Category Archives: Daily Post Topic

Swans and Butlers

Read on if you wish to make sense of this post’s title…

  • Swans
  • Ever had one of those old Digital cameras with an SD card which you forgot to upload to your old, compatible computer? I have! One of my first cameras was given to me by my father, a PhotoSmart C200 – it sounds quite nice, and it was at the time, though it has quickly become outdated technology. If I ever manage to get the pictures extracted from the device and onto my Mac, maybe I’ll have a few swan photographs to post.
  • Butlers…
  • …is my response to today’s DailyPost prompt. Though it won’t really make sense without clarification. If I had to choose someone to be stuck in a foxhole with (although, if you ask me, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a fox hole in the first place, nor would I expect to find myself entangled in that sort of dilemma) – I’d choose Domovoi Butler (first name is a spoiler if you haven’t read the… second book I believe?), the most capable bodyguard of Artemis Fowl. With him, I’d likely have little to fret about.

Possible Prompts

Below is a list of prompts I’ve come up with in response to today’s DailyPost topic. I’m certain many have been used before, ideas are hardly new nowadays, though these are what came off the top of my head.

Current Events Questions:
i. If you were given the chance, how would you have “solved” the dilemma of raising the debt ceiling? Would you have utilized existing legislation, or developed your own? If you developed your own, what would this legislation entail?
ii. What do you think of the Presidential Office? How has it fared over the years? Explain.
iii. Should Americans, or any member of a particular country for that matter, be required to know basic knowledge about their country and perhaps the world? For example, the basic workings of their gov’t, their type of government, how the country is organized (provincial, states, etc.). Explain.
iv. According to an industry report, 95% of online music downloads are illegal. What do you think of this figure? Should additional action be taken to protect intellectual property on the internet, or should the music industry provide music for free? Explain. Consider the artists that create the music.
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jan/16/online-music-illegal-downloads] [http://hothardware.com/News/95-of-Music-Downloads-are-Illegal-IFPI/]

Other Questions:
I. What type of pages do you usually bookmark, “like,” tweet, or favorite?
II. What are the characteristics of love? Can true love really hurt?
III. What is your favorite poem? Explain.
IV. If you could be the leader of every country in the world, simultaneously, for one day, able to pass any and all legislation you desire without question, what would you do?
V. If you had the resources to make the next blockbuster film, what would it be about?
VI. If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, what would you choose? Explain.
VII. What sort of games did you used to play as a kid? Write about the one that first comes to mind.
VIII. (Multiple Questions) How do you define an idea as original? Are any ideas really original, or simply derivatives from another’s inspiration? Why do we have intellectual property laws? Explain.

DP: How do you know where your boundaries are?

“How do you know where your boundaries are? We all have limits for what we are willing to try, or do, but how do you know that you haven’t gone far enough? Or when you go too far?” – Scott Berkun, The Daily Post

Boundaries… often times they are only superficial mental barriers that we set up for ourselves.

I cannot do this because I never have before… 

I cannot experience this, because I have never experienced anything like it…

It often takes a leap of courage to overcome these obstacles – moreover, with that leap comes a realization, which is this: there is a drastic difference between being unable and unwilling or inexperienced. For example, eating escargot is often a scary though for many Americans, yet for most, they are physically able to consume the dish. The only thing that stands in their way is the mental barrier they set up for themselves.

Mental boundaries may be overcome, although some physical boundaries may prove to be insurmountable. For myself, I know I cannot continue doing something when it will result in death, when I have reached my peak physical limit in some particular challenge. Yet when I am tired, or desiring to quit, here I may find the chance to persevere. To grow and develop in whatever it is that I am doing by pushing myself above the average 100% bar.

When considering boundaries, there is one remedy we often overlook: God.

In God there are no boundaries (except for that which compromises the law and character of God’s perfect nature), and by the power of the cross anything may be overcome.

The One Thing EVERY Writer Needs

My Idea Boxes

Idea Boxes

When I read Erica Johnson’s, or rather, Shari Lopatin’s10 Reasons Every Writer Should Keep an Idea Box, it made me think for a bit – even to the point of considering buying my own “idea box” from Barnes and Noble (and I found the one mentioned here). Then I recalled my suitcase, my 3DS, my blog, and the many other places I store my ideas – they were all idea boxes, simply not consolidated into a singular medium.

