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how to tell if you're a writer

“How to tell whether you're a writer: 1) Write something. 2) If it took far too long and you now hate yourself, you're a writer.”
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so, +Steven Spence bravely offered some of his photos for people to edit, and here's what I've done so far. I've no idea what that thing is in the picture, but I liked the shape and texture and felt like playing with the colours a bit.

The original photo is here:

and here's a link to the post where Steven shared a whole album for people to choose from:

Thank you for being so brave, +Steven Spence, and offering 75 of your images for people to play with. There are so many beautiful shots in that album, many of them just too beautiful for me to even try editing!

(tools used: - my general go to for photo editing.)

#photoediting   #collaborativeart   #photography  
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Oh nice! I love the colors. 
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yay. my husband is a hero. well, he's my hero anyway. he's fixed the fridge door back on. we have a fridge. I repeat: we have a fridge.

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well, duh, isn't that what trampolines are for? ;)
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clever, indeed!
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wow. today was the first time today this year (wow, I must have been really tired when typing this) of feeling too hot in the car. weather forecast said 19 (around 66F for the Celsius-challenged among you) but I really think it was hotter than that. also very dry and it felt like there was sand in the air. Got back from the supermarket and actually changed into shorts, and that was in the evening, with windows wide open - but no breeze.

anyway, it's past 9pm now and it's cooled down a bit, I'm back in my jeans and have put the extra shirt back on over my t-shirt. feeling very tired though. always feel tired after doing the supermarket, but that extra heat added to the equation, and also the noise in the car park when I got home - there were neighbours saying goodbye to visitors in a manner which was perfectly reasonable and friendly but I just find loud voices overwhelming, especially when I'm tired.

still, the shopping is done, and all is quiet now.

and this is probably the time to remind myself of stuff I can be thankful for, starting with the fact that I'm actually able to do the supermarket shopping - having enough money to buy all this stuff, and having a car, and being able to drive, and living in a place where there is abundant food available and where it's safe to go out shopping and where there are even nice, pleasant cashiers and where most people most of the time drive reasonably and - see, meirav, there is so much to be thankful for just in this one supermarket trip! not to mention a nice husband who helped me bring the shopping in from the car. and a fridge that works. and a freezer that works. and a laptop that works, including wifi, which means I can sit here in comfort and type with the laptop on my lap.

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there's also this old post, about why I do this stuff.
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I found Marvin!
brain the size of a planet, and he's on Twitter...

#towelday   #hhgttg  
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this was an interesting read, though it totally wasn't what I was expecting from the headline - I thought they'd be talking about the opposite problem: people writing a whole chunk of text without breaking it into paragraphs. I see this so much here on G+, and there are times when I just don't bother reading.

but this is about the other end of the spectrum: paragraphs consisting of just one sentence each.

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But seriously....

I see the giganto-paragraph more often than the micro- one.
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"Most customers today are not prepared to spend over 20 minutes filling in a survey, and studies have shown that the people that answer long surveys are significantly different from the typical customer. They are heavy users of the internet, and are more likely to buy and browse online. They don’t represent your customers or the population."

this rings true - as someone who is happy to spend that long filling in a survey, I know I'm not representative of the general population.

#surveys   #marketresearch  

h/t +Ariella Brown.
The long market research survey (anything that takes over 20 minutes to finish) is a dead man walking.
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Now that advertising has commoditized every person's every waking moment, we're starting to realize that our time is actually valuable. When I ask you to take a survey, I'm actually asking you for a free consultation. Unless it's something you're passionate about (or you're lonely, or bored), I have no reason to expect you to "donate" your time toward bolstering my bottom line, and it would be a proper negotiation for you to ask me for something in return.
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oops. that bit earlier should have read:

thank you, God, for a fridge that was working up to now.

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update: thank you God for a husband who is so handy with a drill and stuff. (fridge now temporarily back in working order.) (the door had come off. a bit at the bottom of the door was broken. husband made a new metal bit instead of the bit that broke.)
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blogging and chatting about hhgttg is all very well, but shopping needs to happen too.

watch out, supermarket, here I come, armed with cash and a shopping list, to raid you like a viking. or something.
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my latest blog post - it's about my blog posts.
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Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself.

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.) I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus. I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social networking so valuable. I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

I keep rewriting the bit about photography here, because it's been evolving so much. I started out (in 2010) just pointing at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera to create visual art.

In terms of the technical side, I'm a pretty clueless beginner with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value. Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.


If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever. If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to getting to know you more.

p.s. I don't do Hangouts. I much prefer typing to people than doing that face-to-face live conversation thing where you have to think up answers on the spot and you can't edit and rephrase or delete that totally stupid rash comment - it's bad enough having to do that offline, I don't come to G+ for more of the same. I'm a socially awkward penguin. That's just the way it is.

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