OOPS, I missed a few days there, didn’t I?
Quick catch up:
- The MagicalYA has a title! A Spark of Magic will be out 11/9/2021
- The Advanced Reader campaign for A Spark of Magic is underway! Copies have been flying out to early readers. Hopefully they’ll hit a blog near you soon!
- A Spark of Magic is also Goodreads official. Add it to your WANT TO READ list https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58738790-a-spark-of-magic
- Somehow 80 of you are now following this blog and have signed up for newsletters. WOW, you’re amazing and thank you!
- OK this is an exclusive catch up point that only readers of this blog will know about … The GhostlyYA editing is DONE. As in, I finished all my little add in bullet points for myself and added all the scenes I needed to add! This is a first round edit, so it still needs a grammar pass. But it’s one step closer and that’s always cool.
Anyway, back to the August writing challenge.
As a reminder, there are 3 sources I’m drawing prompts from in August:
- Single word creative prompts from https://www.writerswrite.co.za/31-writing-prompts-for-august-2021/
- Journaling nonfiction prompts from https://natashalh.com/august-journal-prompts-for-adults/
- Poetry prompts from https://www.instagram.com/fallspoetry/
Today I decided to go with the nonfiction prompt.
It’s World Photo Day. Do you enjoy taking pictures?
I do enjoy taking pictures. They are one of the (many) ways I express my creativity. People who know me in real life can attest to this — I’m not a very emotional person. I’m very stoic and I’m a big “rule follower” in my real life. Photography, writing, poetry … these have always been the ways in which I can express myself.
Although most people in my life would probably tell you writing is my most important creative outlet, photography also has a special place. Writing is a way for me to create worlds and characters. To let those characters express emotions I have felt in ways I never could. A way to force myself to examine what those emotions felt like and put it on paper in a way that other people will relate to.
Photography is different.
Photography is a way for me to say YES I see those things in the world I live in every day. I didn’t miss it.
I saw the resilient beauty of that flower petal that refused to die after the monsoon storm.
I recognized the pain of a moment of true fear followed by the comfort of a family member.
I recognized the consistency of nature, showing off its beauty day after day no matter what challenges came our way.
I recognized unfettered joy in children given a chance to prove they deserve the stage and the audience.
For me, that’s photography. More than a way to say “I was there” photographs are a way to say “I recognized beauty and greatness.”
So, yes, I love photography. I think a part of me always will.
How do you feel about photography? Drop a comment and let me know!
P.S. All the photographs here belong to me. I was the photographer for every one. Don’t borrow or steal one without reaching out to ask for permission to use them. Thanks!