100 days of word fun

 

I am going to have FUN!

I am going to have FUN!

I’ve just signed up for the 100 Days Project – ‘cos I’m not busy enough at the moment, right?

So for 100 days – between 11 July and 18 October – I’ve undertaken to do one creative exercise every day and share the result on my project page and probably my social media channels.

I’m not going to bombard you all with every little doodle, but I am going to use this blog to reflect on the journey and share some of the cool things my fellow 100-day-ers are doing.

I’ve been pondering for a couple of weeks just what my creative exercise would be but somehow at about 5.30 yesterday morning, it all became clear.

Su on 100 Days

I work with words; as a copywriter, blogger, researcher. And over the years I’ve realised that I write better when I have a visual context for the words. That’s a fancy way of saying I’m crap at writing drafts!

I write better headlines if I’m typing straight into the ad; better website or blog copy when I’m on the page, and better reports and articles when I use a tool like Publisher that shows me how readers will see my words.

So for my project, I’m going to take a word a day and visualise it. Maybe take a photo or draw something; maybe put it with other words in some form. Maybe I’ll turn the word itself into an image. I’m not sure quite how it will work. I just know I’m going to have fun.

Su on 100 Days

 

 

 

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May as well be the World Cup

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Judoka of the Year. The boy-child worked hard at judo, and being awarded the Club trophy meant a huge amount to him. Photo: Tony Gray, 2008.

Judoka of the Year. The boy-child worked hard at judo, and being awarded the Club trophy meant a huge amount to him. Photo: Tony Gray, 2008.

It’s been a couple of years since the boy-child played competitive sport, but throughout his life he’s played soccer, basketball, touch rugby and judo. Over the years he collected a few trophies, but I suspect this is the one that meant the most. Everyone in his club was eligible – from the little kids right through to young adults – and the boy-child was not only a junior, but a newbee too. In awarding Judoka of the Year to my son, I think the sensei was guided by both faith in the child’s soul, and an ability to see something that others couldn’t.

The boy-child has given up judo, but the determination and focus he brought to that discipline has simply found it’s way into new endeavors. Whether these ever result in more trophies is irrelevant; he knows he can commit all his talent and energy to what he loves and achieve something good.

This week Ailsa’s challenge at Where’s My Backpack was “World Cups”. Here are some other interpretations of the theme that I enjoyed:

http://politonomicsandtravel.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/weekly-travel-theme-world-cups-06-28-14/

http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/travel-theme-world-cups-at-broomhill/

http://foto2nurul.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/travel-theme-world-cups/

http://shyraven23.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/travel-theme-world-cups/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/travel-theme-world-cups/

https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/the-ups-and-downs-of-formula-1-racing/

http://chava61.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/travel-theme-world-cups/

http://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/travel-theme-world-cups/

http://figliodelgiaguaro.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/travel-theme-world-cups/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/travel-theme-world-cups/

https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/a-cup-of-beauty/

http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/travel-theme-world-cups/

 

Six word Saturday: coffee, toast and a good book

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Lazy day breakfast. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Lazy day breakfast. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt from Cate at Show my Face. Here are some other blogger’s Saturdays that I enjoyed:

http://elainemcnulty.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/six-word-saturday-hectic/

http://travelwithintent.com/2014/06/28/out-of-date-future-festival/

http://retired-not-tired.blogspot.ca/2014/06/six-word-saturday_28.html

http://guidinglighths.com/six-word-saturday-62814/

http://www.ihearthoneytan.com/2014/06/six-word-saturday28-sushi-x-2-II-stamford-bowling.html

http://www.thereoncewasawoman.blogspot.co.nz/

http://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/six-word-saturday-62814/

http://katheworsley.blogspot.co.nz/2014/06/saturday-six-words-with-sunday-shadows.html

http://moonlightandmadness.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/6ws-62814/

http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/six-word-saturday-7/

http://rainbowbakery.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/six-word-saturday-hen-do/

 

Dreaming away the midwinter blues

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Auckland’s seemingly endless blue skies have clouded over and can now accurately be described as leaden. I have too many commitments, too little time, a persistent headache and I’d love to escape to a world with colour (NB: for the purposes of this post, grey is not a colour).

