It is right in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.

My Arcosanti Experience | Excerpt | Stalking Castaneda



This excerpt from my forthcoming book, The Eye of the Dragon, Stalking Castaneda is about my Arcosanti experience. I figure it will give the reader some perspective on “intentional communities.” Names have been changed and initials altered to protect identities. Here it is:

. . . September of 1999 found me on Interstate 40 (which parallels or overlays Route 66) heading to Arcosanti, Arizona, a small community founded by the famous architect Paolo Soleri. Arcosanti boasts to be the “City of the Future,” that is, a city that will grow upward—no urban sprawl. I had found the concept interesting, perhaps a solution to our pollution problems. I was also looking forward to try life in a rural intentional community, with a group of people who, supposedly, shared a common purpose and lived a full, vibrant life close to nature, conserving an ecological balance.

Responding to an email I had sent, they informed me that a full time landscaping position was available. I decided to try them. I planned to live there part of the year, and maybe travel part of the year; it would be my home base. During my first interview with KZ (the landscaping director) she said that my traveling plans agreed with Arcosanti.

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My first months in Arcosanti were fabulous. I loved the place with its rocky desert hills, cliffs, canyons, and impressive lightning storms—talk about roaring thunder. There were monthly concerts, and sometimes we danced in the auditorium. It was mandatory to complete a workshop of five weeks to become a permanent resident, and that was an educational endeavor. It was also fun! 

We helped in Arcosanti’s construction; we harvested the olives and worked on the vegetable gardens; we did the landscape; we welded and did woodwork; we worked in the kitchen. During our last week, we chose a field to specialize in: woodworking, welding, landscaping, cooking, or working at the foundry making the famous Soleri bells.

Consequently, I was surprised to hear from a stone that things would turn sour. It happened one day after work. I was out in the desert chaparral practicing the magical passes, when it occurred to me to talk to an interesting stone. I found a shady place behind some bushes, and gazed at the stone until my concentration was complete. 

The stone communicated! Three sides gave me visions of people engulfed by great anguish. The fourth side had a man  lying on the ground, perhaps dead. He had long hair and a long, unkempt beard.

The visions were graphic, but I couldn’t believe the stone. It had to be a mistake. Was it lying? Did I misinterpret? Five months later everything had changed. 

In a meeting in which I expressed my feelings of dissatisfaction toward a negligent and incompetent administration, I saw the distress, the anguish and the tears. All was revolving around the man with the beard and others like him, who shouldn’t have been there in the first place, for they were troubled individuals in need of professional help. And I remembered the stone!

The concept was interesting, but in practice Arcosanti was not delivering on its promise. I personally handed Mr. Soleri a copy of a letter I had sent to management regarding the matter; he never answered. He even avoided me once at the swimming pool, when our paths crossed as he was leaving. Obviously, our vote did not count.

Arcosanti was run by its founding members, and what they said was final. It was to be expected, after thirty years they had turned inflexible and possessive. Egomania was as prevalent in Arcosanti as it was anywhere else . . .


The October 1999 workshop participants

From Top Left:James Reinhardt, Rio Guzman, Pliny Reynolds, Kelly Schenk

      From Bottom Left:Yu Miyamoto, Melissa Andrew, and Christopher Gidley

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