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A conversation with author Christina Jeter

Christina Jeter, the author of the e-book “Celebrate Being You,” discusses her work with Creative Dreamers.

This book is a celebration of the diversity of the world and how it helps us thrive, in doing so, it should always be celebrated and never depreciated!!

Cover image of “Celebrate Being You” from Amazon.com.

CD: What made you decide to write this book?

Christina: Overcoming the troubles of my childhood and adolescents made me write this book. I wanted to show the greatness in a child and how it should be nurtured not demolished by an adult!

CD: How long did it take you to write it, from idea to completed project?

Christina: It took me about 3 years to put the idea together. The reason being is because I just came into being informed about the history of the people I used in it.

CD: So it took a lot of research?

Christina: Yes, I read the books about them (people in the book), talked to the authors, visited museums and other historical land marks. I prayed and felt I talked to them spiritually.

CD: What was the most challenging thing about writing it?

Christina: Making sure it focused on shaming the attacker (bully) instead of shaming the victim of bullying! I wanted to show how you can overcome with words and knowledge, but also be able to physically protect yourself from injustice.

CD: How about the most rewarding part?

Christina: The most rewarding part was bringing it to life and completing it. I sent it out to people before I published it and got great reviews. I hope to one day do some readings and signings at various Barnes and Noble stores and maybe even make it into a picture book, cartoon, TV series, etc!!!

CD: If there was one thing you would hope your readers take away for reading it, what would that be?

Christina: Never be ashamed about who you are! GOD doesn’t make mistakes. We all contribute to the beauty of the world. We are all super heroes. Everyone – please keep inspiring inspiration.

More info:

Christina hopes to get her book into various underprivileged schools. “Celebrate Being You” can be purchased through Amazon.com. She can be contacted my media pr fans or with any questions via e-mail at jeter@cjeter.com.

When art and science collide

With the possible exception of images you might see in publications like “National Geographic” or the fact that we know music is intrinsically linked to mathematics, we probably don’t usually thing of mixing art and science. However, some really fine works of art are often inspired by science. The photos below are a perfect example.

These amazing shots are actually magnified images of activities occurring at the cellular level of our human anatomy. Very cool.

A human cell infected by a virus:

Human neural stem cells:

Human egg fertilization:

Art instruction in a digital world

In an age when nearly everybody uses the Internet, and in times when arts programs in schools and all across society are being threatened by financial uncertainty, there are some new options out there to both learn about the arts and correspond with others who enjoy them as well.

And the best part is, such options are often global and can be utilized from the comfort of your own home.

One example is the website Art Safari 101.

art instruction

Do your artistic interests fall into any of the following categories?:

Drawing 

Painting

Music and other performing arts

Video and video editing

Photography and photo editing

Creative writing

If so, this might just be a good fit for you.

The artistry of athletics

Perhaps it’s because of my Pittsburgh roots (it’s a huge sports town), or maybe it’s the “guys’ guy” side of my personality, or then again maybe it’s something completely different. Whatever the case may be, I am a definite sports fan.

So, being one who enjoys such things as well as my obvious love for the arts, I asked myself, “can sports be artistic?”  And the answer I came up with is YES.

Let’s take for example the upcoming Olympic Games in London, England. Surely the opening and closing ceremonies are always filled with artistry. However, one can easily (and rightfully) argue that these specific events are not sports, even if they are related to the concept.

But once the games get underway, we merely have to point to the competitions that rely on judging to prove that athletics can indeed be artsy.

Some such examples include:

Gymnastics (Especially rhythmic)

Diving

Synchronized swimming

All of these, and many more events, rely heavily on technique, style and originality, all very common elements in the arts.

In fact, even the games that are probably rarely associated with artistry such as basketball and boxing for example, always praise participants for technique and grace.

It’s interesting it you think about it, huh.

Reminiscing about monster ballads

I’m a fairly young guy (although I consider myself a child of the 80’s). But from time to I get a bit nostalgic. The other day I was riding as the passenger in a short drive and listening to the radio. On came the classic Poison track “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” and it got me thinking about the great so-called monster ballads of the 1980s.

In that decade, “hair bands”  ruled the charts with their often hard rock style but every once in a while they took the risk to show their tender side. Here are just a few examples of some of the ones that really rocked.

The aforementioned “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison

“I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

“Faithfully” by Journey

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

 

Well, hopefully you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

Stepping out to acknowledge a tragedy

A few days back, I had posted a blog article on the “Batman” series of films. Now, just a short time later, I feel compelled to step away for a moment from the standard topics of this blog to honor those who lost their lives to the senseless violence that took place in Aurora, Colorado in the early morning hours today.

May those personally victimized in this horrific event, as well as all of their loved ones and the Aurora community as a whole, be comforted by the love, kindness and prayers of all of us.

 

When shadows in photos aren’t a bad thing

It is nearly impossible to eliminate all shadowing in a photograph.

As a general rule of thumb, especially when shooting portrait photos, soft shadows are acceptable and can enhance an image while harder shadows tend to have a negative effect. This is typically the case, but not always.

Take for example the images below:

The first is a sample of a photo with harsh shadows and the second is one with a softer shadowing effect.

image shaodws

soft shadows

However, in some cases a unique use of dark shadows can add for a wonderful aesthetic fell.

See the following images for as examples:

The first is an amazing shot by a talented photography names Hannah Wessman. The second is a shot I took which is published in my second or two poetry books along with one of my poems.

beautiful shadows

model in the shadows

What lesson can we take from this? While there are rules in photography as in any art form, sometimes they can be bent or even broken and produce an amazing finished product.

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