I Visited My Character's Grave
What's it like to stand over the grave of a character from your historical fiction book? [I originally posted this article to my website in 2015. I've made a few updates to it here.]
Taking the Long Way Home
2021 started off with a photography road trip. Well... it was really just driving back to Utah from Idaho for a new semester of school after the holidays. But I decided to make a trip of it--turning a 6 hour drive into weekend-long adventure through new parts of Idaho.
Photo Walks: the Marshes & Haunted Hotel of La Grande, Oregon
While I'm working on uploading more of my previous work to Vocal and sharing some of the stories behind it, I thought I'd jump ahead and share some more recent work, too.
Vocal's Next Steps
After 15 stories, 8 "top stories" featured on the front page, 1 story place in a challenge, and more than 2,000 story views, I'd like to think that I've become familiar enough with Vocal to share some thoughts and ideas.
The Chipmunks of Mt. Howard, Oregon
Northeast Oregon's Mt. Howard is a beautiful feature of the landscape--boasting views of Lake Wallowa and the valley where Chief Joseph and his people spent their summers. It is home to a variety of wildflowers, the steepest tram in North America, and what must be the most pampered family of chipmunks I've ever met.
Don't Call My Art "Content."
I am a photographer. A writer. A creator. An artist. But don't even think about calling me a "content creator." I think our words have power. The way we refer to things can have an impact on how we think about and value them. (Which is probably why your mom wouldn't like it if you called her "woman.")
- Second Place in Thrift Finds Challenge
My First Film Camera
Spring had come to stay in Boise, Idaho. The bright, April afternoon light filtered through the windows and around the bookcases and clothing racks that lined them. Whether as a result of the sunshine or thanks to the warmth of my own nostalgia, I remember a corner of the thrift store being bathed in orange light, with dust and the smell of old books sparkling in the air.
"THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE" - A Photo Series
It seems like some people like being IN a relationship more than they like the PERSON they are in the relationship with. I've thought about this idea lot. In watching friends and acquaintances come in and out of relationships. In analyzing relationships of my own. Something about that idea scares me. I want to whole-heartedly love the person I'm with--for who they are, not just what they do. I want to love them complexly, deeply, and authentically. I want to love them even more than I love holding hands or kissing goodnight.