My Suitcase – I started using my suitcase when the clusters of papers scattered around my room became overwhelming. The folders within helped me to separate each of my writing projects into organized categories, and I could fit a few pens here and there for use on the go, with easily accessible sheets of paper in the two end-side binders.

My 3DS –Who would have thought my Nintendo 3DS would actually help me

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My Nintendo 3DS

along in my writing? In addition to it’s internet browser, and plethora of apps, there is a program called “Game Notes” – which I have found to be invaluable in the past few months. My latest writing project has produced a variety of random ideas which beg to jotted down immediately. If I feel the idea slipping away, faster than my hand can write, I record it on the 3DS Sound Program, essentially explaining the idea to myself when I need to recall it later.

My Blog – Although I don’t traditionally use my blog for storing ideas regarding fictional mediums, I do find it imperative for allocating my blog ideas for dates that I am lacking in creativity. In the drafts section of my dashboard I find this solace, and there I store my many brainstorms – good and bad, for potential future use or deletion.

My Notebooks – In the area of stationaries, I am certainly not lacking! And, in the long run, they are definitively the most vital in recording my thoughts and conveying bursts of inspiration, especially those which make themselves out to be quite lengthy. I’ve written entire manuscripts in my notebooks, and I can always return to them when I wish to review, with a hint of nostalgia, how my writing has exponentially developed. Unlike a computer, they cannot crash or catch viruses, though I can certainly lose them! This is why I store the majority of my idea-books on a shelf in my bedroom, easily found and kept track of, even with my INFP unorganized personality.

My Computer – Aside from my blog, I tend to use computers as an archive of my thought processes. Generally for the purpose of temporarily storing and printing out my final drafts (which find their way to my suitcase – if I don’t give in to my unorganized tendencies)

My Mind – The most unreliable finds itself to be my first and last resort. When I have an idea, I make certain to record it into one of the above mediums, but if I (for some odd reason) find myself without, then I attempt to store it in my brain by memorization. “Make the character do this… Make the character do this… Make the character do this… What did I want the character to do again? Oh yes! Make the character do this…” Even though I have a keen memory, I don’t always maintain the best concentration when other, more important thoughts, bring themselves to center stage.

What is Your Writing Box?

Do you rely on the ole’ noggin, or go digital with an iTouch, iPad, Droid, or other high-end technologies? Whatever the case, I most certainly agree with Shari Lopatin- keeping a writing box (or boxes), in it’s many forms, altogether calls for and develops observation, authorial solidification, unique perspectives, annihilating boredom, instills importance, literary diversity, and a most fun experience (most certainly instead of fumbling around for an idea you have hopelessly forgotten).

If you don’t have one and you call yourself a writer – get one! You won’t regret it. My idea boxes have helped me to grow and mature as a writing, fine tuning my skills by learning from my mistakes and gain innovative perspective and experience. Inspiration may strike from the slightest of ideas, and by writing one down, you may find yourself one day with a bestselling novel in your hands.

10 Things to Do This Summer

Wheat in the Hulah valley, 2007

Image via Wikipedia

In response to today’s Daily Post topic, here’s some things I plan to do this summer (in no particular order).

1. Read: Lots and lots of books

2. Finish writing my book

3. Exhaustively revise my book

4. Attain a copyright registration for my book

5. Locate an agent

6. Strike a deal and publish my book

7. Review upcoming films

8. Spend time with friends and family

9. Review up and coming novels

10. Make it through summer with the WP Post-A-Day 2011 Challenge!

What Film Have You Seen More than Any Other?

Opening logo to the Star Wars films

Image via Wikipedia

As sad as it may sound, Star Wars (which film in particular, I do not know) would have to be the answer for me. My father first introduced me to the classic trilogy when I was younger, and from there I was a fan. I went to see Ep. 1, Ep. 2, and Ep. 3 in theaters, and received the DVD set for my birthday. Now, however, I am not as avid a fan of Star Wars as I used to be. Though I may watch a movie occasionally on a simple whim. The Star Wars series is quite imaginative, and historically innovative – responsible for introducing some of the major special effects we have today. If you haven’t seen Star Wars, don’t make the easy assumption that it’s for “Sci-Fi geeks,” plenty of supposed “cool” or “normal” people have seen it as well, whether or not they want to admit it.

