The Art of Storytelling

On this day, July 24, 2021, I am going through “The Art of Storytelling” MasterClass course produced by Neil Gaiman. There are 19 sessions to his 4:49 hour program:

  1. Introduction
  2. Truth in Fiction
  3. Sources of Inspiration
  4. Finding Your Voice
  5. Developing the Story
  6. Story Case Study: The Graveyard Book
  7. Short Fiction
  8. Short Fiction Case Study: “March Tale”
  9. Dialogue and Character
  10. Character Case Study: “October Tale”
  11. Worldbuilding
  12. Descriptions
  13. Humor
  14. Genre
  15. Comics
  16. Dealing With Writer’s Block
  17. Editing
  18. Rules for Writers
  19. The Writer’s Response

After completing lesson 5, I ran a quick search on Gaiman and came up with this awesome YouTube video featuring his instruction, too.
How Stories Last | Neil Gaiman
58,261 views Published: May 3, 2020

Link to Video Source

I finished all the lessons around 6 p.m. This is absolutely a stellar MasterClass course!

Celebrating Flag Day 2021

Grateful I am to be looking at this view on this morning of Flag Day 2021. From the first time I experienced the views from this location, I’ve been filled with awe over the scenes that unfold before me. It is not unusual to see eagles in the trees or deer grazing near the shore. It won’t be much longer before my husband and I have secured this scene for life. After my corporation had been leasing the property for years, we have finally decided to “retire” here and buy the place. Flag Day 2021

I couldn’t be more excited about what I see for our future here. My husband has been an avid golfer for over 50 years. In fact, the evening he told me he would like me to consider spending the rest of my life with him, he was preparing to head out to a national lefthanders golf tournament the next morning. With this as our retirement destination, he will not only have access to the Resort, Ridge, and Challenge courses but another 18 golf courses in the area. His annual pass to play at his choice of the resort courses any day of the week is less than the afternoon annual pass to play the city courses in Albuquerque. (Visit the Oregon Golf website to learn more about the golf courses of Central Oregon.

My schedule has afforded me the privilege of being able to see the world from this view for many Flag Day celebrations over the past 12 years. Every day I am here, weather permitting, the flag is set. It was not until this year that I took a closer look at the history of Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the flag of the United States of America. The first national observance of Flag Day was 100 years later, on June 14, 1877. The United States Army was founded on June 14, 1775, two years before the official flag was adopted. The National Flag Code was established on June 14, 1923. On June 22, 1942, the code became Public Law 77-623; chapter 435. Did you know that according to that code the U.S. flag is not to be used in any form of advertising? I sure didn’t until I read the United States Flag Code Wiki entry. I don’t have time to do further research today, but I am curious as to its authenticity as I see the U.S. flag used in advertising every day.