Building in the Morning Glow

A photo I took a number of weeks ago.
It’s a bit blown out but I like the effect.

This building is in a rather urban area, but I like that the vegetation around it makes it feel more rural.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.


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Nobuo Uematsu: Another Moon

Six listens for this one.

I had a general idea of some of what I wanted to write here.
Ended up with something a little shorter than I thought I would, but at the same time, considering the song’s length and its simplicity in terms of instrumentation layering, it makes sense that the writing isn’t long.

Nobuo Uematsu’s (植松 伸夫) “Another Moon” (“もう一つの月”) is from Final Fantasy IV‘s soundtrack album, Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version.

I hope you enjoy.

A low note rings out whilst brass shines and shimmers somewhere above. The low note rings out with a step and the brass continues its shining and shimmering in a deep darkness. Something above and distant moves past, distinct in the trail it leaves.

Strings call out into the solid, cratered expanse, slowly sinking with a sense of menace and mystery. It almost is oppressive, though it certainly is an alien landscape.

The rhythms formed earlier continue on whilst the strings gently glide across this new formation, taking in its shape and form and coming to realise that it holds a beauty in its supposed hostility.

A sense of the regal rises and comes forward, as though there is a presence of higher power within this alien landscape, and so in that realisation the sense of menace returns as the song ends.

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Another day stretches away and another day of being unable to work due to The Internet not being a functional as required at the moment, which also means another day of earning no money. Fun times, but you do what you can and all of that other stuff.

I’m sitting here and it is evening and I find myself slipping into a state of not really feeling like doing much. I don’t feel much like writing; nor do I feel like doing anything related to this blog right now, or probably in the near future. Maybe it’ll improve, but there’s certainly a way that things are currently going and are likely to go in the future that are leaving me feeling that maybe it is time to stop doing this blog. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but sooner rather than later.

I’ve been doing Stupidity Hole for a while now and whilst I enjoy it sometimes, the thing is that it’s starting to take up far too much of my time. It’s getting to a point where it’s not doing much for me anymore. Of course that could change in the future, but right now I have to think about whether I should continue, or if my energies are better spent elsewhere.

Stupidity Hole is not exactly what one would describe as financially profitable. It never was started for money but rather due to my desire to keep throwing stuff into The Internet abyss after a few years of not doing much in the way of writing. I don’t want to run it for financial gain either, but it becomes more difficult to justify doing something that I’m finding too time consuming and decreasingly satisfying when I need to spend more time working on other things.

Admittedly some of those other things involve making money. There are things that I want and need to do that require having more, and I’m at a point where I’m exhausted from living with no safety net. I’ll admit that whilst I’ve been relatively poor for most of my life, my financial situation as it stands is, to an extent, my responsibility. Selling my photos isn’t helping to alleviate that as doing so, much like any other income outside of my job, generates very little, though that’s rather unsurprising.

There are other things that don’t involve money as much (if at all) that I keep on postponing that I really want to get back into doing. These things require more time than Stupidity Hole often allows.

I started this bit of writing off without any aim and this is what came forward. I’m not sure it’s what I wanted to write, but it’s what came forward, so I’m leaving it as is. I will keep doing Stupidity Hole for the time being, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to remain driven to post anything here.

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Nobuo Uematsu: Land of Dwarves

This was written over three listens.

This was easy to write and I don’t know why, but at least that’s something.

Just mostly looked to describe the song itself and I think I did that.

Nobuo Uematsu’s (植松 伸夫) “Land of Dwarves” (“ドワーフの大地”) is from Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version, the soundtrack for Final Fantasy IV.

I hope you enjoy.

A whimsical step and skip in the strings, then the other instruments come in. A familiar tune finds itself floating through a cavernous space, though different in some manner. Woodwind brings it forth into unfamiliar territory and so the melody seems more of a reflection than it does its own thing… at first.

The percussion strikes carefully and clearly as bass starts and stops. The strings rise and the woodwind seems to sink. Then the unfamiliar comes in and slowly, yet surely it seems as though the instruments descend. Strings still float on and are more prone to rising, though they sound as much a part of the motion that the music is commanding.

All the instruments continue on their path in the low space, creating something playful in feel and tone until they fade out at the song’s end.


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Bridging the Gap

I’m fairly certain I’ve taken a photo of The Sydney Harbour Bridge from roughly this point before. Not completely certain, but fairly certain.

This is one where I like the perspective as you only see one end of the bridge. The other end is assumed, but as its not visible it almost appears as though the bridge could go on forever.

I also like that the bridge almost appears as though it is bending in a way that it shouldn’t.

This is my submission into the one hundred-and-fifty-ninth Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme for this one is “Postcards“.

