Conflict Thesaurus is Here!!

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It’s always fun when there’s good news to share, and today is one of those days. You may know Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus and its E-book companion  Emotion Amplifiers. Well, I’m a big believer in the helpfulness of their books and so I joined their Street Team for The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1). It’s just released, and I am so excited to share a bit about it, and a super fun event, with all of you!

The Conflict Thesaurus tackles all the ways conflict can be used to build tension, push the story forward, raise stakes, and pressure characters to do whatever it takes to win. The guide dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, Challenges…say goodbye to writer’s block, weak plots, and unmotivated characters. If you need help in any of these areas, check it out. You’ll be glad you did.

Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?

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Let’s face it, as writers we’re always doing bad things to the protagonist. We put their loved ones in danger, force them to make impossible choices, and worse. But wouldn’t you like to know how you’d fare as the protagonist of a story?

Let me put it another way: if you were in the hot seat, could you handle the pressure? Would you make good decisions, or bad ones?

It’s time to find out by taking the Conflict Challenge!

Become the protagonist in a special story Angela & Becca have created using scenarios from The Conflict Thesaurus. And heads up, if you survive, you can win some cool stuff!

GIVEAWAY ALERT

While you’re trying not to die in the Conflict Challenge, make sure to enter Angela & Becca’s Conflict Thesaurus release day giveaway, too. But hurry – it ends October 15th.

So, take the challenge…if you dare. And don’t forget to come back and let me know how you did against Camp Deadwood!

The Conflict Thesaurus Is Coming–in just a few days

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The Conflict Thesaurus tackles all the ways conflict can be used to build tension, push the story forward, raise stakes, and pressure characters to do whatever it takes to win. The guide dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, Challenges…say goodbye to writer’s block, weak plots, and unmotivated characters. If you need help in any of these areas, check it out….soon….very soon.

An Excess of…Religion?

Stuart Aken

Some questions for the faithful: This post is a search for answers to questions that have long bothered me. This is a genuine quest for information. I’m interested in the views of everyone, but especially those who espouse a faith.

Assuming your deity is considered both omnipotent (supremely powerful in every imaginable way) and omniscient (knowing everything there is to know), and wondering why he/she/they/it merits worship if your god isn’t these things, I’d like your answers, please. Whether, and how, you answer is, of course entirely up to you. I’m curious about certain aspects of religion and would appreciate a wide range of views, which you can easily enter in the comments section below.

Some background about me, for your information. Raised in the Church of England Christian protestant tradition, I served time as a choir boy, attended Sunday school, and, for a…

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#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 09/Oct/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, interest, and inspire you to create with words or images. Poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph? Up to you.  You can, of course, just enjoy the pictures. My image is untitled to avoid directing you. But the title is here.

If you use the prompt, you can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you want. Please credit me by linking to this post, to allow more people to see both our creations.

Have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

Sometimes, I’ll include my writing inspired by the image.

For a small selection of my pictures, see my Gallery, or for a fuller appreciation, click here.        

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Ten Computer Phrases that Sound Dirty But Aren’t

For a good chuckle, check this re-blog out by Jenny Hansen. She’s got my kind of mind…if you know what I mean. Tom Austin

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More Cowbell Monday is always about laughter. It’s just a rule around here that we start the week that way.

Last night over dinner, my hubby and some family friends helped me put the finishing touch on this post, so a huge thank you is going out to my hubby and our pals, Richard and Marie.

Y’all know about my day job, right? I’m a technical trainer, and I work with a lot of guys.

The computer field is pretty male-dominated so, like anything male-dominated, the terms sound naughty. Can any of you football fans say “penetration” or “tight end?” I’m just sayin…

It always makes me laugh when I hang out with or teach “tech guys” as most of them have wonderful, lovely dirty minds. (You already KNOW I have a dirty mind.  🙂 )

Last night’s conversation went something like this:

I said, “Hey, I’m doing a post tomorrow on…

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Undies For Everyone – a Charity I Can Get Behind

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Google Alerts are the best things since chocolate chip cookies, aren’t they? All the news you care about, straight to your inbox. Today, my “Undie Chronicles” alert brought me information on an amazing charity: Undies for Everyone. Now THIS is a charity I can get behind!

I know our beloved Undie Chronicles discuss all the wacky get-ups adults find to slap on under their clothes (most of which they should be insecure about). But Undies for Everyone was created to address underwear insecurity in children.

No child should have to worry about where their next pair of undies is coming from.

What is Undies For Everyone?

This organization was founded for American children in crisis. From their website: “Underwear insecurity is a condition endured by children in crisis who lack access to new underwear.” They further state, “Kids living in crisis don’t have access to new underwear…

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Today’s #PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 21/Sept/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, bring joy, and, if you like, inspire you to create with words or images. Whether that’s a poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph is up to you. Please don’t feel obliged: you can just enjoy the pictures. The image is untitled to avoid directing anyone. If you need to know, the title is here.

I’d love to know if you use the pictorial prompt. You can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you wish. If you use my image, please credit me in the form of a link to this post. That way, more people will see both our creations.

The idea is to have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

From time to time, I’ll include something I’ve written, inspired by the image.

To see more of my pictures, look…

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Today’s #PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 18/Sept/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, bring joy, and, if you like, inspire you to create with words or images. Whether that’s a poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph is up to you. Please don’t feel obliged: you can just enjoy the pictures. The image is untitled to avoid directing anyone. If you need to know, the title is here.

I’d love to know if you use the pictorial prompt. You can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you wish. If you use my image, please credit me in the form of a link to this post. That way, more people will see both our creations.

The idea is to have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

From time to time, I’ll include something I’ve written, inspired by the image.

To see more of my pictures, look…

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Today’s #PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 16/Sept/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, bring joy, and, if you like, inspire you to create with words or images. Whether that’s a poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph is up to you. Please don’t feel obliged: you can just enjoy the pictures. The image is untitled to avoid directing anyone. If you need to know, the title is here.

I’d love to know if you use the pictorial prompt. You can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you wish. If you use my image, please credit me in the form of a link to this post. That way, more people will see both our creations.

The idea is to have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

From time to time, I’ll include something I’ve written, inspired by the image.

To see more of my pictures, look…

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Today’s #PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 10/Sept/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures for your entertainment, joy, and, if you like, to inspire you to create something with words or images. Whether that’s a poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph is up to you. But please don’t feel obliged: you can simply enjoy the pictures. I’ve deliberately left the image untitled to avoid directing anyone. But, if you feel the need to know, the original with its title is here on my Picfair site.

If you use the pictorial prompt, I’d love to know. You’re welcome to post a link to your work in the comments section, or the work itself, if you wish. If you use my image in your own work, please credit me in the form of a link to this post. That way, more people will see both our creations.

The idea here is to have fun and get our work…

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