Top 3 Posts

Congratulations on completing month four of the challenge! Since January, you guys have collectively published almost 150,000 posts!

To celebrate being thirty three percent done with Post a Day/Post a Week, share your top three favorite posts that you’ve published since starting the challenge.

Erica Johnson

  1. Gaming in the Third Dimension [3DS Series Finale]
  2. OBJECTION!: Ace Attorney Series Review

    And there you have it! AW’s top 10 list in no particular order!

DP: Our Mission Statement

Today’s Daily Post prompt intrigued me more than any other –What do you want to accomplish with your blog? What is it for?

Not to mention its bonus…

Bonus: Many blogs I see never explain to readers what the goal for the blog is, which makes it hard for people who stop by to know if they should come back. Write a post about your 3 goals for the blog, who you think the readers are, and what you’re offering them in terms of topics or themes. Then take a much shorter list of your goals, and include it in a sidebar widget.

A hearty thanks to Jim Adcock for his submission of this topic!

Here is the Adventure Writer Mission Statement, which will be amended and revised continually until its just right!

Although this a multi-subject blog, I do have a few set goals that will remain.

  1. I will continually provide reviews on movies, books, music, manga, MMORPG’s, WordPress themes, video games & consoles, food, and anything else suitable for review! In these reviews, I ask readers to keep in mind that I add my personal opinion into each post – I hold firmly to my Christians values and beliefs and will not compromise.
  2. I welcome any appropriate comments – however, any vulgar, profane, racist, or in any way slanderous comments will be deleted or marked as spam – not to be displayed on this blog. Courteous constructive criticism is welcome and I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog! Any other cordial comments and feedback are encouraged as well – I just have one request: think about what you say before you post it!
  3. This blog is not in any way meant to badger, slander, or reflect and elaborate upon darkly sarcastic, cynical, satirical topics and discussions. I will abide by Biblical standards and keep a civil tone in my writings. As a Christian, I agree with the statement made by Brother Andrew, author of God’s Smuggler: that we are not anti-other religions or other beliefs, rather “pro-Christ.” I am open to the expression of one’s personal beliefs, though you may certainly expect to see me express mine in return.This blog is for informative and expressive purposes – if you have any questions, please leave a comment on one of my posts.
Thanks for reading!
-Adventure Writer

DP: Top 10 Faves Not Done In Over a Year

Today’s DailyPost topic? List ten of your favorite things to do that you haven’t done in over a year.

Here’s mine (in no particular order):
1. Finished reading a book for recreational purposes / read Christopher Paolini novels (Read plenty of books for educational purposes however)
2. Finished writing a novel
3. Finished a TV series
4. Finished a Movie series
5. Finished reading the “Complete Sherlock Holmes” book
6. Watched a Louie Giglio sermon
7. Sat down and tuned my art skills
8. Read an art book
9. Constructed a Lego Masterpiece
10. Read C.S. Lewis novels
11. Read Francis Chan novels

Delayed Again

There’s delays on airplanes and at airports, delays with product release dates, and even diplomacy & government related delays – just take a look at our close-call U.S. government shutdownn!

For the purposes of the Adventure Writer Blog, I’d like to call that rescheduling. 😉 In regards to the Nintendo 3DS review, it sems to have grown into quite a collosal creation – incorporating all Nintendo 3DS & DS Series information discussed thus far and expanding upon it in one bulk guide to the 3DS/DS Series. Think of it as, to use a popular term, a review “on steroids.”

Despite this somewhat large delay, the Adventure Writer Blog will continue as usual – which is to say, jam-packed with photographs, reviews, creative writing, Daily Post prompt answers, and so on!

In other news, today my suggested prompt was featured on Daily Post: if you could pilot any vehicle/mode of transport, what would it be & why? I’ll try and answer that sometime in the not-so-near future!

Cordially,
Adventure Writer

P.S.- Some of the grammar mistakes and lack of information seems quite unnerving to me – expect changes!