January 18, 2019

The Net

Photo by Aaina Sharma on Unsplash


It's summer in Australia and that means tennis. There is something self-mesmirising about watching the ball go from one side to the other. But this game is not about the ball, or the racket. It's about the net. The net has the power in this game. 

Have you ever played gif volley? Here is the result of a recent match. The pirate (aka @Telliowkuwp) blogged about dark ink and with a literal twist, I responded with some dark ink. Gif's were passed over the net, back and foward until it came to rest with plain, dark ink again. A shy yellow tear, sliding down the face. As @dogtrax asked about the point of 'sense', I realised that this is not senseless. Play and response is always getting points on my court.




This post in a series for More Digital Writing #MoDigiWri

January 15, 2019

Anti Spam Poetry


     

To prove I am a person, I wrote this Anti-spam poem.

Hi,
This story may not mean much
May not hit any spot
But I like to think
And then I like to jot.

By jotted I mean
I scratched it on gas walls
In graffiti paint
Just so you would know
That somebody wrote

The isles were hers!
Bended like bows
Tied with the wind
Scattered with force
Sandblasting noses
Puncturing roses

Regards
The month of June.

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Try your own Anti-spam poem. Find a website that uses this type of Anti-spam. Refresh it 5 times and use those words to write a poem or a letter.
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Dictionary Reimagined


Photo by Romain Vignes on Unsplash

Dictionary Re-imagined

I'm picturing all those words
blown into the sky
drifting
landing gently on somebodies shoes
going
wherever they go.

I'm seeing those books
with dense lines of words
being shredded
for pet bed padding
or new-age house cladding.

I'm feeling the weight
of language translation
printed
paths from my world to yours
but clarity disguised with heavy gauze.

Are we blinkered by our tradition?
What could these books become?
urbanised
part of the landscape
left in the sun to dry
pages curling
meaning unfurling.

My fingers touch the pages
tracing columns and lines
memories sparking
stories
other times and textures
written as personal fixtures.

Those books gathering dust
can only mean so much
if held
treasured
polished with silver brush
let meaning never be rushed

With heavy heart beating
my thought drops blood
on pages
with dread and light vanished
darkness of dictionary banished.

Sparked from 'A paper dictionary is absent in my house' Sheri Edwards

by
Wendy Taleo

January 8, 2019

Learning Journey


v-poem written by me, inspired by conversations with Colin Simpson, created in Lumen5

January 5, 2019

Creative Constraints

Creating with constraints. Word counts are a constraint. Depending on how you approach it, it may be a creative kick. Amy Burvall says 'human creativity craves constraints' and encourages people to do a daily challenge of some sort because it gives you the constraint of theme/mode/material.

In the style of a Ling Ling Workout, I dug deep into a bag of tricks and created a 'Wendy Writing Workout' for a #MoDigiWri challenge.

Blog 50 words. Open a dictionary to a random page and use the first 10 words in the blog post.

I opened to the page "daiguiri | damp". This silly tale is title 'Dakked' which I might need to explain for those not familiar with the Australian colloquialism daks. Daks are trousers and to be 'dakked' means someone pulls your trousers down. Before they made footy shorts (ie Aussie rules football) with better designs, this was a common occurrence in games. Another word not used often: dally means to waste time. I used Notepad++ to count my words for me.

DAKKED



Amy's full talk is here. (2 mins watching and transcript provided).


There has also been a discussion on collecting resources and archiving material in a way that is accessible to others. Here is a wonderful collection by Amy on her Keynotes and other pieces.

AmusED