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The Observer With A Lens

Mslazyboots in Himalayas wrote something that resonated with me. She said that:

“The more you document your life, the more you check in, you tweet, you blog, you capture moments, the more you do all of this stuff, the more you make stories out if it, and if you do that much, you become a spectator to your own life.” (Mslazyboots in Himalayas).

I like the proposition of using this blog to document my life. Not everything but most of it, especially the fun parts. The wandering and wondering parts. Especially where there are lots of photos to accompany it.

Then there is the part of becoming a spectator in my own life. The 1st position of being a part of it and also observing it, from 2nd position. That is an enticing prospect because of the insights from the past that I will get, and applying the learnings from that into what I do going forward.

That is why I blog and post photos.

Many times the words are inside me, roiling around, lost in my critical notions of what should see the light of day and what must remain in the dark, locked inside me, the depth of varying degrees, the conversation eclectic, chaotic and noisy.

When this happens no words come out and instead I post photos, like a silent 3rd position, the observer with a lens.

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
― Ansel Adams


Reblog: 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

I don’t like using the word ‘very’ for various reasons:

  • It sounds insincere
  • It is overused
  • It is not professional
  • <insert your own>

And yet there are times when that is the only word that I can come up with, almost like a shortcut. The problem with shortcuts is that they are context specific and subjective which can lead to a lack of understanding. So a quick way to communicate can turn out to be just the opposite.

I was delighted to read this morning Writers Write blog post on 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’ – click on the link to get a useful table of what words can be used instead.


The Dripping Thoughts

Writing is supposed to become easier when it is done to express rather than impress. With the latter, to impress, the inner critic comes out, editing in real-time. With the former, to express, it comes out easily and unfiltered. I might have mentioned in a post many moons ago that to write unfiltered takes courage…because…

…and every day I pick up the quill, gingerly dip it into the slippery inkwell of inspiration to catch dripping thoughts before they fall away into the dark depths of the soul.


3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2 – On Writing

Stephen King quote

This is the second day of the 3-day quote challenge, nominated by Vasantha from My Sweet Nothings.

Here is how this challenge works:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Post one of your favorite quotes (a different quote on each day) for three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own. Remember acknowledge the source.
  • Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

I will nominate 3 bloggers tomorrow…or not. Maybe I will challenge all of you to post 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days. I will let you know tomorrow 😉


The Sincerest Form of Flattery

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Sincerest Form of Flattery.”

Looked at, looked over and photographed, these two beauties lay there, serenely, their serenity belying their true power underneath the hood just waiting to be unleashed to race freely and becoming…

At the end of the day, their job done, their powerful growls grabbed the attention of everyone within hearing distance. From all over the square heads popped out of windows to admire the two beasts drive off into the weekend traffic.

Maclaren and Lamborghini…one day when I am big…(sigh)