Tree Stories

September 15, 2008

Seeking inspiration?  Talk to a tree.  The Festival of the Trees 28 will be hosted at Arboreality on October 1, and I would like to share a little “art and arboreality”.

Many of us have specific, personal stories about a tree or forest from our lives. Blogging is a great medium for short story-telling, so that’s what I encourage this month: photoblog, videoblog, break out the crayons, sing a song, write a poem, whatever moves you: tell us a story about a tree or forest from your life. Or make one up. Or do something even cooler. (And then send me the link.)

Submission deadline is Saturday, September 27, 2008.  Submit your blog posts to me via email at jadeblackwater [at] brainripples [dot] com, or use the blog carnival submission form.  Spread the word: please feel welcome to invite others to participate!

To volunteer to host an upcoming issue, visit The Festival of the Trees coordinating blog.


Clarity of Night Short Fiction Contest 8: Whispers

February 20, 2008

Attention writers! Jason Evans and Aine at Clarity of Night are hosting Whispers, number eight in their series of popular short fiction contests.  Participants enjoy a unique opportunity to engage with other writers across the blogosphere.  Winners receive generous prizes compliments of our hosts.  All participants have the opportunity to gain visibility, receive real-time feedback, and engage in a part of the larger artistic discussion via the language of short fiction.

Visit the Clarity of Night blog for contest information, and be sure to let us know when your work is posted online.  I hope to find an hour or two for writing my own entry as well!  Bon Chance!

Update: You can read my entry Night Owls, Entry 12 at The Clarity of Night.  There are many excellent entries already posted online – I encourage you to take some free time and read!  The Whispers Short Fiction Contest is open for entries until 11:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2008 EST.  Again – happy writing and good luck!

Photography for insects

February 5, 2008

Yesterday I discovered Myrmecos, a blog composed by Alex Wild discussing insects, photography, and life.  I was most excited about his post demonstrating how some kinds of ant nests are visible using the Google Earth tool.

Upon further exploration of his site I discovered great articles about photographic technique suitable for insects, including his piece On-Camera Flash Diffusion – talk about a creative solution!  Myrmecos also includes links to Wild’s stunning online galleries.  Crawl on over and see for yourself!

Bloggers for Positive Global Change

December 12, 2007

Bloggers for Positive Global ChangeWay back in July, I was nominated by Jenny at Seeded for the “Bloggers for Positive Global Change” award.

Bloggers for Positive Global Change is a meme started by Climate of Our Future (COOF).  This award is not limited to any particular subject or philosophy, but rather is open to all who blog in ways which effect positive global change using the medium of blogging, and “ [put] a premium on human compassion and the desire to make the world a better place for all of us, without exception.”

I am honored that Jenny would select Brainripples among her nominees.  Like Jenny, (one of my original creative buddies), I value the discourse and interplay which occurs when artists share their work, their motivations, and their aspirations.  Blogging is an excellent modern tool for creative conversation.

And now, I have the opportunity to pass along this honor to five other bloggers:

Cady May at Meanwhile, Back in the Holler…

Cady May writes from Tennessee, sharing her unique impressions of a beautiful neck of North American woods.  Be sure to take a few minutes to see her timely video: Autumn in a Tennessee Holler. 

Jason Evans and Aine at The Clarity of Night

In keeping with Jenny’s original motivation for nominating Brainripples, I’d also like to nominate Jason Evans and Aine at The Clarity of Night.  Lots of you already visit The Clarity of Night, so you already know how far-reaching their efforts have become in connecting writers and encouraging an atmosphere of positive, creative discourse.

GodKnows at Vietnamese God

I nominated GodKnows at Vietnamese God for the Thinking Blogger Award, and I can’t help but point you to his blog a second time.  The Vietnamese God blog gives us an honest, intimate glimpse at his home in Vietnam.  GodKnows is consistent in honoring his culture’s traditions and successes while pointing out areas of improvement and growth – all in a simple, down-to-earth-delicious blog.

Green Girls Global and Green Guys Global

My final two nominations go to a pair of blogs which highlight a variety of green products, services, campaigns, and attitudes.  I don’t get around to reading Green Girls Global and Green Guys Global nearly as much as I’d like, but I value their motivation: sharing how people “are trying to live a life in a way that is positive for the environment, people and animals.”

And now, as organized by COOF…

Nominees may participate by following these rules:

1. When you get tagged, write a post with links to up to 5 blogs that you think are trying to change the world in a positive way. 

2. In your post, make sure you link back to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3. Leave a comment or message for the bloggers you’re tagging, so they know they’re now part of the meme.

4. Optional: Proudly display the “Bloggers For Positive Global Change” award badge with a link to the post that you write up. 

More details are available at the Climate of Our Future Bloggers for Positive Global Change information page.


