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God bless America, land that I love. Land of the free, home of the brave, unhinged social media users that take a traditionally monumental occasion and add a little... spice.
Hello to whoever is reading this! First of all I hope that you have enjoyed the holidays however which way you spent it during this crazy time! Also, Happy New Year and here's to the first post of 2021! If you're reading this, it's probably because you were like me when I first started querying, went on google and searched "How to Write a Query Letter." Or, if you're really like me you initially searched, "How the #### do I write a query letter?!"
I recently stumbled across my answers to some Courageous Living exercises from Your Courageous Life by the wonderful Kate Courageous (Kate Swoboda). They were written as a predictive vision of my best possible self, many years ago, and at the risk of great personal embarrassment I’ve decided to post them here.
I stopped to ask myself, where have you been all this time? Then I look more closely, at your youth, your vibrancy, your clarity and purpose of mind.
So, I'm a photographer. A pro, a professional. Someone who gets paid for their work. (Often the only difference between a pro and and none pro is Public Liability insurance and a tax return. Having that 'Pro' status doesn't make anyone better than anyone else. I'm under no illusion! )
I'm a newbie writer. Sure in the past I've written some short stories and kept them to myself. Initially, it changed from personal files on my hard disk to Blogger.com, where I kept my writings in private mode since I'm not the kind of person who shares my thoughts in public. Last year, I joined Medium during the lockdown, but my writing there was short-lived because it was not clear to me, the list of features that Medium supports, especially as an Indian writer (Medium Partner Program made too many changes for writers from India, Brazil, etc.). So, I was mostly writing on Medium to keep up with my passion for writing and not for audience or rewards.
Motörhead, one of the greatest heavy metal rock bands in the world, were playing the northern English seaside town of Southport. It was September 26, 1987.
Choosing a tattoo is remarkably easy, or impossibly hard. You either know exactly what you want, or have no idea what you'd like, just that you know you definitely want a tattoo.
When we launched Challenges one year ago today, we could never have anticipated the milestones we’d reach. What started off as a new way to encourage creativity and reward creators to think outside the box and participate in competitions across topics and interests, quickly evolved into so much more—thanks to you.
In February 2018, when Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket left Earth, it was carrying an unlikely payload. A cherry-red Tesla Roadster and a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit occupied the driver’s seat.
It’s been a few years since I got away from my friends. It’s not that I’ve gotten rid of them, it’s just that sometimes people’s priorities shift in opposite directions.
About 280 light years from Earth, a world of molten magma orbits one of the oldest stars in the galaxy. This exoplanet, 50 percent larger than the Earth, whips around its star at a breathtaking clip.
Wordpress is the de-facto tool of bloggers and many businesses, large and small. You may be wondering whether you should use WordPress or you might be using it and wondering why it so hard to use sometimes. I’ve been working with WordPress since 2010 when I bought my first domain name. The last time I fact checked using Google, there were 75 million WordPress websites on the Internet. Seventy-five million with a capital M. That’s a crap-load of sites. It is by far the most popular content management system around. No surprise Sherlock. The fact that it’s free is appealing, but I think its flexibility is what makes it so popular. Still, my relationship with WordPress is a bit of a love-hate affair and I’m about to tell all.
What a writer can learn from art Writing is one of the activities of a ‘creative’ mind. So it stands to reason that one who writes also does other things that fall into the ‘creative’ realm. In fact, the writers I know have many diverse interests.
I had just finished my bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering when I decided to dive deep into the field of Artificial Intelligence.
In his book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the non-wealthy.
If you were in a time-traveling machine that needed excess speed to actually time travel, like the car from the movie Back to the Future, and you accidentally hit someone, killing the person, would you go to the authorities or simply flee the scene? Yes, it would be a horrible thing to do. So, should time travelers be exempt from accidentally killing someone while in the process of time traveling? That would be a big no, but a tragic incident like that could happen when time-traveling or, at least, when time travel becomes possible.
There's something really nice about being a part of a fandom. Personally, I am a part of the Bob Dylan fan culture (the Bobcats), the Michael Jackson fan culture (the Moonwalkers), the 50s Rockabilly fan culture and various movie and literature fan cultures. It is a lovely place to make friends online with people who are interested in the same things as you. This is why I hardly ever really feel lonely because it is like I always have at least one person to talk to out of all of these. But when I'm on social media, I also engage with these cultures in a healthy manner, we simply talk about the theories of songs, or book and film recommendations - apart from that, it doesn't go much further.
A single brown leaf was swept up as a soft breeze weaved through the branches. The sun had set much earlier than usual; it would soon be time to leave.
The journey over the ridge to the forest was a peaceful but long journey. The sun was setting quickly. Golden rays blended with shades of pinks and blues that trickled through the trees. Aside from a light chill the evening was nearly perfect for a night hunt.