Ice Lichen

Today’s Photography Tuesday brings us ice crystals off my Wrangler from a blistering cold of a morning. The way they formed reminded me of lichen, and lichen is one of my favorite things to photograph. 

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Memoir? Memoir.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first definition for “memoir” reads as such: “A written account in which someone (such as a famous performer or politician) describes past experiences.” At first, this worried me because I thought only famous people could have memoirs. I am by no means famous. Not even famous among my few friends. I have no intentions of becoming famous. If I finally get my books published and they sell enough that I do reach “famous” level, I suppose I would take it in stride. But the reason I write books has nothing to do with popularity.

Thankfully, the dictionary continued. The second definition for “memoir” states: “A written account of someone or something that is usually based on personal knowledge of the subject.” This was what I was looking for. So, in a sense, I have written memoirs before as parts of school projects, and I hadn’t realized the exact definition of what I had written.

Now that I’ve established a memoir is what I thought it was, there comes the decision of what do I start with? Given that I stick to this weekly plan, there are fifty two weeks in the year. That means fifty two memoirs in one year. I know I haven’t had the most exciting life, but I have more than enough topics to fill fifty two slots. At least, I think I do.

Today can be a memoir about, well, memoirs. Redundancies, I know.

One of the main reasons I want to write these memoirs lies in the fact of I want to remember. It is proven that our brains tend to push out memories and facts it deems unimportant to make ways for new information. I’ve already noticed my short term memory has become highly forgetful, and I’m afraid it will start transferring to the long term memories as well. I may not have the most interesting tales, but they’re what make me, me.

And let’s use our imaginations and say my books do sell, they do make enough money I that I reach what most consider the coveted “famous” level. I still plan on keeping this blog. I have yet to reason why I would get rid of it. There are times when I like to go back and read what I’ve already written. See how I grow and how my subject matter revolves. So, if I do become famous, I want to be able to remind myself where I came from and how I got to be. I want to remain humble. There is no need for pride in an already arrogant, self-absorbed world.

In closing for today’s Memoir Monday, I hope these upcoming personal stories will provide some entertainment. Perhaps some insight on why my brain instinctively chooses some of the themes that I do. Give a glimpse into a simple life to reassure you you’re not the only one who has or is struggling with a particular matter. At any rate, I hope you enjoy.


Cesspool, Incorporation

*Author’s Note: Short Story Saturday brings a story about an idea my husband and I have thrown around for awhile. A hilarious conspiracy about what businesses like Ancestry.com do with collected DNA. Please enjoy!*

“Have you ever wondered where your DNA actually comes from? Ever wondered which ethnicity combination makes you, you? The kind employees from Cesspool, Incorporation can assess your DNA and inform you with any information you desire. All you need to do is call the number listed below. We’ll send you two testing kits, complete with instructions. A hair sample and a mouth swab are the only things you need to mail back. Worried about someone stealing your DNA through the mail? Well, don’t! Cesspool, Incorporation provides packages that only one of our certified employees can open, so you can be rest-assured your DNA is safe with us! Why delay? Call the number below and get on the path of self-discovery today!”

A round of applause filled the pristine board room.

Mr. Steele turned off the projector. “What do you think?”

The head of the board rose, straightening her blazer. “Excellent, Mr. Steele. Continue running the ad. You may show us the product now.”

He smiled and dipped his head. Escorted the way to the factory level where the DNA test samples were made. “As you can see, we have state of the art facilities. We have the best employment benefits of any other company and an extremely low turnover rate.”

Ms. Abernathy gave a nod. “I can see that. How are profits?”

“Exceptionally well. We’re 200 percent over the projected sales plan.”

All members of the board turned to each other with impressed glances.

Ms. Abernathy smiled, facing her colleagues. “Why don’t you all tour the floor while I speak to Mr. Steele on some more delicate matters.”

They nodded and did as they were told.

She rose a brow to the sole man left. “Do you have any product results?”

Mr. Steele grinned in a rather devilish manner. “Indeed. Follow me.” He led her to the elevator. Accessed a hidden panel and performed a retinal scan. Allowed Ms. Abernathy to do the same. Then he punched in a code, and the elevator lowered down from ground level versus normally going up.

Once the doors opened, an expansive floor opened up before the business pair. Rows of people-sized tanks, operating tables, computers, and medical equipment sat underneath bright white lights. Humans of all races and body types were scattered among the tables and tanks.

