I wrote some posts about food photography on my blog, but they are not in the normal order. For a person who just starts learning is a little difficult to look for it, so I made a list with all the posts in the proper order. It will be easy to read them all or […]
Today on ARCBookblog we have Rohvannyn Shaw, who aside from having an awesome-sounding name is the author of 7 books, with more to come. She is here to tell us a little about herself and her latest release – Self-Publishing Made Easy First, a little about Rohvannyn Rohvannyn Shaw has been an avid reader for […]
I’ve known cats who liked strange things
Like a Birman who loved cantaloupe and green beans
Or a cat who, with a guinea pig, enjoyed kitten dreams
but the strangest of all is my calico…
who loves Romaine and other greens!
Some quail visited my parking lot yesterday, drawn by gray weather and plenty of things to eat. They were temporarily driven off by a local hawk who cruised by, but soon returned. The last photo was posted yesterday in “City Wildlife.”
I live in a fairly large city in the middle of a desert. A person might think there wouldn’t be many animals around, right?
I hear owls, coyotes, coy-wolves, mockingbirds, grackles. I see hummingbirds, hawks, pigeons, falcons, doves, quail, lizards of several kinds, butterflies, rabbits, and many other things.
Here are pictures of some of them. Apologies if the quality is poor but many of these are done at extreme zoom using a Nikon Coolpix 8300. A fun camera but without many of the fancy features other cameras have!
I’ll be perfectly honest here. I didn’t learn much about perseverance while in school. I also didn’t learn much about successfully finishing projects. I learned those things later, when I got into online gaming, particularly breeding sims like Aywas, LioDen, Horse Isle, and yes, that granddaddy of all games, the one that started it all for me, Howrse. It sounds silly to me, but it’s really true.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that consistent effort is more important than a large amount of effort that is sporadic. I have achieved great things in online games by just doing something a little every day and setting good goals. Whether that’s earning game currency, building experience, or collecting items, it doesn’t take long before that effort adds up. That has translated into novels, complex pieces of art, a better job, a paid off car and a much nicer apartment that I had to save up for.
I’ve learned patience as well. Usually, in online games, there are tedious tasks that you must do over and over in order to get some kind of reward. In games, as in life, patience usually yields good results.
I’ve learned to be a bit more comfortable with measuring myself against other people. I’ve also learned about leadership as I’ve come up with ideas other members of my gaming sites have enjoyed, and set up small events such as forum threads. That has taught me much about taking the initiative. I’ve also learned about communication and negotiation.
I’ve also learned a surprising amount about economics from games. I’ve learned about finding what people want, offering it at an attractive price, researching the competition, and keeping up with the trends. I’ve learned that the way to make money is to stay abreast of trends, recognize opportunities, and jump on them when they come. Then know how much things usually are going to cost, price just under that but not far below. This is especially important for freelancers. You want to be attractive to your clients, but not ruin the market by pricing so low that you devalue the service you provide. We see this in art – I could have a book cover created for $5, a task that used to cost hundreds.
Finally, I’ve learned about ways to make my offerings more attractive to other people. I’ve learned about wording, ad copy, creating interesting and eye-catching graphics.
These lessons have caused me to put effort into my various projects, such as writing books or blogging, a little every day. I’m far better able to work at it without expecting immediate success or payoff. Consequently, my work is higher quality than before and I produce a lot more of it. I credit much of that to learning patience and persistence from online games.
(Sometime I’ll write another article about how useful tabletop role playing has been!)
Before you start to worry that Bella has somehow gotten lost and found her way under my house, don’t worry. She’s fine, apart from some minor digestive complaints she’s had lately. The dog to which the title of this article refers is another one entirely, one I only discovered recently due to unusual circumstances and […]