That is not to be (not yet anyway). So while my body still resides in the relentless gloaming, my mind has taken to wandering. And given that travel is only in my imagination, I thought I should stylize my images to reflect the disconnect between my original experience of them, and the idealised place they occupy for me right now.

My last road trip included a detour to this famous Ratana Church in Raetihi. While I'm incredibly proud of the original photos I took, including one on my phone, today I remember the image like a painting I want to hang on my office wall. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

My last road trip included a detour to this famous Ratana Church in Raetihi. While I’m incredibly proud of the original photos I took, including one on my phone, today I remember the image like a painting I want to hang on my office wall and look at often. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Summer; late afternoon. A walk on the beach with the Big T. Whangarei Heads. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Summer; late afternoon. A walk on the beach with the Big T. Whangarei Heads. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Last year I spent three weeks in the UK; my first big solo trip since before the boy-child’s birth. Every day was an adventure and I revelled in the sense of freedom — of having no-one to please but myself. Two nights at a lovely B&B in Lower Largo wasn’t really long enough, but did afford me with some wonderful photographic memories.

Sunrise, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sunrise, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Twilight, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Twilight, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

The Sage Centre, Gateshead. Photo taken from Millenium Bridge at dusk. Su Leslie: 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

The Sage Centre, Gateshead. Photo taken from Millenium Bridge at dusk. Su Leslie: 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sunshine, sculpture, beautiful gardens and a stately home thrown in. Heaven is in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be precise. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express

Sunshine, sculpture, beautiful gardens and a stately home thrown in. Heaven is in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be precise. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express

It’s appropriate that my last image – of a final shaft of evening sun – should be illuminating the hill above Oriental Bay in Wellington. Appropriate because a trip to Wellington in the next few weeks is my beacon of hope for a change of scene and a chance to relax.

Last rays: the sun setting over Oriental Bay, Wellington, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2012. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Last rays: the sun setting over Oriental Bay, Wellington, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2012. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Travel-based shots (even if it’s only travel in my mind) is my response to this week’s phoneography and non SLR digital devices photo challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Here are some other blogger responses that I enjoyed:

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-objects/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-architecture/

http://neomanu.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-monday-my-choice-food/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-challenge-san-francisco-street-demonstrations/#respond

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/path/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/stairs-3-photos/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-black-and-white-animals-and-plants/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/06/23/jazzy-portrait-painting/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-and-sunday-stills-urban-landscape/

http://walktheselftalk.com/2014/06/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-objects-2/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/06/23/iphoneography-monday-6-23-14/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/06/23/iridescent-bush-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-travel/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/selfie-night-014-june-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-phoneography-monday-portraiture-choice/

 

Wordless Wednesday: love is … someone who can make you laugh even when you feel like death

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Fresh out of the envelope

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passport

My new Kiwi passport arrived today, less than a week after I applied for it. Gotta love NZ Govt online.

Now of course, I want to use it!

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Fresh. Here are some other interpretations that I enjoyed:

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/06/19/travel-theme-fresh/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/travel-theme-fresh/

http://elizabatz.com/2014/06/18/travel-theme-fresh-seafood-on-lamma-island-near-hong-kong/

http://acrossthebored.com/2014/06/18/travel-theme-fresh/

http://2geeks3knots.com/2014/06/17/travel-theme-fresh/

http://janalinesworldjourney.com/2014/06/17/fresh-squid-on-sihanoukville-beach/

http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/06/16/travel-theme-fresh/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/travel-theme-fresh/

http://thirdpersontravel.com/2014/06/14/fresh-travel-theme-photos/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/travel-theme-fresh/

http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/travel-theme-fresh/

http://timwolversonphotos.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/basil-and-parsley/

http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh-barcelona-style/

http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh/

http://max510.com/2014/06/13/weekly-travel-theme-fresh/

http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh/

http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh/

http://chava61.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/travel-theme-fresh/

http://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/travel-theme-fresh/