Branching Out!

I am pleased to announce I’m branching into stock photography. I’ve always like photography, but never really had a reason to pursue it. But lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring in some extra money and maybe some day be able to quit my 8-5 job and do something more creative. Travel photography sounds fun, but seems a bit allusive at my current level of skill. Wedding photography holds no appeal. But stock photography…The more I thought about it the more appealing it sounded. I have thousands of photos sitting on my hard drive–some from Israel, and Ireland–and nothing to do with them. I also have tons of old fun things I can take photos of; an old Royal typewriter, rusty keys, leather journals, steampunk props. So I’ve been experimenting. With some trial and error I’ve had my first couple of photos accepted to Shutterstock. Check out my profile. I’m pretty excited about this new outlet. I feel like it’s even helping with my writing, since it’s keeping me in a more productive, creative mind set.
Please wish me luck! And share my profile with anyone looking for stock photos. I’ll be adding more photos soon.

Happy New Year friends!

~Lady Of The Pen~

Very Post New Year

Sad. I haven’t written a blog since before the New Year. I hope everyone is having a great New Year. Personally I’m working on my editing this year. I finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo story and now it’s time to tear it apart and develop it more. It definitely needs lots of work. I tend to write my first draft with limited planning, so that my first draft is almost like an outline. The second draft is where I figure out more about the plot, the characters and the themes of the story. For me I have to write it before it’s real. I have a hard time outlining, because I don’t know what’s going to happen until I write it. This makes for a pretty messy first draft. Hence my focus for the year is editing. I’ve gotten quite good at writing first drafts, but now I need to learn to get those second and third drafts out and polish the story. 

I hope everyone is meeting their writing goals and any other goals they may have made.

Happy New Year, very belated.

Happy Post Christmas!


Happy Post Christmas everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday. 

Mine was great. My favorite gift has to be the Lord of the Rings Lego set I was given. It’s awesome! It’s the pirate ship from the Return of the King, I’m still working on putting it together, it’s quite the job. Some might say I’m too old for Legos, but I’m a writer and a Lord  of the Rings fanatic, so never too old! 

My favorite gift I gave was the Christmas story I wrote and recorded for my nieces. This is the second year I’ve done it and I’m hoping to make it a tradition. It was difficult to buckle down and write another story after NaNoWriMo, especially since I’m not quite done with that story yet. But it was worth it. And now I can get back to my NaNo story. My goal is to finish it by the New Year and spend 2014 editing it. Please feel free to give me a kick if I get off track. 

What goals have everyone else set for the coming year? I intend to make it my editing year, while possibly working on a story on the side. But I really want to make editing my focus, because it’s always been a weak area for me. I need to finish stories and then edit them, not finish them and let them collect virtual dust on my computer.

I wish myself and everyone else the best of luck with their new years goals.

Happy New Year

~~Lady of the Pen~~