Bit of Advice

You don’t have to turn your blog inside out to create something utterly one-of-a-kind, but you should strive to make your own point of view clear in whatever you choose to blog about. It’s your voice that makes a post out of the ordinary.

The Daily Post

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

The Daily Post asks: Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture?

Beyond. What a great theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It works well for this shot I took with my iPhone in Egypt. In the foreground, the focus is a pile of rocks, but off into the distance, you’ll see iconic landmarks: two of the pyramids at Giza.

I hope you like my interpretation of “beyond”!

I Love WordPress

I love WordPress! Some links worth checking out:

  • WordPress for iOS: Designed for the iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad, this app makes it easier for me to share photos and write and edit posts on the go.
  • WordPress.com News: A blog I follow on all things WordPress.com, from new features and themes to cool sites and great writing in the community.
  • WordPress.org: The hub for self-hosted blogs and websites powered by WordPress software.
  • WordPress.tv: A resource of lectures, tutorials, and presentations focused on WordPress and the community, for blogging newbies to core developers. I’ve watched some insightful, helpful talks here.
  • WordCamp Central: The place to learn about community-organized events called WordCamps, put together by WordPress users worldwide.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s wonderful to see photographers on WordPress.com contributing guest photo challenges to The Daily Post. In this week’s photo challenge, Reflections, a photographer named Jared talks about using reflections in the composition of a photograph. He posted a fantastic image from the dock of a local park in which he used a mirror as a prop, creating an illusion within the frame.

I love how reflections in a photograph create a sense of duality and even surrealism. For my submission to this challenge, I’ve decided to share various photographs of reflections — in mirrors, on the surface of water, and through windows — and display them in a circle gallery. To me, the circle shape evokes a mirror, so this type of gallery seems appropriate.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

The folks at The Daily Post presented the WordPress.com community with a colorful photo challenge: Green. It’s a multi-photo challenge, so I’ve decided to display my collection of green shots in a slideshow.

I’ve taken all of these photographs when I’ve been out and about and on the go — from my travels through Europe to the Middle East. I’m happy to share these shades of green with you!

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Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

These questions from today’s daily prompt have stirred me.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Gertrude Stein:

When you get there, there isn’t any there there.

When I was 19, I moved to the French Riviera. A screenwriting major, I chose to study in Cannes. I wanted to intern at the international film festival and rub elbows with important people in the industry. I wanted to become fluent in French.

Soon, I’d be bilingual. And meet a director. Or a producer. It was my chance.

And so, I went to France. I had French classes in morning, I served coffee to celebrities, I carried sound equipment across the beach for TV crews, and watched movie premieres.

But ultimately, nothing materialized from the experience, or nothing tangible I could show for. When the semester ended, I went home. A year later, I graduated with a film degree, but eventually shoved my scripts in a drawer. End scene.
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