Whilst I remain not a fan of The Sydney Harbour Bridge, if I were to send a postcard of Sydney to someone I’d probably send one with an image of it.

Maybe I’d try to get a postcard with this photo used and send that instead of one I’d find in a shop.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

For July each challenge is guest-curated.
Ana Campo of Anvica’s Gallery is curating this one.

On July 3rd John Steiner of Journeys With Johnbo curated with the theme of “On the Water“.

On July 10th Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed curated with the theme of “Black and White“.

July 17th was curated by Rusha Sams of Oh The Places We See. The theme for Rusha’s was “Getting Away“.

July 24th was curated by of Beth Smith of Wandering Dawgs. The theme was “Along Back Country Roads“.

For the next challenge Patti is hosting. The theme is “Your inspiration”.

I recommend participating in the challenges. They’re enjoyable and allow room for interpretation of the theme without straying too far. If you don’t participate, then I recommend that you at least check out what others of the Lens-Artists community are submitting.

I hope you enjoy.

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Nobuo Uematsu: Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV

This was written over six listens.

I found writing about this song to be a real challenge and I’m not entirely sure why. Probably was overthinking what I was doing.

Anyway, what ended up happening was I wrote this in a rather disconnected way which I feel is a little unfair to “Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV” as, whilst it’s a rather simple piece, it still has a bit going for it.

Nobuo Uematsu’s () “Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV” (“ファイナルファンタジーIV メインテーマ”) is from Final Fantasy IV‘s soundtrack, Final Fantasy Original Sound Version.

I hope you enjoy.

Quickly notes anchored by a bassy key rise up, then the remaining instruments come in. Percussion plays spaced and with impact in its loudest beats; the hi-hat triplet stays quiet and moves with ample deftness. Strings extend along and play low, calmly and smoothly. As the introductory sounds continue on and move through the rhythm flute gently floats as though on a breeze and leads the instrumentation through areas familiar, yet new.

There is a sense of purpose that carries forward, though it is framed within the context of a trying time. Mystery and and otherworldly feel weaves into the music, even as it seems to shift into looking upward. The instruments lift up, almost with all of them being carried by winds. The sense of the dramatic increases, and yet the song does not go too far; its inflections punctuate without going too far and a journey toward change carries on as the song ends.

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A Poem About Friendship and a Bushwalk

I wanted to write with a little more length this time around.
I’ve been meaning too for a while, but haven’t due to various reasons.
Also spent a bit more time writing this one than usual.

Not anything great.
I think it’s a little better than my usual stuff, but only a little bit better.
That said, I think it’s quite clear in expression.

I hope you enjoy.

I walked the path for a long time
Hoping to reach what we had before
And see views most enveloping
That, for some time, would be my own

As I walked this path through bush
My thoughts could not but turn to you
For we had walked many paths
And this one many times

Along the path of which I walked
I thought of how we did the same
And despite all that had happened
All of this had remained ours

With the bonds of friendship broken
After so many years of us
I thought about all we shared
And how much of it a new light showed

And so I walked through the bush
Through open fields by windswept cliffs
And found a view that was my own
Though it too remained as much yours

I stopped and stared out to the ocean
For despite the break giving relief
My thoughts remained on our friendship
As you should’ve been there too


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One Thousand Word Challenge 127: Finally Under Nine Minutes

Alright so I’m going to attempt this again, just because I feel the drive to do so. I don’t know if I will be able to get to the end in the allotted time of which I have chosen, but perhaps I will. there is only one way to find out, however, and that is through the power of trying.

Maybe I will need a break in the middle somewhere, but who knows. Who knows how this will all go? I don’t know and I don’t imagine that anyone else will. We just have to see as to what will happen and how long it will take for me to get there.

Maybe I will make it, but maybe I won’t. Either way, what matters is that I try. I imagine that if I typed with all of my fingers, then it would be a lot easier to make sure that I could get this done in the time of which I have selected, but of course I don’t really know fi that is the case. What it requires is speed and patience and a few other things.

Sometimes I do wonder as to why I do these things. I don’t think that they are the best thing to do, but perhaps it does somehow bleed into some sort of creative pool of which I regularly draw from so as to be able to keep on pushing forward and producing the things that I do indeed produce, and on a regular basis too. Maybe that is why I do these things, but to be honest, right now I don’t know why.

I don’t want to feel that this is purely a test of skill, but maybe it is. Maybe it is nothing other than a way for me to find a way to boast about how fast I can type, but that doesn’t add much to anything and I don’t feel that that is the case. What I do feel is the case, however, is that right now this is hurting my hands and I haven’t gone too far and so I need to be at least a little careful and make sure that I don’t hurt myself too much.

Would probably be better with an ergonomic keyboard, but you work with what you have and all those other things, and so I shall continue on and hope that somehow I can get to the end of this i0n one piece. Would rather be in one piece than  multiple pieces, but you do what you do and you do it to the best of your ability and all those other things.

