Friday, June 15, 2018

TWIC:flash fiction and submissions, make them read, mississippi

Flash Fiction Challenge. Entries due by July 12. Some of the rules:
The Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments in 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge. When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group. Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here). After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge.
I've been starting a lot of books and not finishing them. Kathy Perow looks at what makes readers finish their books.
Blurb: I get BookBub’s daily email notice in several categories: Biographies and Memoirs, Cozy Mysteries, History, Mysteries, Non-Fiction and Thrillers. I always go through their recommendations carefully. If a book cover and category appeal to me I’ll read the description, but as soon as I see the words “zany,” “hilarious romp,” or “suspicious ex-boyfriend,” in the blurb, I move on.
Covers do count. I prefer they have some relationship to the content of the book and not be second rate mock-ups of 1950’s illustrations. If the blurb passes muster I go on in and check Amazon.
I love the “Look Inside.” Nothing, but nothing, is more important than the ability to read a few pages before committing to a book, Kindle Unlimited or paid.
Not really creativity in the normal sense that I post about but I love this 2 inch wide, 11 foot long map of the Mississippi River. In rereading American Gods, I learned about Cairo on the Mississippi; here it is:

Via Kottke.
A book map describing the facets of a person's personality (Youtube video).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Penetang animals: Butorides virescens

I typed this entry a week ago and scheduled it for this week. In the intervening time, I was able to see the bird more clearly. I had thought it was a little blue heron. I now think it is a green heron. Still not a common bird around here but more common than the little blue.
This little heron has shaggy feathers that make it look, well, cuddly. My pictures were taken with my phone so I was unable to get better images. I have seen bitterns, green herons and night herons and this isn't one of those. And yet, the guides suggest that the little blue heron is very rare here. I have definitely not seen the immature form.

New photos

Green Heron.

Little Blue Heron links:

Maryland biodiversity project


All About Birds

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Penetang animals: Castorinae castor

A lot of aquatic animals pass by my mother's house. This beaver passes by each evening and often in the morning.

This morning (I wrote this on May 22 but put it in the queue so it is appearing around June 7), it carried this snack along with it.

 I can see it, although you may not, deeper in the water, still dragging the branch.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Make Life Beautiful Day is Coming

I'm not really a fan of all the special days that have been invented to fill our calendars. But I am a person who needs motivation to do things that I actually want to do anyway. This is my reminder to myself that Make Life Beautiful Day is on June 11 and to plan something for that day.
I don't know if I will in fact make something for that day or simply have a great day with family - I'm writing this on June 11, 2017 having been surprised by the day this year. But I want to do something.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Penetang Animals: Vulpes vulpes

I found this red fox wandering rurals streets outside Penetang. It was entirely unconcerned with me, even when I stopped my car to take these shots.

Wikipedia Red Fox

Monday, May 28, 2018

TWIC: Open concept, screenplay,

I cannot find a source beyond Facebook but it appears I can embed their video here. This is That describes a company devoted to creativity and the lengths that are going to encourage it.

How can we tell a screenplay came from an amateur?

  • Malformed scene headings.
  • Unnecessary lead-ins (e.g. “we see”, “the camera shows”).
  • Excessive description of trivial and/or irrelevant detail.
  • Camera and directing instructions.
  • Unplayable emotions (e.g. memories).
  • Background information otherwise not conveyed by the visuals.