8:30 am local, and here I am “replying” to the latest Single Frame Story without having submitted one…


Thing is: I’m a lot better with words than images. Oh, yeah, I post a lot of snapshots — but that’s all they are. No setup, minimal if any tweaking, and always of other avatars or builds. What I’m saying with them is either, “You’re my friend and I want us both to remember this occasion,” or “You’re a random stranger who struck my eye with your originality, and I think you should be seen by other random strangers.” (The latter goes for builds as well as avvies.)

Composing a deliberate photographic image to illustrate a theme… not so much. Of the two I’ve offered so far, one was recycled. When “critique” appeared as the topic, the first and only thing I could think of was the Op-Ed page (tab at upper right), because that’s where and how I do my critical thing. You can go there and read some of them if you want — or not, up to you — but there was a time when I could, and did, spend six to eight hours polishing before posting.

That’s where the “self-critique” comes into this: it’s the two-edged sword of the writer.

Even so… “Single Frame Story” has become my favorite avatarian blog. To see the entries from others is to see into their minds, if only through the path their creators want you to take. Even when the topics don’t inspire me to try, the results are always inspirational.

And, it’s a challenge — to me, to stretch the mind, to try something I haven’t before. I need that.

We all do.


One response to “Self-critique

  1. “o see the entries from others is to see into their minds, if only through the path their creators want you to take”

    That’s what I love most about it too. For me, esthetics are secondary to the ideas revealed. I’ve also been less than inspired by a particular week’s prompt. If I wasn’t one of the co-sponsors, It’s likely I would have passed a few times too. But I’ve found that forcing myself to sit with a prompt for a few days, or even for the full week, eventually leads to some vector of approach that’s worth pursuing, and insights worth the effort.

    Lalo, I also wanted to let you know that I’ve been quietly following your health-related posts since the diagnosis. Illness and personal tragedy are certainly issues most of us don’t want to think about until we’re forced to by our own life circumstance . . . or by our conern for a friend or loved one. Thanks for the gift of your story.

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