Progress From Shadows Into Light

Writing is a craft many people struggle with.

For those of us who enjoy writing, myself included, this struggle isn’t as apparent. I have been writing for many years, have managed to build myself a small following of readers through this wonderful site. There are many gifted writers I have stumbled upon, whose work I read when I have the chance. Now that I’m making my way towards a new goal, a new adventure, I find I am in a situation where I am unsure how to proceed.

However, in all the years I have been writing, I do know there is much I can offer to the ones who seek information. I have a wealth of knowledge stored away in my head (we all do – everyone knows something about one subject or topic, often to a degree others they know don’t know) and I have jealously guarded it. Unintentionally, at that.

I know what I’m good at, the things which I shine. Writing is one of them. Art is another.

I can bake, to a degree, but there isn’t much I can do with that. I have no desire to open a bakery. I hate dishes. I’d also eat everything instead of selling it. I’m fairly decent with my dip into photography, though my camera would suggest otherwise. My cellphone doesn’t always take good photos, even if I do take the same photo a dozen different times.

Photo by Author

As far as my paintings go, the four below (which many may have already seen) have a new quality to them called a sealer. I’ve applied several coats today, making them extra glossy and fresh in appearance. A nice contrast to how they had looked.

Proceeding from here, I have a new goal in mind. I want to write more than I do now, here on WordPress and also at HubPages. I like writing articles as much as I like being here on my blog. I want to spend more time doing both while I’m also working on a piece of fiction for a contest due at the end of this month (I have twenty {20} days to write 8k with a plot on a very interesting topic, which I will discuss in an upcoming post).

However, I know I want to make a living as a writer. A decent income doing something I love, if only to help me get supplies for my paints or other things (like a new computer that doesn’t lag ever forty-something minutes) so I can keep bringing more content to all of you at a better rate. I enjoy writing. I enjoy the fact so many seem to like what I have to say, people who like my art and my ponderings and my poetry.

Which brings me to the fact I’m very excited about: freelance writing.

Yep, I intend to take that plunge. I’m doing a lot of background work on that now, getting everything I need to help push me along, and, at the moment, I’m getting myself out in the world through online content. HubPages, as mentioned above. I have a handful of articles there, already, and I think quite a few of you might enjoy what I have to say.

I’m also on Instagram, which is just weird to me. It’s, like, a photo blog. I take pictures, I upload them, and some people like them. I’m having fun figuring that out, as of right now. I’m also on the one site that confuses me greatly: Twitter. I’m still learning what to do with all the other birds, but I figure I’ll piece everything together. Social media is an odd, complex thing I should have paid attention to in High School.

I was a dumbass, however, and kept my head in a book. Sue me.

If any of you are interested in Pinterest, I’m there. I’ve been a fan of Pinterest for years, have always loved the random quirks and thoughts present there that happens to be so very unique to the online world. I generally find quotes or funny pictures that make me laugh. Some of them remind me of myself, of my sister, or my friends.

Like this one:

Found on Pinterest

My mind is always in a state of chaos. Always. I can’t remember the last time it hasn’t been in a whirlwind of thought and idea, my mind jumping and running full speed ahead without checking to see if I’m following. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t bother calling out for it to wait up for me. I know my brain will crash, and that’s when I will get my hands on it once again.

However, I’m also a huge fan, and semi-creator, on YouTube. There’s so much going on in the world of media entertainment, YouTube itself going through considerable change. My newest videos have been over Acrylic Pouring, two of the paintings shown above are in a video (the quality isn’t the greatest, considering the lights in my room shine directly onto my table…and I’m trying to figure out the best place to set up the camera I use due to the glare of the light reflecting off the wet paint).

An Uncomfortable Side Note

With everything that’s been happening and all I’m hoping to do, one can always ask for a small token. Or help. Assistance? There’s a lot to be done and, at this moment in time, it isn’t something I can do on my own. Times have been difficult. My uncle has died of cancer and my mom (his sister) has the same strain that had taken him (she’s holding out strong, but a daughter will always worry). On top of that, the day before Thanksgiving…

…my sister’s house burnt down. Quite literally. A fire sparked and ate her basement. She, our mum, and her five children had been upstairs and outside when it happened. We were all fortune, on that end, but things could have turned out very ugly.

Tomorrow, I have an ultrasound scheduled for my gut. There’s the possibility of my body, my pancreas or liver or gallbladder, aren’t doing what they should be. Maybe that’s a miracle in disguise given my love for fried foods and soda. I would have liked it to come a different time of the year when everyone isn’t bogged down my ill fortune.

So, here’s me throwing out my two cents. I’m putting up a ‘Donation’ option.

It’s not something I’m happy about, but I think it is always nice to give the option to those who would like to offer help. I’m not one to ask for…donations, minus the time I put the thing on one of my posts due to the fact I was curious to see how it would look in a post. I haven’t touched it since. However, given I just dumped all of that out into the air…

…well, it would be a bit shitty of me not to add the option.

Of those of you who are willing to help a fellow human in need, even if the human in question isn’t comfortable putting this out there for everyone to read, you have my deepest thanks and gratitude. For those of you who don’t, or can’t, I understand. We live in hard times, as it is, and I can only wish all of us the best and that each of us does what we can to help the people around us.

On an ending note of that horrifying jump, my homepage has a list of contacts. There are links to all my current social media any of you might find interesting. I’m in the middle of figuring out how a few of those media work, but I think I’ll get the hang of it soon enough. Just have patience. There’s also a direct link to my PayPal account there, for donations, should you choose to use it in the future.

A Question to My Readers and/or Followers

I’ve been on WordPress for a while. A long while. As a content creator, I would like to know the various things each of you enjoys. Is it fiction? The poetry? My Acrylic Pours? The random pictures I take and post up here for all of you to enjoy? I’m trying to build upon the foundations I already have, to bring new and exciting content. However, for that to happen, I do need to know what everyone thinks and their own ideas on the matter at hand. Writing is an odd field, a place where everyone interprets everything in a way that is different from his/her neighbor.

So, for those of you who would be kind enough to leave a quick comment, I would like you to tell me two things. Just two. Or, well, three (if you choose to), and I will explain the third in a moment. Moving to the list!

  1. Of the things I have created, what do you like?
  2. What would you like to see during the next year?
  3. *Optional* If you’re sharing a bit of love in the donations, tell me so I can thank you personally. For those of you who do help, your contributions are a blessing. Thank you, in advance!

That’s it! I’m not entirely sure what else to add into this ungodly long message of mine, other than the fact I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays, and that I should be seeing all of you soon enough.

Also, on an ending note, I have a new WordPress page for my HubPages account, though I won’t be posting direct articles between the two. I will discuss things I’m working on, the things that have caught my interest, articles I plan on tackling, and all that fun stuff.

So it’ll be a bit of a ‘behind the scenes’ for the HubPages profile and work.

New content will be coming up shortly, so stay tuned, and, for those of you who stuck all the way to this point, thanks for reading straight to the end! I have a few ideas for a couple of posts I’d like to do, and I intend to have as much fun as humanly possible while I’m at it!

See ya all soon!



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