What’s in the bag-Visual Assignment-Isabelle McIntosh

This visual assignment is to tell what is in Isabelle McIntosh’s purse. It is a 3 star assignment

Isabelle’s purse is basic black purse that contains several things that she uses on a daily basis.   She always has a comb and her lipstick, she is not a vain girl, she just likes to have a neat appearance.  She always carries a couple hair combs, just in case she needs to dress her short hair up a little.  Isabelle always has a book, currently she is carrying a copy of the latest Agatha Christie novel,  Agatha is her favorite author and she dreams of one day being just like her.  She has a little cash and some loose change in case she needs to make an emergency purchase.  She always carries  a photo of her family, she is the baby in the family and misses the carefree times she used to spend with her parents and two older brothers.  She always carries a pair of black gloves in her bag,  her mother always told her that every young woman should have gloves with them.    She has a handkerchief that belonged to her mother, she often just holds it for the security she feels when she does.   Isabelle always has a notebook  and a pen that she uses to keep notes with.  She likes to keep up with the news and she jots down notes about things she has heard and her thoughts.

Isabelle McIntosh's Purse


Photographer….Not so much

I don’t have a lot of experience with photography, just snapping pictures of my husband or my kids. I have been known to take a picture of the landscape and I have a few of them I am very proud of. I don’t take as many pictures now as I did when my children were young, I don’t know why it changed, it just did. When I take pictures, I tend to just aim and click, not a lot of thought goes into them. After all the readings I realize that I could say a lot more with my photos if I just added a moment of thought to the process. I really want to try to capture a feeling in a photo, not just the happy little family, but the other things we feel. I’m excited to try this, I just wish I had the kids home to practice on. I will have to practice on my cats.

2 down, 14 to go.

Week two has been really taxing.  I started off messing up and not starting on Monday.  I will not do that again.  I plan to do a little every night so that I can relax a little on the weekends.  I am learned a lot about Noir and myself this week.  I started participating in the Daily Creates, my first one was trying to get my Yodel to post.  I fought with SoundCloud for over 2 hours and nothing seemed to work.  I finally had to switch computers and it worked that way.  I think I must have something blocked on my new computer and I still haven’t figured out what that was.  Here is my Yodel, it is horrible, but I do like the picture of my cat.

This took me most of the night to get posted, so the next night I was on to the eye selfie.  I didn’t have much trouble with this one but I did learn an important thing.  Sometimes these posts take a long time to make it to the daily create page.  This was frustrating because I kept refreshing the page and my eyes were not showing up.  I looked at others that had posted and assured myself that I was doing it correctly.  It just took several hours for my post to show up.  I didn’t see it until the next day.  Here is that post



The next daily create I did was Saturday morning where I read that I needed 10 pictures of my day.  This was fun and I had fun putting it together.  I started with a word document, this time I found out you can’t post a word document to Flickr, I  ended up putting it on a PowerPoint slide and saving it as a JPG and it worked a lot more smoothly than any of the other posts I had worked on this week.  Here is that assignment:



I enjoyed trying to put an “easter egg” in each photo.

I decided that i would like to do the daily create for Sunday the 25th so I have added my word picture to the site.

Daily Create 1-25-15

I did the readings, the stories were interesting, but very dark, you can’t trust anyone in these stories.  Here is the link to the write up for those.


I developed my own character, this was interesting because I could see so many things to do with it.  I wanted to make her active in the 1940’s because I want her to be around in the “Noir” era.  I did make the mistake of submitting my dossier without writing it all down, now I don’t know where to find it.  I can remember every thing except the year she was born.   Here is my character, Isabelle McIntosh.


I had a hard time working on my writing assignments.  It was hard to pick ones I thought I could complete.  I earned my 8 stars.

2.5 stars for putting random words into a short story


I also  earned 2.5 for the 10 seconds of thanks, I enjoyed it because it was thought provoking.


I had a hard time with the 10 second drawing, I just got the basics done before I had run out of time.

