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Quality Dictation App for Avid Writers

While writing has long been a passion of mine, there are times when due to any number of circumstances, I may not be able to sit down at my keyboard and type.

For some writers, it can be a matter of carpal tunnel syndrome, for others, too much staring at a screen and for still more writers, it can be that inspiration strikes at an inopportune moment. This type of thing is why dication apps can be so handy for us.

As an Android user, I recently tried out an app from the Google Play Store and think it might be helpful for others in this field. I’d urge you to check out Speechnotes and see if it is beneficial to you.

 

 

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Do You Use a Pen/Pseudo Name?

Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.

One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.

As a writer, I’ve even written under one.

While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.

 

Street Art Photography Book Showcases The Emerald City

As the majority of us would concur, there are many forms of art. Some are traditional and others are not. Some are looked at with respect, others with a bit of disdaine. And on occasion, some have both fans and critics on both side. That is surely the case with street art.

Personally, I like it and think that fans as well as those who dismiss right away do might benefit from giving it a shot. That’s where publications like A. Tarantino’s “Seattle Street Art” (volumes 1 though 3) come in.

The photography and stories behind these books, available in both paperback and e-book, is really something to admire.

You can find out more at the official seattlesreetart.com.

 

 

Excellent Tools for Artists to Pose Models

People can spend years learning their craft of photography, painting, drawing…but tend to confront an unexpected struggle when they first begin to work with portraits and models. It’s not the lighting, location, or other material they have that is the problem but rather figuring out how to pose subjects.

In fact, I know people with years of experience who still have a hard time working through poses. So, I had someone tell me about this series of books and figured it could benefit many creative individuals.

The “Poses for Artists” collection by author/artist Justin Matrin has four different volumes that cover everything from couples to fighting positions.

As the writer puts it – “I’m passionate about putting out unique references so artists can get inspired about figure drawing and their art. So, I put out free poses here and sell books at a discount to keep my work going and provide a pose library for others.”

The books come book print and electronic copies as paperbacks, Kindle and PDF Ebooks.

Conflict – The Key to Any Story

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator

 

Daydreaming in Kyoto By Dan Brook

To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.

One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto”  which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”

Check it out when you have a chance.

Daydreaming in Kyoto

 

 

Adult Coloring Books From Professional Photographs

During the last few years, the shelves in stores of all types have seen a major growth in the atsy and entertianing adult coloring book selection. Not only do these books offer an artistic option for people of all ages but it is also a good way to manage stress.

This is one of the reason’s why I’ve decided to begin selling copies of my photography pieces as pages for adult coloring. The shots below show examples from two of the categories (Landscapes and Models) in which you can find pics to order as such pages.

Price is $1.00 each per download.

coloring page

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