Monday, June 9, 2014

Doodle 4 Google 2014 Winner

I've been looking at the Google Doodle for today, Monday June 9th, and I am amazed at the sheer volume of artistic imagination that it involves. I was significantly impressed enough to have to take the time to be sure and let everyone know about it. The doodle starts off as a colorfully imaginative painting and then when the user clicks on the Doodle, it comes to life and begins a series of animations that repeat and help keep the eye drawn to the painting. This doodle just happens to be the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition winner. Google asks kids all over the country in grades K-12 to draw doodles, and this year's request was to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. Out of more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners, Google selected 11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York as the 7th Annual Doodle 4 Google winner. According to Google's site, Audrey said the following about her doodle -

"To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life."
-Audrey Zhang, 11.

There are more delightful elements in Audrey's painting than I could go over here in this blog post. Trust me - it's worth checking out - click the link below.

Google Doodle 2014 Winner

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Book Project and Blog

Check out one of my new blogs that will deal specifically with "Geeky" subject matter - not sure if I just made up that word or not, but irregardless - check it out here.

Friday, August 30, 2013

For the Love of Writing

The thing I love about writing more than just being able to express myself in words as fast as my fingers can type is that it allows for an outlet of my thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts stray to the negative, just as we all struggle with inner demons, yet oftentimes they are good and insightful, and as I grow older - occasionally wise.

I love writing just for the sake of writing. Being a geek and technology lover of all kinds, I am a very introverted individual, which means that my alone time, while it may be alone - is still spent oftentimes creating things for other people to read that they may never read. To me it doesn't matter how many people read my blog for example. I put articles out there that I feel are somewhat polished and worth a read, hell - I reread them on occasion, but I do it for the love of writing not for the audience. That is one pitfall that many writers may face - when writing a book or a story, even a short - you must never forget the audience that you are writing for. This is one lesson that I am still learning. I am beginning to adapt my writing style to my intended audience. I will someday soon try my hand at children's books, at teen books, maybe even a coming of age book, ala Stephen King. Except mine may be in a Science Fiction setting - just because I can.

The important thing that all writers should know though. Write because you love to write, write because if you don't write it hurts too much. Write because you have to write, because you need to write - it's part of you and part of what you leave behind when you are long gone. Your fans may never be many, but your words will live forever.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Short Story On Its Way

My next short story will be in one of the timelines of a multiverse created a long time ago by Robert A. Heinlein. It is a multiverse in which every single world created by every single author in the history of time really exists in it's own universe and timeline. This is the world that Heinlein "created" when he wrote his Future History series.

I speak of a world where the oz of Frank L. Baum is real - like in The Number of the Beast, or a world where modern weapons won't work - but where magic will work, and golems can be defeated by making them swallow themselves - like in Glory Road. The story I plan on writing will be a short that will include an appearance of one of Robert Heinlein's seminal characters, Lazarus Long.

This story will be geared towards a younger audience so will be mild in language and violent content, but will portray the wonders of space in such a way that hopefully will be able to influence children to begin or to continue their journey in reading science fiction. It is the genre I indeed find myself turning to more often than not. The freedom of expression that it allows as a writer cannot be surpassed by the others, and the canvas that is available is far more brilliant and strife with potential conflict than any other.

Mankind is a copycat. Humans like to continue doing things that pioneers in all areas of science have blazed trails in. Yet, today we see our space program threatened by massive budget cuts, and we see our country's interest in space travel and space related technology waning greatly.

This story is a simple one that begins like many other stories of it's kind. It begins with three boys in their youth that love to build model rockets, and dream of going to the moon...