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First attempt at fan fiction

Hunger Games – Divergent Crossover Part 1

After the Quarter Quell, Katniss had no choice but to go into hiding. The Capitol was sure to punish her severely for destroying the dome that encased the battlefield. She had to help Peeta, if in fact he was still alive. But not without a strategy, which would take time.

Having remembered the words Mags had told her, she pressed on to what may be her only hope. Before she died in the games, Mags had seen something in Katniss. And when she did, she felt compelled to share a story few knew and even fewer ever dared to speak. Those who knew where among the oldest in Panem and had only heard the stories from relatives long since gone.

She told her that somewhere out in the remote areas of District 8, stands a region onto itself, separated from the rest of Panem in its isolation and the existence of which few knew about. This region was said to be called Chicago.

It was told that this Chicago was once part of Panem but the citizens began a civil war, battling among themselves. It became so much of a problem for the Capitol that they eventually decided to wash their hands of having any dealings with the area. They were left alone, to either govern, or more likely destroy, themselves and their land.

Could it be that this unknown land, if it even existed, was Katniss’ only refuge? She had to find out for sure.

So after a long journey Katniss found herself standing in a barren wasteland, nothing but tree stumps and dusty earth before her. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, she felt in her heart that she must be getting close.

Once she was discovered to be a Divergent, Tris became a refugee, running from the very people she once joined as a member of Dauntless as well as all of the other factions including the one of her birth.

At least once each day, even despite the warnings of her lone companion Four, Tris would make her way to the massive fences that surrounded the city. She’d wonder if she might rather face the unknown outside rather than continue to hide among the citizen of her city.

She kept in contact with Christina and a few Dauntless but was careful never to approach anyone she didn’t trust implicitly.

But it was today that all that would change.

Tris stood along the path of the rusted fence and peered out into the distance like she had done so many times before. But this time, something was different. For the first time, she thought she saw something no someone, in the distance. It was a small figure walking upright – human? Perhaps a young woman? Little did she know that in just hours, she would meet the only person she had ever seen beyond the fence, a girl named Katniss.

Ballad of Me

Guest post by Clara Littleton

 

I am a girl, pretty and fair.

I like to wear flowers in my hair.

I care and Share with all I meet.

I worry about all the people without enough to eat.

I am a woman and think with my heart,

by this is only a very ..very small part.

 

Some days…. many days….

When this is me….

I want to race cars, climb mountains and play baseball.

these are the days I dread….

when the words come that I don’t like,

I don’t like them at all.

 

Dyke, bitch, confused and not doing my part.

Now that I think back, not so much.

The names are here no matter the garb.

Tom boy, whore

Biker bitch, tease

My long dress, they think I cover for shame.

Too long or too short,

look at those clothes. She’s such as slut.

 

She must be selling something, I bet it’s free.

Tits too small, or too big. They bet they’re fake

They stop and stare.

Is it my clothes, maybe my hair?

I wonder why they are still standing there.

I turn away.

I want to fight back.

I want to scream,

but these same venomous words are all that is available to me.

To label me.

 

Not girl enough, too much a boy.

I dance with spiders and snakes.

Sometimes they assume it’s all a fake.

Is it because I am a girl?….

To the man crying out to be allowed to feel.

This all makes my head whorl.

From the men too, pride they steal.

 

Rare day they dare,

To ask me, to be fair?

What label may we address?

I’m always caught so unaware.

Bo, girl, femme, masculine,

modest, outrageous, too skinny, tooo fat,

I sometimes forget where I’m at.

 

Lost in what I might be called,

They ask again, wanting to know it all.

I sigh, the words don’t mean a damn.

Not to me, or these people who have set me free

from these labels, schemes and plots.

They ask again, what label do you want?

 

Finally, I look up, filled with dread.

I feel sad and mad and wish I’d fled.

I contemplate one moment,

the words still flying free.

If you want to label me…

I remind them of civility.

Label me please but with the label I want….

Stop playing this game,

for the label YOU want.

For everyone it’s simply the same.

I just want you to ask for my name.

About the poet:

Carla is an accomplished educator and art enthusiast who also owns and operates her own artistic services and jewelry business Archaeotype Designs.

Unrestricted (A Poem)

This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.

Unrestricted

Unrestricted by restrictive things

In nature’s realm from all things set free

Whether dawn or eve

What else can compare

To walking with feet upon the grass

And between trees reaching for the air

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

 

Skeletons (A Poem)

Here’s my newest poem. It’s a little dark but I hope you like it.

Skeletons

We all have our skeletons

Held back by closet doors

But there’s no need to fear

As they are bones

And nothing more

Ethical and legit practices for using content you find online

Since the very beginning of writing and art, there has been a concern over the ownership, intellectual property rights and usage of work that has been put out there for public consumption. And since the digital age of the Internet, things have gotten much more complicated.

In college, I studied journalism and part of my schooling dealt with media law and ethics. Oddly enough, the answer to many of the questions and issues that we discussed was simply “it depends.”

So, just for kicks, here is my personal perspective on this matter.

If the content is from social media…

One of the primary purposes of social media is for the content to be shared. Whether is be on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or something else, it seems to me that the content owner who posts his or her work is essentially granting permission for others to share it. If they do not want this to be the case, they can make adjustments to indicate that the content is private or not meant to be shared.

If the content is from a random blog, site or search…

I suppose the usage of these items does depend on many factors. I suggest you use you intuition.

If the content is specifically marked…

If the content states that it should not be reproduced or reposed, if a Youtube video is disabled from embedding or if right clicking on an image is disabled, clearly the post author does not want this to be spread around.