Thanks again to Jenny for the kind nomination.  Now – go forth, blog, and be inspired!

Collaboration at Clarity

November 7, 2007

Jason Evans of The Clarity of Night is at it again with yet another short fiction contest.  As usual, he’s presented an image for inspiration.

Hop over, crack your knuckles, and join in the fun for the Restless Dawn Short Fiction Contest.  Entries must be received before 11:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14th (Eastern Time, United States).

Even if you don’t have time to enter, I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and read some of the entries – Jason’s contests inevitably generate a lot of creativity and positive collaboration.

Happy writing, and bon chance!

Show and Tell Friday – Artists around the ‘net

July 6, 2007

For today’s Show and Tell Friday I’d like to share more finds from artists around the interet.

This week I stumbled upon M2ATK, a cooperative among artists across disciplines.  M2ATK features a variety of artistic work, with an emphasis on photography.  If you’re offended by the human body, avoid this site – among the many features is a delicious variety of fine art nude photography from a rainbow of artists.  My only question: where are all the fine art nude photographs of men?  Someone’s got to be taking them!

M2ATK offers a post this week on Pictures that Changed the World, and I am positively smitten by the creativity of the light graffiti.  What’s light graffiti?  You have to see Light Graffiti Part 1 and Part 2 to find out!  I love urban art.

Warren Rice, one of Brainripples’ feature artist interviewees, has recently completed a memorial mural for a young man who was killed in Philadelphia.  The boy’s mother commissioned the work to honor her son’s memory, and it was truly a labor of love.  Stop by and give Warren some feedback!

I can’t remember how I found Erica Wagner, but I really enjoyed her poem Picnic’s Over.  There’s more to read at her site!

Elaine Fasula is another artist I discovered through serendipitous web browsing.  She works with a truly a unique artistic voice!

If you’re a visual artist, you may already be familiar with Illustration Friday.  This week they offer an interview with Gina Triplett.  Gina Triplett and her partner Matt Curtius are creating some really fantastic work right here in Philadelphia!

Karen Syed at Life of a Publisher has posted Part 5 and Part 6 of her Marvelous Marketing Maneuvers series. 


SpyScribbler is trying to title a work.  Swing over to SpyScribbler’s blog and give her a hand with naming her work using Thursday Thirteen – she’s offering a reward!  (For a little inspiration, check out my article this week on titling your work.)


Somehow I ended up with mostly visual artists to feature today.  If you’re a writer – or any kind of artist – please feel welcome to give yourself a little plug in the comments.  Tell us what you’re working on, and share links to your posts.

I regularly add and remove listings from the right-hand side bar here at Brainripples.  If you’re looking for more artistic exploration, be sure to thumb through the links, and let us know what you find.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Show and Tell Friday – What’s new with you

June 29, 2007

For today’s Show and Tell Friday, I’d like to turn the spotlight out on the crowd, and feature some of your latest and greatest.  Below is a small selection of projects and ideas that our fellow artists are cooking up.  I’m a busy woman and there are thousands of bloggers, so if I didn’t find you, please leave us a comment with a link to your blog post(s) with current projects and accomplishments!

Arbitrary (a.k.a Stinkycheeseman, a.k.a Misanthrope, et al) has recently created the new blog Arbitrary or Subjective.  This week he helped me answer a question that always seems to percolate up to the front of my brain when I visit my local pizzeria: “what the heck is Stromboli?”  Arbitrary tells all in his successful Stromboli post.

Jamie Ford’s manuscript is complete, but alas – his title is not!  Stop by and share a few words of encouragement.

Jenny at the Crescent at Midnight has completed her “Butterfly Garden” quilt.  It rocks!  How I envy our talented seamstresses of the world… (Me, I’m overjoyed when I manage to sew straight curtains.)  Jenny’s also got a killer garden growing which you can read about at her garden blog Seeded.

Joanna Powell Colbert finished her fives of the Minor Arcana still in progress for the Gaian Tarot.  Take a look, tell us what you see!

At The Clarity of Night, Jason Evans has finished Part 1 and Part 2 of Westinghoused, “a fictionalized version of true events in history.”

SpyScribbler has tried drafting, doubting, and ditching some beginnings, and now is trying the softer approach: reuse, repair, recycle.  Hop over and share your thoughts on what makes a strong story beginning.


I’m all atwitter for Ladybug’s photography shared at Ladybug’s Leaf.  Do you like daisies as much as I do?

And as for me, I’m plowing through research on a project that I’m just bursting to tell you about, my garden has a real shot at world domination (especially with the pumpkins at the helm), and I’m plucking my way through poetry drafts in my non-existent spare time.  On my list of goals for tonight’s/tomorrow morning’s full moon in Capricorn: make time in July for drawing and painting.

What’s new in your project world?  Don’t be shy – show and tell!