7 Days of Landscapes Photo Challenge – Day 2 : Where I learned what you do on a beach.

El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort by Karisma
El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort by Karisma

This is where I learned what you do on a beach vacation.  Recline in the shade, and listen to the waves crash upon the shore, with a book, and no electronic devices.  This was a shocking discovery to me.

From the moment I took this photo in 2010, to present day, this is the lockscreen photo on my phone.  All the time.  I love it so much.

Back in 2010, I was just finishing up my first year in consulting, and my firm took the entire consultant contingent to Cancun for our annual meeting.  This was the best, most awesome, and incredible benefit from a job I have ever had.

Up to this point in my life, I’d always gone on adventure travel – museums, city walks, immersion in cultures – and this is still what I love.  This, however, was the defining trip that broadened my travel consciousness to include relaxation, spa and beach experiences.

So, what do you do on a beach?  Nothing, except allow the sound of the waves wash the mental static away.  For me, the sound of waves, the caress of the sea breeze, and soaking in the solar vitamin D  always make my brain feel fresh and clean.

This series of photos will have a few more seascapes…Enjoy!

Check out the TripAdvisor link below.  The photo above was taken at El Dorado Royale – wonderful place!

El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort by Karisma

Too many tourists in your travel photos? Here’s how to erase them!

I just found this post on Groupon, explaining how to erase those pesky tourists from your wonderful travel photos.

You need a camera on a tripod, or another way to keep the camera steady, while you take about 15 photos of the same scene.

Then you stack the photos and process them in Photoshop as instructed in the video… And voilà!

Check this out! I can’t wait to try it myself!

If you try it, post in the comments and let me know how it worked for you!

I’ll re-post once I try it myself!

https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-remove-people-from-photos-using-photoshop

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner!

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Just a quick post, as I have finally hit 50 thousand words tonight – before midnight.  I am not sure when I will post this – I have got to edit it before I do – not much else is edited on my National Novel Writing effort.

My writing projects are not yet done.  I have got a crap load of editing and additional text to write.  I have made a start, though.  I may certainly keep up a writing challenge for my self monthly.  I found the daily word count challenge helpful, as I would inevitably sit in front of my monitor and be blank.  Just like the page.  I had nothing.  I would  hammer out the first five hundred words and then thoughts, ideas, both awesome, and crappy, started flowing.

Will every word of mine be useful?  Mmmm, no, but they are still like gems to me.  The cloudy chaff had to be unearthed so the sparkling clear gems could be found.

I am kinda proud of myself. Now I just have to turn my scrivenings into something that is accessible for a reader. Oh, and finish them. So, the best thing I did this month was start a habit.
Now…I’m signing off, and doing my best to head to dreamland.  I’ve got some writing to do tomorrow.

November Awesomeness – 50K words in 30 Days: #NaNoWriMoFTW

 

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I’ve been extremely quiet online recently.  I’m sure you all noticed.  I haven’t been idle though!  I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo 2014.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write fifty thousand words in thirty days, during the month of November.

No, I am not crazy, and I am in good company.  Three hundred, ten thousand, and ninety five people started NaNoWriMo in November of 2013, and more started this year.  Participants are from all over the world.  Even though I write in my own home, or at a coffee shop, and am writing my own bit of magic, I know that I am in good company, that thousands of people, all over the world are joining me in my quest of writing fifty thousand words in one month.

It does sound impossible, especially if you do not have a regular writing practice, or have never done anything like this before, but the thing is…every one has a story.  It could be your personal story.  It could be a story you have had rattling around in your brain pan for years, it could be a story you heard and that has captured your imagination.  Whether it is fiction, non-fiction, romance, science fiction, mystery, space western with vampires and tentacle creatures, or even a family history.  It could be a combination of all of the above!  Who the heck knows, except you.  It is your story.

Still, it sounds like a lot of pressure to do in one month, does it not?  The only real goal for NaNoWriMo, is that you write, type or chisel out fifty thousand words.  They do not have to be the perfect words.  They do not have to be good words.  They just have to be words, and fifty thousand of them.  No editing is allowed during the month of NaNo November.  Editing is for December.  You will notice that I am padding my word count by writing out the words for numbers and not using contractions.  That is allowed, and is not cheating.  (You can not see me, but I am shaking my head emphatically.)  It is written in the rules!

What do you get when you hit the fifty thousand word goal?  You get to say you win.  You get to be in awe of your own self, because you set a crazy mountainous goal of writing fifty thousand words in only thirty days.  You get the “prestige” of doing something that another person would be too intimidated to do.  You get to prove to yourself that you can do amazing things, when you devote your time and effort.  You also get your manuscript to edit and perhaps turn into a printed or published book.

If you want to know what I’m writing on…it is a dual project.  I am mainly writing a first draft on applying project management processes and tools to planning a sabbatical.  Really! It is pretty interesting and will spawn a couple of workbooks as well.  Once I get a final draft edited and hammered out, I’ll be posting it on Amazon.  I am challenging myself to get something out there by the first half of 2015.

At this point I am about thirty five hundred words behind, so every bit counts.  The good news is that that is only about two days worth of writing that I missed so far this month.  The not so good news is that I have to catch up on it before the end of the month.  I am going to reach my goal of fifty thousand words, that is for sure.  This post is adding about six hundred words to my word count.  🙂

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