I mainly write about photography and short stories/fiction, but I also love watching movies (and sometimes writing about them) and using technology to improve one’s life.
Should you want to peruse a specific topic, below are the categories in alphabetical order. The stories in each category are, however, in chronological order.
Thank you for your time.
It has become a constant comment at work “He/She is a nice person, but not too bright/doesn’t know what to do/other reasons.” And I am tired of hearing it.
I would need the hands of a few others to finger count how many times I have heard someone praising another for being nice, but never once for being competent. And that is a shame.
To be a nice person helps with the social aspect of life, but would it not be great to be also competent? …
A hangnail: that is how Valerie felt. She could have said she felt like a third wheel or even an elephant playing the saxophone, but she was never one for following rules. And Valerie did not know how to play the saxophone. Also, she was not an elephant.
A hangnail it was.
She was somehow attached to the events, her being the next in line at the donut shop, but she was also an outsider, still waiting for her turn. Valerie was not a patient person. She knew that about herself and tried to make amends.
Count to ten, to…
Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options.
He could go for the low-calorie chocolate bar at 15F, but that would not taste good, he told himself. As far as he was concerned, nothing with low-calorie written on it ever tasted good. One would be lucky if it tasted remotely acceptable.
The soda at 4D looked promising, but that was more expensive, and he didn’t have more quarters on him. And besides, he told Martha he would quit fizzy drinks. “If the fizz stays in the drink, the fizz stays in you,” he imagined her saying…
I have recently received an e-mail regarding a photo contest.
Entries now open, it said, and ended with the request of sharing the information with whoever might be interested. That is why I’m writing this.
Some say sharing is caring.
Have you heard about Nigel Danson?
Nigel is a professional landscape photographer and has a YouTube channel where he talks about his craft. In his videos, he also analyzes his photos and shares his thought process behind the shots.
Nigel started World Landscape Photographer in 2020. He wanted to do something to help others, so this idea emerged.
We are told from an early age not to play with our food. Some of us listen, and some do not.
I am from the latter category.
I took the above picture after the first time I made mochi. You can see in the photo that I have not tucked the ends securely underneath the mochi pieces. Also, the upper mochi piece has an uneven texture, which is not necessarily appetizing. They look raw, made by an amateur. Which is what they were. But what they lacked in aspect, they made up for in taste.
In my defense, it was…
Have you ever been to a photography show? Companies set up stalls with new gear. Promoters for this or that software or piece of equipment milling around waiting for their turn. Talks upon talks, so diverse that you wish you could split yourself in two to attend. At least, that’s what I imagine.
I’ve never been to a physical photography show, never saw the fear in a salesperson’s eyes when picking up a £2000 lens and feeling its weight, maybe feigning to drop it. I know, it is mean. But it is my imagination, and sometimes it does go rampant…
A while ago, I overheard a conversation between two people. They were discussing the first UK lockdown and the challenges of homeschooling. One parent stated that YouTube was evil, while the other one burst into laughter.
“What is your child searching on YouTube? How to make an atomic bomb?” He claimed that YouTube is a learning platform, praising its video variety on different subjects.
Was he right?
Born and raised in Eastern Europe. Currently living in the UK. Photography. Fiction. Anything in between.