Posts Tagged ‘end’

Photo Friday: Track’s End

June 29, 2018

In the end, nature reclaims what man has abandoned.

Track end

First Look Photo: End of the Line

August 23, 2017

I love those photographs that show the natural world interacting with the human world. It amazes me how nature has adapted to changes humans have brought into their areas, like this bird sparrow on an end of railroad tracks.

End of the Line

Photo Fridays are back

November 6, 2015

I have been away for a while due to internet problems, and illness, but I am back to doing what I love; doing photography.  When I last posted, I had a Canon t3, and a cheap point and shoot, but in the time since I last posted I have acquired a Canon SX610HS for my Point and shoot, and; drum roll please; a Canon 7D Mark II.

I spent 39 years taking photographs, hoping that some day I would be able to live my passion for photography through the lens of a professional end camera.  I now have that opportunity, and I am going to use it for all I can.

In addition to the cameras, I now have Adobe Lightroom to process my raw files.  I have already used it and I love it.

Here, then, are two of the first photos of my new camera.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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Know Your Starting Point

April 17, 2014

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OK, you’ve expressed your desire, and what you want to do with the rest of your life, and you have the end in mind. This will leave you with just one question. “What next?”
Many people will tell you that the next step is to take action, and that is a very important step, but I believe that even before you take action you have to know where you are, and when you are.
There are two very good reasons for this. One, it shows you where you are starting from, and two, it helps you determine the direction you need to take. Imagine you are driving through a new city, to find a restaurant where you are meeting some friends. Whether you are using a gps, or reading a map, you have to know both where you want to start, and where you want to end up. If all you have is the destination you will never be able to find your way.
Let’s just say your destination is going to Denver. You want the most direct method to get there from your current location. If you don’t know where you are starting from, you will never know which way to go. If however, you know you are starting from Portland, Maine, you know you can hop on Southbound 95 to Baltimore, and head over to 70 heading west. That will take you to Denver. That may not be the most direct method, but the point is, in order to reach a destination, you must first know where you are starting from.
Now, let’s put that in a way that works with success. If your goal is to have one million dollars within the next year, it’s important to know where you are starting from. If you have 10 dollars in the bank currently, (yes, it can be done) the methods you use will likely be different than if you were starting with 100,000 dollars. This information is vital in choosing the correct path to act on.
By this point, you may be wondering why I also say when you are. The answer to that can be easily answered. It’s no secret that in order to reach your goals, you need to focus on the end result, and believe you already have it. By focusing on your past mistakes, and allowing them to haunt you, you can never move forward.
Your past is done, and can be useful in teaching you what not to do, but don’t let it spoil your dreams. Remember, the only place you have to start from is your current position. Don’t let your past ruin your future.
Once you know where you are going, and before you act, first figure out where you are starting from. It will give you a positive direction, and make the road to your dreams much smoother.
Allen
I realize it’s been a while, but my computer has been messing up, and I’ve been trying to learn how to use my Alphasmart word processor. It works great, by the way.

Day 73: Shadowed Dusk

March 7, 2012

Shadowed dusk

 

The sun slowly sets

Leaving me in shadowed dusk,

It’s time to go home.

Keep the readers guessing

June 1, 2009

The one thing that sets writing apart from the rest of the arts is that the finished product has three parts, a beginning, middle, and an end.  It is probably the most versatile of the arts, and is one of the most universal ways of communicating.  Writing includes scripts, fiction, nonfiction, music, poetry, letter writing; anywhere something is written down.

English teachers have told me that when you write, you will know the end when you answer all the questions, and tie up loose ends.  This may be fine when you’re writing an essay on the effects of global markets on the weather, but it isn’t always true with fiction writing.

When you write, you play a game with readers.  Like nonfiction, readers want to know what happens next.  You start by introducing a character’s dream, that for whatever reason they can’t achieve at the moment.  If done properly, you will make the reader care about the character, and whether or not he/she succeeds.  During the course of the story you will introduce other questions that readers want to find the answers to.  By the end of the story, if you answer all the questions the readers will be satisfied, but there will be nothing to look forward to.

If you want to give your reader something to look forward to, like a sequel, or trying to come up with a continuation on their own, leaving an unanswered question may be in order.

There are two ways you can do this.  Either you can leave a minor, but important, question unanswered at the end of the book, or you can introduce a whole new question at the end of the book.  By either one of these methods, you get the readers asking “now what?”

Two of my favorite movies, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve got Mail”, introduced the question at the end of the movie.  Through both movies you ask yourself, “Do they ever overcome their obstacles and differences to get together and get what they both need?”  Then just when they realize they were meant to be together, the story ends.  This is when I ask “now what?”  There is no sequel so I’m left to complete the story in my own mind, and therefore the story continues beyond the story.

TV writers tend to have an underlining question throughout an entire series.  My favorite series, “Charmed” left the same questions for each of the sisters through the entire eight seasons, then answered them on the very last episode.  This had the effect of making me want to continue watching until the last.

These are examples from a video perspective, but I’ve seen short story, and novel writers use the same exact techniques. In the end, I believe you should leave a little mystery to your stories, instead of giving the readers all the answers.  This will, if done correctly, do more than make your reader a disinterested bystander.  It will make them an active participant in your stories by getting them to ask “now what?” and get them using their imagination to answer the question on their own.

Challenge:  When writing a story, try to throw in a little mystery.  You, and the reader, will enjoy the game.

Enjoy,
Allen

Is 2012 the end of the world? who cares!

February 20, 2009

I’ve been hearing a lot about the year 2012 being the end of the world.  To this I say, “poppycock.”  According to the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012 the magnetic poles are supposedly going to switch, and cause worldwide destruction.  I’ve seen many predictions of world events, and even made a few myself, and all they’ve been is taking current situations and following them to a logical conclusion.  It’s a process called future history, and it uses statistics, and patterns to make a prediction.  While there is some degree of accuracy to it there is no true way to guarantee any prediction.

The end of the world has been predicted so many times, and none of them have come true, so my own philosophy is to live in the present, and plan for the future, for you never know what the future holds until it actually happens.  I was reminded of a letter Paul had written to one of the churches.  They had stopped working and planning for the future because they figured that Christ was going to return quickly, of which he didn’t do.

You can’t put your life on hold for something that might happen, if you start doing that then you will miss out on a future that could be rich, and full of meaning.  Everything in life happens for a reason, and you should spend your life pursuing life instead of chasing the shadows of the future.  Whose to say what you are still destined for.

As far as this end of the world thing, forget it.  There is not one person in the world that can predict the end of life, and only paranoid types would even want to.  Life is too precious to waste it worrying over nothing.

Challenge:  Write on a piece of paper, “Live for today, learn from the past, and plan for the future.” and put it where you can see it.  Every time you hear a stupid prediction about the end of the world, look at the paper and laugh, for you are living your life.

Enjoy,
Allen