Recent Crayon Drawings


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July 22, 2009
By Bret

While waiting for the arrival of a new baby, I've been spending a lot of time keep my two-year-old daughter amused so that my wife can rest. One thing we've been doing from time to time is drawing with crayons. It's been a long time since I've done that (or any sort of drawing, really), but I've been having fun.

Here are a couple of my recent creations...click the thumbnails below to see full images:

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Me Too Me Too


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June 24, 2009
By Bret

After Ryan posted (and told me) about Ficly, and how it had opened the creative floodgates for him, 1024 characters at a time, I considered joining.

At first, I didn't, but then I realized that I had a story I wanted to write.  I had tried writing it as 55 Fiction once, but it didn't quite fit.  It works much better within the 1024 character constraint, though, and it's now live on the site.  I'll be posting, as additional ideas come to fruition, under the name 'halfpenny'.

My story, titled Survival, is after the jump.

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Stories Without End


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June 15, 2009
By Ryan

I recently found an outlet for creative writing, and I’m actually using it. (Ficly) invites users to write 1,024-character (or less) stories. Each published endeavor is flanked by two options—“Write a Prequel” and “Write a Sequel”—to encourage community participation.

Here’s one of my efforts, written to enter a posted challenge to incorporate both fantasy and science fiction:

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A Short Scene From SFO


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May 2, 2009
By Bret

(Something I jotted down while waiting for a flight to Reno, with some later editing.)

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Economies of Scales


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February 22, 2009
By Ryan


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Though this book’s jacket notes the author was, among other indignities, “sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula” and “ejaculated on by a Bengal tiger,” it doesn’t hold as many up-close and bizarre wildlife encounters as it seems to promise. To be fair, the book’s subhead emphasizes “reptile smugglers” (not the animals themselves), and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t animals on practically every page, but I guess I was hoping for more.

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