I haven’t updated this blog in ages. Not because I haven’t had anything to say, but because I haven’t felt like this was the right place to say it. As I have grown and evolved as an artist, shooting stock photography has become less important to me – and writing about it even less so.
Writing has always been my first passion, but after my debut novel was published in 2001, I realized doing it for a living would be near impossible. At the time, my day job was in IT and though my title was designer and project manager, I spent some time coding and scripting too. Fast forward a decade and I am writing a ton of different stuff (from D&D adventures to screenplays) and I’ve taken the first steps into iOS development. Not surprisingly, my first app – WriMuse – is made for writers.
I love photography and shoot a ton. But I don’t really feel like writing specifically about that anymore. I have no ambition of becoming a photographer’s photographer like my friends Jack Hollingsworth or Rob Sylvan. They rock at what they do, but my passion lies elsewhere.
If you have been reading this blog and have learned or found inspiration from my words, I wholeheartedly thank you. Those who have left comments, sent me notes of encouragement and support, or purchased a copy of the Expanded Microstock Guide – you are the reason I kept at it this long. But the time is nigh for the site that bears my name to also reflect the person I have become.
So what lies ahead? I am still debating the details. Part of me is tempted to do a complete reboot, start from scratch with a blank slate. Another part of me wants to turn this place into something other than a blog, but I have yet to decide. Will I ever write about photography again? Of course. It’s a huge part of who I am. What about microstock? Probably not as much, but from time to time, maybe.
I do have a little something on the way for the microstock photographers out there. Stay tuned.
What I am doing right now, is concentrating on developing Another Passion. My blog about art, creativity and passion-driven lifestyles is so much fun to produce, that even though it is actually costing me more than it brings in, it has become what I enjoy doing the most. It combines writing and photography with meeting some very talented and inspiring people. Another Passion is also syndicated by Fox/Tribune Media via the Seattle area blog portal, Puget Hound. This has opened up a unique possibility for me to help get more artists and creative professionals seen by a broader audience – which is nothing short of awesome.
Next week, I am scheduled to appear on Q13 Fox News in the morning alongside local author Sean Beaudoin. I’m super excited and thrilled to help get Sean some publicity for his book — it’s called You Killed Wesley Payne, by the way. Check it out. This kind of work is mostly voluntary, but gives me great personal satisfaction.
The future is unknown, but for one thing: change is coming.