Thursday, January 31, 2013

Good News - Good Day

Jeremy was accepted to the Berklee College of Music! 

It's a good day. Please sing with me. 

"Good Day" by Chaotic Paradise: Jeremy Burton on guitar; Henk Plaggemars on vocals; Emma Pittsley on bass; Neil Deatrick on drums. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Have Ice Pics Will Travel

Another of my pictures is up on City Muse Country Muse today.
Thanks, Gina and Juliet!

Sunday, January 27, 2013


I took these pictures a couple weeks ago before the temperature dropped and the Red Cedar River froze over. Ice sculptures don't form unless there is  splashing water and freeze-thaw dripping.

ice dog

The ice started to crack under me as I knelt to take this shot.

Even though the day was overcast, these stalactites caught some light.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Overheard #238

"She was spitting bricks."

Monday, January 21, 2013


Our potted begonias are blooming. This year, I played with backlighting. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013


The grocery store had a sale on potted tête-à-tête narcissus.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Overheard #237

"All the chaperones tried to seize power. It was kind of like The Game of Thrones."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Character Arcs

Characters need to change as the novel progresses. Everyone knows that, yet it may be easier said than done. This method for tracking character arcs was presented by Kay Grimnes at our last critique group meeting.

  1. Write on a 3x5 card the emotional or mental starting place of the main character. Note the scene/dialog/action that demonstrates the character’s mindset.
  2. On the next 3x5 card, write the main character’s first emotional shift and the evidence for it.
  3. Continue with 3x5 cards to document how the character changes as the novel progresses.
  4. Repeat with all the main characters and some of the minor ones.

If you can’t do this, the novel needs some rethinking.

I plan to try this later in the week, complete with color-coding by character.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Ice blobs

The blurry specks in the last picture are falling snow.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Overheard #236

"That’s a mathematically proven fact. It’s not just conventional wisdom."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thank You, City Muse Country Muse

The picture of my snow whale is featured on Writer's Block Wednesday on Regina Gort's and Juliet Bond's blog, City Muse Country Muse

I send a big thanks to Gina and Juliet for using my photograph.

Also check out TimInMich's photoshop art of this picture.

Sunday, January 6, 2013




flying parrot


Here are my takes on these Rorschach tests. What are yours?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Overheard #235

"The best way to fight off zombies is to wake up."