I completed my Advanced Fiction Writing Course and have a fancy certificate with my name on it. Okay, it's really just a .pdf document, but it certifies me as having completed 24 hours of training. So am I officially a writer now? I'm gonna say "yes."
By the way, prizes in the 100 Followers Contest were mailed Saturday. Please let me know when they arrive, okay?
I found this photo in my files from this summer. A friend and I were visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art one Saturday. She was taking an online course in art appreciation, and asked me to go to the museum with her for a big project she had to do - a sort of detailed scavenger hunt for various paintings. Since I have spent quite a bit of time there, I acted as tour guide for the day.
We had a lovely time, and on the way back I took this photo of City Hall viewed between a pair of skyscrapers. The way the past seemed squeezed between the two tall buildings and yet scattered brilliant reflections from its impersonal windows seems to me like a metaphor for modern American life.
We talked about metaphors in my writing class, too, and how they can be used not just to enhance the imagery in one's writing but to convey themes and symbolism. What powerful metaphors, similes or other images can you recall reading or seeing? Have you used any in your own work?