Today’s the last day to enter my Before & After Contest. All you have to do is organize and clean something. Anything. It can be as small as a desktop, or a refrigerator, or as large as a whole room. BE CREATIVE!
Be sure to send me BEFORE and AFTER photos!
What do you win?
A Flat Stanley version of yourself that I can take with you on our upcoming adventure. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip for Kurt and me. I think you’ll want to come along!
By midnight tonight (your time), send me your Before/After photos of your project, however big or small. Tomorrow I’ll announce the winner and we’ll get a Flat Stanley version of you to take on our trip!
I want to give you something: a postcard? a bookmark? a card? perhaps you want me to take a “Flat Stanley” version of you on our next adventure? (Thanks to my nephew for that last idea.)
You choose. I’m issuing a Before and After Challenge to my readers to join me in overhauling one room or workspace area.
Today is Manuscript Monday for me, but instead of writing, I’m finally ORGANIZING!
While creative people “boast” about our messiness (and truly I do actually know in which stack of “garbage” my essay titled “Tracking a Black Rhino” is, as opposed to my papers from Viet Nam, or my Mandela poetry) for me the burden of the mess has outweighed the allowance for creative organization.
In other words, while I can find what I need, do I really want to continue the ongoing task of finding or making a slab of desk on which to write?
No. Something needs to change for me.
Today instead of writing or submitting, I’m spending all day sorting and organizing and hoping to create a better system. Those organizational shows have never worked for me, so it’s time to create a system of my own that meets the way I think about my work while providing an alternative to piles.
1-Take a photo of an area you’ve been wanting to clean up or organize/overhaul.
3-Take an “After” photo
Email me ( marla at marlasinkdruzgal dot com ) both your Before and After photos, no later than this Sunday, 02 November, 2014. Winner will be announced next Monday. I’ll also show my own finished writing space.
After asking around if anyone nearby had lost money (amazingly, everyone had, but somehow they had all lost hundreds of rands, not simply a fifty) I decided to give it to one of my readers.
I don’t normally give away money, but in this case I think “found money” was meant to travel. You can win whether you’re international or local, whether you want to spend it or just collect it. I’ll put it in a nice little card with a note from me.
And it’s a perfect pairing, because the photo I want you to caption is of lions, and a lion is the animal on the fifty rand note:
Would you like to win Fifty Rand?
Simply offer up your best caption for the photo, using the comments section. I’m going to make my husband choose the winner, since his sense of humor is better than mine.
CAPTION THIS PHOTO:
Deadline: Friday, 21 March 2014, Midnight
Enter multiple times. Comments can either be in the section below, or on the Traveling Marla Facebook post for today.
First, congratulations to the winner of Wednesday’s Photo Caption Contest…ALL OF YOU!
Okay, I know that’s the Kindergarten Teacher’s Copout, but I had already figured if there were a dozen or less, I would send one to each of you. But I will tell you a few of my favorites, and include a photo of the winning caption at the end of this blog. (In the meantime, those of you who contributed a comment to the caption contest within the deadline, please send me your name and address, either by FB message or by email to email@example.com )
A few random photos from my experience around Pretoria, South Africa so far…
So what about those captions, eh?
Well Kurt and I looked them over together and decided our favorites were these:
“Baby got back!” (submitted in video form from Leo, over at Doggy’s Style)
“OH YOU DID NOT SERIOUSLY JUST DO THAT!! YOU’VE GOT THE WHOLE DAMN GRASSLANDS, AND YOU GOTTA BLOW THAT RIGHT IN MY FACE!?!”
“No, I don’t think that stripe makes your butt look big”
“Ok, ok, I see the stripe now. It still doesn’t make you a zebra!”and our overall winner:
Congratulations to Melissa Perry for this perfect caption!
At Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida, we hiked 4 hours around the marshes looking for alligators (alligators coming next week!). Adding in our stops and photography, we spent 5-6 hours each day we were in the wetlands.
It was hard not to stop and watch everything, like this bird, who cleverly extracted a snail from the shell. (Om, nom nom…snail!)
Can you name the bird? Comment below with your guess.
Right or wrong, any guess enters you to win.
One of you will win Toucan Nest, a beautiful book of poems I’m currently reading, inspired by the Costa Rican Rainforest. This hardcover is signed for you by the author, Peggy Shumaker!
The second winner gets a candy bar which promotes the book!