NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Eighth Update

I misspoke . . . I need to average 2,700 words a day to meet the November 30th deadline. Still within my comfort zone, but we’ll see if something trips me up. For instance, winning the lottery, having an agent call me and say they want to represent me if I stop writing NNWM, getting a call from an editor wanting me as the cornerstone writer for their next ten years of publishing success if I can just stop doing NNWM, or watching too much TV, eating too many snacks, and so on. The likelihood of any of those is inversely proportional to their listing sequence.

This is my current NNWM-2K15 progress. 



As of this morning, I’m at 28,400 words. I’m posting two chapters (Chapter 12 and 13) because Chapter 12 is too short to stand on its own.

For them sporting a curious streak, today I’m starting on Chapter 17.

Which brings me to posting what I have written. As in prior years, all of it will go up on the blog. But, as in prior years, all but the first two chapters are offered up in password-protected posts. 

E-mail me a request if you are interested in reading further (read the first two chapters to decide if you are interested.)

The post with Chapter 12 and 13 will go up immediately after this post goes live. As I said, it’s password protected. 

Please, don’t just ask for a password just to make me feel good. Unless you intend to read it, don’t ask. I will not feel hurt, I will not cry myself to sleep, I will not hate anyone who chooses not to read my effort. I will, however, get a little miffed if I get asked for passwords by a bunch of people and then only my usual four or five readers actually read the stuff. 

In keeping with all these updates, I’m adding a few photos showing the result of me playing with the Topaz Plugins

The first photo is a closeup of wild Columbines (Colorado’s State Flower). It too, a photo from Crested Butte, a skiing resort on the other side of the mountains that we visited in July of 2007. Clarifying, we visited Crested Butte, not the Mountains, although we do occasionally visit the mountains.


For what it’s worth, I only see two bugs in that shot. There may be more. 

The first thing I tried was the Texture Effects plugin.


I then used the Impressions plugin to bring out the edges of the plants. I think it’s a nice look.


Well, once I was there, I had to go full painting mode . . . 


By the way, none of these are sequential. Each variation was made from the original shot. 

I’m still playing with the Glow plugin, but I’m coming to realize my original impression of it (and why I had not rushed to get it) is that it’s of limited use. It do, however, does abstract good.


You can recognize the basis for the patterns, but only if you saw the original (which you have; it’s the first shot in this series).

I then used a shot from my 2004 one-day visit to Colorado Springs that would make it (Colorado Springs, not the visit) our new home for the subsequent eleven years. It’s the first view I had of the Garden of the Gods.


I tried a few variations as an homage to the gold rush of yesteryears . . .  


I wondered if it would look good in B&W . . . 


Interesting, but I still leaned toward applying painting filters. This was a slight one . . . 


I liked the above effect more than the full painting effect below. 


That has a slight Vincent van Goh look to it, but I don’t have an ear for it. 

Then, also in appreciation for the many pioneers who made it out here with dreams of striking it rich, I worked on a retro look to the place. 


It has a quasi-drawing look to it. Full disclosure, that last tweak also added a filter from Silver Efex Pro 2.

By far, of all the new filters, I am very partial to the Impressions Da Vinci Sketch.


That does not look bad, but it shines when the subject is centered and isolated. For instance, the photo of the Columbines . . . 


And now . . . back to writing.

The full-size photos are in the SmugMug gallery HERE. That gallery will eventually contain all of the photos I use for my NNWM-2K15 update posts. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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9 Responses to NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Eighth Update

  1. mvschulze says:

    “But I don’t have an ear for it,” ? Hmmmm, a photographer, writer AND humorist!
    Garden of the Gods Is a little like our recent few days in Utah, where the sunrise, sunset colors were jaw dropping. So I’m partial to the color renditions. M :-)


  2. oneowner says:

    I’ve only had moderate success with Impressions but it didn’t work well on the old HP so I’m really just getting started with it. I think most of the painting effects look well on the screen but would make lousy prints because the texture is just and illusion. The drawing filters are much better imo. I really like the Da Vinci shots.


    • disperser says:

      I have some art paper that would help with the texture bit, but not to the extent that some of the textures “appear”. But, I’m not planning on printing any of these. And, really, most museums I’ve visited have some of the paintings behind protective glass, so they are essentially indistinguishable from looking at them on the monitor.

      But yes, the pencil drawings set are some of my favorite.


  3. OOH! Love the van Gogh photo! And your ear joke! :-P Always love your bug-gy photos! The last photo is so beautiful!
    Turkey-Leg-HUGS!!! :-) (Not a reference to YOUR legs…but as relates to the upcoming day of Thanksgiving! ;-) )


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