AtoZ 2017: A is for Avatar: The Last Airbender

A is for Avatar: The Last Airbender To start off the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, let’s look at the dragons in the animated tv series Avatar: The Last Airbender. A description from the amazingly detailed Avatar Wiki about the show reads: Avatar: The Last Airbender, also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in PAL regions, is…

Writing Thoughts: Things are not what they seem…

There is only one plot.  Things are not what they seem. — Jim Thompson When I set out to create these writing thoughts posts each week, I usually peruse a list of quotes by well-known authors and latch on to the first one to really grab my attention that day. Today that is exactly what…

Smaug the Magnificent by Andy Fairhurst

Today I’m on time again, finally!  And I get to share the work of an incredible English professional artist named Andy Fairhurst, starting with this beautiful image of Smaug the Magnificent, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  While Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug was about the only thing I liked about the recent movies, I think…

Writing Thoughts: Homework for the rest of your life…

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. — Lawrence Kasdan, screenplay writer and author Kasdan, the screenplay writer of some major motion pictures in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises among other things, is 100% correct.  Being a writer, and especially a daily blogger, means I’ve signed myself…

Writing Thoughts: Lightning bugs and lightning…

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain I’ve always liked this quote, although it wasn’t until I went looking for the source that I realized most of…

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko “dragon” … and disapointment

  Meet the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko.  It’s the only “dragon” known to exist in modern times, and — oh, wait, what now?  This isn’t real, it’s Photoshop?  Damn, that’s disappointing. Yes, unfortunately, this is not a photo of an oddly-evolved gecko with dragon-like wings.  The picture does give me tons of ideas for how…

Discover Challenge – The Poetry of List Making

Apologies in advance, but this is not the next chapter of the Neeka Story, sad to say.  That is still vexing me, despite the fact that once again, I know very well what I need to write.  The words just aren’t coming, which is pretty much what happened with Finding Dragons too, and why I switched…