The latest issue of the Community Living Magazine gave me pause. My work was well represented and it reminds me of that pebble effect... my community and living well. It's not by accident that my stories and images are there, it's truly a gift from a big-hearted business woman and my dear friend. Dreams do come true and there are always people to thank along the way! Thanks Shelly for giving me a shot! Showcasing our community or our state is a pleasure that I don't take for granted.
My photographs are a result of a passion. For some of the published photos I reached way back into my favorite Passport Ultra and for others I created a "set" and "shot" what I believed to be magazine worthy images! Such studio "sets" require a whole afternoon of prep and staging. While it may be good practice for something down the road, my patience with the lighting and the backdrop grew thin. Olive doesn't like any cussin' so I muttered a few rounds of Alan Jackson's "Stand Me Up Beside the Jukebox..." The work was satisfying once I saw it on the laptop and more so once I picked up the magazine!
The text comes naturally because I've rehearsed some of the written portions in my head; akin to talking to myself. That's not to say it's always easy because there WAS a rushed, last minute edit to one section to clarify and strengthen a story. Getting it right is important to me as a writer, furthermore it builds trust with that individual or business.
One thing I want to say about printed publications - they are becoming so rare that I am more passionate about them than ever! I worked for my local newspaper in the 70s after writing for my high school newspaper and THOSE early experiences changed my view of the written word forever. Social media has hours of endless posts to scroll through, Ipads have endless books to download but turning the page of a book, opening a newspaper or thumbing through a magazine and reading about history or a recipe or a person from another culture * well today, that's just about as old fashioned a pastime as you can get. Yes, I'm that kind of gal.