Banded demoiselle

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:39 pm
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Banded demoiselle
Banded demoiselle perched on the roof of the woodshed. The toddler was delighted.

We get these damselflies as well as dragonflies flitting through our canal-side garden every year, but they don’t often stop and say hello.

Radiant Dawn (Picture #4) -- original

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:46 am
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Title: Radiant Dawn
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 119
Rating: G
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Mystery No More - Killdeer

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm
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I'm fairly sure I saw this bird swooping over our lake, possibly eating insects. It was hard to get a clear picture of it as it kept walking around and didn't stay standing long. Does anyone have any idea what it is? Read more... )
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Title: What They Need
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 235
Rating: G
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Aye, Robot

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:44 pm
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Aye, Robot by Robert Kroese

Further adventures of Rex Nihilo and his faithful robot Sasha. Serious spoilers for Starship Grifters ahead.

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Title: The Treehouse
Fandom: The Faculty (AU = this story is a part of my 'Homeland-Universe, where Casey & Zeke are married and have adopted a little boy)
Characters: Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
Words: 583
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: Of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the characters

Casey rubbed his nose and smudged the spot of paint even more. )

Monday's Short Story!

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:16 am
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http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170814

I like the idea of a Raymond Chandler mystery story set in Agatha's world, although this P.I. -- excuse me, P.J. -- might turn out to be a slightly less conventional hero than Philip Marlowe was.
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Title: What She Wants
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 147
Rating: G

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Amnesty Round #1

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:31 pm
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Challenge #8 is closed now. We have six fills written by four authors for this round. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Now it's time for our first amnesty round. Please note, that amnesty rounds always run two weeks.

Amnesty #1

Writing period: 13.08.2017 - 27.08.2017

Amnesty rules

- you can write every prompt (challenge or special) we have had so far.
- you can write single stories or combine the prompts in which way ever you want
- you can write as many stories as you want
- you don't need to follow the special rules (but of course, you can, if you want to do so)

- minimum word count: 100 words
- please put the pictures into your story
- interpret the pictures in which way ever you like. As long as you can explain the connection between the picture and your work everything is fine.

You can find all prompts in our Prompt Archive

Please visit the FAQ for more information.

We also have an AO3 Collection. Feel free to add your work - but please also post in the main community here at [profile] dreamwidth


Good luck and have fun!
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Title: Vacation on Hawaii
Fandom: The Faculty (AU)
Characters: Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
Words: 1631
Rating: R
also written for [community profile] getyourwordsout Bingo
Disclaimer: Of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the characters

This one is his masterpiece. Worldwide unique. )

Starship Grifters

Aug. 11th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese

Action, adventure, and con games in outer space!
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Friday's Short Story!

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:10 pm
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http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170811

What Agatha and Van need is someone with experience in doing good and helping people, some sort of Adventurer. Someone who can be discrete, someone who is a Gentleman....

Brimstone butterfly

Aug. 10th, 2017 08:39 am
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Brimstone butterfly
[Macro image of a female brimstone butterfly sitting on a green leaf, with lovely veined and spotted green wing underside on display.]

I am thrilled to have taken this photo. Brimstones visit our garden every summer, but I've never seen one actually have a lengthy rest in it, let alone allow me to get this close with my giant macro lens and pap it repeatedly.

Arrival (Picture #15) -- original

Aug. 9th, 2017 09:19 pm
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Title: Arrival
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 109
Rating: G

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:46 pm
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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Action! Adventure! Rescuing nobles from the horrors of the French Revolution in melodramatic style!

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Wednesday's short story!

Aug. 9th, 2017 12:00 am
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http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170809

*** IF *** this is canon, then it tells us that a third person will survive the saga!
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Title: First Sight of the Village
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 197
Rating: G

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Death by Meeting

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:19 am
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Death by Meeting is a surprisingly corny yet compelling book on how to run more effective meetings. It’s a business book couched in a terribly written narrative and yet I fell for one of the book’s premises - that an engaging story will keep readers hooked.

The TL;DR version of the book is basically - instead of having a long two hour weekly meeting, break it up into different meetings by type, such as a daily scrum, weekly tactical, monthly strategic and quarterly offsite meetings.

But, as you can imagine, doling out that piece of advice isn’t very profitable, so author Patrick Lencioni disguises it as the story of a fictional gaming software company that needs to shake up their meetings after they are acquired by a larger gaming software company. The villain of the story is one JT Harrison, who never says much but strikes fear into the heart of Casey, the founder of the smaller company. To the rescue is his good friend’s son Will. With Will’s guidance, the supporting cast of business unit managers change the corporate culture to impress JT Harrison and thwart any plans to fully absorb the company. If this sounds all incredibly dumb, it is. I read the short chapters (some are just two pages) right to the end, all to find out if Casey and Will can save the day. There’s a twist to the ending, which one might guess because...

Will’s educational and work background is in advertising, marketing and filmmaking. He happens to become employed at Casey’s company because he needs a break from school. Surprise! A maternity leave presents the perfect opportunity. Will uses his savvy to observe the terrible weekly meetings and institute change.

The corniness of this book made me roll my eyes so much that I thought they would fall out of my head! I used to work in web development and I don’t feel the portrayal of the software company to be very unrealistic. A company where everyone gets along so perfectly that they have to create conflict? Where they accept an outsider’s suggestions so easily? Haha, hahahaha! Truly, the fictional software company, Yip, is a figment of Hollywood imagination much like those perfectly beautiful homes in movies. But, I do have to give Patrick Leoncioni credit for creativity and trying to make a buck at it! The sticker on this book was $26.99 Canadian.

Oddly enough, the most offensive thing about the book is making light of Will's mental health issues - it seemed odd that it was included at all. For example, he goes off his medication and it's during that period that he can tell his boss that the company meetings suck, then he promises to go back on his medication. It really sounded like Will's criticism had to be justified somehow? I'm not really sure what the point of that was.

If you are looking for a practical book on leadership and organizational culture, this is not it. I imagine a fair number of readers would consider the book a complete waste of time for the little amount of information it contains.

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