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WPC: Reflecting On Our Differences

A quote from Andre Lorde goes thusIt is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” , we are so alike but very different and that thought stayed with me throughout my guided tour of this iconic landmark in Lagos.  The Central Mosque, Lagos  a massive religious building right smack in the middle of the ever bustling Lagos island.

A very beautiful and well crafted building, it’s the pride of the Islamic community in Lagos. Had a chance to go round in a tour organised by The British Council Lagos for the Open House Lagos  2017 event.  Some very beautiful churches where also on the tour but we couldn’t access them at the time of the tour….. Weddings and more weddings but we could enter the mosque and that was great.

The order of things is a little different, the head must be covered for women and no shoes allowed inside. Yup, we moved through the entire building barefoot, it was nice though it meant no annoying footsteps echoing all over 🙂 .

I noticed a theme throughout the building and the BW image below shows it well, The Mosaic Theme.  From the walls to the floor to the windows the pattern repeated itself in different forms.

I’m Christian and getting to see the inner workings of a grand mosque was a real eye opener, our buildings maybe different, our thinking different but underneath it all we all want the same thing.
WPC: RELFECTING

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Natural Monday: Yellow Rose

The last Monday of November and i’m a little nostalgic already, I’ve been wanting to post these but no suitable quote. This quote seems perfect for a nostalgic me and a dying rose.
Have a great week ahead 🙂 .

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
                                          ― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

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Halloween WPC: TransMogrify

Howdy 🙂 and welcome to the spookiest day of the year *spine-chilling background music*
…….Grab your lamest costume, paint your face real ugly and come round once night falls for a scary movie marathon 🙂 .
I deliberately delayed this post cause i saw the title and it screamed HALLOWEEN!!!!, so what does that really weird word as my post title mean?

to change or transform into a different shape,
esp a grotesque or bizarre one.

..if that doesn’t say scary i don’t know what does. (-__-

My take is the beautiful yet molty way a rose dies, i know it sounds grim but its not as bad as it sounds. In actual fact the rose petals wrinkle changes to a dead shade of its original colour and finally drys out (i observed this by keeping the rose till it was totally dried out). So, has anyone ever given you a dead rose ? (questions to ask on spooky days 🙂 ), if yes drop a comment.
Inspired by WPC:TRANSMOGRIFY

 

Natural Monday: Pink in Hiding

Pink Bougainvillea in the grass by rubys polaroid

Natural Monday is here again, but today i add a little extra,

Flowers are restful to look at.
They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
                                                          – Sigmund Freud

Have a lovely week ahead 😀

Hidding in the lawn

#NaNoWriMo Update: 35,526 and counting

On Saturday the 21st, I passed the treacherous 35,000 word mark. I was shocked at myself, it really still feels like the 1st week of #NaNoWriMo but in real time its the home strech.
After the silly celebration dance and sweet binge, the serious thoughts came knocking. This is the perilous part of writing a novel or writing anything longer than 15,000 words (novelette)
*drum roll*
The fear of the Saggy Middle.
*cue silence*
Yes, this is the true test of a novel, the adreanaline inspiration bust is over, the perspiration begins around the 25,000 mark. this I guess is what dances around any writer’s head at night;
– Does this make sense?
A valid question as churning out words doesn’t make a novel. It has to have a great storyline, the MC (Main Character) has to be believable, his mission has to have meaning.
-Is your villian (antagonist) worth the trouble?
Sounds simple but its not, an averagely unpleasent guy with a gargoyle’s face and onion breath whose dog scares you shitless doesn’t make a good villian. He has to have a truly despicable goal that directly affects your MC or someone or something he cares 100% about.
-Do you have enough characters?
And here’s where World-Building comes in. Nobody is an island and everyone’s life has a backdrop. Be it city, village or an alien planet. It has to have supporting characters and a believable environment.
– Is your novel’s pace soaring or diving?
In essence, is the challenge for your MC ramping up the suspense or is it a smooth sailing middle. Smooth sailing is BORING. All your little clues and leads have to start connecting. The puzzle should be coming together now. This is where your reader’s breathing should get really short from all the suspense and battles.
*And last but not least*
-How will it end?
Quite possibly the nail in the coffin of bad books, the terribly boring and expected END.

*Hmmm*

Now the middle /ending is where the art really is, i would quote a statement I read earlier in the week – “writing is like painting, the more intricate and lifelike it is the more you can step into the mind of your reader”.

This is the genius in great books, the silent ability of stepping into your soul and mind. A great book steals time, i.e you don’t notice how long you’ve been reading it till your cooking burns to a crisp.

*wrinkling nose at stinging smell of burnt soup*

To my fellow #NaNoWriMo contenders it’s almost over, I can’t wait to rest my brain. Just 8 days left.

8 DAYS.


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Dawn Silhouettes

Dawn Silhouettes by rubys polaroid
Dawn Silhouettes by rubys polaroid
Dawn Silhouettes

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dawn Silhouettes 2 by rubys polaroid
Dawn Silhouettes 2

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln

Can you then say there is more to a silhouette of  a man, than being a mere shadow of the being. What does your shadow say of you.

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Vanishing Lines

Merging Lines by rubys polaroid

Merging Lines

 “No power on earth can keep the picture from being three-dimensional once the first line is drawn or color-plane applied.” – Sheldon Cheney

 The beauty of lines, no artistic heart can deny its effects.
Have a beautiful week ahead. Cheers

Intricate Feathers

Intricate Feathers by rubys polarioid
Intricate Feathers by rubys polarioid
Intricate Feathers

Ageing has different effects, everything and every creature ages. My subject today a local pigeon, clearly showing the lines of age on his formerly pristine feathers. This weeks photo challenge calls for INTRICATE, a word that denotes Complexity and Detailing.

Intricate [in-tri-kit]

adjective
1. having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved:
an intricate maze.
2. complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make:
an intricate machine.

My take is shown in the brush stroke patterns of this Pigeon. From the crown to the soft under feathers all the patterns of nature are bared to the eyes.