Life in Focus 2012

Focus changes over time.  Interests either evolve or quietly dissolve.   The people who hold our attention today either grow more captivating or fade into the backdrop of our ever expanding lives.  But, I think with each hour of each day, we somehow fine tune what matters and hone in on our true talents and abilities.  Just think, 4 years ago I wanted to be a firefighter!  I was so passionate about it too!  Now? I’m so glad I figured out my calling in life does not involve 3 a.m. wake up calls and 4 alarm fires.  I’m far more content to work on my writing and photography.

Sooo, 2012…

I’m about 6ish chapters into writing my first book – a memoir about my trips to Ireland.  In tandem with that project, I’m working on some short fiction and using my new favorite website, Writers Market, to find appropriate publications for my work.  Goals?  Finish the memoir this year, secure an agent, and find a publisher.  If Elizabeth Gilbert can sell Eat, Pray, Love there’s no reason why I can’t sell Ireland (a far more interesting “I” country, in my opinon).

Photography is still interesting but in a different way.  I tried the whole taking portraits and wedding photo thing for a little while, but it drove me absolutely crazy.  I prefer taking photos as life happens without being concerned if the bride got a picture of the bouquet toss or if someone refuses to pay for their pictures because of their armfat.  That’s not fun. And I didn’t get into photography to create more work for myself – I wanted a calm pastime.  So, I will continue to photograph the world as I see it on my terms, with one goal: learn one new thing each week.

So, there you go – a snippet of my life and of things to come.  Here are some previously unpublished photos from the past month:

Driftwood Alley

I felt like I was missing a limb today.  We had sleet, snow, hail, rain, and the most beautiful skies I have ever seen….and me without my camera to capture the Skagit Valley weather!  By the time I made it home from work, it was dark and uninteresting.     

So instead, my photo journey through Coupeville, Washington continues….which isn’t a bad thing because I love this “driftwood alley”.  But, if you could have seen the skies today?!  Wow. 

The Long Road Home

5:00 a.m.   Curses!  I’m up 45 minutes too early!!  Attempts to fall back to sleep?  Futile.

6:30 a.m.   Hang photography on the walls at Tony’s Coffee in Fairhaven. 

7:30 a.m.  Start worrying about the public scrutiny of my babies (cause that’s how I feel about my work!)

Photo courtesy of Andy Phay (

8:00 a.m.   Head to Facets training with delicious coffee from Tony’s and the best blueberry scone I’ve ever had in my life!

11: 45 a.m.  Drive to Mount Vernon with David to do a speed photo walk over lunch.

“Art Imitates Life” …Even the driftwood seemed in a hurry to get somewhere today.

Sunny 16 co-founder leads the way back to the car…and back to work!

12:49 p.m.   Walk in a tad late to Facets training.   I’m starving, but realize my hobby is now more important than food.

 1:10  p.m.
   Get called into my boss’s office – to be told I get the day off tomorrow so I can spend time with my brother and his family!  Yay!

 4:30 p.m.   Leave work and take the long way, stopping to take a picture or two.

David says, “Make something ugly look beautiful today.”

6:00 p.m.   Arrive home to play with pictures. 

6:30 p.m.    Suicidal fly drowns himself  in my wine glass.  Jerk. 

Overall mood?  Satisfied.