Remember high school writing classes? One of the first assignments was always to define the theme in what you were going to write. We still see theme mentioned in book reviews, in blurbs and book descriptions, and in discussions about books. So, what exactly is this theme thing and do you need to worry about … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: What is Theme and Do I Need One?
Ah, writers. We are a tortured lot, are we not? We love to twist our brains and emotions into knots of self-doubt and fear. Nowhere is this more obvious as when we are comparing ourselves to other writers. Most of what follows is aimed at independently published writers. Traditional has its bugs, too, but I … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: And What About Those Other Guys?
A lot of people are not big fans of the grammar check function in word processors. Many wish they could turn it off, but many times, it's tied to the spell check function and that one is useful. Usually. I will confess that I don't absolutely hate grammar check software. I don't think I'd miss … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Why Do Word Processors Even Have Grammar Check?
Imposter Syndrome can affect anyone in any part of their life, but I am going to focus here on what it means for a writer. First, what is Imposter Syndrome? It's the deep down feeling that you aren't a "real" writer. That what you have done, published, accomplished so far isn't good enough or important … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Imposter Syndrome
We all have heard the Staving Artist Myth. You know- the writer or artist or creator who sits in a freezing attic, making a packet of ramen noodles last for a week's worth of meals, cold, hungry, alone, but fulfilled. Oh, so romantic, right? No. At least not to me. But we are too often given … Continue reading Chuck Wendig on the Starving Artist
Amazing video of the beauty of powerful storm clouds: Storm Clouds Those huge stone heads on Easter Island have bodies, too: Easter Island Statues Are we really alone out there? If not, where are all the aliens? This article takes a look at some of the possible explanations: Alien Life? Twenty Pieces of Advice from … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Storm Clouds, Easter Island Bodies, Where Are the Aliens, and Life Advice from Over Sixty
The glass-winged butterfly has to be one of the coolest butterflies there is. Here are 15 pictures of this pretty insect: Glass-Winged Butterfly Here's an alphabet book for Star Trek fans to start their children off right. I was a bit disappointed that R was not for Redshirt, though: Star Trek Alphabet When they removed … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Glass-Winged Butterfly, Star Trek Alphabet, Old Chalkboards, and Sci-Fi Quotes
I wouldn't actually call this a "trick shot," but it is pretty impressive. Must have taken a while to figure it all out and set up. The video quality is not good, but you can see what's happening: Pool and Dominoes More advice from the wise Neil Gaiman's tumblr, this time on being kind: Kindness … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Pool and Dominoes, Gaiman on Kindness, Beauty at a Border Crossing, and Sunset Ice Cave
Let's see what was interesting in the wide, wide Internet lately- A few of Life's little mysteries that remain unsolved (Langauge warining): http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-unsolved-mysteries-everyday-life-that-make-no-sense/ Need a little advice to get you through your life? Look no further than Calvin and Hobbes. Wise words here, my friends, wise words: http://bookriot.com/2012/02/06/sixteen-things-calvin-and-hobbes-said-better-than-anyone-else/ One thing China seems to do right … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: 5 Unsolved Life Mysteries, Advice from Calvin and Hobbes, Chinese Museums, and 8-bit Pixel Superheroes