Best ways to go…

For photos or video:

Start out with your own images or videos, if you don’t have what is necessary, look into public domain, royalty free and stock content. The next best thing to do is seek out content that is clearly intended to be shared via social platforms.

For writing: 

Create your own or seek out people who will create content for you. Another option is to use content from article marketing sites like Ezine Articles.

When it comes to giving credit:

Crediting is often not necessary for public domain, royalty free or stock content. If it is a condition of usage, give proper credit. Same goes for stuff from article marketing sites. If it seems like sharing is acceptable, crediting the source in some way is always a good idea. While Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest pretty much automatically do this for you, not all platforms have such a feature. In that case, you can do something like tag the author or literally create a byline.

 

10 Content Marketing musts

Guest Post By Jessica Wright

When you are creating content with marketing purposes, you are doing it for Google to “read” you, but also, and maybe most importantly, for your visitors to engage with you. Without forgetting which your final objective is (brand exposure, leads, sales…), all your content needs to be useful and accessible.

Here are some rules you must follow regarding your content marketing:

1. Publish. Again: publish.

It is very straight forward, but still easily forgotten: you need to publish periodically. Your content needs to be updated. Any update will refresh it, like embeded tweets. Even if you think your website is perfectly finished, your site needs to be alive. Publish at least once a week and you will be active. Create a blog inside your site and keep it updated. Even if your content goes to another site. Link it, mention it, just write something.

2. Optimize your content for SEO.

Before writing you need to check the keywords people are using to search about the topic you are going to write for. Your content needs to be optimized, as well as informative. You can even do an specific SEO work for different landing pages and look for different ways of attracting people to your site. Then go to Google Analytics and check if you are doing things right. Optimizing your content also means taking into account headings, internal links, external links, writing on images and a long to do list that will make your content useful not only because of its words .

3. Engage with your content:

If you make your visitors happy with useful and entertaining content, they will stay longer, read your other posts, share and participate. Usability is very important for Google, as well as the time people stay in your site. If you create a buzz around your content by generating one that is worth talking about, it will be even better. In order to give to your audience what they want, you need to know what it is. Ask them, analyse them (Google Analytics will let you know their time on page, bounce rate, etc), try different things, and once you think you know what they want, start over.

4. Create long content:

Don’t be boring and meaningless, but the longer your content is, the longer your visitors will stay at your page. Embed videos within your content too, it will allow you to keep your visitors for longer. Some people prefer short readings, so organise your content and make it easy to read with headlines, images, abstracts, etc. But be careful not to increase the loading time of your site.

5. Think about all your visitors, including mobile and tablet ones.

How many times you haven’t been able to read something because it was just impossible through your mobile phone? With smartphones and tablets used for out of the house and in the house entertainment, it is an imperative that your content is 100% easy to read through these devices. You can check these stats too with your Google Analytics to find out about your audience and your performance. It is worthwhile to invest in the best way of adapting your content to all devices or making a mobile version of it.

6. Connect and participate with your community.

Humanize your brand, join the conversation. Only this way you will get people to engage with you, to be interested in your content and share it. Talk to people, let them know that you last post is awesome and will change their lives. If you don’t say it, it will never be known! Answer to every question, make the most of every comment. It will help your customers and Google will reward you. Link your content marketing with your Social Media, it is all part of the same strategy.

7. Create a post publishing to do list for every article.

Once your articles are ready to publish, they need to follow a process to make the most of them. And this process needs to be listed and checked every time. First of all, share it on all your Social Media: Facebook, Facebook pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn groups, YouTube, etc. Then share it on any other networks and content distributors like Stumble Upon. Share you link in comments, groups, anything. Your articles are more visible during the firs 4 days, so you need to work on their distribution just after publishing.

8. Guest Blogging:

Write some articles in other blogs as a guest writer. It is useful to build your authority, drives new readers to your site and gives you quality links that point to your site. Good for you and good for SEO. Also, you can accept guest posts in compensation, but always if it is useful for your audience.

9. Take care of your readers.

Make it easy for them, give them the option to follow you, to comment, to find older posts. And take off any unnecessary things that are not adding (affiliate ads that don’t give you money, for instance). Your content needs to look professional, neat and user friendly.

10. Call to action.

What is your objective when posting an article? Brand awareness? Generate sales? Loyalty? Once you have set up your goals, you need to measure them. To do so, you need to set up a call to action (a click that directs visitors to fill up a contact form, download a PDF, comment the post, etc.).

This article has been written by Jessica Wight (@JessicaWight3), copywriter at Gloc Media, a SEO agency in London

Color symbolism in art and literature

The use of color in creative ventures has long been a method through which artists, writers and various creative types have used as a method of symbolism. And while some color symbolism is fairly obvious and has become a standard in every day society,  other uses can be more ambiguous and even unique to a given work.

color

Here are some examples of what colors may represent in any given artwork.

The absolute basics:

Black -

In almost every case, black indicates the concepts of darkness, evil, corruption, death and many rather negative ideas.

White – 

Conversely, white is nearly always used to represent purity, light, life and all that is good.

Colors with several (sometimes conflicting) qualities:

Red -

We often think of red as the color of love or passion. However, it is also associated with evil or rage.

Blue -

The old term indicating that someone is “feeling blue” has been associated with depression and sadness. But, blue being the color of water, is also sometimes intended to symbolize life.

Green -

Green is commonly the color associated with, nature and natural beauty. However, people are also said to be “green” with envy and sometimes called green when they are inexperienced.

Yellow -

Cowardice and weakness have been connected to yellow. But then again, yellow is also a shade associated with happiness and enlightenment.

Gold -

When we think of gold, we make think of power and wealth. But at the same time, it can represent greed, a state of hardness or shallow materialism.

Interesting huh?

 

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