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English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? As soon as someone delivers a definition, some good writer will write a story that proves the theory wrong. About the only thing we can say for sure is that short stories are short and that they are written in what we call prose. Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. NOTE: It is quite common for writers in the early stages of their careers to imitate the writers they are reading or admire most. English 50 Exercises for Story Writers
Nominalizations Are Zombie Nouns Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. Take an adjective (implacable) or a verb (calibrate) or even another noun (crony) and add a suffix like ity, tion or ism. You’ve created a new noun: implacability, calibration, cronyism. Sounds impressive, right? Nouns formed from other parts of speech are called nominalizations. Academics love them; so do lawyers, bureaucrats and business writers. The proliferation of nominalizations in a discursive formation may be an indication of a tendency toward pomposity and abstraction. The sentence above contains no fewer than seven nominalizations, each formed from a verb or an adjective. Writers who overload their sentences with nominalizations tend to sound pompous and abstract. Only one zombie noun – the key word nominalizations – has been allowed to remain standing. At their best, nominalizations help us express complex ideas: perception, intelligence, epistemology. Elena Giavaldi Most major scientific theories rebuff common sense. Nominalizations Are Zombie Nouns
Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes. Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. These five passages have not been picked out because they are especially bad — I could have quoted far worse if I had chosen — but because they illustrate various of the mental vices from which we now suffer. 1. 2. 3. 4. George Orwell: Politics and the English Language George Orwell: Politics and the English Language

DIY Triangle Shelves DIY Triangle Shelves Photo: A Beautiful Mess This fun little project comes via the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess, combining the love of collectables, with the modern twist. Printers trays are back in fashion (though avid collectors will say they've always been in style!), there is something rather special about showcasing our little treasures and keepsakes and these DIY shelves offer just the ticket. You'll find step-by-step instructions and photos at the link below. DIY Triangle Shelves via A Beautiful Mess Tagged : How-To, shelves, wall art, DIY Triangle Shelves Material : wood Design Style : colorful, contemporary, minimalist, scandinavian Techniques : woodworking Room : bedroom, Dining room, Entryway & Hall, Kid's Room, Kitchen, living room, Office & Workspace Decor Element : wall art
March 12th, 2013 I’ve been wanting to experiment with fused plastic for ages so what better place to try it out than here on Tutorial Tuesday and share my experiences with you. I’ve got lots of plastic bags stored in the kitchen from a few online supermarket deliveries we’ve done since Milo was born and I’ve just never got round to taking them back to the supermarkets for recycling. Good job too as then I wouldn’t have any bags to experiment with. As I was experimenting and learning at the same time, the images in the tutorial below show different bags all at different stages – I hope it’s not too confusing! What you will need: - Sharp Scissors - Plastic Bags - Iron - Ironing Board - Greaseproof Paper - Large Wooden Chopping Board - Metal Ruler - Craft Knife - Cutting Mat Step One The first thing you need to do is lay your plastic bag out flat and cut off the bottom and the top so that you’re left with a large tube of plastic. Stretch and flatten this out and put aside. Step Two Step Three Making Fused Plastic Making Fused Plastic
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While writing out your next academic paper, you look online for various images which are appropriate for what you’re talking about. Once you find something you like, you simply copy and paste it because, hey, who’s stopping you? More than likely, doing this is technically illegal. Not only that, but it applies to most content that you can find online — including posts/articles and videos. To make things easier on both content creators and consumers, Lawrence Lessig created the suite of Creative Commons licenses, a set of copyright licenses which clarify what you can do with content licensed with one of those licenses. So, how can finding Creative Commons-licensed material to use keep you legally safe? What Makes It Illegal? Whenever you find an image (or any online content, for that matter), there’s a good chance that it either:has a license which forbids you to use ithas no license at all Use a Creative Commons License! Video Credit: Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand Conclusion What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It?
Free To Use and Share: Resources To Help Teach Kids (and Adults!) About Copyright and Creative Commons I've gotten a few requests lately for resources on how to teach kids (and adults!) about copyright. I've written before about how I don't think any lesson on copyright can be effective without an emphasis on creative commons and helping students choose licenses for their own work. Still, there are plenty of good resources out there to help start these conversations or that can serve as reminders as you help create a culture of creativity and attribution at your school. And even though there already exists in my mind a resource titled "A Zombie Librarian's Guide to Copyright," as of this moment, that resource is yet to exist anywhere else, so... To that end, I've also written before about how much love Edcanvas - a tool which recently changed its name to Blendspace. Enjoy! Direct link to this blendspace. Free To Use and Share: Resources To Help Teach Kids (and Adults!) About Copyright and Creative Commons
