Though my fascination with flash fiction has continued unabated, I haven’t been writing any recently because I was focusing on another project: a story for a mate, which is now complete. It was a touch shy of 16 K, which might not sound much to novelists –they’d just be warming up– but since most of my forays are around 100 to 300 words it was quite the epic.
A while back, I got a macro lens for my camera, so here’s a picture post of some bugs and flowers that I’ve taken.
A caterpillar we shot today riding to school
A cicada breaching
Free at last
The empty casing, with a visitor
A sleeping snail
A colourful caterpillar
A tiny new frog
It’s all about perspective. The sprouting leaf is tiny to us, but huge to the nearby ant on the wire
A leaf up close
Rain on leaves
When you gotta go… (that’s not rain)
Simulated rain once more (this time by pouring water)
I used this picture as an illustration for a piece on Prose
A praying mantis
I was a touch mopey a while back, having a whinge to a mate about how I should call myself an aspiring aspiring writer, as it’s even another step removed. She gave me some good advice, and then after I finished reading her email, I went through the backlog of her tumblr that I hadn’t seen for a few days, and saw this post she’d reblogged:
draw stick figures. sing off key. write bad poems. sew ugly clothes. run slowly. flirt clumisly. play video games on easy. you do not need to be good at something to enjoy the act. talent is overrated. do things you like doing. it’s ok to suck
It really resonated and motivated me. Not to write of course, heaven forfend that I’d be focus on what I “should” be doing. Instead, I got a burning desire to make it into an animated gif. I can’t draw well, and I don’t really understand layers. But what better way to grok them by messing up repeatedly in a fun side project? Surely it won’t take long?
I reckon it took about 20 hours or so to make. 93 layers for the stick figure character, and 93 individual pictures later I’m ready to stitch it all together (that’s 93 that I keep, not counting the ones where I had to go back and re-do them because I had a better idea but didn’t save them in separate layers or something). A waste of time because it’s not very slick? Maybe, but it was fun. And that’s kind of the point. Hopefully the intense focus on this project will carry over into my writing now that I’ve had a bit of a break.