Tight Wallet

I must first apologize! I was unable to go on a shoot today due to a lack of money. By the time I had my bills for the weeks paid I am flat broken. I was able to buy four frozen pizza for dinner this week. It should be interesting!

Thank you so very much for reading! I will be back on the shoot this coming Sunday!

Live With Passion!

Blacktop & Backroads

You ever see how children can make you laugh out of nowhere? Mine sure can and did this morning! Now, I have to be honest, I am not usually one who likes to be tickled, however, this morning with two little boys tickling and giggling, I laughed and allowed myself to be tickled for ten minutes. I loved the smiling faces on my boys had all morning long!


After showers, putting on clean clothes, brushing teeth & cleaning ears, it was time to take them home, not before heading by McDonald’s for three medium fries, which were eaten in the short distance back to their mother! I think my children must have a reserve stomach for McDonald’s fries! lol


I returned home and cleaned with my new vacuum sweeper, which was very well worth the money, and back up my gear to trek off to finish off my first section of the Summer map that remains. You see, on my four maps, (one for each season) I have the county gridded up, into sections (10, to be exact) which help me visually work away at the large area, being Lawrence County.


This is a memorable session today because there is a small section of Lawrence County that I will never do again for this assignment! Hard to believe that I have been working on this long enough that the window of work remaining is now beginning to become smaller every Sunday! I will have a vacation in a couple of weeks from my ‘paycheck’ job and with it, I will finish off what is left of Summer and prepare for the biggest run of completing Fall, which has the least completed on its map.


I have added up 875 miles and look forward to seeing my year-end total after Christmas!


Since I began, I have used a Kodak Easy Share C180 which I have dubbed, “The Road Warrior” because it has been used so often, that the paint is wearing off all over it and many times throughout a session, I have to ‘lightly’ tap it to make it come on to capture the photo I want. Should it complete this journey with me, I will happily (and gratefully) retire the old boy to a life on my office shelf where my picture books will sit! I do wonder, what I will do once the pictures have all been taken and the book is complete? Lol, I’ll know in time I guess!


As I finish tonight, I strongly urge you to make your dreams happen and to do that you have to Live With Passion!

The Dancing Wash Rag!


Well, tonight I defined the moment and jumped right back into The Boondock Kids! To put my fingertips on the keyboard and create is never anything short of a spectacular feeling! The one core element I love about writing is the fact that when a writer begins, nothing is for certain. Afterwards, a blank slate is given life and a sense of purpose. That is what makes the written word so much fun! 🙂

Tonight I took an ordinary (and imaginary) wash cloth and by the time I had finished for the night, it was a magical wash rag that danced its way through the dirty pots and pans like Fred Astaire! I even wonder, “Should I have given it a name?” lol

Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena could do absolutely nothing but watch the playful cloth work it magic until even item in the sparkling blue water, filled with white, puffy, soap suds was clean. It even took the time to have a little fun of its own by kicking some suds on Cristena, making everyone giggle with laughter!

Kelmare then offered the four friends some hot tea and all eyes were on that copper kettle. From the moment it was taken from the sink and dried off, to having a small, tan, pouch placed inside and sat on an old cast iron stove that have a very crooked exhaust pipe snaking its way towards the ceiling and out the roof.

The four friends sat near the warm fire and pretended to be relaxing, however, secretly, they could, by no means, contain their curiosity of Spyderia!

The Right Thing?

I would like to begin by saying something like, “I didn’t make it out last week,” or “I forgot to post last Sunday.” If I were to say that it would simply be a false statement. Truth is, I have been in the gutter, mentally, and I can’t seem to find my way out of it.


I came home after developing my photos, last Sunday and simply went to bed. That is the first time since I began this blog several years ago, that I had something to write about and just didn’t. Seems that sleeping is all I do much these days besides go to my “paycheck” job.


I haven’t written anymore on The Boondock Kids in two months and, as a writer, it hurts to sit down in front of my keyboard and nothing will come out, when it used to flow like wine. The things I do not want to worry about are at the forefront of my thoughts and the most important dreams of my future are systematically push to the back burner in efforts to survive.


I have been thinking a great deal about the picture book assignment. When I finish I more than likely will have crossed this country two or three times over and never left my own county in Illinois. I hope to publish the four (seasonal) volumes into an impressive coffee table book that others will love. I work at this because deep down, I believe that someone will love it and put the series out there.


Right now, I worry that this will all be in vain and no one will care about the beauty that is being preserved in these photographs. Will I be finished by years end only to have over 6,000 pictures lining the shelves of my bedroom? My core belief is NO!


I am at a point where as a writer, I have no clue were to turn to or ideas on how to push my five completed works out there. Any advice from you would be treated like gold. I have: The Adventures of Marky, Slash & Levy, The Return of Marky, Slash & Levy, Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville, Marky, Slash & Levy Vs. The Doomsday Device and Marky, Slash & Levy: Search For The Heatseeker.


I have all of my photos taken for the “Spring” volume of my series with somewhere around 1000 pictures taken for it and am 1/4 the way through The Boondock Kids and wish I was further and hope to complete it in early 2014, once the picture book is completed.


Time to say goodnight. I hope to take my own advice and Live With Passion!