Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TWIC: story arc

An infographic from Weiland on plot and story arcs. Actually a series of them. Here is one, uncropped but shrank somewhat. To see it full size, and many others, follow the link:

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thinkin' about the new year

I have some concerns that don't really fit this blog and are a little too personal for me to share. I wrote a sort letter to myself as a way of thinking through resolutions and such. Here is what I am willing to put online:
I want to be a writer. I have spent a lot of time thinking about writing but not much time actually writing. This mess of an essay doesn't count. I have five Nanowrimo books maybe halfway completed and I need to finish one and try to sell it. I need to do this to see if I can do this professionally.
I made a list of things I want to measure at this camp. They include:
Writing: mostly this should be number of words written that day toward completing a book.
Other Creative: This might be wood carving. I don't know what else but I do want to encourage myself in this area.
Hours spent Outside: I love being outdoors but I hate leaving my apartment. I don't care what the numbers are at first, I only want to know if I should change them.
Hours slept: I nap a lot. It is time to cut back on naps.
Hours spent on the computer: My son is not alone in using the computer too much. It is time to see how long I am sitting here and then decide how long I should be sitting.
Exercise: I think this is clear enough. It is tough for me to exercise in the winter but i have to find something to do.

TWIC: mad science, books, fear, steampunk

Sci Am has a video of their discussion the science of creativity.
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A guide to the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Below is a cropped image, follow the link for...yada, yada.
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Follow the link for the full comic.
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bravery and foolishness

 I had it in mind to carve a "Nune-saram" (눈사람). In Korean, this means 'snowman', but 'Nune' can mean 'snow' or 'eyes' so the carving was going to be two big eyes with a tophat, arms and legs. Oh, Korean snowmen (snow-people?) are made of only two segments, rather than the North American three, so a pair of eyes would fit very well here.

It would look something like this.


I am at a camp and will soon be teaching science at the camp. Ah, the subject isn't important. It is important to my story that I am not at home and only brought a few tools with me. I expected to borrow a saw to make cuts of the big chunks of wood so I could remove them more easily.  Out of impatience or boredom, I decided to start the work without the saw.

And so last night, while pushing my gouge with great effort, it slipped from the wood and ran across the back of my right hand.

I will be okay. The blade cut through all the layers of skin but no deeper. The doctor stitched it up real nice and made a pointed comment about how lucky I was; all my tendons are intact!

So, what do I do now? Naturally, I will not carve tonight. But if I can get a saw, I intend to at least do that work. But will I finish this? Or give away all my carving tools? Will I be able to carve again without my hands shaking?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

a scam? - book order reading list book

Added a few minutes after hitting publish: I thought these 'books' were a scam and I still can't say I like the idea of them but I found reviewers on Goodreads who were appreciative of a list that offered a reading order. The author is open about what the books are; there is no subterfuge going on. I won't buy one but I can indeed see the value. Huh, I guess this is a creative way to earn a little money on the side of big authors - and also helping those authors by making their books more approachable.  

I was searching for books by an author I like and found the book:
ELIOT PATTISON: SERIES READING ORDER: A READ TO LIVE, LIVE TO READ CHECKLIST [INSPECTOR SHAN SERIES, BONE RATTLER SERIES, HADRIAN BOONE SERIES] Kindle Edition
This 'book' costs $1.31 Can and apparently contains a list of Pattison's books in the order various series should be read.
The author, Rita Bookman, probably an alias,has several such 'books' on Amazon. The first line of the product description says,
CIRCULAR 34 FROM THE UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT OFFICE STATES:
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR NAMES, TITLES OR SHORT PHRASES
 which appears a pro-active defence against such attacks.

For what it's worth, the Wikipedia list of his books is probably sufficient.

I gotta say, this 'book' and the many similar that Bookman has published may be useful. And the amount of effort per word is wonderfully low - these lists probably generate a lot of value per time committed to the work.

Eliot Pattison's website is here. And for the record, his books set in Tibet were written in the following order:

THE SKULL MANTRA,
WATER TOUCHING STONE,
BONE MOUNTAIN,
BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS,
PRAYER OF THE DRAGON,
THE LORD OF DEATH,
and MANDARIN GATE. (saved you $1.31).

Saturday, December 23, 2017

TWIC: Catching up and Merry Christmas!

I've been giving exams and marking them and organizing grades to fit the bell curve I am expected to maintain and haven't spent much time working on Creativiti Project. and now, I have quite a backlog of links. Here ya go!

200+ Story prompts. These prompts, at a quick glance, didn't do anything for me, but I do like finding a prompt to start from.Ah, I just had another look and I take it back. These two, found quickly, have caught my attention:
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K. Wieland has a best of post and this one about story structure.From the latter is an interesting info-graphic which I have trimmed and snipped - see the full version at the link:
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Art and science at Nature Ecology and Evolution. Trimmed image - follow the link ...
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Depression reduces creativity.

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Websites for a 13 year old writing enthusiast.
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What all ( maybe some?) writers fear. For full comic, follow the link:
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I notice that my links have little to do with Christmas. Well, I still wish you a merry one and all that. Happy Festivus!
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Wait, one Christmasy Tweet!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TWIC: Broetry, education, notebooks

LinkedIn is where a new literary art form, Broetry, is appearing. This art form is social media's crowning achievement, so far.
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Educators and infographics tools.Also Tools to design games. And Comics creation tools.
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Reasons to keep a sketchbook or notebook.
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Pelee Island Spring Writing Workshop
.@dawn_kresan #peleeIsland #writers Coming up! @PeleeIslandBird #NatureWriting pic.twitter.com/lZHU8QjqG3