Busy Stillness: Layered by the Seasons and Solemnly

Often a photo is “layered” with clever perspectives and subjects, and open to interpretation.  Most weeks of the year WordPress offers a weekly photo challenge, which is to help bloggers on the platform to find inspiration in a picture.  The challenges are published Wednesdays, and you can read this week’s photo essay about layered photos https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/layered/

St. Catharines
Amid Maple Lawn Cemetery

Over the last few years, most of my photos have been taken in the setting of Maple Lawn Cemetery, where I co-direct operations, acting as a junior assistant to my father.  I take photos out of a love for the creative, and I thought back a little as to how best an assessment of “layered” might apply to my pictures.  Being a nature setting, there is quite a bit to photograph there that could be described as layered because it is an accessible setting to photograph.

 

A photo I took of my dad taking a mental measurement of the cemetery is layered in that you can see how movement “through” the cemetery field might be explored, how it is that the subject, my father, is of interest despite being solitary amid cemetery headstones, and how it shows texture since fall leaves are scattered in a way that delineates the foreground.  It illustrates layered as a photo that tells a bit of a story about what is happening, and if unknown to the viewer might require imagination as to what is going on in the photo.

 

If you are also blogging your photos for the sake of the WordPress photo challenges, or otherwise enjoy the picture here, you are welcome to like, comment, and/or follow.

  

Good luck with your own photography, and happy autumn to you.

 

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On the corner in the place I inhabit

When you’re growing up in a small town
You say no one famous ever came from here
small town, Songs for Drella, Lou Reed & John Cale

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is the word inhabit and this week’s photo challenge is an essay on the corner. I wanted to say something on my blog before too much time had passed so I looked to see what the daily prompt was saying today and I went out and took a couple of photos to participate in the weekly photography challenge again. I am beginning to understand that for my blog to have the faintest chance of being readable I have to dispense with the grade school rules of writing and begin to think more about how a blogger need think and how a blogger need write, and I’ve been on WordPress five years now and I know it doesn’t really amount to much.

Corner theme
Friday, August 25

It doesn’t mean I’m frustrated or full of self-doubt or anything like that. I’ve become convinced that there are new rules for writing on the Internet, and what need be done in the fashion of blogging, you can see plain as day from the words in front of you how a style of blogging best resemble. Similar to how it is now.

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Friday, August 25

What should be said? Perhaps as little as possible. Perhaps a little more, though, because why shouldn’t your life include a blog?

It’s near-essential. I don’t like much about the place I inhabit, I admit, but I grew up in this and I remain, despite the diminishing odds for success and the relative poverty and narrowness of opportunity I shoulder. I have family here and other supports and resources and it is a comfortable life, just not a daring one (you can find the website for our family-operated not-for-profit here).

Does it depress you thinking of something like what it is to be from somewhere that is mostly unknown? Don’t let it. For every withered self-help tome that exhorts the benefits of change and proffers a philosophy of optimism, don’t overlook the relative advantages of leading a comfortable life.

You should work hard and you should be kind, but never let the gloom in the streets extinguish the fire of passion you feel or clamp down on your enthusiasm or ruin your day in the least. Everything is as it should be, I whisper.

The times are exciting and even with only relatively scarce resources you can try this, and you can chase your dreams if they’re gathered in your arms or you can at least make out that you are having a good time. Living well is the best revenge, it’s said, and I would encourage you, if I really knew you, to put that into practice and to have a bit of fun what with everything you’re required to do and what you think you can do, to make your life better for yourself, and to experience a comparable level of satisfaction with your living in light of what you profoundly wish and desire.

That being said, I thank you, for reading this and for taking an interest of any kind in WordPress. If you relate to what I’ve said here, feel free to “like,” comment, and/or follow if it suits you. Good luck!

