It does seem like there aren’t many updates lately, I know. In fact, there is a lot of work being done, but you might not notice it right away. I have recently discovered that a lot of material from the Lexicon has been stolen by a number of websites. I have found everything from my maps to entire pages copied into other people’s sites. This is particularly frustrating to me, since I’ve put an enormous amount of work into the Lexicon and it really hurts to have someone just steal that away and post it as if it were their own work. As a result, instead of spending my time creating new pages, I’ve had to work on adding some rudimentary security to the pages I already have. I am not stupid, I know that anyone who really wants to steal my work will be able to get around anything I set up. But at least this might discourage some of those who either through ignorance or wishful thinking think that if they see it on the web, it must be free for them to use. So I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to work on new essays or new maps. For now, I’m working on copying my material onto newly designed pages that discourage theft. Hopefully this necessary work will be done soon and I can get back to the things I enjoy more and that you all enjoy finding in the Lexicon.
I took a little time out this afternoon from the boring work to create a page for Cho Chang. I wanted to spotlight the beautiful artwork of Lisa Rourke who has kindly given me permission to publish her work in the Lexicon. I used her portrait of Cho on the new page. I’ll be adding more of her work as soon as possible.