I am a writer at heart. Like so many people I discovered my spark for putting word to page when I was young, high school, actually. I don’t think I realized I could be a writer when I grew up; it was just something for which I seemed to have a knack. So, the skill lay stagnant. It wasn’t until I had birthed and begun to raise four kids that I discovered words lurking in the corners of mind that desired to see the light of day. Toddlers, while amazing and awe-inspiring beasties, can’t always hold adult conversations. In the very, very early 2000s, I took a correspondence course on creative writing. I haven't used the skill to its fullest yet. That happens with me sometimes and is a character flaw I’ve spent time correcting. But I did start to write; some of it worthwhile, some of it…
New lives can produce new perspectives. So when we moved for the umpteenth time this past May, I took the time to start snapping photos. I don't own a fancy camera, though it has been on my Christmas wish list for years. I mean years. Granted, they are not cheap so I'm not likely to get one this Christmas either. But I can wish. What I have at hand—what most of the modern world has at hand—is a handy-dandy mobile phone. A year ago, I was forced to upgrade my mobile phone and I stuck with the Samsung brand. I bought a Samsung Galaxy s7. I really didn't see why I had to upgrade, but the new phone did "do" what I wanted. So, the new environment this year prompted my desire to capture new moments in a world alien to me. Mostly, because we broke down near Tucumcari, NM and I was left with a few hours of downtime. These first photos, as you can see, were point-and-shoot-let-the-camera-do-all-the-work shots. I was pleased that Samsung had put in the effort to help us lay-people take decent pics without the need for training and expertise of amazing photographers.
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.