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This year is all about revision. I have done so much work, but nothing is finished. It may never be "finished" to me, but I want to complete, revise, and edit all of my work. And I'm getting there. I feel like I'm making progress. I did an 8 post series on revising a poem at ExperienceWriting.com and will now start a series on creating a poetry manuscript as I create my poetry manuscript.

Next month, I'll be participating in the Writer's Games again. I'm excited to see how I can use my themes of force and light within the prompts. And I've created a new Character Creation Spreadsheet that I hope will help create even deeper, more conflicted characters to play with.

My novel revision is a whole other monster. I enjoy participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every November. This last November, I exceeded the word-count and wrote an entire 80,000 word draft in a month. I wanted to have that novel revised by now, but I've come up with five new chapters to write, and I keep coming up with ideas for my other novel drafts. It's wonderful that I'm seeing how to improve my work; it's an amazing amount of work.


I am still focused on bokeh. I recently realized I can take my strings of light outside on a cloudy morning and make my shapes on the walk on the side of the house, in the plum tree, on the grass, anywhere. The possibilities are endless.

I've been using combinations of color filters, and taking shots into the house and out of the house through windows I've hung lights in. My favorite captures so far include silhouettes of my father, and my brother and his family near, or in, the lake. I'm hoping to capture my mother and others this summer.


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For my birthday I received a handheld TASCAM stereo recorder. I'm super-excited about it, but have yet to really use it. For summer music this year, I was asked to record some hymns on my theremin, and it's an interesting challenge. I hope I'll figure out good ways to play with my recorder and find a great balance between using the theremin as a traditional solo instrument, and also explore its unique properties of sound.