Peregrinations

Random musings, photographs, sounds, moving pictures and updates from Whit Richardson, multimedia journalist

Nov 29

Wendig’s exquisite corpse-esque Flash Fiction challenge

Chuck Wendig floated a writing challenge last week over at his site, terribleminds.com.

It’s a cool concept. Everyone writes the first 200 words of a story, then passes it off to someone else, who writes the next 200, and so on, until five people have written a 1,000-word story. Reminds me of the exquisite corpses my friends and I wrote in college.

Here’s my opening 200 words… err, 226.

The accursed shoreline sat in the hazy distance, the beach from this distance a delicate piece of golden thread. Beyond, a few rolling hills of verdant forest were visible before the land was lost in a low, thick fog that sat like a cushion over the land.

Jorick couldn’t see them, but he knew the mountains were there. The mountains, the source of his suffering, the reason he was here, trapped on this fat tub of a ship, exiled from the land.

Both hands gripped the rough, sun-scarred wood of the ship’s taffrail as he looked at the land.

He thought of his mother and father, both lying dead on the floor of their home. He had found them there. There was nothing he could have done. It had all happened so fast. The image had flashed through his mind countless, painful times over the past two months.

He dropped his head between his shoulders and listened to waves slap the ship’s hull and the creak of its bones. A breeze tussled his chestnut hair and it was fresh, salty sea air.

“Jorick,” a man’s voice said from behind him. “The doctor needs you. It’s happened again.”

Jorick took a lungful of fresh air and turned to descend into the stinking belly of the ship to rejoin the hundreds of people exiled along with him.

Jul 21

King on writing

Stephen King on the benefits of writing at home, complete with interruptions, errands and distractions, versus those of working in the imposed isolation of a writers colony:

"It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars w/ other oysters."

-From his excellent memoir & book on the craft, “On Writing”


Nov 11

Sep 7
Lapham’s Quarterly tumbles my essay on the history of aquaculture
laphamsquarterly:

Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, and in Ancient Rome, keeping fish was always preferred to catching it. Here are some examples of what agriculture writer Columella suggests feeding your ancient Roman fish, from our latest Roundtable blog: 
1. “green fruit of the apple-kind”
2. “new cheese or curds out of the milk-pail”
3. “rotten sardines” 
4. “all the garbage of salted fish, which are swept out of fishmongers shops”
Fish love apples! And other fish!
“The Mastery of Fish” (LQ Roundtable)

Lapham’s Quarterly tumbles my essay on the history of aquaculture

laphamsquarterly:

Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, and in Ancient Rome, keeping fish was always preferred to catching it. Here are some examples of what agriculture writer Columella suggests feeding your ancient Roman fish, from our latest Roundtable blog: 

1. “green fruit of the apple-kind”

2. “new cheese or curds out of the milk-pail”

3. “rotten sardines” 

4. “all the garbage of salted fish, which are swept out of fishmongers shops”

Fish love apples! And other fish!

“The Mastery of Fish” (LQ Roundtable)


Dig the cover of the new LQ. Can’t wait for it to arrive.
laphamsquarterly:

Open the seventh seal! The Future issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is upon us! Yes, that’s right, for the first time LQ will zoom forward with over eighty thousand centuries of texts when our Fall issue hits newsstands in less than a month.
We’ve got prophecies, oracles, new technologies, and plenty of forward-looking individuals including Ada Lovelace, Ray Bradbury, Thomas Paine, Filippo Marinetti, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and many, many more. 
Soothsayers would tell you to subscribe now in order to have The Future waiting for you when it comes out on September 15. Heed our words or be doomed! 

Dig the cover of the new LQ. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

laphamsquarterly:

Open the seventh seal! The Future issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is upon us! Yes, that’s right, for the first time LQ will zoom forward with over eighty thousand centuries of texts when our Fall issue hits newsstands in less than a month.

We’ve got prophecies, oracles, new technologies, and plenty of forward-looking individuals including Ada Lovelace, Ray Bradbury, Thomas Paine, Filippo Marinetti, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and many, many more. 

Soothsayers would tell you to subscribe now in order to have The Future waiting for you when it comes out on September 15. Heed our words or be doomed! 


Jun 21
A new batch of Tintin adventures would be unbelievable if done right.
fuzzytypewriter:

docshaner:

A Tintin I drew on a sketch card. If you look hard enough and know your Adventures of Tintin well enough you should be able to pick out all the locations.

There is no question. If I could resurrect any classic comic, it’d be Tintin with @docshaner at the helm. 

A new batch of Tintin adventures would be unbelievable if done right.

fuzzytypewriter:

docshaner:

A Tintin I drew on a sketch card. If you look hard enough and know your Adventures of Tintin well enough you should be able to pick out all the locations.

There is no question. If I could resurrect any classic comic, it’d be Tintin with @docshaner at the helm. 


Jun 14
I like imagining I live in a sci-fi universe, but I’m sure the future will scare the heck out of some people. 
laughingsquid:

Airbus Reveals What Air Travel Will Look Like in 2050; The Cabin Will Offer Panoramic Views

I like imagining I live in a sci-fi universe, but I’m sure the future will scare the heck out of some people.

laughingsquid:

Airbus Reveals What Air Travel Will Look Like in 2050; The Cabin Will Offer Panoramic Views


Are those camels on Catan? Why yes, yes they are.

Are those camels on Catan? Why yes, yes they are.


“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” Steven Pressfield, from his book Do the Work

Nov 23

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