Currently, I have a list going of almost 300 books that I want to read, not including the books I have lying around my room. So a little earlier in the year I decided to challenge myself to read enough books to reach a 100 on my list. Now I’m not reading 100 books in a year! That would be impossible but 100 books until now, so far in my life. But I know I’ve read more than a 100 books but I can’t remember all of them, never mind the actual story. Some books I will be re-reading probably next year cause I’ve already got enough books this year to reach 100.
Currently, I’m reading book #98 The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis. The books in this series are pretty easy to read and goes by fast! Next year, I’ll probably go slower. Maybe have a 25 books a year goal? We’ll see!
You can follow when I finish a book and what book I’m reading next on my Twitter.
I recently discovered the concept of flash fiction. Essentially, it’s a very short piece of prose fiction ranging from 100 to 300 words. I don’t know exact how many words because, as I was doing research on the subject, a lot of websites said something different. I love this concept because I love keeping things short and to the point. All my posts so far have been pretty short, from 100 words or more and I plan on keeping it like that. Short, precise and practical posts.
Anyway, I tried my hand at writing some flash fiction and had a lot of fun writing it, although it was hard, I must admit because I forced myself to write only 100 words! This piece is called Matchbook.
Quinn threw her purse on her bed as she flopped down next to it with a sign. She looked around the room, her eyes settling on her window. A row of objects sat there behind the translucent lace of the curtains, their shapes like a city skyline.
Quinn unzipped her purse and rummaged through it, finally pulling out a well-worn matchbook. She walked to the sill, pulling back the curtain and placed the matchbook by an empty beer bottle. She looked down the row at each object. Just objects yesterday but a mere 24 hours changed them into gold.
Recently, while I was questioning a lot of things in my life, I was asked why I like graphic design? It got me thinking.
Graphic design is the skill used to combine text and images to convey a message.
I like graphic design because it is not only a practical career but also a practical concept. Graphic design is everywhere you look and is used by everyone, whether you are aware of it or not. It is used from greeting cards to pages of a book to street signs. As a career, it allows me to be creative while having a practical career helping businesses communicate effectively.
Another reason is I have a passion for good design. Whenever I look at graphic design work, I feel like I can do a better job, objectively rather than subjectively. Graphic design, in order to be effective, has a set of rules in order to communicate to people effectively. Of course, these rules can be broken but are very important in a business setting. This is where art and graphic design are separated.
What about you? Why do like your career?
So here it is. The last day of National Blog Posting Month. It went by so fast but it was a lot of fun. I can’t believe it! I also can’t believe that I actually made it through posting daily for 30 days. It really is a big accomplishment for me because I didn’t think I could do it. But I did! I let loose and went with the flow.
I didn’t think too much about each post but I did follow one rule and that is to write at least 100 words. I’m not too wordy. I think my writing style is direct and to the point (something to work on) so I don’t dwell too much on the details. Some days it was really hard coming up with a 100 words on a prompt. Other days, it just kept coming! So 30 days x 100 or so words = 3,000+ words! I don’t think I’ve ever written that much!
Posting daily also made me realize, it’s definitely not something I want to do (daily posting, that is!). It would basically be a full time job! So I give a lot of props to people that do blog daily all year round! For me, it’s definitely a once a year thing for me! Until next year, Happy NaBloPoMo!
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Last week, I re-read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder for my 100 Book Challenge. It was about Laura Ingalls and her life in the woods around the 1870′s, somewhat auto-biographical. I thought it was a pretty good book because I just love reading about the lives of people that used to live in that era. I’m sure it was a lot of hard work because everything was done by hand. Wilder describes the chores everyone had to do but also the yummy dishes they got to eat and fun they had, sprinkled with anecdotes and music lyrics. My favorite song, something you are probably familiar with, was this one:
“Oh, Susi-an-na, don’t you cry for me,
I’m going to Cal-i-for-ni-a,
The gold dust for to see.”
I’d definitely recommend this book to readers young and old!