Please excuse the mess while this blog site is under construction.  Watch your step over there.  That pile of rubble might trip you up.

This site is undergoing some changes and will rejoin the blogging world soon.  How soon?  Hard to say.  As soon as I set a date, then I’ll drag my feet on completing this project.  However, I think I need a deadline.  Not a set in stone kind of deadline but a general timeline.

Why the change?  What’s going on?  A general rework is past due.  Currently, I maintain this blog along with my photo blog, f-stopmama and I have my photography business website.  I am finding it hard to maintain everything as they sit right now.

After some deliberation, I have a solution.  I’m excited for the change and look forward to sharing it with you.

Expect to see the unveiling sometime in mid-September.  Until then, watch your step, it might get messy around here for a bit. 🙂



Mobile Work Space

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The mobile work space, perfect for the cooler weather we have had lately.

“First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.” ~ Aberjhani

My First Post on Medium

I published my first article on Medium!  I took the plunge and I did not spontaneously combust when I hit publish.  Click here to access it.  (“The Difference in April & July’s Camp NaNoWriMo:  A Personal Experience”)

If you have not checked out Medium, I highly recommend it.  I love their content and the ability to publish your work on the platform, all ad free.

Currently, I am a Medium member.  This means I pay a yearly fee for unlimited access to feature stories.  For me it’s worth it.  But Medium can also be accessed for free, with a limit on featured stories.

*Please note:  This is not an affiliate post.  I do not earn money for new members.  I simply wanted to bring attention to a platform I really enjoy as an avid reader and new writer. 

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman

A Kayaking Trip

As I sit back and take in my surroundings, an overwhelming sense of peace washes over me.  The aliveness of this moment is unmistakable.  I do not want it to end.  The sounds of nature surround me.  It is nearing dusk.  The forest is alive with animals preparing for night.

I am floating along ever so gently on a small yet long lake.   For a moment it’s just me.  My companions are further back enjoying their solitude.  As my kayak points ever forward, I sit back and take it all in.  Every so often paddling to keep the forward momentum.  This is all about the journey and not the destination.  For we are simply going from one end of the lake to the other and back again.

Right now it’s about letting go, sitting back and enjoying the serenity of this place.  It seems the world around me has fallen away.  The absolute sense of peace is amazing.  I love this.  This is something I envision myself doing more and more.  There is a deep sense of connection with the water and surrounding nature.

My fear of water disappearing into oblivion.  I have no sense of the depth of the water beneath me.  It dissolves those thoughts into this moment.  Small bugs hover nearby.  I paddle on to escape a few of them.  Despite their slight annoyance I remain in a peaceful state.

Not doing anything.  Nowhere to be.  I sit back and take it all in.

The guys are fishing behind me.  I am alone with my thoughts and this time.  It is blissful.

As we near the shore to disembark,  I am not sad for the end of this journey.  The journey was amazing, simple, beautiful, and tranquil.  For a few hours I truly lived in the moment.  Forgetting all else.

We load up the kayaks and jump in the truck.  I glance back at the lake.  It’s quiet and looks like glass.  We will come back to this place.  Until next time, the incredible peace remains.  Anytime I reflect on the early evening kayaking trip I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude.

Such a simple activity, floating, paddling, relaxing in a kayak on a lake.  Yet a profound experience.  I look forward to the next time with my feet in the water and sitting back to enjoy the moments in nature with nothing to do but float.

“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.”
~Dee Hock

1961 Desk Completes My Office

I finally have my desk for my “new” workstation.  A couple of months ago I wrote about having to set up an additional workspace to compromise with my partner using my original desk.  A few weeks ago we upgraded our laptop from the Microsoft Surface to a Think Pad.  Which I love by the way!

This last week after walking around our local indoor flea market, this beauty caught my eye.  It was the last aisle we ventured down after looking through all of the other aisles for over an hour and half.  Shane jokingly commented as we arrived at this last aisle “you wait the one will be right around the corner”.  He was right.  This is the one.  Perfect for my writing, blogging, and photo editing.  I could not be happier with this nice solid piece built in October of 1961.  Such character and I can already feel the inspiration for a story brewing.

My office space is complete!  Now to do some writing.

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L’Engle