Three Quote Challenge Day 2: 15.02.2016

Susan Langer, whom many of you know through the Friday Fictioneers, Share Your World, and many other challenges, has invited me to participate in the Three Quote challenge. Read more about Susan on my post for Day 1 of the challenge

You can find Susan’s writings on her personal blog, and on her other blogs, Susan’s blog. The Inner Soul, Susan’s Creative Writing and Poetry, and Susan’s Devotional Journal. Please go and check  it out, there’s something there for everyone. Thank you, Susan, for inviting me to this interesting challenge.

I’m going to focus on quotes from Ursula K. Le Guin. She is one of my favourite writers. By looking through her many quotes, I realized that I need to narrow this down a bit further. It seems that there’s a quote from her about almost everything. I’ll be focussing on quotes about writing.

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper. - Ursula K. Le Guin

These are the rules for this challenge:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.
  3. On each of the three days, nominate three folks who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

As with many challenges, the rules can be bent a little, if need be, to fit in with people’s blogging schedules. Some bloggers have posted all three quotes in one day. I’ve seen other people posting them over three weeks rather than three days. It’s really up to you how you complete the challenge.

And so, for day one, I nominate:

Draliman from Draliman on Life
Solothefirst from Rambles, writing and amusing musings
Momtheobscure from Mom the Obscure

I see this as a fun challenge, something to get to know each other a bit better. I think that, if you like this challenge, just grab it and run with it. I’ll happily nominate more people, too, if you drop me a line. This nomination thing is always difficult anyway.

In the centre of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling. You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are very bright galaxies and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing. Galaxy clusters are the most massive structures in the Universe and exert such a powerful gravitational pull that they warp the spacetime around them and act as cosmic lenses which can magnify, distort and bend the light behind them. This phenomenon, crucial to many of Hubble’s discoveries, can be explained by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In this special case of gravitational lensing, a ring — known as an Einstein Ring — is produced from this bending of light, a consequence of the exact and symmetrical alignment of the source, lens and observer and resulting in the ring-like structure we see here. Hubble has provided astronomers with the tools to probe these massive galaxies and model their lensing effects, allowing us to peer further into the early Universe than ever before. This object was studied by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) as part of a survey of strong lenses. A version of this image was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Judy Schmidt.

Featured image: In the center of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling.



5 thoughts on “Three Quote Challenge Day 2: 15.02.2016

    1. I know, right? How can I even dare to call myself a writer after reading this? But I think we don’t need to be too strict with ourselves. I think the gist is that we are conscious about what we are writing, no matter the genre.

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