And The Moon Would Disappear

If you really want to write a story that will get under a reader’s skin

keep it real.

This is a clip about what would happen if the Sun were to go out- the most frightening part of that experience would be that the Moon would disappear from sight because the Sun would be no sunlight for it to reflect.

Taking away a given is more frightening to me then all of the Zombies in all of the graveyards in the world.


Picture This

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There are so many ways to capture and preserve visual memories  that it can be overwhelming and in the end some of us ( like me for example ) find that it’s easier to just stay the course instead of trying to tread water in a Sea of options.

I’ve tried Facebook- though most of what I put on it is influenced by my ” Friends ” in the Facebook Community and not so much who I am as a creative.

I have linked  my WordPress sites to Facebook so  when I publish it shows up on my personal page, so that gets out there. And because I’m not one to literally put all of her eggs in one basket I store photos at Facebook, here in my media files at WordPress and on my computer.

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Three  things that I’ve found to be useful very useful  and  they did take some getting used to were Instagram, Pinterest ( both tied to my websites ) and my Photoshop App on my phone.

My Instagram account is sort of all over the place, but I think I am pretty close to getting it on track to work as a ‘visual’ diary.

All of what I put on Pinterest  visually  does reflect who I am as a writer, which is interesting. It didn’t really start out that way. But if you go through my boards you sort of start to get me as a writer.

What I’ve learned from discovering and using these new tools is that learning something new and working at it on a daily basis is a great confidence builder.

Who can’t use a little of that?

For now- go out there and have some fun and make the world a little more interesting.

I’ll be watching for it!

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While Waiting For Godot Prompt: Preserving Memories




Curious World: The Dirty Thunderstorm

I had this obnoxious former In- Law who really hated the Pacific Northwest. She thought that Colorado has where any and all interesting Geological history was or had happened.

She referred to the Pacific Northwest as the land of ” Volcanic Spew ” and said that there was nothing to be learned from studying the geology of this area.

I’m not sure where all of the hate for Washington state came from, but it just goes to show you ignorance and stupidity can be born from even the most over fed college educated brain and when you’re faced with it- educate yourself.

It’s the best way to deal with willful ignorance.

Over the years I have tried to  up on the research surrounding volcanos,  especially off world volcanos. But  one of the things that always intrigued me about the Volcanos here on earth were the stories about what was called ” Volcano Lightning.”

Less romantically known as a ” Dirty Thunderstorm

Ice Volcanoes on Pluto

I used to hear stories that when ” something ” was escaping from a volcano during ultra violent eruptions ( spirits for the most part ) the sure sign that something evil had entered the world.

That’s why, I learned through a bunch of stories that you didn’t always see lighting during an eruption.

Now I know that ice is involved and that thick clouds of ash” give rise to static electricity” and there you have it- Volcano Lighting.

So as I started to read about the science of Volcano Lighting I learned that it’s sort of interesting phenomenon, that understanding it could help with aviation during an eruption and that it hasn’t been thoroughly  researched or understood yet.

I’m not sure why I like that idea- maybe it’s because for a little while longer I can keep that image of ‘something’ escaping from a lake of lava, something dark, a taker of Souls a destroyer of worlds- and that something has a face, teeth and claws.

On the other hand, if you could ask the people of Pompeii or the victims of the Santorini eruption if they saw lighting, if they saw the taker of souls escape from the darkest center of the Earth they’d probably say yes, don’t you think?

Island of Thera (Santorin) in an eruption that may have created tidal wave destroying Knossus and wiping out the Minoans. (Credit: Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

So today I have learned something that could end up in a story or a poem or a nightmare.

We will see how it goes.






To Art Or Not To Art?

On Christmas Eve I bought a gingerbread train kit because I thought it would be fun to put it together- well, I thought it would be fun to watch my nieces and one of my sons put it together.

All three of them are very artistic- so I had this idea.

Would they do a bang up job because they’re all artists? Or would they not do a bang up job because they’re artists?


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It started out well enough- though I did notice that they weren’t paying attention to the directions ( which are on the back of the box as you can see here). They seemed to be taking direction from the picture on the box. They’re all visual, so that made sense.

They divided up the tasks and sort of organized the pieces of gingerbread. They were off to a good start.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

My dog, Hamish didn’t seem to be interested in the gingerbread or the candies. I took that as a sign and made a note to myself not taste anything.

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Somewhere in this directed creative process, my artists went off the rails- they started to have fun. They started to play with the royal icing, they tried played with the pieces of gingerbread and fit them together because it looked right and they didn’t use the tray that would have pretty much made them build the train in one direction and one direction only.

They joked and laughed they had a great time with each other and we had a great time watching them.

So how did it turn out?

I wanted the little heart design and I got it.

The rest?


Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

This is what I learned.

My family has a great sense of humor.

I guess what I wanted to share here is that creating your art should be an experience- so we botched up the train- except for a few pieces. But this sad little train that my dog wouldn’t eat, this poor little train whose whereabouts are unknown ( only because ‘landfill’  covers a massive area in our neck of the suburbs ) is going to live forever in our family lore.

Our story won’t be, ” We built a gingerbread train and everyone liked it so much we hated to put it away. ”

This story is going to be epic- it’s going to grow in telling every-time we build gingerbread houses or decorate Christmas cookies.

That’s what being creative is all about.

It’s a process, it’s a story, it’s a journey.

It’s also a lot of fun, if you’re willing to  go there.

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