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#WriteTuesday – Taking Some Me Time

This week I’m trying to slow life down a bit to get caught up with things that I’ve been putting off.  To that end, on Sunday I finally uploaded the pictures I took from the second day of ThunderCon to Flickr (they’re in this album), as well as all the pictures I’ve taken with my phone over the last few months.  You can find all of my pictures on my Flickr photostream. 🙂

While going through my pictures (specifically the ThunderCon ones), I was a bit sad that some of them really didn’t work out.  I’m hoping to be able to work on taking better pictures, specifically of people in low light settings, so if I’m taking pictures for them again next year my pictures will be better in the future.  That being said, I still got some fantastic shots (especially of the Fire Eater, but he was outside so I think that helped a lot!)

Along with slowing down a bit, I’m also trying to take this week to kind of reset myself both mentally and physically.  Over the weekend I was eating a ton of pizza (as well as just way too much on Saturday night at a Christmas party).  So today I went to buy some mandarin oranges (they’re my favourite holiday treat!) and some ingredients I need for some no bake energy bites that are great to snack on.  If you follow me on Twitter you may have also seen a few Tweets I’ve sent to  – I signed up for her 30 Day Challenge, which sends you a 15 minute workout every day for 30 days.  I’ve felt super sedentary over the last few months, so I’m hoping to be a bit more active and healthier with her help.  So far her workouts have been pretty great!

On the writing side of things, this week has been rather quiet.  I went for coffee with my brother last Tuesday and mentioned the worldbuilding kinks I’ve been working through with City of the Dead.  As we were talking, he gave me some fantastic ideas, so now I need to see how well they actually work with the setting.  Unfortunately these ideas may have some far reaching consequences for both the setting and the specific story I’m working on for the Make Your Way anthology , so that’s set the story back a bit.  But hopefully I’ll be able to work through everything and be back to writing soon!

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ThunderCon 2018

This weekend was ThunderCon! ThunderCon is Thunder Bay’s fan convention that’s been at the Valhalla Inn every fall since its inception in 2015.  Like last year (which I apologize, I totally didn’t blog about last year), I went with Scott of Guilty Pleasures Cinema; he was shooting footage for ThunderCon ads, and I was taking stills.

I haven’t looked at any of my pictures from Day 2 yet, but here are some of my favourite shots from Day 1:

Bilbo and Gandalf on an adventure

We found Bilbo Baggins on a quest with Gandalf!

Darth Jar Jar and Anubis fighting

Anubis fighting Darth Jar Jar.

Predator lounging in a chair

The Predator lounging on a chair.

Klingons and Dr. Stevil sharing a moment

Klingons from the Klingon Assault Group with Dr. Stevil.


For day 2, I knew some friends of mine were dressing up as characters from Final Space, so I decided to dress up as Gary in civilian clothes.

Final Space crew at ThunderCon

Me with friends dressed up as Final Space characters.


me as Gary from Final Space with cookie

Me as Gary from Final Space with a cookie.

doodle of me as Gary from Final Space with cookie

There was a guy doing $1 doodles, so I got him to doodle the cookie pose!


You can find all the pictures I took from 2018 here on Flickr (the album will be updated with the pictures from Day 2!) And since I didn’t post about it last year, here are all the 2017 pictures, too.

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Updating!

Over the last little while, I’ve decided to revamp my website.  I am planning on going to a couple of game conferences this fall and want everything in top shape before I go.  I started by reactivating the blog Shauna’s World!.  I moved all of the photography blog posts from my website to there and will be posting photography-related things there.  I then moved most of the remaining posts to this blog.  An Acquaintance with Letters was originally started for a school project.  Once than project ended, I had no idea what to do with this blog.  But I liked the url, which prompted me to move everything over here.  So this is now going to be my writing blog.

You may be wondering why I decided to remove my blog from my personal website.  When I originally started that blog, I thought it would be a good way to keep all of my information centralized.  And while that’s true, I felt that the blog had no real purpose; most of my posts were photography-related (thanking people for buying prints from Red Bubble more often than not).  So I decided to split the photography and writing to see what happens. 

I also decided that my web page would be better served without a blog.  Rather than trying to keep that blog updated with relevant posts, I am going to keep it as a purely informational page.  I think it will be much stronger as a result.

So you’ll continue to see updates there if you visit.  And I hope you enjoy the new content here as well.

-Shauna

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“Spring Photography”

My seventh Library Detective column was published today in the Chronicle Journal under the title “Picture-perfect photography books.” This time I decided to talk about my photography hobby, linking photography with spring because there are so many amazing things to photograph this time of year. But while I was writing that article we had a large snowstorm, making spring seem much further away than it really is; that prompted me to open with the line “The signs are everywhere: the lakes and rivers are melting, the trees are sprouting leaves and we know the flowers are eventually going to bloom.” While we still don’t have any flowers blooming, the large snow fall has pretty much disappeared so I know blooms are immanent!

If you’re interested in giving my article a read, you can find it here on the Thunder Bay Public Library’s Library Detective blog.

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Speak Out with Your Geek Out: Lego Photography

When I first decided to participate in Speak Out With Your Geek Out, I immediately thought about writing something else. Maybe on video games, because I love playing them, or roleplaying. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to write about my Lego photography.

I’m not exactly quiet about the Lego photography, especially online. My banner is a picture of some of my minifigures (or “minifigs” for the uninitiated). What started as a quick distraction from my studies quickly bloomed into an all-out hobby. I absolutely love dreaming up pictures with my minifigs, especially out in the real world. Athough that is admittedly a problem at times; when I see new minifigs I then need them for a new pic idea!

Ironically, while I love taking pictures of the minifigs, I don’t really like using a full Lego setting (except in particular cases, such as “And Look at the Two of Us” or “Lenora as Rapunzel – Let Down Your Hair!“. My favourite shots are ones in the real world, particularly out in a natural setting. I love finding the perfect background for a certain minifig, especially when it is coupled with the perfect focus/composition (for examples of some of my faves, check out “So Be It, Jedi,” “Squid Warrior” and “Some Fishing Action“).

But sometimes heading outside isn’t very practical. So I use a set-up with a black clipboard as the background and a flashlight for my lighting (see my set “The Faces of Lego” for examples of this set-up). I’m always amazed when I look back on that set as it shows how much I’ve grown as a photographer; the older shots aren’t as refined as the more recent ones.

Another awesome benefit from my Lego pics is all of the wonderful friends I have made on Flickr. I am always inspired by their own photos and thankful for their inspiring comments.

So if you have a camera, why not give Lego photography a try? Lego’s made it super easy to start with their Minifigures series (Series 5 is currently out). And if there’s a certain special minifig you’re after, be sure to check out BrickLink! But if you’d rather just browse, be sure to check out one of Flickr’s Lego groups, like Lego or Lego Adventures. There you’ll find tons of fun images from fantastic photographers.

And if you see me out taking pictures with my minifigs, be sure to say hi! 🙂

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