Posts Tagged ‘Wakefield Mahon’

Monday Mixer: November 5

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Nov 05 2012

Okay, with Menage Monday finished and Motivation Monday on hiatus, I have made my first foray into the Monday Mixer–partially to keep the creative juices fresh by writing something other than my National Novel Writing Month project which has yet to go well.

So without further ado, I bring you;

 

TIDINGS

Saint Nicholas’ skyscraper pierced the earth like a heaven sent spear, to the euphoric adulation of peoples far and near. From atop the imposing monolith, the holiday harbinger watched the world and judged. Few suspected perfunctory good deeds no longer sufficed to get off the Naughty List. The Saint’s mandate had changed.

The masses burned on their own sinful coals the first Christmas after the coming. People feared God again, recognized the inadequacy of maladroit attempts to live as He commanded. Offerings and sacrifice resurged; pilgrims crossed the icy tundra to the estuary where the North Pole had landed.

The greedy dealt in terms they understood, bringing gold and jewels. The poor appealed to the Saint’s jovial nature, offering holly, verbena, and other decorative plants. The desperate turned to sacrifice, foisting their sins on a goat, a piglet, lamb or even house pet.

All the while, Nicholas watched and judged.

 

 

[trying for Over-Achiever with the entry, since I saw no reason not to]

150 words excluding the title

Wakefield Mahon

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
May 16 2012

This Other Web Wednesday I’m featuring a site that I go to every week, but am ashamed to say I have yet to make a really thorough exploration of. Wakefield Mahon writes poetry, code, music and verse, makes videos and likely has even more talents I’m unaware of. What I do know is that he is an excellent flash-fiction writer, and host of the Motivation Monday blog challenge.

Wakefield is a student of stories, and knows the craft well across mediums and genres–so there’re are a lot of gems to find on his site, from his poetry to flash fiction posted to various challenges and collected on the site. I love his characters and relationships, and you can tell he knows what he’s doing from the way he brings things together.
So I am very excited to read his novel, “Jade Dreams” as soon as I get some time together. I’ve had my copy maybe a little too long without reading it, but it is finally at the top of my To-Read-List and I couldn’t be more excited. By Wakefield’s own description “Jade Dreams is a 33,000 word middle grade fantasy that uses anime, martial arts and magic to explore the ideas of multiculturalism, spirituality and identity.”
All things that I love and trust him to deliver brilliant. Also, I believe the actual legend of Mulan is involved in the story–which as much as I enjoyed the Disney Movie the real legend is much more exciting to me.

Now for the interview portion;

-How long has http://www.wakefieldmahon.com/ been on the internet?
The current incarnation of wakefieldmahon.com has been on the internet for two years.  I’ve had some form of web presence for most of the last twenty years.

-Do you have other sites your fans should know about?
I have a youtube site where I occasionally put up music videos and cartoon shorts:
http://www.youtube.com/user/wmahon/videos

-What was your motivation for creating http://www.wakefieldmahon.com/ ?
Originally, I put up the website to share my poetry and what I’ve learned in pursuing a semi-professional writing career.  Once I discovered writing challenges, I had to create one of my own and Motivation Mondays was born.

-What would you most like to happen with http://www.wakefieldmahon.com/ in the next year?
I’m hoping to expand Motivation Mondays.  We’ll have guest judges and I’m hoping to add some prizes and even create a separate website.

-Is there anything else readers should know about you or your website?
I’m currently working on two novels and over a hundred short stories.

My Phone Monday

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 16 2012

I’m now realizing that with a couple of Blog Competitions on Mondays (Cara Michael’s Menage Monday and Wakefield Mahon’s Motivation Monday respectively) if I’m going to do a good My Phone Monday post I’ll really need to prepare it by Sunday or just get lucky and have a Monday with nothing else major to do.

So unfortunately this first one will not be a “good one”, but the whole point of these posts is something to keep you entertained and me on the web until August when you’ll get another serious project from me again. But for now, this My Phone Monday I present for your consideration;

Shazam

Not too shocking I imagine, but I have Shazam! On my smart phone. This spiffy music tagging device actually pre-dates smart phones and is fun to yell just before using it like a special technique in an anime.

The range of songs it can identify and then connect me with in iTunes has been a tremendous boon to my library of songs. My family eats out fairly regularly and I love world music, so I get to hear a lot of music that I’d never be able to pronounce the name of let alone read–and thanks to Shazam I now have much of that music in my library to enjoy the music and utterly mysterious lyrics whenever I like–or even better have come on randomly and be like “Wow! Where did that come from? I should Shazam that!”

Now, I’ve got the free version on my phone, not Encore… Though in researching for this post and discovering that fact I am seriously considering the $5.99 price tag for Encore. The free version, which I have, features advertising banners–which are small and unobtrusive, but Encore apparently connects to Pandora and Spotify which could be sort of cool. But mostly I’m looking at it as a free app that I wouldn’t mind paying $6 for, and which a $6 version is available.

Any time I want to know what’s playing–or just save it somewhere to be purchased later even if I do know, but being me am likely to forget–Shazam has shown remarkable ability to identify even obscure and foreign songs, and to work with an average level of background noise. My only real complaint is the few times it hasn’t worked I couldn’t tell for sure if it couldn’t hear the song or just couldn’t recognize it–but that has been a rare occurrence indeed.

So I’m giving Shazam 5 out of 5 Stars, because you can get it for free and it does something pretty cool (identifies music for you) and does it reliably. You’ve probably all already heard of Shazam and have your own opinions on it, but maybe somewhere down the line something will turn up on my phone you haven’t heard of or hadn’t made your mind up about yet.

And that’s the first My Phone Monday!

LGS on Break

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Dec 19 2011

Very sorry to do this, especially in light of a potential uptick in readership during this holiday season, but I’m afraid there will be no Lost Girls’ Society update today, or for the rest of this week. I’m far enough behind on enough things that I’m going to have to spend this week re-establishing a writing buffer for automated posting in order to maintain the quality you should expect from Lost Girls’ Society.

If you’re interested feel free to speculate via comments as to how Audrey, Horera and Nadine might spend a Christmas (or generic winter holiday, though Audrey at least is in fact Catholic). There will still be some sort of frontpage update on Wednesday and Friday (and obviously this one today) so I might delve a little into the holidays from character perspectives. We’ll see what my schedule allows.

If you’re looking for more reading though, feel free to pop over to some of the weekly Blog Challenges such as Cara Michael’s Menage Monday or Wakefield Mahon’s Motivation Monday (which I’m personally judging this week!).