And you know what? I can't honestly say that the draw is back, or that blogging is really worth my time right now. However, I do want to try at least. Maybe I can get back to my old ways of simply putting out there whatever's going on in my brain at any given moment? I know, right -- ACK!!! But I promise, I'll try to tone it down a bit. Heh, heh, the operative word here is: try. So, yeah, I'll not be back to the old output of 6 or 7 posts per week anytime soon; more like only 1 or 2. If that. We'll see.
Ha ha, sorry 'bout that. I couldn't resist.
As for my creative endeavors, well I've admittedly been very lax on this part of my life on account of the daily 9-to-5 and a few interpersonal issues I won't go into at the moment. Perhaps at a later date. I've tried off and on to get back into writing, but so far I never seem to be able to gather up enough steam to make it through a project anymore. It's something I'm actively working on, however, and in fact part of the reason I wanted to return to blogging was to get back into the groove of things. Flex the old writing muscles, so to speak.
Although, I do have one other bit of good news on that front:
Remember a while back how I mentioned right here on this page that I had sold a short story of mine to a prestigious and well-known genre magazine? Well, I did mention in that post how it was going to take quite some time before it finally hit the racks at your favorite newsstand or Barnes & Noble, right? And wouldn't you guess it, that time IS NOW!!! Yes, I'll write more about this in another post, but suffice to say that I am super stoked this week. This will mark my first time in print, and my first semipro-to-pro sale to boot! Quite a milestone.
I recently received an email from my longtime online buddy, blogger, and fellow sci-fi writer, Ian S. Bott -- aka the "Botanist" -- who asked me: 1) Hello! McFly!!! Are you ever coming back to blogging?; and 2) How's it going with your photography? Little did Ian realize how perspicacious and timely his first inquiry would prove, as he had no way of knowing that I was just this week planning a return to updating The Bimillennial Man. And, by the way, you can visit Ian's own blog, Views From the Bald Patch, by clicking on the link.
As for my photography: that's an interesting tale. Remember how just a few paragraphs above I mentioned having gone lax in my creative pursuits? Well, that wasn't entirely true. In fact, perhaps one could attribute my stunning lack of written output over the past two years to the fault of my photography education having expanded leaps and bounds beyond anything I could have imagined. Which is just an elaborate way of saying: I was enjoying too much going out and taking pictures!!! And then one day I looked up, and -- WTF?! Two freaking years have gone by!
Or something like that.
To be fair, I am still mostly self-taught and not actively pursuing a second career as a photographer. My goal isn't to get rich being a fashion tool, after all. It's still an artform to me, much like painting is to the painter. I take pleasure from expressing my creative energies in capturing images in a way that conveys my inner eye, or emotional landscape, or whatever you want to call it. And I still have quite a long way to go, but I can say that, in the past two years since I last shared my efforts on this blog, my photography has noticeably improved.
Below I'll post some examples that I feel best showcase where I'm at now. And let me simply apologize first for any photos of myself, as quite often during this learning process I usually only have my own person to model learned exposure techniques, or new lenses, upon. So I tend to have a lot of self portraits lying around as a result. That being said, I'll try to limit those below for the sake of both yours and mine own eyes!
(As always, click to view the larger version)
So, basically, what you may notice here is that I've been learning more advanced composition techniques, as well as -- and this is probably responsible for the majority of my "improvement" as a photographer -- really diving deep into the post-editing process. The latter means learning how to use software to really understand color timing, contrast gradients, and overall light control in my finished creations. I'm by no means anywhere near to being a fine art photographer; this is simply not my desire. Yet. My style is probably more commercial magazine-print type stuff at this moment, as opposed to something you would ever see hanging in a gallery. And you know what: for now, that's how I want it. As I continue, I'm only going to evolve and explorer many different avenues in my work. And perhaps someday my style will become more avant garde, or esoteric, or -- *gasp* -- "artsy" even. It could happen.
Who knows, really? I just shoot what I like for now. And then try to make it look pretty in Photoshop!
Yup, that's me.