WC: The Freedom and The Fear

This week’s challenge calls for me to “speak out” about a topic that is sometimes avoided, to make my voice heard.  Don’t worry; while that prompt easily lends itself to politics, I figure everyone’s had more than enough of that these days (and I don’t tend to be very political anyway).  Instead, I want to discuss a difficult subject, one that I ponder frequently, and one for which I hold a less popular view.

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WC: Rules Repurposed

I pride myself on being unconventional.  I never want to do the same as everyone else, and as my father put it on my wedding day, I “blaze my own trail.”  I would be devastated if someone labeled me as “ordinary;” I want to be recognized as unique.

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WC: The Greatest Life in the World

I have a pretty awesome life.  At least, I think so.  I am in good health, I am happy with a sweet husband who cares for me, I have two kitties who add tremendous joy to my life, and I have an amazingly supportive family who would stand behind me no matter what I chose for myself.  I have a warm roof in a city I love, I can walk along a beautiful waterfront to a job I enjoy, working with some of the smartest people I know.  I feel successful and financially sound, and I have the freedom to explore my creative hobbies in various parts of the globe.

I recently returned from one such opportunity.  A friend wanted to visit a national park in the wintertime, so he organized a photo trip to Yosemite.  What a blast! Continue reading

WC: Pre-Digital Ambiance

My digital archive begins around 2005 with poor-quality photos (both in technique and equipment) and really takes off in 2007 with my first DSLR.

However, I have over two decades of life prior to then.  Granted, I wasn’t taking photos for all of that time, but I still have plenty of pre-digital memories.  Most of these are in boxes, a few have been preserved in scrapbooks, and many many more are simply somewhere else.

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The days when I cared most about my (and my brother’s) stuffed animals

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WC: Super Names

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.  As names have power, words have power.  Words can light fires in the minds of men.  Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.  There are seven words that will make a person love you.  There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will.  But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.  A name is the fire itself.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

What is a name?  Names identify objects, people, places, trees, churches, lakes, storms.  But names are merely a label.  You might treasure the name given to you on the day of your birth, but that name does not define you.  Many women assume their husband’s names.  Some people choose to legally change their names to something more appealing.  But that doesn’t change who they are.

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WC: A Photographer’s Christmas Card

Apologies for the delayed post..  I was up to my eyeballs in cosplay at one of the best conventions ever, taking some great pictures that I’ll be sharing soon.

I believe we have some pretty awesome Christmas cards.

First, I love the tradition of Christmas cards.  It’s a way to connect on a less-digital level, and it’s an opportunity for that personal touch.  After all, how often do we receive real mail these days?

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Photo by Aaron Shade

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Weekly Challenge: Hope for the Holidays

Christmas is a big shindig for my family.  The festivities start on Christmas Eve – often with a themed party with attendees donned in ugly sweaters – and extend to the following day, through a breakfast feast, presents, a nice dinner, games, drinks, laughter, and ultimately ending with us crashing in front of a holiday movie with some pie and eggnog.

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Weekly Challenge: Three Relaxing Kitties

This week’s double challenge, for once, was pretty straightforward!  The first is amazingly appropriate: relax.  With the holidays fast approaching – shopping, cooking, photo gifts, and Christmas cards – this is a busy time of year.  Add on top of that the fact that I’ve been up to my eyeballs in Kumoricon photos with their own deadlines, and you can bet that candle’s burning at both ends.  And that’s all within the confines of the limited schedule additional holiday travel affords.

In short: I’ve been busy!  So a reminder to relax is in order.

The second prompt is “one, two, three,” encouraging posts pertaining to threes.

Therefore, I am happy to present to you: three very relaxed kitties.

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