Tech Pick: Picnik & Google Wave

The poems are finally free for the world to read. Bet they’ll cause a controversy – I’ll probably be arrested for disgustingly amateur use of language.

Okay, back to the main topic – some fun tech I’d like to introduce to you all.

Picnik is a fast, free and fun photo editing site. It’s got stickers, humour, great effects and collage options. No registration is required.



Nice! And if you’re a relatively professional editor, you can upgrade to Premium for as low as $2.08 (US I reckon) a month. (Okay, maybe it isn’t that low. Maybe it is.) Anyhow, the free version’s definitely worth trying out. There’s text, stickers, simple borders etc. Have fun, but don’t waste too much time on it! 😀

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Second tech feature I’d like to introduce is Google Wave. It’s been around for some time, but most people have no idea what it’s about. (in the 20 people I asked, only 1 knew) Let’s take a look at Google’s explanation:

“Google Wave is a new online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using text, photos, videos, maps, and more. Learn more at wave.google.com.”

Wave is like an interactive e-mail: you can playback, edit the conversation, reply etc. Wave is currently in beta and requires invites from Google or other friends, so if you want it, go and ask someone for an invite or signup at Google. 🙂 It’s generally great, except that sometimes it can be really slow. Oosh.

That’s it for now – Be right back with a lot more!

Voila!

So this is what we have, Pas un Cliché, after the makeover. And in PINK.

Do you like it? Probably not.

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of pink. This theme just…fits. Well, except that the columns are too small, that is. 🙂

Good news – the poems will soon be unlocked! I’m just thinking no-one will even want to copy my work, anyhow. But let me state it clear here and now: if you plagiarize my work, you’re looking for trouble. BIG trouble. >:)

There’ll also be a lot more coming up with this casual air that’s caught up with the mid-years. And expect another makeover in a few months.

Love,

Jessica

inspiration!

Find yourself in the flax of writer’s block? You’re not alone.

But what IS writer’s block? It’s most likely not block at all – just a refusal to write down what you think is ‘junk’ and not good enough. As a great writer once said, there is no such thing as writer’s block.

Anyhow, let’s see how we should deal with this situation. First of all, inspiration. How does one get good ideas that interest themselves, and their readers? Can you just pull out a genius concept out of your head? Unless you’re a magician or something, probably not.

Many have the misconception that some writers are born with the talent of ‘reaching into their heads and pulling out bestselling ideas’. I’m sorry, but there’s no such talent. Writers get ideas by thinking and rethinking, by being involved in the world, and by being open-minded. Practice, practice. I know that’s what everyone says, but it’s the truth.

Humor is also developed progressively through reading and exposure to funny people (read Nuri Vittachi!). Try thinking round the bend, out of the ordinary. It’s a painful process and doesn’t come to most easily, but it sure pays off. Soon you’ll be immersed in the joy of writing good work.

You’ve got all the necessary qualities to be a great writer – believe in yourself, and just do it. 🙂

Note: I’m sorry for being dull and long-winded – just haven’t mastered the craft myself, but know the way as told by other successful authors. 🙂

BoOks! How to get them read!

Most writers write to share with others. But how do they get their books read in the first place?

1. BookRix

Pros: It’s free and there is a wide audience. Also, there are occasional writing contests with monetary prizes your book can win.

Cons: The format isn’t all that good. And for people who are writing as an occupation, people don’t have to pay to read your books.

2. Young Writer’s Society

Pros: It’s an open forum full of aspiring writers. Niceee!

Cons: No monetary payback for those who need it.

3. Lulu

Pros: People can actually BUY your books. The format is a little nicer than BookRix’s, but it isn’t the best, either.

Cons: The books are expensive.

4. Get a publisher

Pros: It’s classic – get your own REAL book. Published, edited…

Cons: Not that easy to achieve. Publishers more than often reject novels. And you’ll probably have to pay a sum of money to get it published in the first place.

There are also numerous other sites to house your works. Because of technology, writers have a much wider platform to express themselves and get known. Hope this helps, and happy writing!

Jessica

Apologies, and best of luck!

I’ve been reading Sol Stein’s book “Stein on Writing” these two weeks, and it’s given me a multitude of new ideas on composition. Have you ever tried to characterize or capture the distinct features of people you see on the street? Or maybe describe particular feelings with vivid sentences and phrases? Try it! It’s fun and will dramatically improve your skills over a short time period if used frequently.

The mid-year examinations approach…I wish the best of luck to all who need to take similar assessments, and thank all teachers for putting in so much effort in teaching us students this semester!

Terribly sorry about the lapse in writing entries. Writing regularly in a blog is a challenge I have a personal rivalry with – developing good habits aren’t as easy as I thought. Apologies! Hopefully, all you readers will forgive me for my irresponsible acts.

Love,

Jessica

Headache

Throb, throb

Pulsing

Strong and clear

Concentrated, deep and piercing

Squishing, compressed inside

The pea-sized cabinet.

As if submerged in icy water

But heated fast, not cold

Throb, throb

I cannot think a single word

My brain structure’s lost its mold.

Surely!

Stones hitting at the rear

Can you not see a being here?

Watch out!

New daggers flying

To your skull

From all directions

You can’t see them

Hear them

Touch them

But you can feel them.

Strong and clear

Concentrated, deep and piercing

Squishing, compressed inside

The pea-sized cabinet.

Headache
Don't you feel a headache coming when you look at this image?