The writing assignment I had the most trouble selecting was the one about my character, it was hard for me to find one that I could use to develop my character.  I ended up picking the future text book entry.  That seemed like a great way to develop my character and to earn the required 3 points.


I enjoyed writing an alternate ending to “The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway.  When I first read the story I thought that Nick needed to try to do more so save Anderson, so that is how I changed the story.


That was my week, summarized as best as I can.  I never want to be doing this on a Sunday again, I have got to start sooner.

Isabelle “Red” McIntosh in the future (Textbook form)

After solving many “unsolvable” crimes for the Chicago PD Isabelle “Red” McIntosh went on to a very successful career as a mystery writer.  She has written many award winning novels, but still maintains her job at the local library, where she works for free.  She is well known, and helps the police whenever she can.  She never married, but feels that her life has been well spent putting criminals behind bars.   She is sure that even at her advanced age she will solve the 1975 case of  the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Killers by Ernest Hemingway, an alternate ending.

“Nick walked up the dark street to the corner under the arc-light, and then along the car-tracks to Henry’s eating-house. George was inside, back of the counter.” (Hemingway)
“Did you see him?” asked George
“Yes, he looks  so defeated” replied Nick
“Nothing we can do, I’m sure he must have done something to deserve it.”
“I know, but I can’t get the picture of him lying on that bed, fully clothed with no hope to survive the night.”
“What can you do about it, what can any of us do about it?”
“I don’t know” stated Nick wearily “But, I have to do something.”
Nick quickly walked out of the diner and  back to Hirsh’s rooming house and went back up to Anderson’s room.  When he got there he opened the door and was sad to see Anderson still huddled on the bed.
“You were a prize fighter in your day weren’t you?” Nick asked the figure huddled on the bed.  “I used to watch you, you never gave up on a fight, how can you do it now when you have so much at stake?”
Anderson shifted on the bed and looked up at Nick.  “Nick, this isn’t your fight” he whispered.
“It is your life you are fighting for.” yelled Nick  “Don’t just give up.”
Anderson wasn’t even phased, he just looked up at Nick and said” I did what I did and now I’m going to pay the price, that is how things work in my business.  I know that and you know that.  Now get out of here before you end up dead too.”
Nick turned and left the room, he knew that Anderson would die soon, but he also knew he had done what he could to get the big man to fight.
On his way out he passed Al and Max and could see the shotgun sticking out from  Max’s overcoat. He ducked his head and hoped the two would not recognize him.   He knew that there was nothing he could do now.  As he walked out out onto the street he heard a loud shotgun blast behind him.  Nick quickly walked back under the arc- light and off into the night.

10 Seconds of Thanks

This was difficult,  I was surprised how quickly 10 seconds could go by.  I know I missed some things, probably some very important things, I don’t think extremely clearly when I’m under pressure.

Here is what I am thankful for:

My family

My health

My home

My life

My friends

that is all I could think of in such a short time.  I am very thankful for everything, I am very blessed and I’m glad that I can recognize that.

I thought 10 seconds went quick when thinking of things I am thankful for, it goes even quicker when drawing a picture of myself.


Short Story with 10 Random Words and an Animal

I used the random word generator and my words are:  pieces, officer, amber, prime, awful, fool, loop, abstractly, blaze and parallel.  The animal I chose is a cat.

When I woke up this morning my cat was laying on my face.  I felt awful and I knew it was going to be a rotten day.  I drove to work as usual and was stopped by an officer who made me feel like a fool because instead of speeding I was going too slow.  I told him the the blaze of the sun was the reason, and he laughed and gave me a ticket.  When I got to work I felt like I was in a parallel universe and everything thing I did made me look like a fool.  I picked up my paperweight, a piece of amber given to me by brother, and it carelessly slipped from my fingers,  it shattered into a million pieces.  The pieces formed a abstractly shaped picture of a cat and this seemed so unnatural.  Suddenly a loud noise woke me up and I realized that this was all a dream, but the cat was still laying on my face, so I felt like I was stuck in a loop I couldn’t get out of.  I just hope that this day goes better than the one in my dream.