Maybe I am typing too loudly right now. That is possible and so I should try to be a little bit more quiet. However, that will not happen as right now I am racing and soon I will get to the end of all of this and then when I am at the end I will read over what it is that I have written and think to myself “wow, this is worse than usual”. However, I have made the bed today and therefore I shall lie in it, or something. Then I will remake it so it is more comfortable than before and then when that is done I can lie in it again and realise that it still remains uncomfortable.

Alright, now that that is all out of the way, I guess it is time to knuckle down and take this far more seriously than I normally would. I soon will be sweating and in that sweat I shall find the aura of existence that drivers me on and spurs me forward, but then again so long as I keep a steady bow toward the sun that refuses to set, I shall find my path glowing under the midnight stars that show the path ahead and taunt me in the most irritating of ways. I will find myself feeling irritable and I will find myself annoyed, but I will press on until I reach the ocean and there is where I will find my quarry, which just so happens to be the ocean itself. I will then go for a swim and it will be a pleasant day, but I cannot spend the whole day there, for there are other things that I will need to do at home and therefore I shall go on a journey that concludes the journey as the overall journey, rather than the journey that concludes the first half of the journey, though it certainly does that.

Now, where was I? I think I was going on about something and trying to make sure that this all makes sense, but I don’t think much of it does and so I will continue on what whatever it is that I am going on about, but I am nearly at the end of all of this and this is the final stretch, so I need to make sure that I can get there and I don’t think that I will ever do this again. Once is enough, but I have attempted this far too many times to claim that it has only been once and therefore this shall be the last time, unless I fail, in which case it then won’t be the last time that I do this, so therefore I am only creating this problem for myself.

Not the worst problem to have though.

So I think that I can do it and I think that I can get there, but now that I think about it, perhaps I should sabotage this and stretch it all out in the hopes that something changes, but even if there is not change, I should at the very least try and finish this off in the hopes that it is all done and I never have to worry about it again, but of course I will, but not today. There is always tomorrow for that.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 08:49:47

Well, I got there.
Maybe next time I will aim for under eight minutes, but right now I’m happy to not think about this for a while. Probably will think about it sooner rather than later, but sometimes that is the way that things go.

There’s probably too much repetition in this and I think that comes from trying to get under nine minutes rather than trying to write in a stream-of-consciousness manner.

Also makes for an awkward read.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 975: Rambling on a Sunday

Alright, so the connection to The Internet here is a bit erratic, but that’s not much of an issue to be honest. There still remains plenty of which needs to be done and I am just the person to do it all, or something.

Anyway, today is a slow day, but a slow day is good as it means that sometimes you get a bit more done. Therefore, I shall continue to do things and consider this bit of writing merely a small stop. It is a breather for me to take whilst I continue on toward the destination that is the target of the goals of today, but I am yet to work out what that is and so I shall continue along the way and finish this little rest and then get back on with the whole “getting on” thing that I usually do.

It’s been a little longer than I would have liked since the last time I did one of these things, but sometimes that is the way things go, I suppose. Could be worse. could be better. It’s somewhere in the middle and that is fine. All of the days float on by at the moment and I make do how I can and where I can. Sometimes there is no making of the do, but instead the doing of the making takes precedence and then something else happens. This might lead to some sort of explosion in creativity following a direction that I had not originally anticipated, but sometimes that’s the fun part of going on a journey, even if the journey doesn’t involve any journeying at all, but I think I am getting ahead of myself with this one and instead should try and focus on what it is that I want to say, though really there is nothing at all that I want to say at the present moment and instead will keep on racing toward the end and hope for the best.

Maybe instead of that I should try and slow down a little and think a little bit more about what it is that I am saying at the present moment. I don’t want to think about that, but maybe I will as maybe it is time that I do a little more thinking. Maybe. I’d rather just keep on doing for the time being so instead of thinking I will just keep on doing and so therefore with the creation of this bit of writing you understand my intent for the bit of writing, but instead of fully explaining and exploring anything I shall continue to touch on what it is that I am trying to touch upon, which is nothing, so therefore there is nothing to glean from this other than the fact that this is a bit of meaningless writing that is going nowhere, but perhaps with all of that being said it does reveal something at the end, but only in knowing that it reveals nothing.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:15:25

A mess. A great big mess.
Could’ve been messier really.

Written at home.

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Buildings by the Quay

Here’s a photo of some of the buildings near Circular Quay.
Not much to say about this one. It’s neat enough. I think I could’ve done better, but I do like that there’s a sense of depth, and that the lights from the buildings aren’t too bright.

I feel like there’s more a focus on shape than there is detail in this one.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.

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