And I’m proud to say that I DID! It was touch and go for awhile, in that I was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and the kids weren’t at their grandparent’s house yet during the time we meant to see the movie. And then we waffled a bit and got dinner around town and then got home and contemplated seeing the 8:20 movie with friends, but it was sold out. And then we decided to see the 9:40 movie. That’s right. PM, baby. When we got to the theater and saw the long line, Cassidy asked me if I felt angsty or not. First of all, I love that word. It’s so much better than anxious or nervous. So I admitted that I felt a bit angsty, and decided to walk it off a bit by checking out the arcade with its crane machines. I. Love. Crane. Machines.
Then the line got moving and we found our (great) seats. I decided to make a go of the crane machines, and decided if I won, it would mean good luck. First try. I won a Lalaloopsy doll. I screamed “YES!” aloud in the near-empty arcade, and startled the young man playing pinball next to me. In a suit. On a Friday night. I love people. And the movie was GOOD but.. spoilers.
In my last post, I also hinted at something I was doing over the weekend that I couldn’t talk about yet. Now I can. One of my mothers-in-law was one of FOUR finalists in the Miss Connecticut Senior Pageant. I took Scarlet on Saturday afternoon to watch her grandmother tap-dance, walk and speak so beautifully to a crowd. I also took photos.. I’ll share them soon.
I got an incredible idea from my friend Kerstin a few weeks ago. We had worked together on the “My Writing Process” posts exactly a year ago, and she decided to do a sequel version of hers. I love this! We all grow and expand over long periods of time, and I thought it would be fascinating to see how much my writing process has changed within the last (interesting) year.
1. What am I working on?
Last year was a whirlwind. This year is a whirlwind, but a whirlwind of another kind. Both kids are staying where they are in terms of daycare/school for September so there are no big transitions looming, and no paperwork to fill out right now, except for summer camp stuff, of course. As for work stuff, it’s big. With photography, I am continuing at the pace I usually go at – slowly and surely. I’ve gotten more into making my own Photoshop actions to save time with editing, and I’ve been clearing space on my computer for more room. It’s spring, and spring means beautiful blooming families, so the work will trickle or pour in. It’s already started. Help! As for writing, I’m in a new book or two this spring. Here’s the link for ONE! A big change you may have noticed around here is that I decided to pursue making money on my blog and social media – working with agencies and brands. That is something I never thought I’d do, until I did it, and LOVED it. I can still be myself, and not only that, I get good feedback about it! People like me being ME! A large part of this decision was made after my month long data entry project this winter. I realized that during winter’s slow photography seasons, I need something else to do. I really enjoy immersing myself in work all year long. Who knew? It will be a crunch this summer with kids at home, but I love my jobs.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I remember that I loved this question last year because I was all, “I have a genre??” Said in the tone of voice in Robin Hood: Men in Tights: “I HAVE a mole??” I think I’m different the way we are all different – there is no other me. We are a sloppy but inspired family. I have happy kids, pets of various moods, and a geeky lifestyle. We have a life-sized Han Solo in Carbonite in our dining room, for goodness sake! I never tire of finding things to write about. My blog is a mix because I am a mix – so you will find very raw and honest posts, and you will find sponsored posts these days – but they are pretty raw and honest too. And I’m a writer and a photographer, and forever trying to marry or separate the two. People hire me for both. Scarlet actually asked me today what I went to school for and I was proud to tell her that I have my BA in Journalism. I was a writer first, but I will always be just as much a photographer too. I don’t know a lot of people who are 50/50 with these two jobs.
3. Why do I write what I do?
There is no other way. There is heart and truth and money and happiness and therapy. Lots of therapy in writing. There are things I want to share – things I have to share. There is no other way. I doubt there ever will be with me.
4. How does my writing process work?
Last year I was getting more into organization and I’m happy to say I’ve run with that even more. I am often set up with a loose schedule up to a month or two in advance. And I say loose, because I never know where the whim will take me and I enjoy that even with sponsored posts, you can choose from a variety of dates. My schedule also has a lot to do with my photography editing process, or how behind I am with that! (oops) I never suffer writer’s block but I thrive on deadlines – even the ones I set myself. I work harder and for a longer period of time when it’s an article for another site, but the thinking/note-taking/outlining/editing process is one and the same. I’m a perfectionist and proud. It works for me.