Project 52: Self Portraits

Frankly, I don’t like other people taking my picture. For some reason, their primary concern with the shot is not making sure my eyes sparkle and my double-chin is hidden.

I’ve only ever done arms-length or reflective self-portraiture. I’m becoming much more at peace with my tripod and my wonderful husband got me a remote shutter release for Christmas which opens up a world of new possibilities.

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Exploring the art of the self portrait. Different themes, styles and ideas for taking a photo of yourself, once a week, for a year.

What could you learn about yourself by getting closer to your own face, shape, light and shadow?

The Moods of the Delicious Miss Dahl

I posted the recipe for Sophie Dahl’s borscht recipe on my Creative Fat Grrl blog. Her cooking show was on the Food Network today. Unfortunately she only made six, it wasn’t given a second season. Which is a shame cause it was really good, elegant and glamorous but simple too. Each show was given a theme:

Selfish
Romance
Nostalgia
Melancholy
Escapism
Celebratory

If you were given your own half hour TV show, not necessarily a cooking show, how would create six episodes around each of the same themes?

The book above is Sophie Dahl’s cookbook/ personal essays. She based the cooking show on this book.

Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite

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I’ve changed all my blogs to the Clear Line theme now. It was pretty simple to customize and I really like the clean, open look to it. I had tried paid themes like Thesis and Headway and liked them too. I have been using Twenty Ten cause it was simple too. But I am really pleased with Clear Line now. Hope there are more great themes to follow from this site.

Focus and Angles

Being a writer is about using focus and angles. You keep your focus but you use up all the angles you can find.

For instance, take a topic like Christmas. How over done is that? Could you find something new to say about Christmas (a new angle) without forgetting who you are writing for and what you are writing about (your focus). Christmas would be a tough one but every year the magazines have flocks of articles for Christmas topics. Sure, many are the same old themes about not breaking your diet, coping with the stress of shopping, bills and family, etc. If you could come up with something new to pitch to the women’s magazines your chances of making a sale increase if you have a new angle and have not lost focus on your market.

I don’t seem to have trouble with angles. I enjoy being contrary, turning tables and looking at things in a new way. Focus, is where my trouble starts. I get looking at angles, some of them are way out there, and focus just gets lost in the brainstorm.

I like to think there are other writers out there with the opposite problem. They have all the focus keeping them grounded but they just can’t think of all the angles. While they are still working on angles I might have a chance to slip my angle in first and see my name on another cheque. My name looks so wonderful on cheques, I really should get more of them.