#PhotoPromptFriday: Peter Paul Rubens

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Peter Paul Rubens is the famous artist behind the word “Rebunesque”, which is often used to describe a person’s form as “plump or rounded usually in a pleasing or attractive way” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). The above painting is one of his trademark portrayals of a woman’s figure, but that’s not why I chose this painting as today’s #PhotoPromptFriday.

For me, this picture is interesting because the man in the picture is an old man in shackles, and the two of them seem to be in a prison. It turns the initial impression of lewdness into a hidden story that I want to know.

Now, I did look up the story to this painting, which I will reveal next Friday with the winner of this painting’s #PhotoPromptFriday, and it’s a pretty cool one that eliminates all thought of naughtiness. I want you to come up with a story that explains the scene portrayed in this painting. Submit it via my #PhotoPromptFriday page, and you could be featured on my blog as the #PhotoPromptFriday winner of the week!

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Origin Story: Ben Huberman’s Blog Challenge

This is in response to Ben Huberman’s Blog Challenge: Origin Story.

My mother and I have always bonded over books. As a child she would read them to me, and I fell in love with the stories. When she finally got too busy with college, I finished the book she was reading to me, Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery, and continued on into The White Dragon on my own.

But eventually the stories contained in books weren’t enough. I started writing fanfiction, even for school writing assignments. I would twist the world of other authors to include my own characters and then change the stories accordingly. Soon fanfiction couldn’t sate me either. I began creating my own worlds.

Thus began my life as a writer. Full universes have blossomed from my passion and imagination. My only hope is, when released into the world, that just one person comes to love these stories as much as I do.