Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of a prominant Westboro Baptist Church family who found her way out through connections made on social media. Watch her new TEDTalk.
Writing Exercise: Who lives here? Take 30 minutes to give a full outline of the character that lives in this specific space. This writing prompt doesn't need a story line and keeps you focused on character development instead.
Get along... little chipmunk?! When I stumbled across this insanely ridiculous stock photo, I had to turn it into an insanely ridiculous writing exercise... see for yourself: [x_image type="none" float="none" src="http://ashbydodd.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chipmunk-cowboy.jpg" alt="A Chipmunk Cowboy" link="true" href="http://c8.alamy.com/comp/D3MFFH/funny-chipmunk-cowboy-with-stick-horse-on-white-D3MFFH.jpg" title="A Chipmunk Cowboy" target="blank" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover"] Set your timer for 30 minutes and write a fictional backstory that [...]
“Raised by Krump” explores the LA-born dance movement “krumping,” and how the dance has helped the lives of some of the area’s most influential dancers. In most cases, when a guy opts for dancing as an alternative to violence, it’s the start of an 80’s movie starring Kevin Bacon or Patrick Swayze. But this isn’t [...]
If you google used car sales, you'll get a mix of sites that will direct you to hundreds of used car sites as well individual sales by owner. There are so many options out there, it can get too overwhelming for a buyer. Every seller needs to make their car stand out, the question is [...]
"It's one of the great fueds in American business...." - Richard Schlesinger Before the 1930's, the only women who wore makeup to decorate their faces were working in the spotlight or on the streets; then came Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden. The triumphs of these two forward-thinking women have been captured in a new Broadway [...]
When was the last time you were in a location with only natural sound? Never? Gordon Hempton's mission is simple in theory, to record the last remaining 'quiet places' of the world before they vanish. Known as an acoustic ecologist, Hempton has traveled to untouched regions all over the globe, desperate to preserve the disappearing [...]
It's-a me, Mario! Charles Martinet might not be a name you know but, trust me, you know his voice. Since 1990, he's been invading your home as the voice of Super Mario, Luigi, Wario and many of your other Mario Bros favorites. Although he began his career as a stage, television and screen bit-part or [...]
Prophecy: An inspired utterance of a prophet. A prediction of something to come. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to set a timer for 30 minutes and write a fictional story that centers around the definition for the word 'Prophecy'. As noted above, Prophecy is 'an inspired utterance of a prophet' or [...]
A real life winter wonderland. Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland is a must for any adventure-seeking globetrotter. From volcanoes to glaciers, this vast expanse of protected land is a nature lover's dream. But there is nothing more dreamy than the breathtaking ice caves of the Vatnajökull glacier. [x_image type="none" float="none" src="http://ashbydodd.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/glacier-ice-cave-iceland.jpg" alt="Ice Caves of Iceland" [...]
It's the middle of the week and it's time for you to sit back and take a few minutes for yourself. Easier said than done, right? I feel you, trust me. This work-a-holic gal can't ever seem to shut off her mind... unless I can distract myself with something soothing... something relaxing... like a timelapse [...]
Game Over by PES recreates 5 classic video 'game over' scenarios using stop motion with practical objects - the end result is nothing but impressive. https://youtu.be/B-jHJdJ1hg4 The short video kicks off first with a quick round of Centipede, jumps over into a little round of Frogger, blasts into a round of Asteroids, battles in a [...]
"Dear women, I'm sorry. Dear black people, I'm sorry. Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I'm sorry. Dear everyone who isn't a middle or upper-class white boy, I'm sorry. I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung." [...]