I started a semi-private 365 set on Patreon on January 1st at the $1 per month level. I’ve done a couple of completely private 365 self portrait/journal entry sets, just for myself/Shaun and I was toying with doing another this year but I had also been trying to come up with something fun to do with Patreon so I combined the two. I’m doing a theme every week, kind of remixing and adding to the list I wrote in 2014, because that set made me feel really happy. In addition to the 365 self portrait set I’m sharing lots of outtakes and other stuff I’ve never posted anywhere before, so even if I have a low week of 365 selfies and one sentence journal entries (and experience tells me, I will) there will be plenty of new content to look through.
I’m also hoping to edit one of my NaNoWriMo novels this year, updates, excerpts and other stuff about that will be on Patreon first, for sure.
In other news, I’ve been working on my 2016 in review photo post for a couple of weeks. It feels a little overwhelming and sad towards the end of the year and revisiting all of those feelings so soon after the fact has been a struggle for me. The past few weeks have been a Christmas vacation for me, but I hope to get back to regular blogging here next week. Thanks for a really good year on WordPress, friends. See you in a bit!
I did 3 costumes shoots this year, scaling back from my usual 5, but a couple of them were pretty involved.
First up is some kind of Wizardy Witch
I went down to our basement, where I usually shoot my Halloween photos, and found it thoroughly infested with wasps. I’m allergic, last I checked, and my mom is so allergic she carries an epi-pen . I haven’t been stung by a wasp in 20 years and I’m not really afraid of them, they didn’t seem that bothered by me, but I decided it wasn’t worth dying for a few good pictures.
So I had to relocate my shoot to this slightly overgrown back garden area that is really exposed to the neighborhood. Sheepish about doing this thing I do in public, especially since I tend to dramatically overact when I shoot my Halloween photos. I had to keep crouched down to keep houses and alleyway out of the frame, but I’m happy with the concept. My original idea was a witch doing magic in the woods, so the greenery helped with that. I would love to visit some bug-free forest and do something truly magical with this amazing dress.
Obviously I haven’t kept up with this blog over the summer, and this summer has been extra long. It was 86 degrees yesterday, on Halloween! Ridiculous.
So instead of working hours and hours on 4 separate blog posts for every month I’ve failed to share my #cy365 here, I’m going to give you my favorite shots from each month. And then I can get into NaNoWriMo and posting here on the regular without that pesky guilt I was feeling about being behind on everything.
But I’m still kind of behind on everything.
You can see all of my #cy365 photos from the past few months on my flickr in this set.
Thanks for being patient with me. I’ve been all over the place lately! :D
Okay, so, you know, I took a couple of months off of sharing these here, but I kept up with the project! The summer is such a drain on my creativity and we have had some busy, new life things the past couple of months.
In May of of 2010 I got a new dSLR and I was feeling super inspired. Really, in a lot of ways, with my newly short hair and camera, I was feeling reborn. It was the first time things felt really normal, or even a little exciting, after my dad died.
In December we went back to Disney World, we drove all the way to Florida. It was probably my favorite of our 3 trips there.
In February 2011 we had an amazing blizzard. Super rare in Oklahoma, so we were snowed in for over a week, and it was really fun. I also taught myself how to crochet that week, and it became one of my favorite things to do for the next several years.
Here are some highlights from that set: