Flower Photography: Singular Beauty, Universal Appeal

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singular beauty, universal appeal- K’lee L.

There will always be objects in nature that make us stop; make us pay attention if only for a moment before returning to our thoughts and destinations. On a recent hike through Golden Gate Park here in San Francisco, this single lily seemed to dare me not to stop and acknowledge Nature’s power, her subtlety, and her magic.

There are ongoing drought issues in California, issues that are pretty serious, but something about this lone flower surrounded by deep, rich greenery for a moment made me forget the state’s water problems and focus on the gift of Nature.

Hope you’re having a great Sunday.

K’lee L. © 2015

The Floating Yaks and Tibetans of Wang Yiguang

K'lee L.:

absolutely breathtaking! Thanks to YouArts for sharing this…

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Wang Yi Guang (53) was born in Yimeng Mountain area of Shandong, China. He is the younger brother of another notable painter, Wang Yidong (王沂東). Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1990. He participated in various national and international exhibitions and art fairs in Beijing, Guangzhou, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Wang Yi Guang works as a creative designer for the China Railway Construction Corporation.
In 2002 when working on the Qinghai-Tibet highspeed railway, the painter was struck by the “humble beauty” of the Tibet, which inspired him to create a Tibetan series of paintings, which were exhibited in 2004 at a solo exhibition “Retrospective of Tibet – The Spirit and Movement” held at Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong.
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Storyteller: Is This The End? On Bringing Your Story to a (Self) Satisfying Conclusion

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to dream is to imagine a world of possibilities…

I’ve decided to make more time to write. There’s nothing too unusual in a writer deciding to write more, I suppose. I make the pronouncement mainly because I’ve been rediscovering both why I write and how much pleasure there is in writing for me.

I enjoy stories; both the telling and the reading of them. I like being transported to a different place, time, or world and these days I feel more inspired then ever to be the creator of those places, times, and worlds.

One of the places I’ve gone to ‘get back to it’ are my older posts; pieces written months ago and basically left on their own- until now!

I (re) titled this post, ‘Storyteller: Is This The End? On Bringing Your Story to a (Self) Satisfying Conclusion’ so as to keep the main theme of the original post; that of telling and finishing a story. but also to expand on those original ideas of finishing a story in a way that is satisfying to both reader and writer.

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The owl in some cultures represents wisdom.

One of the truths I’ve come across lately in my writing is how important it is for me/you, the writer to feel satisfied with what I’ve/you’ve written. It the story you’ve told one you’d want to read if it were newly presented to you?  This is a question I’m using on a regular basic as a checkpoint of sorts as I conclude other stories. It’ll help me gauge whether the story moves me in all the ways I expect a story to move me.

When it comes to big projects; novel writing, this kind of self-check becomes even more important- at least it has for me. Concluding a book involved all kinds of processes; the kind my humble blog post won’t at this time expound on, but if you’re the author of a book who’s somehow found my post, you’ll know what I mean!

In the end, even the shortest stories we write must satisfy us first. Is this selfish? Undoubtedly, but also necessary in my humble obzervashun!

K’lee L. © 2014/2015

Storyteller Repost: Should I Follow New Twists and Turns As They Arise?

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A momentary pause allowing one thought to become another!

*Here’s another of those earlier posts I thank several of you for bringing to light again! I re-post it today in hopes it may spark something new in you, or me… or both of us simultaneously?

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Did you see that thought go by? Do we follow it?

Picture this: You’ve been writing for a bit now. The story you are currently working on is coming along just nicely, thank you very much. The characters feel right, the story itself feels right. Suddenly, out of the darkness (or brightness) of your imagination, the story decides to take a decidedly unexpected twist. It’s as though an element you didn’t expect to enter into the picture has in fact entered into the picture.

What would you do in a situation like this? I mean, depending on how far you’ve progressed in telling your tale, you may choose to follow this strange, new happening. Would you be as likely to do so if say you were wrapping things up? coming to what you only a week ago considered a ‘fitting conclusion to the drama at hand’?

There’s the old saying: ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Can it be the best policy in the realm of fictional storytelling? What does that even mean? Well, here’s my take:

Honesty in the realm of fiction means trusting that sudden, inexplicable turn. You know, the one you never saw coming and actually stepped out of your process to, um, PROCESS! Can you simply incorporate the new twist and let it take you where it may? I ask because it is something I find happening in my own writing more and more. I’m writing a  scene, seeing that outcome I KNOW is the right one when out of the blue –  BAM, change up.

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The tiger is still, but stillness does not keep him from speaking, seeing, or hearing what he must! – K’lee L.

On a few occasions, the twists have been major level. The kind which seem to ask me to put it in reverse, go back to such and such paragraph, or scene, or idea, or spot of dialog, and change something I thought of as solid, able to withstand rewrites and everything!

