Tuesday, January 29, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 89: Meditation

It’s a cold gray day and she finds him down by the water with a fishing pole and a six pack as an excuse. It is debatable whether he wants company or not and she is not inclined to interrupt with conversation for no reason. He in turn is not inclined to object to her presence and the only indication that he appreciates it is a glance and the slightest of smiles.

For her, meditation required a place to sit or occasionally walk. It involves counting breaths and not thinking of any particular thing. For him, meditation was a highly suspect occupation of time that needed to be disguised by some other plausible activity. Heaven forbid anyone see him engaging in something suspect or “new-agey.”  

(She very politely never calls him on this. She is not even going to mention that the six-pack hasn’t even been touched. Nor will she indicate his luck with fishing usually isn’t this bad; he’s been out here for an hour and still hasn’t caught anything. The subterfuge is endearing to her and she doesn’t want him to feel self-conscious.)    
She sits nearby but not too close and watches the wind, the clouds, the light, the water. She does not watch him, but his presence is felt and is comfortable to her. She counts her breaths and doesn’t think about any particular thing.  

So. They are both meditating.

Eventually he does catch fish. She goes back to the house for the portable grill and they have dinner by the water.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 88: Playlists!

One of the things that I do is create playlists for writing or just for general listening while I am reading. Sometimes I create playlists for a specific story, or for a movie, television series or a book. I also create playlists for my favorite characters from said entertainment media. (I will also talk about specific songs that remind me of one character or another with my friends.)

My usual method for picking songs for a play list goes something like this:

  • Lyrics must match the character, or a situation in the story.
  • The song’s theme or mood matches the theme or general mood of the story or character.
  • The music’s genre fits the era/genre of the story. (This is not nearly as important as the lyrics or the general mood. On the other hand if you are writing a hardboiled gumshoe type you should have hardboiled gumshoe music to listen to!) 
I will usually go through my iTunes music library for the appropriate song.  On other occasions, I will just be listening to iTunes and a song will come up that is perfect for whatever playlist I have been working on. When I hear a song that will fit, I just add it to my playlist. I usually have my iTunes set on “random” just in case these serendipitous songs come up. Occasionally this is spooky! I will be working on a writing project and the randomizer will somehow manage to come up with music that perfectly matches the mood of whatever it is I am working on. Of course, it is probably more likely that I am just paying attention to the songs that fit the mood, not that my iTunes shares my taste in entertainment media. (Maybe.)
If you have a particular playlist you like to listen to when writing or reading a favorite book, feel free to let me know. (I could use some good music recommendations!)   

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 87: These Dreams...

So, the recent theme of my dreams lately seems to be tending toward the apocalyptic. That is to say, most of my dreams lately would not have been out of place on the big screen. Possibly I have been influenced with my current web comic obsession which is Homestuck (a web comic in which destruction and creation are an endless loop) and also with my current Reading project, which is Andre Norton’s Daybreak 2250 AD which is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels ever.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dragonfly Tea Company Website Review

This review is of the website for Dragonfly Tea Company, a Phoenix Metro tea shop. It is not a review of the store or the products sold by this store. The site was viewed on an 11x12 inch monitor with a resolution set at 1366x768 px. The web browsers being used are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 17.0.1. This review was completed on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Boutique Solie Web Site Review

This review is of the website for Boutique Solie, a Phoenix Metro clothing, accessories and gift store. It is not a review of the store or services and products provided by said store. The site was viewed on an 11x12 inch monitor with a resolution set at 1366x768 px. The web browsers being used are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 17.0.1. This review was completed on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Monday, January 7, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 86: A Few Social Failures

This is for GBE2 Prompt 86: Oh No, Not Again 

Okay, yeah, this prompt is going to be easy. And possibly not too different from any of my other posts in this blog, which is the anemic version of my main blog and its echo. That is to say, this post will have a lot of whining and rambling. (I have yet to find a good use for this particular blog. The reason why I don’t post from the main blog is because it has been around since 2002 and is a hodge-podge of randomness that is much closer to a traditional diary than to the more formal/professional kind of blog. Also, there is fan fiction. And occasional ranting.)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

PC Posse Web Page Review

This review is of the website for PC Posse, a Phoenix Metro area in-home and business computer service. It is not a review of the company or services provided by said company. The site was viewed on an 11x12 inch monitor with a resolution set at 1366x768 px. The web browsers being used are Google Chrome and Firefox 17.0.1. The text size settings for the Firefox browser are set fairly high because I have vision problems. (Which means in some cases websites will automatically “break” due to how I have my settings.) This review was completed on Wednesday, January 02, 2013.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 85: I Don’t Want Much, Just Everything

This is for GBE2 Prompt 85: Wish  

What I mostly want this year is the same as what I wanted for the past three: to be financially solvent. I would like a job and/or have my writing or other online projects take off in a way that means I have money and can start paying off my student loans. I would like an opportunity to actually use my web design degree and I would like to redo my portfolio in such a way that it looks like I have skills. I would like to have less stress this year and I would like to be less miserable and depressed.

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 84: Sinking Ship

This is for GBE2 Prompt: 84 Decision 

So, the longest job I had was working as a dock associate at a department store. (I have mentioned this before in other posts.) This job basically involved stocking the floors, offloading trailers and assisting the sales associates with the clean up after the store closed. I had this job for eight years. There was no opportunity for advancement with this job and there was a cap in payment at under nine dollars for most of the time I was working there.