Paint, Pepper, and Flash Fiction—The Best of the Internet This Week
Here are the cool links I’ve found this week. We’re talking paint, peppers, and flash fiction, a truly odd mix, but entertaining.
The Battle of the Pigments
When the blackest black paint was formulated, its creators signed a contract with artist Anish Kapoor, giving him exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art. Kapoor refused access of the paint to any other artist.
Stuart Semple, another, lesser known artist, took offense. In retaliation, he released his pinker-than-pink paint for anyone to use. Anyone, that is, except Anish Kapoor.
Kapoor somehow got his middle finger on a sample of the pink and Instagrammed a picture.
Semple went back to the drawing board and released the greenest-green, and Black 2.0, as close to Vanatblack as possible—all with the same stipulation. Anyone but Kapoor could buy it.
Read the story of the battle of the pigments here.
Bell Peppers have sex
Who knew peppers had genders? Next time you’re in the produce aisle, look at the bottom of a bell pepper. If it has three bumps on the bottom, it’s male and better for cooking. If it has four bumps, it’s female and better for eating.
For explicit details (nudge-nudge-wink-wink-you-know-what-I-mean) go here.
The best free photo, video and graphic sites
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect photo for my blog or Instagram account. My go-to sites are Pixabay or Unsplash. This site lists a bunch more other sites where you can find free stock photos or videos. It’s always good to mix things up a bit.
The Twelve Steps of Intimacy
If you’re hesitant about writing a love scene, or if you’re a veteran romance writer, the following blog post can walk you through the twelve steps of intimacy. From eye to body—the “summing up” look—to physical intimacy, you’ll learn the different levels on intimacy between a couple.
How to Deconstruct a Scene
How to Write Flash Fiction
If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into the flash fiction pool, author JJ Burry gives her tips gleaned from the past year of participating in a flash fiction challenge. Plus, she shares other flash fiction resources.
Thanks for joining me on this week’s roundup of fun and useful links.
Join me Monday, January 22 on tips to name your character.