Jenna Marbles for President

Like Sunshine the Future is Welcome

WordPress provides a series of supportive prompts, including Daily Prompts which these days are typically one word, designed to get participating bloggers writing about similar themes at the same time (often unbeknownst to one another).  I check the Daily Prompt when I think of writing a blog post, and today’s prompt is the word, “glaring,” which interests me because I immediately think of what is glaring that is obvious.  I relate the word glaring to the phrase glaringly obvious.  The prompt is here:  glaring

 

I think some about video, which is an extraordinary innovation in 2017, and which is provided for consumers at many levels, both amateur and professional (and in between).  The word video, as I understand it, typically refers to video content, which is videos that are assembled in relative entirety, or in sequential formats, possibly to inform, and often to entertain.  For example, the king of social media, Facebook, is debuting today original video inside the “Watch” tab on your Facebook account.  I presume this debut is coming across the U.S., but I think I have to wait to teach myself the “Watch” tab rather than seek out too much additional instruction (and thus feel the element of surprise), as I am at home in Canada.  You can learn a little more about the “Watch” tab on Facebook in the U.S. here:  https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/facebook-watch/

 

00001. While the news doesn’t make the same waves in Canada, it is just one more aspect of video in 2017 that indicates that if you are marketing content for business purposes, you need to be afield in video content.  Personally, I help operate a not-for-profit with a small following on Facebook, and while we’re short of the mark where the potential to show video content exists, at least we are somewhat informed as to what is happening with small business and the Internet and we are persisting with some hopes for video in the future.  Visit us here:  

https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited

A summer funeral
Peter checks that the cemetery plot is complete the day of the funeral.

You are welcome to network with us by clicking what WordPress, like Facebook, calls, “like,” if you have an interest in what I am posting.  You can also click, “follow,” on my blog, if you want more content along the lines what I am writing, and you can also leave a comment.

Expectation and Its Counter Effect

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “expectation.”  An expectation, as I understand it, is of a nature that something of which you’re aware is coming to you.  Being Valentine’s Day, you may have the expectation that your significant other will be giving to you a memento that both remembers the special occasion and pledges romance to you.  However, I am sure there are many for who the idea of remembering Valentine’s is a somewhat discarded idea, while at the same time there many a number of folk for who it is among the best days of the year.
Having an expectation, which is to receive something you are due or which you feel is second-nature to you, means that there is some likelihood you will actually encounter the expectation which is yours.  If an expectation, which you feel you are owed, is somehow frustrated, you will feel tangible disappointment and possibly even anger, as you feel short-changed by the event which falls short of your expectation.  A remedy for this may be to re-evaluate your expectation so that your attention turns to how and why it is you feel to you your expectation is due, and you are less disappointed when your expectation goes unfulfilled.
Another tactic which might be effective, in the case of an unfulfilled expectation, is to leave room for error, so that when your expectation is thwarted, you aren’t left in the lurch, and might counter so that some aspects of your expectation may possibly be fulfilled.  If you feel something owed to you falls short of the mark, giving yourself other options, which might both satisfy your expectation and give you breathing room by which you might find again your expectation is met, may be the answer when what you feel is owed you comes up short.
If you enjoyed these thoughts on the Daily Prompt, “expectation,” feel free to “like,” “comment”, and/or “follow.”  This is what I reflected on when I sat down to write about the expectation.  If you’re amused, the expectation is fulfilled.
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Fortune is the Result of Aim Coupled with Dedication

