Wendy M. Scott

A Renaissance Soul blogging on reading, writing, travel, and enjoying life.

Art and the Art of Noise

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I came across an article in the October issue of Mental Floss (one of my fave magazines) about the role that ambient noise plays in fostering creativity. The article says this: According to a University of Chicago study, moderate noise helps creativity by slowing down the speed at which we process information. The lag keeps us from fixating, prompts abstract thinking, and even provides a healthy dose of mind wandering. […]

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The Secret Ingredient to Success

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After reading the article that inspired this post on what it takes to be a writer, I was reminded of something I read several years ago on the most important predictor of success. You might think the secret to being successful is talent or intelligence. Or maybe it’s having a jumpstart with a good education or a big bank account. Or maybe it’s all a matter of luck—you know, being […]

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I’m not sure what kind of flower this is but I really just liked the vibrant yellow orange color and the little hint of green from the leaves.

Maybe the colors spoke to me because there was the tiniest hint of fall in the air with just a wisp of coolness to relieve the normally high humidity that is so common in Florida.

Photo Friday: Yellow Flower on a Fall Day

Perversity of Spirit

Talent is the least important thing about a writer, compared to a love of books, which must be deep and abiding.

The only thing a writer really needs is perversity of spirit, the emotional equivalent of a cartoon character’s bouncy springiness, so that after being run over or blown up—or, in the case of the writer, rejected, then rejected some more—the writer is irrationally unfazed by even the most valid criticism and continues with the work of being a writer, magically unharmed.

~Rufi Thorpe on what it takes to be a writer (Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2014)

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I took this picture of my dog Wrigley on a walk in our neighborhood just as an experiment using aperture priority on my new-ish camera.

There is something about the colors in this photograph that appeal to me: the pink tip of her tongue, the green of my neighbor’s lawn, the gray asphalt, and Wrigley’s brown and white patches. I also love to imagine what she was thinking.

Photo Friday: Dog’s POV

Entitlement

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…entitlement is the enemy of artistic progress, which requires patience and gratitude, and above all, humility. You don’t grow as a writer by writing off other people’s efforts. You grow as a writer by respecting the process. This quote comes from “The Problem of Entitlement”, an article by Steve Almond, which was featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Although entitlement and snark are close cousins, Almond […]

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Putting Some Steps Back in My Zip

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My third and newest Fitbit Zip has arrived! I bought my first Zip about a year ago and shortly thereafter lost it in the airport on my way to San Francisco. Sadness. Fitbit was kind enough to replace it with a new Zip, which just recently died on me. Sadness again. Over the past year, I’ve gotten very accustomed to checking my Zip throughout the day and have become a […]

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Voice Recognition Funnies

I have a private blog that I use to catalog the books I’ve read and my unfiltered thoughts about them, collect favorite passages from my reading, and gather interesting new words I come across. I was experimenting with the WordPress.com mobile app and my tablet’s built-in voice recognition software last night to dictate a book review. Now, the voice recog is usually amazingly accurate, but after I spoke into it […]

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I caught a glimpse of the bright pink sky out of my bedroom window so of course I grabbed my camera and headed outside to shoot a few pics. This is one of my favorites. I love how saturated the pinks are and the how they melt into violet and then blue. I also really like how the fringed edges of the dark palm fronds contrast with the vivid sky.

Photo Friday: Sunset Palms

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