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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Nowadays, I find change easy.


I haven’t always been this way, but the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune have, to a certain extent, inured me to most types of adjustments, developments, innovations, modifications, revisions, or any other synonyms for ‘change’ that the thesaurus can throw at me.


While writing my books, I've been on the look out for illustrations that I can use to illustrate my chapters. These are usually nineteenth century engravings of historical events that look old timey enough to fit the historical theme.


But recently, I've discovered AI illustration through DALL-E or Midjourney. I'm particularly taken with Midjourney, as it's allowed me to make illustrations of things that I haven't been able to find pictures of. For instance, there were no pictures of the Incan emperor Pachacuti near Machu Picchu, yet now there is one, thanks to Midjourney and my prompts (see below).


I was initially horrified that artificial intelligence could be, with minimal (but crucial) input, so artistic. It was a change that I wasn't expecting.


Yet changes come, whether we want them or not. Our challenge is to respond to these adjustments, developments, innovations, modifications, or revisions, with our own intelligence and creativity.


Here's hoping I can continue being able to change and grow.


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