One day I sat down and started typing and three months later I had my first manuscript. I felt accomplished for the first time in my life. Up to that point I had discovered about twenty professions I couldn't stick with for any length of time.
It wasn't long after that I started a children's series. Slowly, the demands of life got in the way and everything has been piling up on a back-burner since.
I take care of my kids, my home, my husband, and everyone around me. I volunteer several days a week. I think I stopped sleeping about five years ago.
So one of my jobs was as a photographer. I volunteer with an animal rescue group and they asked me if I would take pictures for their website of the adoptable animals. Then they asked me to shoot their charity calendar.
Then my photos started to become so popular that people started asking me to photograph birthday parties, their pets, babies...
Now I'm opening my own photography business. I think I've been taking pictures as long as I've been telling tales, but I never thought much about it.
I still feel weird when I get compliments about my work. I didn't go to college for this. It's a hobby for which I've suddenly started making money.
I don't believe in altering a photo. I'll fix a blemish on your face, but I don't alter the integrity of a photo. I think that's why I'm becoming so popular. I just take a picture and it is what it is.
Maybe I'll make a go of it, or maybe I'll bust. My cousin is a wedding photographer in New Orleans and very popular. I've taken some hints from her.
Either way it'll just be something else to add to a very lengthy resume that I have been building for quite some time now.
Wish me luck!