Enough about story. No really. Actually, I’m gonna touch on story periodically, but I think I will fast-forward to contests. Um, are you sure THIS is where you go next? I mean, we haven’t even learned aperture, F-stop, black and white, lighting… post production! Yes, it does feel inside-out to start with what seems like an end, but for this amateur-amateur it was a boon to my creativity, a catalyst to my understanding.
I spent two whole months snapping photos of subjects like my grandfather’s memorial service and our family gathering afterward, as well as even more photos of our magnificent area in Arizona. I even took a few on our way from Arizona to Georgia for the memorial service. And on the way back. I didn’t take pics of everything though, and I kicked myself for the oversight. But that brings up a valid point: we must LIVE our lives. We cannot always be snapping photos as if we were outside our lives looking in. We are the heroes of our stories, are we not? We must be present for the memories, too.
An article popped up on Facebook, something like “15 jobs to earn extra money from home.” Having just moved and looking for a way to add to the family coffers and still maintaining a bit of freedom, I clicked on the article. Most of what I saw didn’t appeal and required qualifications I didn’t have nor wanted to have. But one did stand out...
Darcien Balog (that's me) started as an amateur-amateur at everything in life. She started making renaissance clothing 20+ years ago and by 2013 had reached a skilled professional status. And so it has been with almost everything in her life, from schooling her children at home to crafting for resale to writing novels.