Ms. Abernathy clasped her hands in front of her and walked among workers with sewn-closed mouths and sunken eyes. “How goes the cloning?”

Mr. Steele followed her, pleased with her satisfied expression. “Fantastically. We’ve even begun the replacement program.”

She stopped among the center of it all. A smile passed her face. “That is wonderful news. So not only will we have our pre-programmed clone army, we’ll have the re-programmed normal humans as well. Two armies; one mission.”

He nodded. “More and more people send in their DNA every day.”

Slightly chuckling, the head of the board slowly turned to her partner. “At this rate, we could lead our militia against the world within a matter of weeks.”


Remnants of First Snow

Freebie Friday is a photograph from a local park after the first snow of our state’s winter season.


New Plan

After having a couple days of thought–and bothering a close friend of mine until she stopped saying “It’s your blog, do what you want to do”–I believe I have devised a plan. Though, I’m still unsure as to whether or not it will actually work. But here’s to hoping, right? I’m pretty sure a wise being once said, “Do or do not. There is no try.” So, this is what I plan to do:

Sketching Sunday
Memoir Monday
Photography Tuesday
Writing Prompt Wednesday
Poetry Thursday
Freebie Friday
Short Story Saturday

A few things to note. Firstly, I added sketching because I used to do it all the time (before I became a die-hard perfectionist with my art), and I had relatively decent confidence in my drawing skills. I’m honestly not sure what happened other than I stopped sketching. Secondly, I have no idea if Monday will stay as “memoir.” Are people even interested in that sort of thing? It’s not like I’ve led a particularly exhilarating life. I guess I’ll find out. Let’s see…. Thirdly, I love writing prompts. Normally, I find them on my own–in nature, observing other people, daily life, etc. However, I will be using predetermined, freely-handed out writing prompts. I have a bunch saved, and it’s about time I put them to use. Lastly, I’m in love with “Freebie Friday” because it gives me a day that isn’t set. So if I have an extra poem, short story, photo, whatever I want, I can post it on Friday.

 

Well. Enough said. I’m fairly satisfied with my new plan. Fingers crossed I can be disciplined. I suppose I better use this space to apologize in advance in case I’m not consistent. Or if I forget. I happen to be a forgetful person. Or if I screw it up. I’m sure that’s bound to happen at some point. Anyhoo, I’ll leave this here for now. I’ll start tomorrow with “Freebie Friday.” As I said in my previous post, if you have any suggestions or tips, I’ll be more than happy to read them in the comments! Thanks again!


Looking for Feedback

So, obviously, we are in a new year. The next few days will be people making all kinds of resolutions and trying their hardest to keep them. Some may only make their resolutions last this week, some may make it a month, maybe six months. Congratulations if you’re one of those people who can keep a resolution for a whole year. That takes discipline. Do I have any resolutions? No. Because I’m not disciplined, a New Year resolution is simply setting myself up for failure. However, I would like to talk to you guys about something while we’re on the topic of discipline.

A little bit ago, I used to be extremely consistent about posting something on this blog every single day. Whether it be short stories, photography, poems, art, etc. Unfortunately, life happens, I get stressed, and I make excuses to do as little as possible to keep myself sane. That’s something I would like to change. I’ve been trying to think of ways to keep myself posting once a day, and I think I may have come up with a solution. But I would appreciate everyone’s input.

I was thinking each day of the week could be themed. Like Wednesday could be Writing Prompts. Friday could be…free verse? Short story Saturday. Shooting Sunday for photography. No. No, that title won’t work. You know what I’m trying to get across, don’t you? Basically creating a calendar of content to keep me focused. This is where I need guidance.

When I was younger, I could not follow a weekly chore chart to save my life. Not even in my teenage years. Don’t ask me why; I couldn’t tell you. I never did it on purpose. It was just something that I never thought about, I guess? Long story short, I am not disciplined. Therefore, I think a routine might help me, but I also think it might not.

I guess what I’m trying to get across is: I really like the idea of themed days for the week, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off. I don’t want to let anybody down. I need your help. Has anyone structured a fiction blog like this? Does it work? Are there other tips I can try? I just want to be consistent for you all and provide daily content. Please leave suggestions, tip, tricks, etc. in the comments! Thank you all so much for your support!

 


Concrete Ice 


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