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is the word, “fortune.”  When you reflect on fortune, you might think of the sixty hours you could put in at work each week, and the money that goes with the right efforts of long hours of effort.  You can make mastery out of your life, if you have the right drive, experiences, and initiative.  It may take early mornings, long hours of study, and perspiration.  However, if you write your own formula for ingenuity, you might find yourself gearing up for sought-after rewards.  It is up to you to make your fortune.
With any luck, you’ve gained some intuition by your education.  You’ve become schooled, set goals for yourself, and become aware of the dictates set by your own heart.  You’ve gone forward into employment, taken on entrepreneurship, begun to accumulate material wealth.  It is the first ties you have to success.  You have the key to the door for future growth.
I’ve become interested in Patrick Bet-David’s channel for videos on YouTube about entrepreneurship, known as Valuetainment.  Bet-David is like a philosopher to the business world.  He has a deep-seated drive to enrich himself and he undertakes a radical approach to business savvy.  His vision for Valuetainment, as I understand it, is to communicate expertise for those likewise amassing countless hours of the single-minded pursuit of achievements of commerce.  What first captivated me about Bet-David and Valuetainment is Patrick’s thoughts on the future of Twitter.  He has clearly reflected at length on what can be done for the future of the ailing social media giant.  I knew then that Patrick Bet-David was a man of excellent character and insight into concerns which personally were aware in me.  I was stunned that the man has such a terrific grasp of questions which were likewise occurring to me, and of course to many others.  You should take a look at what he said.
I will continue to share some of the Valuetainment YouTube videos, to Twitter, knowing that occasionally they will spark an moment of interest in people exploring both popular social media platforms.  It is necessary to put in the hours for success if you want to be like Bet-David.  I’m a lightweight, merely playing; but there will be those for who Valuetainment presents answers.  Do take a look.
Don’t overlooking subscribing to Valuetainment on Youtube, and consider “liking” this post, “following” my blog and/or commenting.  I appreciate you dropping by, and good luck to you whatever you take on in 2017 and beyond.  I wish you all the best.
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Liz Weston

Mind the Gap

Bringing your personal brand to social media can be quite a lot of work.

Social media is a seductive distraction. If you aren’t prepared to get down to business, you can find you waste hours and days investigating social media, because it never stops and some people just can’t get enough of it. This means that you might find yourself in a position where you spend much more time just reading and looking at what’s on social media, than actually bringing to bear your personal brand as it’s understood with social media. You don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden the clock has jumped and you don’t know where the time went.

This could well mean that your personal brand hasn’t made it to your social media platforms (and never mind the possibility that your efforts at creating your own brand might be diluted by the numbers of social media platforms on which you’re active).

You need to invest time into researching what it means to show your personal brand on social media. Particularly if you are in business, you need to come to terms now with the idea that you are a brand, and therefore you must evaluate what you need to do to make yourself seem savvy and interesting. It is the best way to handle social media. You need to be a part of it to keep up with the next guy, and you need to do it as well or better in order to seem like a flexible, valuable individual. It’s really not all that intuitive, when you get down to brass tacks.

This is where putting your research skills into effect pays off. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information crafting your social media strategy, and you can take away a few tips that will help you focus your social media output into a brand that proves quality and expertise. The tip of the iceberg is your getting started, and research will quickly bring you up to speed with some guidelines about how best to proceed. It isn’t too difficult, but research will certainly help, and that is what the jumping off point is, when you are expanding your personal brand on social.

This post was inspired by the WordPress Discover challenge Mind the Gap. If you like where I am going with this, feel free to “like” and/or “follow,” and/or to leave me a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

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Book Blog Tour – How to Reach Your Writing Goals like a Pro

Book Details

Title: How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about]
Series: How To Master Your Life (Book 2)
Author: M.C. Simon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Format: Paperback and Kindle
Length: 128 pages
Publication Date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: IML Publishing
Kindle Price: $6.99
Paperback Price: $14.99

For the beginning reader, M. C. Simon introduces the excellent Mark Twain, starting her book with a note on illusions: All told, How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] contains an extremely positive message for aspiring writers. M.C. Simon seems to understand the perception that writing is an uphill battle, and has many excellent reasons for her readers to begin writing, if they are not already. Her new book is inspiring, a promise.

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M.C. Simon details many fascinating steps that a beginner can take to start writing. There are many great ideas in her book, and she seems to understand the trepidation that goes with beginning a writing project of some scope. If you are seeking some clarity about your desire to write a book, How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] may be a book you should read. Her guide to analysis of the writing process is quite lovely.

Excerpt

Chapter 2: Step 1 – Declutter Your Mind

OK. Let’s get started!

No matter what your goal is, no matter how easy or hard you may think it is to attain, the first step that you must take is to declutter your mind.

One of the reasons for which you still haven’t reached your writing goals, is the fact that all of what you’ve learned and heard about publishing your book or about becoming a successful writer, were implemented ideas that are now blocking their fulfillment inside you.

