24 January, 2015 18:40

I have been VERY remiss with this blog.  Why?  Because life.

Here is the rundown of the stuff I didn’t write about for the past couple of years:

Around the time of the first bar exam, a family member had some legal troubles.  Serious legal troubles, of the life-changing and heart breaking variety.  I was also in the process of separating from my then-husband of 14 years.  I failed the bar exam.  I moved about 1000 miles, with kids and two dogs.  I found a part time job.  I took and failed the Florida bar exam a second time.  The family member with the legal problems had even bigger legal woes that had even bigger life-changing and heart-breaking consequences.  I filed for divorce, and went through a legal battle first over which state would hear the divorce proceedings and then the divorce proceedings themselves.  I met someone who has brought me much joy and a little bit of grief.  I found a full time job in a completely new field.  I totaled someone’s vehicle when I looked down for a split second.  I enrolled in classes in Web Authoring and Graphics Applications…  I lost a friend or two along the way, and made some new friends as well.

In all of this, I have not written NEARLY as much as I would like, but I have been recording things via photographs.  Below is one page of my final project for the Graphics Applications project…  the assignment was to use everything we learned in a Photoshop-centered class to design a mock-up for a real or pretend client.  This was the first of four pages for that project, the other pages being random pages from my fictitious author’s fantasy book.  It is something I would like, at some point, to develop, using photography and words to tell a tale of an ordinary girl who stumbles through a portal and realizes that ordinary things are often extraordinary.

The photo included in the index page was one that I took several years ago with my little Panasonic camera, around the time I was thinking of self-publishing Dreams and Hypotheticals.  I was searching for a cover photo, and uncertain as to whether I would be able to make a trip to Tallahassee to capture the photo I really wanted, something I was able to do soon thereafter.  I was walking through the woods with my youngest son when I stumbled on the clearing in this photo, which resembled a graveyard for trees.  The circle in the center may have simply been created by someone driving donuts in a recreational vehicle, but it reminded me of a fairie circle.

I hope that I will be a little better about blogging, now that I realize I can email photos and posts to WordPress, a feature that was not available when I started this blog… hope that anyone out there who is still following my long-abandoned blog enjoys the photo.  There will be more to come.


6 thoughts on “24 January, 2015 18:40

  1. Welcome back! It’s good to see you again. Life can throw some serious curve balls, but it’s our ability to cope, pick up the pieces, and move on stronger than before that gives writers the experience needed to express it.

    Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith was asked if turning out a daily column wasn’t quite a chore. …”Why, no,” dead-panned Red. “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”

    You, my friend, have shed enough emotional blood in the last few years to last a lifetime, I think. When you place yourself in front of a word processor again, something tells me there will be no hesitation, from beginning to finish.

    Stay strong. Stay safe. There are people like me out here praying for you.



  2. You are so cool! I do not think I have read anything like this before.
    So nice to find another person with some original thoughts on this issue.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a little originality!


  3. Greetings! I’ve been following your website
    for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out
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