Amswers.com has a new creative challenge. Just use the words given in a story or poem posted on your blog, with each word linked back to its page on answers.com, and you can win $100 gift certificate from Amazon. It’s a great way to get free incoming links. I wish I had thought of it!
The guidelines are below, copied verbatim from the site along with the give words and phrases. You might want to click on each one to find out what it means unless your vocabulary is in the top 5% of the nation. I say that because I have a two masters degrees (one in education, one in humanities) and a BS in English, and I’m not sure of the meanings of at least two of these words.
But I’ll give it a lick and an promise anyway, to see if my praxis for sapid prose is up to snuff and to assure my ataraxia. If I can crank up my mantic pendulum and spew out some of my zeitgeist about subjects often considered contraband, I’ll relax with a semilunar bite of halva and enjoy the serendipty of contests.
- Be creative.
- Write an original composition using no more than 750 words. Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or any other form of creatively written expression.
- In your submission, correctly use each of the words or phrases below and hyperlink each one to the corresponding Answers.com entry.
- Please keep it clean. We’re a family-friendly site.
- Post your submission on your blog or website. We must be able to access the entry from a direct link.
- Fill out the entry form so we can judge your work.
- Entries must be submitted no later than December 21, 2007.
Your creative and original submission must include each of the following words and phrases with hyperlinks to the Answers.com entry for each one:
Generally speaking, that is always the most important question. Who am I behind my masks, and what masks am I wearing? What are the images I bring with me and why have I collected that particular set of baggage? This image reflects my totem animals of jaguar and snake, along with my heroines, Emily Carr, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, who were contemporary artists of the first half of the last century. Several goddesses are noted, particularly Baubo as Isis on my forehead, who is an later incarnation of Au Set or Wadjet, who was the original Eye of Horus. In keeping with the snake theme, a small image of Medusa runs across the Jaguar’s forehead. The tattoo of my initials on my shoulder was just a lucky find–the name of the rubber stamp block was celtic borders–so I stuck it in there on top of a glamour shot picture blended with a picture of me in a mardi gras mask. So–who am I and how much of what you see is me? That is the question for each of us as we look into the mirror.
Since coming back from our last residency at Pacifica, I’ve been working through the backlog of unfinished projects and neglected chores here at home. I mistakenly thought that I would have a lot of free time because I was no longer in school, and I had no teaching projects. It is a truism that any work expands to take up all the time available for it.
Now is the time for me to start using the information that I have been gathering–and to stop spending so much time “Gathering”. But I could not decide how to get started or what to do first.
Then I found James Brausch’s Info Product Creation Videos, which shows how to create information videos using Camtasia, and then how to create a website to promote those videos. I realized I already had all the tools–including a cheap version of Camtasia, a web hosting package and a microphone. While watching the videos and making notes on 5-minute market research, I began thinking of ideas for such a product–how to do APA formatting, for example, or even some of the nicer points of grammar that so many students have problems understanding like parallelism or misplaced modifiers. Then I found an Easter Egg! I won’t tell you what it is, but I was very happy to see it, and it will help me to promote the ideas that came to me as I was learning.
So today, I will start my brainstorming and freewriting to write down and orgaznize my more esoteric knowledge on these subjects and see what kind of product I can dream up. My school could use some fo these short info videos for showing people how to register online and showing instructors how to get their virtual paperwork done. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.