“I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened.” ~ Mark Twain.
For this reason, it’s a great decision to first unlearn what you have learned.

Why do you need to do this? Let me briefly explain.

During our life, we’ve been brainwashed to think that certain goals are impossible to attain. I am telling you that this is one of the biggest lies that we encounter in our lives.

If you are serious about your dreams, if you really wish with all your heart to materialize your dreams, nothing… and I mean nothing can stand in your way. All you have to do is to get rid of all the garbage that was inoculated in your beliefs. Do it and don’t lose time finding out who put it in your mind, why this was done, and most of all don’t blame the ones who taught you those things. They were themselves taught by others and maybe they were well intentioned when they did it. It could have just been because they thought that, that was the ultimate truth. No matter what, this is not your problem but theirs. They were wrong, and you just started on the road to prove it to the whole world. [Read more]

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M.C. Simon includes many an interesting insight regarding happiness and goalsetting. Her advice to apply to your happiness and goalsetting is very good. She discusses distractionsof the internet and of the attitude, “Fake it till you make it.” All told, M.C. Simon presents in her book a great action plan list.

Synopsis

How to Reach Your Writing Goals like a Pro – A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author

HOW TO REACH YOUR WRITING GOALS LIKE A PRO is your Step by Step Guide for becoming a Self-Published Author.

This book provides all the proven steps that you need to plan your success and see your writing goals fulfilled. It will not only help with your writing goals but if you adapt the procedures described within this book to all your life goals, you will soon become a Master of your own life.

HOW TO REACH YOUR WRITING GOALS LIKE A PRO

– addresses those who feel that writing is their calling but still don’t have the confidence to do it.
– shows you how to find your answers to: who, what, when, why, and how?
– gives you the boost to overcome all your worries and finally start what should have already been started.
– proves to you that the road you wish to step onto is not as hard as you may think, or as difficult as others have convinced you of being.
– shows you how by following a good plan, you will finally see your book published from ground zero. Meanwhile, you will learn to enjoy each accomplished phase. And most of all… you will learn to relax while you are working for your goals.

With great courtesy M.C. Simon in her new book refers, in addition to Mark Twain, to established author Jeff Goins (with his My 500 Words challenge). Recommending Scrivener is interesting advice, and M.C. Simon provides an amusing anecdote about Grammarly. All told, the account of the finished product of her book is endearing. I am familiar myself with the work of Jeff Goins, and it is terrific. I am somewhat familiar myself with what How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] says about visualization. It is written in nice language.

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What M.C. Simon has to say about insomnia is nice, and she provides excellent advice on goalsetting, advice which is extensive. She also provides specific examples of tools you can purchase to reach your goals. Her Mark Twain quotations are great and her thoughts about positive thinking can be implemented. She concludes with great advice to take after publishing, and her notes notes about the author are lovely.

Buy Links

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1HNKGQ6
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reach-Your-Writing-Goals-Like-ebook/dp/B017Q02KVS/
Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/Reach-Your-Writing-Goals-Like-ebook/dp/B017Q02KVS/
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Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/592786?ref=IMLpub

About the Author

Writer, translator, engineer, researcher, project manager, blogger, eternal student… these are only a few words to describe M.C. Simon.

In a recent interview she confessed:

“I am not only M.C. Simon, the writer whose goal is to rebuild in people the trust in their own forces and in the incredible powers that they received at birth; powers that, maybe they have forgotten about somewhere inside the depth of their being.

I AM all what “I am not only”, and much more! I AM who I AM. And in this form, I follow my Path to consciously touch The Absolute… The ONE who’s Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent.

The same as YOU and like any other soul that accepted in these times, the challenge to experience life inside a human body, on this wonderful planet we call Earth.”

Contact The Author

Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/1HNLu7z
MCSimonWrites Blog – http://www.mcsimonwrites.com/
WritersPayItForward Website – http://www.writerspayitforward.org/
Facebook Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/MC-Simon/526773840785287
Twitter – https://twitter.com/mcsimonwrites
GooglePlus – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MCSimonWrites/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcsimonwrites

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