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

InkTober

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Source: The InkTober Initiative – Mr Jake Parker

Late to start for this round but no reason you can’t join in, unofficially. Don’t add the pressure to catch up, just enjoy the challenge and do what you can until the end of the month.

 

You can choose to draw, doodle or write a picture in words. Take a look at the others involved and get your own inspiration.

Copyright Traps

How could you use a copyright trap in other creative work, like writing and photography? It’s not like a watermark for photos but a way to prove the work is your own from something only you would know was an error.

The more likely story, though, is that Argleton was an example of a copyright trap, which cartographers have long used to catch would-be thieves from stealing their hard work. In this case, either Google was laying the bait for a competitor (hey, Bing?) or the mystery town was inserted in analog form long ago by Tele Atlas, the Netherlands-based company that supplied Google Maps with its initial framework.

Source: D E C E P T O L O G Y: Why digital maps killed the town of Argleton

#RealisticDisneyPlots Can You Think of More?

Parents protest new junior Survivor-style reality TV show hosted by nanny, Mary Poppins.

Sleeping Beauty Fashions quietly closes the doors as Prince Charming comes out of the closet -opens his own start up.

Surgery successful to reattach Arthur’s arm after election stunt. Museum expects sword to be returned to stone.

Cinderella missing since shoe shopping incident. Step-sisters claim she was depressed and off her medication.

Snow White claims it was all a bad apple. Little people still demand compensation for bullying. Queen has no comment. #RealisticDisneyPlots

I posted these to Twitter. They were fun to think up. What spin can you give to a Disney movie?

Strangers in Your Dreams

Everyone does dream, even if you believe you have never dreamed, you do. People may not remember their dreams when they wake up. I begin to forget even vivid dreams once I’m awake. It bugs me. Some of the dreams are pretty great, some a very weird and some can be scary or at least mysterious.

Can you still remember the oddest dream you ever had?

What person would you never expect to see in your sleeping dreams?

You may think about famous people in your daydreams but it’s more interesting when someone famous, unusual or fictional turns up in our dreams.

I had a dream where I was doing something with Keanu Reeves. I can’t remember what we were doing now. Other people were there, people I do know, people I can remember from the past (some of them deceased now) and people I don’t remember at all.

What is the Heaviest Thing?

What is the heaviest thing you can think of? Start with real things and move your way into creative imagination.

Would a grey whale be heavier than a 100 year old oak tree?

What if the tree were growing at the bottom of the ocean and the weight of all that water pressure counted?

What if the grey whale were swimming in outer space for years, weightless but then crash landed on Earth with all our gravity?

Carry on with your own ideas or start with your own ideas and see where (and how far) they take you.

Celebrate Yourself Today

Here you are, on this particular day on this particular planet and at this particular time. Pretty good, eh? You may have some problems going on. You may owe money, not own a home or need to deal with unhappy people in your life. There are always problems. If you look for them you can find them quickly and easily. But, for today, at least part of today, stop looking.

Take one day to enjoy, celebrate yourself and what you do have. Think about the good things, the last great book you read, the little bug you noticed last time you had a walk somewhere, the dishwasher is all loaded up and running without you having to a thing more. There are always good things. We make so many of them seem small while we blow up the negative things. Stop that. Appreciate the good things, take the time to enjoy having good things.

Celebrate yourself most of all today. Right now it’s a sunny day outside. Fresh and clean from the rain yesterday, a nice drizzle it was. It’s Sunday so most people don’t need to go anywhere or do anything they don’t want to do. A few household chores to accomplish and the day is yours.

Take what you have right now and be happy with it. Not because there could be doom and gloom on the horizon (don’t threaten yourself) but because it’s here, right now and it’s good!

Throw Something Out Today

We keep too much and then get overwhelmed by what we have. Pick something to throw out today. Recycle it if you can but remove it from your home and your life.

Something already garbage does not count. Be fair and give yourself a break.

Get creative.

Give up on fixing something broken. Find a way to give it to someone else (like leaving it at the bottom of the road for someone else to pick up).

Give away something you have not used in years. Consider trinkets and gadgets gathering dust. Offer them to family and friends so someone else can get more use out of them.

Use old stationary to write a letter to someone. The catch is you have to mail it today rather than leave it for tomorrow.

However you do it, remove one piece of clutter from your life today.