Monday, July 27, 2015

Art 5: The Nude Back

It’s been many years ago I drew this. It was a Life Drawing class where I learned a lot about the human body and drawing techniques. Though, my writing keeps me away from drawing, I still enjoy doing it when I get the chance.

The Nude Back is of a male model using charcoal. After doing some five minute sketches, I was able to draw this. I think it still needs some work, but it’s the best one from the group of drawings I did!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Writing Workshop 12: Random isn’t all Bad

During a poetry workshop, we were given different books of different genres. Our first assignment had the workshop leader provide us with five random words as inspiration to write a poem. Then, we had to randomly pick out five words either from the same book or from different sources.

I decided to choose from different sources and ended up titling the poem: 5 Words. The poem also got accepted on the e-zine, work to a calm. You can see the results of this process on the website. The italicized words were the five words I chose.

This is a great way to get the juices flowing to write a poem. You never know where the words might lead you to. I know I didn't when I started!
The five words can also help as writing warm-ups. So, don’t hesitate to try it when you get stuck. You never know when a story will appear.

p.s. There might not be a post added to my blog next week. My computer will be going through some maintenance. As always, please feel free to browse your favorite posts or go back and peruse ones you missed. Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quote 14

“If we all did things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
-Thomas Edison 

Recently, I read that a particular school was teaching students from kindergarten on up to learn binary code in order to prepare them for jobs in technology in the future.

It reminded me of how the government gave a lot of money to science and math programs after we landed on the moon.

Then, I read a quote like this and I think: hmm, do all children want to learn binary? Do all children want to go into high paying jobs? Do all children know what they want to do at that age? What is removed from the curriculum if we teach binary?

Yes, people should be allowed to make their own choices and providing experiences will help, but it shouldn’t be the ONLY alternative.

Some people need motivation and others don’t. Some people want to try different things.

Like Edison said, we can do anything we put our minds to and when we succeed in them, we feel pride and joy. I want to think I’m a capable writer and as I complete my novel, I can honestly look back and smile at what I accomplished. It’s like that with different things. I don’t have to be stuck doing one thing, I could have multiple talents. What’s important is to do them well =)