Prompts and Challenges

This was a post that I had published the same day last year. I thought why not post it again. There have been some changes, like Sue’s weekly word challenge hasn’t been active for a while, Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge is on a break, Steve’s musicology has changed a bit but otherwise things are still on, I guess 🙂
There are a couple more which I am currently participating or that I know of. They are
c) Julie’s Travel Photo of the week (this is on a break I guess for now)
If you are looking for challenges, you can check these out and join the fun. Happy Blogging 🙂
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I did have a list of the Photography related Challenges listed down so that when I feel like it I can participate. But didn’t think that posting it might actually help anyone because I am as much a newbie to this as are the others. But then when Ger asked me for the list yesterday I thought, irrespective of whether others already knew about it or not, it may help someone if I did publish them. So here is a list of prompts/challenges which I know of, even though I take part only in two photography challenges per week (as much as my work can let me do it) and two writing prompts (just for fun)

Photography:
Cee has a couple of photography challenges. They are Odd Ball Challenge, B & W Challenge, Fun Foto Challenge and Which Way Challenge. You can check them out on her site. There are separate menu links for the same.
If you like playing with your photographs and doing editing and stuff like that, then Robyn’s One Four Challenge might be interesting.
You might like Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge, if you like taking photos of your pet(s).
Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is a good one, if you like playing with your photographs, be it editing, or if you frequently like taking or editing your photographs in monochrome.

Sue does her weekly word based photography challenge, which is almost similar to Daily Posts’s Weekly Photography Challenge.


 

Writing:

If you wanna take part in some writing Challenges or prompts, you should check out Linda’s SoCS, hosted every Saturday (you will get your prompt by Friday evening) and JustJoJan, for the month of January only. ( I am gonna tag this post for the prompt )
If you like writing short fiction based on a photograph, then you can check out Al’s Sunday Photo Fiction. A similar prompt is done by RocNaNo using their Wordless Wednesday photographs.
You can also share your world with Cee’s Share Your World weekly questions.

Music:
The only one Music related prompt that I take part and I currently know of is Steve’s Cosmic Musicology. Its fun and I am yet to do my post for this week’s questions. If you listen to music and have a good collection of songs in your playlist, you might wanna give this a try.

And there is a whole lot more and you can find them here.
For people who like literature, you might wanna check out this site called Interesting Literature.
Hope you find some which might interest you and if you know of any other cool prompts, please do let me know.
Just one tip: Make sure you ‘tag’ your posts with the corresponding prompts as is given in their descriptions and to add the correct pingback so that it will be easily visible to others too.
Happy Blogging & Sharing.
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Oh! That feeling!

It has been too long since I have done this and I am not so sure of myself now. Do I want to do this now? Am I right in pursuing this ? What if I got turned down or rather I embarrass myself in the process. Who knew a self imposed too-long hiatus is going to cause so much anxiety when I have to do it again!? Just thinking about it is giving me goosebumps and is that my heartbeat that I hear sounding like a speeding bullet train? My hands are so cold and numb now. I know the mechanics of how this happens, but it isn’t the same anymore. I feel like I have forgotten how. This sucks. But I have a feeling that this time it will be different. Is it because I am more experienced?  Or is it because I don’t have anything to lose? No idea, but all I know is I want this for sure. If only I can take this at the face value and not get too involved and expect so much out of it. I am trying, trust me, trying very hard to not panic and spoil it. I hope I don’t say anything inappropriate as I always do in a very importune moment. But the sparks of thoughts that keep exploding in my mind – I am not able to control them. So I leave them be and try the relax using my breath. I come back to the now and here when I hear the other person say ‘Lets start this interview with the basic question, now shall we? Tell me something about yourself.’

 

Part of JustJoJan

Adding some FX

Downloaded GIMP, thanks to my friend who uses it, and tried to create some pinhole effects on the existing photographs. Am not sure if they indeed have that pinhole effect, but I kind of like the output, except may be in the last one where I feel it is a little too bright. What do you think ?

londonbridge_pinhole

eiffeltower_pinhole

gretnagreenpinhole

 

I am not sure if you have noticed, but I almost always end up posting an odd number of photographs for any challenge. Almost all my WPC challenges have three photographs. Honestly, I don’t know why, I like posting them in threes. If not then just one. This didn’t occur to me until I saw Linda’s JustJoJan’s prompt (one of the challenges/prompts I am currently doing and for the others, if you are interested in some, you can check this post here)  for the next ten days, which was related to numbers.

What’s that app?

I ain’t on Facebook, irrespective of the fact that I am there as part of my friend’s posts, but then since I ain’t being tagged and for the fact that I don’t have an account over there (pseudo or not) I can claim that I am not there, yet (even in spite of being pressured a lot recently). But ever since I joined gym last year, I am on Whatsapp (even when I had my old phone with access to very less data using 2G) because the timings or any updates to my classes were done through Whatsapp. I am not fond of texting and try to avoid it as much as possible. That in turn means that I don’t take part in the Whatsapp conversations unless and otherwise it is necessary.

I literally groaned my frustration when my brother created a Family Whatsapp group and included all of my family members (yup, the only one who was left was my Mom who got an Android phone as a gift from my brother for her birthday last year and he set it up for her with an email account and loaded it with enough games for her to spend her free time). My brother is too much into all these social media stuff. He is the one who introduced me to blogging (even though he doesn’t do it anymore) and I will be grateful for that. But he texts too much for my comfort. But imagine my surprise when my sister also gets a little bit more involved in texting in Whatsapp, sharing the photos of kids, their daily activities, their fights, normal chit chat of the day and this inspite of them being in the same town and much closer to each other. No wonder my dad went running for the hills in a day or two , in other words , it means he left the group 😉 My mom is still figuring stuff out and I haven’t spoken to her yet on this to get her feedback on her view of this whole new text world. So yeah, suddenly everyone is on Whatsapp (well because every one has a phone now, duh!) irrespective of whether they are on Facebook or not. There are lots and lots of groups created to communicate (my brother told me that there is a 60+ member group he is part of , which consists of members of a whole village, imagine that), people share forwards and all those stuff they did earlier through FB using Whatsapp groups.

And not to mention the famous blueticks and the set of jokes and repercussions that it triggered when that got enabled. Blueticks should be used only when you really need to know if the other person received the message or not and not for why they haven’t replied. If you are able to disassociate receiving and replying you can live in peace with it. I just don’t care about it, blue or gray. What triggered this rant like post on Whatsapp ? Well this article, where they were talking about the growing numbers in Whatsapp. If every single person who has a phone and with the data getting cheaper (comparatively) start using Whatsapp instead of texting over Facebook it is obvious the numbers will grow exponentially. And I know I am already part of that when I got added to the Family group in Whatsapp. And I am already considering the mute option on them.

 

Also part of JustJoJan

I don’t need to know

Do we need to know where we are going? Looks like someone doesn’t need to know it, especially when there is some strange connection happening 😉

https://soundcloud.com/mikey-mccleary/i-dont-know-where-im-going

Heard this song as part of an advertisement (forgot which one). And thanks to his old bollywood classic remixes I started following his music in sound cloud and found this song in his latest album. Its got a catchy tune isn’t ?

While I am that person who would like to know where I am going, I do feel this.

I’ve got a feeling, got the feeling

Something good’s gonna happen