Smorgasbord Daily Blogger – Monday 14th August, 2017 – Karen Ingalls, Nicholas Rossis, Charles Yallowitz, The Story Reading Ape with Jemima Pett

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Welcome to a new week of blogging highlights and to start us off is a post by Karen Ingalls.

Fascinating post by Karen Ingalls​ on the subject of tears.. if you think that on closer examination tears of sorrow are the same as tears of joy.. you would be wrong. Our emotions not only colour our judgement they create different patterns in our tears.

The geologic complexity of that secret place is what photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher explores in The Topography of Tears (public library) — a striking series of duotone photographs of tears shed for a kaleidoscope of reasons, dried on glass slides and captured in a hundredfold magnification through a high-resolution optical microscope. What emerges is an enthralling aerial tour of the landscape of human emotion and its the most stirring eruptions — joy, grief, gladness, remorse, hope — reminding us that the terra incognita of our interiority is better trekked with an explorer’s benevolent curiosity about the varied beauty of the landscape than with a conquistador’s forceful intent to control and sublimate. (Artist Maira Kalman affirmed this notion with great simplicity and poignancy in a page from her marvelous philosophical children’s book: “If you need to cry you should cry.”)

Head over and find out what the differences are between tears of joy, sorrow and other  emotional triggers:

Now something for the more technically minded of you who put pen to paper.. or fingers to the keyboard. The ultimate in writing apps that creates an environment and personal assistance to allow you to focus on getting your next bestseller published. Nicholas Rossis gives us all the details about this app and by the sounds of it, the next generation might just write the book for you… interesting to see the development in this kind of software and useful writers across the board from students to authors of all genres.

There are over 100 different kinds of text editors available on Windows and macOS. There are some alternatives to Microsoft Office for Linux OS, while Linux users do not have such a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a light minimalist text editor.

Being a professional or an amateur writer, a student, a person who just needs to make some notes, there is always a need to write down some important stuff. For this purpose, there’s a new app you can install on any of your machines and use for writing texts of any kind. Write! App was developed with a distraction-free environment in mind, where users can focus only on what is important at any particular moment.
Introducing Write!

Read the rest of the post on this app:

Charles Yallowitz with a well researched and fascinating look at shields.. essential reading for anyone who writes fight or battle scenes in historical or fantasy novels.

A while back, I was asked to write about the different types of shields. I’d already set up the posts for July to promote The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, so here we are in August. This takes a lot more research than normal for me because I typically only used three types: Buckler, Large Round (Targe) , and Tower. So, I’m just going to list all the types and be informative:

Buckler– These are small shields that are about 18 inches in diameter. This doesn’t help much against projectiles, so it’s more useful in close combat. Even then, it won’t protect much against large weapons, so one could see it more as an offensive weapon that you can punch with. Supposedly, the Buckler is partially responsible for the term ‘Swashbuckler’ because it was used to give some defense while depending more on offense.

Targe– Also called a Target, this is a concave shield that is round and are what you probably think of first. They tend to be iron or wood or a combination, but they are big enough to protect the main body and head. Not at the same time though. Not really sure why it’s a rectangle up there since all the pictures I found were circular. Anyway, this is what would be one of the three standard shield types and shapes.
Roundel– Also called a Rondache, the second type is a bigger circle made of boards of light wood and rope. Then it was covered with leather or metal plates.

Check out all the other shields, shapes and uses:

And to finish today.. a guest post on  The Story Reading Ape from Jemima Pett on the subject of naming your characters… we all have preconceived ideas about what someone is going to look like or behave, especially if they have names that remind you of someone you were not too keen on.. or very keen on.. And certainly when it comes to Jack Reacher, I had to put my prejudices aside…. love Tom Cruise but he is not 6ft 6inches tall.

Luke Skywalker

Elizabeth Bennet

Jack Reacher

Stephanie Plum

Indiana Jones

Bridget Jones

Zarko Fanwester

Each name probably leaps into your imagination. If you’ve seen them on film or tv, you may have a distinct image of them, too. How well do their names fit the personalities you treasure them for?

Luke Skywalker. Luke is a solid name; shades of biblical resonance, traditional. Skywalker; surely he isn’t a dirtfarmer or whatever they do in the desert where he lives. He belongs in the air, a pilot, at the very least. Is he a hero? Maybe not intentionally.

Find out more about the names and the images they conjure up:

I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of great blog posts… see you again tomorrow.. thanks Sally


18 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Daily Blogger – Monday 14th August, 2017 – Karen Ingalls, Nicholas Rossis, Charles Yallowitz, The Story Reading Ape with Jemima Pett

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