Halloween Fonts

I was looking at fonts for Halloween today. I like the new feature (new to me at least) that lets you type in your own text to try out the fonts. I used it on three I liked and then cut and pasted a banner from them. Nice way to get a banner without downloading or installing the font myself.

You can see the fonts and the sites I picked at Scoop.It: Halloween Creativity

Writing wants to be Written

The brain enjoys writing. It enjoys the act of naming things, the process of association and discernment. Picking words is like picking apples: this one looks delicious. Writing – and this is a big secret – wants to be written. Writing loves a writer the way God loves a true devotee. Writing will fill your heart if you let it. It will fill your pages and help to fill your life.

– Julia Cameron.

30 Day Challenge

This is a 30 day blogging challenge. Mainly for personal bloggers as the questions are all about you – who you are, what you like and what you are like.

Here is the list of the each day if you’d like to try it yourself!

  • Day 1-Introduce yourself and give 15 interesting facts
  • Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
  • Day 3-Your first love
  • Day 4-Your parents
  • Day 5-Your siblings
  • Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
  • Day 7-Favorite movies
  • Day 8-A place you’ve traveled to
  • Day 9-A picture of your friends
  • Day 10-Something you’re afraid of
  • Day 11-Favorite TV shows
  • Day 12-What you believe
  • Day 13-Goals
  • Day 14-A picture you love
  • Day 15-Bible verse
  • Day 16-Dream house
  • Day 17-Something you’re looking forward to
  • Day 18-Something you regret
  • Day 19-Something you miss
  • Day 20-Nicknames
  • Day 21-Picture of yourself
  • Day 22-Favorite city
  • Day 23-Favorite vacation
  • Day 24-Something you’ve learned
  • Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
  • Day 26-Picture of your family
  • Day 27-Pets
  • Day 28-Something that stresses you out
  • Day 29-3 Wishes
  • Day 30-A picture

via It’s Good to be Queen: 30 Day Challenge.

Rephotography

Rephotography is the act of repeat photography of the same site, with a time lag between the two images; a “then and now” view of a particular area. Some are casual, usually taken from the same view point but without regard to season, lens coverage or framing. Some are very precise and involve a careful study of the original image. Long a technique for scientific study, especially of changing ecological systems, it became formalized as a form of photographic documentary in the middle 1970s.

via Rephotography – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Could you find an old postcard or other photograph of your town, street or some area and create a ‘then and now’ rephotograph? I think getting the position just right would be tricky and take some real patience, likely several practice shots before you could hit it just right.

Other places to find rephotography:

Flickr: Rephotography
Flickr: Now and Then
Flickr: BBC Turn Back Time
Flickr: Paris Then and Now
Flickr: Vancouver “Then and Now”
Design Observer: Views Across Time
Thomas May Photography: Then and Now
Retronaut: Rephotographing St. Petersburg
Wired: Gadget Lab: Camera Software Lets You See into the Past
Web Designer Depot: Then and Now Portrait Photography by Irina Werning
Fourmilab: The Craft of “Then and Now” Photography

Horror Flash Fiction Contest

From Haley Whitehall:

I am hosting a horrific flash fiction contest. Here are the rules: Warning they are stricter than a challenge.

  • Genre: Horror or any genre with a strong element of horror
  • Word count: It MUST be 500 words or less
  • How to share: You can put it up on your blog and link here or (if you don’t have a blog) you can email it to me through the contact form and I’ll put it in a post for you.
  • Time limit: It must be posted by Halloween.
  • Prize: YES there is a prize! Keep reading.
  • Multiple Submissions? While I accept multiple submissions for my flash fiction challenges you can only enter ONE story in the contest.

via Horror Flash Fiction Contest.

What will you write? How will you write it? Flash fiction is short, 500 words is pretty lengthy for it. Could you write it in 250? 100? or even 50?

The Nutshell Principles

The Nutshell Principles

1. Start very small.

2. Do only one change at a time.

3. Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results).

4. Be grateful for every step you take.

via » How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines :zenhabits.

Making change is not easy. Like breaking a habit, it takes will power, focus and patience too. If you look too far ahead the job of changing seems too big to attempt. Many things seem bigger before you have begun doing them. It takes that spark of getting started to push yourself into change. I like the Nutshell Principles, especially starting small, giving yourself a goal you feel you can reach right from the start. We are likely to succeed when we believe we can!