Values

I’ve given myself this Copyblogger Challenge. The warm up for the year of challenges is to write about your values. I’m not in the mood to tackle something less than concrete right now. I feel frustrated, over burdened, and stuck in place. It’s my values which are in part to blame.

Values don’t always make you feel good. They can be too much to live up to. But, the ideals still matter so we just keep on trying. Once in awhile things catch up, in a good way. Then you can take a breath, feel you have done well by yourself, and … what? Self satisfaction is about it. If you go looking for, or expect gratitude from others, you’re likely to be disappointed. People may be grateful but tend not to express it, or not express it in the way you wanted.

Values have to be a thing you do for yourself, because that’s how you want to live.

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Courtesy
  • Exploring
  • Creating
  • Ingenuity

The list could get longer, but that’s enough today.

Courtesy can be the hardest value to stick with. It sounds simple. Being polite to others. Thinking of others. Putting others first, in moderation. There’s the tricky part, moderation, and deciding where that line is. Where does courtesy and putting others first cross the lines between selfishness and self-sacrifice? It’s a personal choice, more likely based on feelings than facts.

Start the challenge (it began in January so this is a late start in November) yourself.

From the Copyblogger Content Excellence Challenge:

The exercise is to write out a list of 5–10 values that matter to you. Keep this list somewhere handy, and look it over from time to time.

You might write about:

  • What the value means to you
  • A quick memory or story
  • Frustrations with the value
  • Mixed feelings about the value

This writing is just for you, so write about what’s real, not what you think you should write.

A Flower in 55 Words

Write your favourite flower into a 55 word flash fiction story. Aim for exactly 55 words, not one more, or less. If you don’t have a favourite flower, or can’t pick just one, use the flower for the month of your birth or the flower for your province (Ontario is the trillium).

Happy Weather

It’s raining here today. Not a real rain I could admire from the window. Just a half-hearted rain I wish would become a little bossier in the atmosphere. I love a really good rain. What kind of weather makes you feel good?

Tension

When I think of tension I think, surface tension. I remember a film about spiders which showed one sitting on top of the water in a glass. The hair on it’s legs created surface tension which kept it from getting wet in the water. It could just sit on the surface, due to surface tension.

I think it’s a great illustration for tension. Any change to the elements involved and the spider would begin to sink, need to swim or grab the edge of the glass to prevent itself from drowning. Tension is like that. The moment before, or the balance between, something else happening. Tension can change your story. As a writer I think you can use tension to develop your plot in ways you hadn’t planned on at the beginning. It brings so many new possibilities and reactions.

Tension is something about to change and that’s exciting.

tension

Found on: Get Scribbling

Your Monster in Your Haunted House

happy-halloweenCreate your own haunted house.

Plan the layout, the type of rooms, the design and colours. Write about the street appeal and what people see, hear, smell and sense from out on the street.

Then, create the monster living in the house, the surprise in the centre of the maze of rooms and storytelling. What happened to create this monster and what will happen in the future? Do things get better or worse for your monster in your haunted house?

Art from: ASCII Artist.com

Cats Only Meow at Humans?

No wonder some people have a fear or suspicion of cats. Doesn’t this just make you want to ask cats what they really are up to?

What does meow really mean…?

Cats only meow at humans. While they do make noises and use body language to other cats and animals, the only animals that they actually meow at are humans.

Source: 15 Weird Communication Methods Of Animals And Humans – neekly – neekly

Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver?

An AI moral dilemma for you today. How will automated cars perform when they have to make a quick, important decision? Does the passenger/ driver of the car come first, not to mention the vehicle itself? Or, will the car risk destroying itself and the people inside the car rather than risk people or animals in the road? It may not always be people, it could be a large animal like a moose or deer.

How should designers of the vehicle set up the car? There wouldn’t be enough time for the manual driver to kick in and take over. So it would be a decision the car would make. But, based on what? What input would be programmed in to the car?

An interesting question.

The moral dilemma is whether car would calculate to turn into the barrier or off the road to minimize casualties if there are more people at danger ahead than in the vehicle.

Source: Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver if a Group of Pedestrians Suddenly Appears?

His Body was Never Found…

I started reading a post about someone else, a woman who married a man younger than herself. Later he visited Asia and…. his body was never found.

Stories like that are creepy and creepier when it isn’t fiction. Whatever happened to…

Well, what did happen to the man (or woman) in the story of your own invention? Create a character and a back story then end it with “his body was never found”. But because it’s fiction and your own story you can slip in the details, discovered via time machine far in the future, about what really did happen to poor, old…. what’s-his-name.

Image source: Theos Casimir Bernard – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Toys Travelling Around the World

Over the years I’ve seen a few of these objects being sent around the world and photographed’ projects. Rubber ducks, stuffed toys, even a bra have been among the objects. Is there a name for this? Seems there should be by now.

Can you come up with something creative and uniquely you to send around the world on a journey like this?

Source: Give Your Stuffed Toy a Break and Make It Travel Around Japan With Unagi Travel | When On Earth – For People Who Love Travel