Hey everyone, how’s it going? Still plugging along here. Along with working on editing the book and learning languages, I finally started taking all the pictures off my phone and uploading them to Flickr. I didn’t really add anything to Flickr since just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit here last March, so I’ve had almost a year’s worth of pictures to sort and upload! As of yesterday I managed to upload pictures up to the middle of May last year; I’ll keep working at getting through the rest as I have time this week. 🙂
What sparked that was being invited to take part in an alphabet photo challenge for the month of February by one of my Flickr friends. I haven’t really been taking pictures in a long time (especially of Lego Minifigures), so I decided to participate. I’ve used minifigures for an alphabet challenge once before (the only other alphabet challenge I’ve done), but this time I decided to do a series of minifigure portraits similar to the pictures in my The Faces of Lego album on Flickr. I planned out what minifigures I’m going to use over the weekend. If you’re interested in following along, you can find the album for Minifigure Alphabet 2.0 here:
I’ll be taking and adding the second picture to the album after work this evening. 🙂
Oh, this week I also found a new language learning app that I am going to try: LinQ. LinQ’s website says it has a big library of content for language learners in a variety of languages; what specifically attracted me to it was that Ukrainian is one of the listed languages on it (I’ve been having a hard time finding Ukrainian language content). Unfortunately I didn’t see much on the app either (especially compared to French), but I’m hoping that will change once I get beyond the very beginnings. We’ll see how it goes!
It took quite a bit longer than I expected, but I have now edited and posted the Day 2 pictures I took at ThunderCon last weekend! The Day 1 pictures were all posted to both Facebook and my Flickr page straight out of the camera (I wanted to get them up on Facebook that night so there were pictures showing people what they missed and might look forward to on Day 2). But the Day 2 photos included some pictures for ThunderCon sponsors (which have not been posted anywhere), so I wanted to make sure they looked good. My dad sat down with me to help with the photo editing on Friday night, then I finished up on Saturday (it took all day, on and off, to get through them all!) I also created a watermark for my Day 2 pictures (the SK Photography logo pictured). The pictures are all on both ThunderCon’s Facebook and my Flickr page, so check them out if you have a minute!
So now that ThunderCon is over, I’m turning my attention to the big project I mentioned in June: I’ve been contracted to edit a nonfiction book! 🙂 I’m super excited about it (and kind of terrified because it’s so much bigger than anything I’ve edited before). I’m also writing a chapter that’ll appear in the book, so all around it’s a very exciting project for me. 🙂
My first order of business though is to figure out how to write the chapter in an engaging way. I finished a first draft a little while ago, and right now it’s very boring to read (it’s literally just the timeline of events typed up into prose). I started researching how to improve my prose in earnest yesterday; I even asked Twitter for some advice on the subject (but haven’t received any replies). I think a lot of my problem is that I’m writing about a place rather than people; writing about people usually lends itself a bit more to story (in my mind anyway). So yesterday I started reading the other chapters in an attempt to see how everything will fit together as a whole (and to see what exactly the story is that we’re all telling).
Have you ever written any nonfiction? How did you make your prose engaging? And as always, what are you working on? 🙂
No #WriteTuesday this week – I didn’t get anything done because of ThunderCon. I was the official event photographer, so that meant I got to wander around with my camera and take pictures of everything. It was exhausting but a lot of fun! I took over 1000 pictures on my Nikon for the event! Plus some more on my phone which went on the ThunderCon Twitter account (@TBayThunderCon). A lot of them are doubles (I shot multiples of most things so I could use the best ones); I’ll only be posting the best ones. Right now the day 1 pictures (straight out of the camera – I did not do any touch-ups on them) are posted on ThunderCon’s Facebook page; I also posted most of them on my Flickr Photostream (ThunderCon asked for pictures of the booths – the booth pictures without people in them are not on my Photostream). I’m hoping to get the day 2 pictures (straight out of the camera) up soon!
Oops, I was busy with some training for work over the last few days; I thought I had posted yesterday, but it looks like I forgot! Sorry! 😦
Last week I made my first Friday post on Sustainably North! I chose to post a quote from David Suzuki and Ian Hanington’s book Just Cool It! The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do About It. I had a bit of a hard choosing a background for the quote. I originally wanted to use a picture I have of skunk cabbage, because looking for skunk cabbage is such a spring activity. But the background was too busy to put text in front of it, and I ended up going with this lake scenic instead. I was originally going to change the background picture up monthly, but now I think I’ll probably use that background for the remainder of the spring, then maybe choose something else for the summer. I’m not quite sure if I should write more of a post accompanying the quote (like explaining why I chose the quote), or just kind of leave them like this – what do you think (or what do you do if you post quotes on your blog)?
After that, I got a few more posts for Sustainably North finished/polished/scheduled, including Monday’s post on Thunder Bay’s bike lanes. Once that was done, I went through Sustainably North’s categories and fixed them up. When I first started the blog, I made categories all willy-nilly; now that the blog is a year old, I have a better idea of the kinds of categories I want it to have. I paired them down to ten, leaving a few as-is and combining a few others. I’m hoping the categories I chose are more relevant than the ones I had before. I’m planning on reevaluating them in the future to see if they’re working or not.
Reorganizing Sustainably North’s blog categories also made me think about maybe doing the same for An Acquaintance with Letters. I have so many categories here and a lot of them probably don’t need to exist (like all the sub-categories for different writing and game projects).
Since this weekend is a long weekend, I’m actually planning on working on the story for the Make Your Way Anthology! I’m rather excited to take a break from Sustainably North (with the hope of actually finishing a first draft!) I’ll let you know how that goes next week. What are your plans for the coming week? Also, I hope you have a Happy Easter! 🙂
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!