I’ve to date followed every one of these major twists to my stories. I’ve followed them and guess what? I was eventually rewarded with something better, more concrete, more realistic, more believable. Hey, that’s just me, though…

… to be honest

K’lee L. © 2014

‘The Crimson Dragonfly': Letting the Characters Do the Talking and Prompt the Writing

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I return once again to the writing prompt recently offered to me by Ruby8. While not so much a traditional prompt, but an invitation to write ‘whatever came to mind’ based on a short sampling of her excellent writing, I came up with a segment of a story I titled, ‘The Crimson Dragonfly’, this too based on Ruby8’s words. You can read that initial tale here 

Now, while I can’t speak for other writers and the methods they utilize to coax a story into existence, I know for me oftentimes the smallest things can set it off and if interesting enough to that little writer in my head, I’ll follow to see what I see, oh, and write. Partly based on my curiosity and even more so on the kind encouraging words of those who have read my attempt at designing a story based on Ruby8’s words, I decided to keep the ‘flow’ going with ‘The Crimson Dragonfly’. Instead of just trying to knock out an ongoing and linear extension, I decided to try something different. There are only a handful of characters born of this story so far. I figured I could  one at a time allow them to feed me a part of their story as it relates to the original tale. As with prompt writing, whatever came to mind is what went to page. First up? Lord Chindrat. Sorry, you’ll actually have to click the above link to see who he is… that is if you don’t already! I do hope this continuation might pique the interests of a few who have already read the first part and have some remembrance of this character.

Either way or anyway, here is a second dip into the deepening world belonging to, ‘The Crimson Dragonfly’.

LORD CHINDRAT

“Forgive me, My Lord, but I do not see what you find so appealing in her.”

“Zekima,” Chindrat smiled. “I don’t know who-

“Don’t know who? Who else could I be referring to except the Lady N’dala in Minnshassa? Are there no desirable, interesting women here in Khaz for you to consider?”

“Does Khaz possess desirable women? Yes. Does our capitol city of Khaz possess tradition-minded, non-combative women willing to allow their men to make the important decisions when important decisions related to their continued well being need making? No. My mother it appears was the last of her kind in that regard. However, Lady N’dala- ”

“Sir, Lady N’dala is not the woman you think she is. Don’t be taken in by her beauty, her charms.Photography mirror image swan lake San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts telephoto lens zoom details

“Too late I fear, Zekima. There is no other woman in all of Khaz with N’dala’s beauty or charms.” 

“Might I suggest Lady-?

“Zekima,” Chindrat laughed as he took a seat next to his friend. “I respect no one’s wisdom and foresight more than yours. You know this to be so because I tell it to you all the time. Yet when it comes to the Lady N’dala, I fear your vision became clouded by Khazian and Minnshassian politics long ago.”

“You make a valid point, Chindrat, but don’t tell me, you mean to simply walk into Minnshassa, profess your love, and have she and the royal family accept you and your goals for their holy city with open arms?”

“Where is your faith, Zekima? Am I not handsome, accomplished, and chivalrous, with charms of my own?

“Forgive me, My Lord. I didn’t mean to suggest-

“We’ve seen and done too much in this life my old friend for me to not know you meant well. Still, I understand your doubts. Just remember what the Seeress of the Feramani Vek foretold three months ago. My destiny awaits me in the Dream Palace’s Khanessar Gardens. The prediction can only mean one thing. I will win N’dala’s heart and the city of Minnshassa in one fell swoop during the hour of the Panther Queen.”

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An attendant entered Chindrat’s study bearing a platter with two tall glasses of Vamarian ale. The man set a glass each in front of the two men and then exited.

“You are right, My Lord. The Seeress Hasheet has never been wrong in her predictions. It would be foolish to doubt her now.”

“Hasheet did tell me during my last visit her predictions are not meant to be literal. She suggested three days solitude and meditation before any action taking,” Chindrat said.

“Did you give any consideration to these suggestions? Zekima asked.

“I cannot see her meaning a different outcome than the one I see in my mind’s eye. Success, as was foretold in Haffad, Linjing, and Droma, Zekima,” Chindrat boasted. “Please do not tell me you’ve forgotten those campaigns?”

“I did not accompany you to Haffad or Linjing, My Lord,” said Zekima “Yet I was there in Droma. I’m not so sure that one qualifies as a victory.”

“You are a tough old wolf, my friend,” roared Chindrat, downing his ale and balancing the glass on his opened palm. “Next you will tell me three days of solitude and meditation as Hasheet prescribed could very well change my mind.” Zekima, not one for rapid consumption of the potent Varmarian ale, placed his still half- full glass back on the table.

“I wouldn’t think of it, My Lord.”

K’lee L. © 2015

Nature Photography: A Small Slice of Paradise

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A small slice of paradise to ease the Soul… K’lee L.

Sometimes words are superfluous (…always liked that word…rarely get a chance to use it in a sentence!) Today’s shot is another reminded of why nature is worth paying attention to and how if we allow it, she provides all the Soul Food we could ever need…

K’lee L. © 2015

KLDesignz: Feature of the Day, Once More Into the Rickshaw Bagworks!

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I actually play all of these… some a little worse than others!
K’lee L.

At Zazzle there are many options for how one can ‘create’ art. With all the options available, it’s cool to find a company whose products excite and feel like a great match to what I do. My ‘feature’ for today is built around the San Francisco-based company, Rickshaw Bagworks. I like what they do and, as mentioned previously, they’re my neighbors here in San Francisco so there’s a feeling of connection related to locale. This then is my latest interpretation of Rickshaw Bagwork’s very cool Messenger Bag. I figured with orange being not only a color I explored in an earlier post this month, but a true San Francisco color I’d use it here:

K’lee L. © 2015