And then I agreed with myself that I should do just that. Right now. In this here post.
- Firstly, my blog friend Becca has done an excellent series on writing on her blog. If you're interested in writing fiction, this series will become a go-to place for information on all things plot and character growth. (Click on "series on writing" above to start at the beginning.)
Nextly, Jennifer of Conversion Diary sent me some must-read book titles. Because I adore Jennifer, her wisdom and talent, I share them with you now:
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.
- (His book The Fire in Fiction is a must-read too.)
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. To give you an idea for the feel of it, here's a blog post the author wrote on a similar subject:Cover the Canvas
Some other books on writing that I recommend are:
I thought this would be a good time to answer some questions about my photos. I don't really know why it would be a good time, but not a lot of things I think make much sense. SO. I'm often asked how I get my pictures to look the way they do on my blog. I want you to know that I can take very little credit for that. I use a fancy Nikon that takes good pictures pretty much on its own. It's a Nikon D60 digital SLR. (No, Nikon has nothing to do with this post. I'm just telling you things of my own free will today.)
After my camera takes good pictures, I edit them on Picnik.com. I love me some picnik. It's free (unless you want to spend a little extra for more editing options, which I do) and so easy and fun to use. Most of the time I use only the 'exposure' and 'colors' features. Then I add the "watermark" (The EO) to my photos by clicking 'Create' and then 'text'. Sometimes I round the corners under 'create' and 'frames' and that's about it.
Here's an example of the difference:
(picnik is not sponsoring this post. Again, I spread the picnik love simply because I want to.)
Since I don't know what any of the tiny numbers and buttons and flidgets and woozers are on my fancy camera, I was happy to learn more about them recently while at the Casual Blogger Conference. I went to a session on Photography with Lolli from Better in Bulk. For the first time, photography lingo made sense to me. Lolli simplified the information in a way that was very informative without being overwhelming. Even if you weren't there, you can find the information she shared over on her blog, here.
Just so you know, I now understand what words like aperture and bokeh mean, thanks to Lolli. So when I'm around really good photographers from now on, I'm just going to randomly work this knowledge into conversation. The person'll be all like, "So what do you do?" and I'll be all, "BOKEH!" Because that means something about the aesthetic quality of the unfocused parts of a photo, and I think it sounds fancy.
I found the video below a while back through a link on Twitter. Of course I can't remember who had it up on their site because social media will crowd a girl's brain if she's not careful. Apparently, I was not careful.
Anyway, I love this creative song and video and because photography and writing are ARTS, I share it with you today:
Get ready to shimmy your shoulders...