A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material. Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. For instance, you may be planning to critique the portrayal of Native Americans in commercial films. You are going to want to “quote” some commercial films like Pocahontas, Lone Ranger, and Dances with Wolves. If you are reviewing a book, you may want to share its cover art. You may use copyrighted content without asking permission if you believe that your use falls under the doctrine known as Fair Use. In general, when you transform original content, repurpose it, and add value to it in your own remix, you may be able to claim the use fair. According to American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact, these two tests or questions help you plan whether to use the copyrighted work of others without asking permission: The video below explains why the Code for Fair Use in Online Video was created. A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit
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ALL — LAUREN HARTSTONE Role: Project Lead: Creative Direction + DesignStudio: Gretel To celebrate the launch of chromebook, Google staged a takeover of 9 of Times Square's biggest screens for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A key platform of the "For Everyone" campaign, the event encouraged users to upload their own images along with a "For…" caption and find themselves, their friends, their family or their cat up onscreen. Each of the 9 locations was a unique format, ratio and size. Part of the challenge was creating a consistent language of animation that could then be customized to take advantage of the different screens. The design had to be flexible enough accommodate both Chromebook graphics and messaging as well as user-submitted content. Credits:Client: Google Creative LabECD: Greg HahnTechnical Director: Ken TanableDesigners: Steve Fuller, Adam GrabowskiAnimators: Gerald Soto, Dorian West, Andy Chung, Adam Grabowski, Aldo Gonzales, John Loughlin ALL — LAUREN HARTSTONE
Malované tenisky - Na relaxační pobytu v Sebuzíně jsme s klientkami malovali na tenisky. A protože se to moc líbilo, tak mám pro vás článek jak na to, aby i vaše tenisky mohly být barevné a veselé. Malovalo se na nejrůznější tenisky – nejčastěji co vím, tak byli z HM, New Yorkru apod. Při malování jsme si nevšimly, že by některé přijímaly barvu hůř a některé méně. Všechny byli ideální. Na malování podkladu jsme používali barvy na hedvábí. Plochu, kterou jsme chtěli mít barevnou jsme nejdříve namočili vodou pomocí houbičky na nádobí. Postupně nanášejte na vlhké tenisky barvu – opět pomocí houbičky – začněte tou nejsvětlejší a dejte ji na větší plochu, než ji ke konci chcete mít. Postupně přidávejte barvy, které chcete na teniskách mít. Tyto tenisky měly doladit oblečení z Desigual a proto jsem použila tři základní barvy – tj. žlutou, tyrkys a magentu. Nakonec pomocí vlhké houbičky propojte všechny nanesené barvy do jednotného celku. Namalované tenisky necháme dobře zaschnout. Bílé tečky rozsvítí vzor.
Sníte o tom, že se začnete živit rukodělnou výrobou? Nebude to snadné! Podnikání v handmade má totiž jako každé řemeslo svá pravidla. Rukodělná výroba a DIY (do it yourself – vyrob si sám) zažívají velký boom. Snad každý, kdo kouzlu handmade propadl, už slyšel od svého okolí větu „Ty by ses tím mohl živit! Na počátku je koníček Startovním bodem pro většinu rukodělných výrobců je moment, kdy jim jejich koníček začne přerůstat přes hlavu. Hned na začátku je potřeba udělat si jasno, jestli má být prodej výrobků jen přivýdělkem, nebo jestli by se dříve nebo později měl stát zaměstnáním, které člověka uživí. Začněme z té jednodušší strany a představme si, že na výrobě nezávisí naše živobytí, a stačí nám pouze si přivydělat. Kde a jak výrobky prodávat? Kde prodávat? Při prodeji se můžeme rozhodnout pro jednu ze dvou cest, nebo je můžeme i kombinovat: Prodávat své zboží sami, či vyrábět pro někoho jiného a starost s prodejem nechat na něm. Online prodej Prodej naživo Jak si určit cenu Co dál? Tak. Handmade byznys
Craft & Creativity Äntligen kan jag berätta om årets version av vår kreativa adventskalender! I år har The Creative Collective Sweden bjudit in fantastiska gästbloggare för att fira att det här är vår tredje adventskalender i rad! Varje dag i december presenteras ett nytt inspirerande projekt – något att skapa, baka eller bara göra i förberedelse för julen. Det ska bli så spännande att se vad våra gäster The House that Lars Built, Sweet Paul, Mokkasin, Kreativa Karin, Babes in Boyland, Det Gröna Skafferiet, Musqot Design, @mycasa och Kriis Kitchen hittar på! It’s going to be so much fun to see what our guests The House that Lars Built, Sweet Paul, Mokkasin, Kreativa Karin, Babes in Boyland, Det Gröna Skafferiet, Musqot Design, @mycasa and Kriis Kitchen will come up with! Foton/Photos: Helena Nord, Mormorsglamour Den 1 december drar vi igång och första luckan öppnas hos fantastiska Gina på Willowday.
Luffarschack med målade stenar –Tic tac toe with pebbles Att måla på stenar är ett roligt sommarpyssel. Vi använt färg från två olika märken som lämpar sig utmärkt för ändamålet. Både färgerna från Martha Stewarts Crafts och Plus Color fäster utmärkt på stenar. Vill du ha målade stenar utomhus så klarar färgen det också! Du behöver: Små stenar (gå på skattjakt i naturen!) Måla stenarna ett lager, låt torka (ca 20 min) och måla ännu ett lager så täcker färgen bra! Låt andra lagret färg torka och måla ögon eller andra mönster. Dags att börja spela! Både stenarna och pinnarna är enkla att ta med på resa om man vill.
Min syhörna – My sewing space Det är dags att visa lite mer från mitt nyinredda pysselrum och turen har kommit till min lilla syhörna. Där har jag äntligen fått till en plats där min symaskin kan stå framme hela tiden. Skrivbordet är ett loppisfyndat skrivbord som jag fått av min pappa och som han var snäll nog och slipade och snyggade till för att jag skulle kunna måla det. Jag satte hjul på skrivbordet för att dels få upp arbetshöjden och dels göra skrivbordet flyttbart. Mer om skrivbordet kommer lite längre ner i detta inlägg. ————It’s time for me to show you a bit more from my newly decorated craft room and this time I thought I’d show you my sewing space. Jag har valt att förvara min samling av band i små hyllor som jag hängt upp på väggen. En del av mina band förvarar jag upprullade på trådrullar av trä och de smala banden är sorterade i Tic-Tac askar, en idé som jag snappade upp på en sida som heter Instructables. Åter till skrivbordet. På skrivbordet passar min knapprydda virknålsburk in fint.
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