Orb_Cloud-AC4x6I have several announcements today:

First of all, there is a new Author Interview page up in the Fan Corner of the alyciachristine.com website. If you want to know more about me, go check it out!

My second announcement is that I have decided to make some changes to the structure of my weekly SCRAWLS blog. Normally I post a blog article every Tuesday: story excerpts on the first Tuesday of every month, a writing lesson on the second, a general update on the third, and a photography lesson on the fourth Tuesday. While all of this is fine and dandy, I feel like some of the content posted each week is just too long. Therefore I’m going to post any book reviews or other off-topic articles I write on my website independently of my regular Tuesday blog schedule. I also plan to make the photography lesson into more of an individual photo critique and how-to piece rather than a huge monthly lesson. Since I have already covered so many basic photography rules, I now want to show how some of those rules directly apply in individual photos rather than explaining the overarching principles of dozens of photos at a time. I also eventually want to bundle the past two years’ worth of lessons into one easy-to-read Photography Beginner’s Guide.

Finally, I plan to host my first Bonus Tuesday vlog (video blog) on the last Tuesday of September. Whenever there is a fifth Tuesday in a month, I hope to post a special video for fans on YouTube and AlyciaChristine.com as a fun way to say thank you for all of your support. I thought it might be fun to do author readings as part of the Bonus Tuesday video series since doing an in-person book tour of Musings is beyond my budget right now. Because my section of West Texas scrub brush has finally received internet service upgrades, I think I can finally do this for all of you!

If you have any questions about the upcoming blog changes or suggestions of things you want to see me write or video chat about, please contact me!

Now for today’s photo:

I shot this photo with my trusty Canon EOS Rebel T2i at about 9:30 one evening so that everything was dark for except my subject. I used an ISO of 3200 with an aperture f-stop of f/11 so that the camera was very sensitive to light. I also used a 0.6 second exposure time. The focal length was 53 mm and there was no flash. This image is a handheld shot, which means that I took the photo without using a monopod or tripod to steady the camera against any shake. Believe it or not, 0.6 seconds is a long time to keep a camera still, but I still managed to do it by keeping my posture stiff and holding my breath during the shot. By the way, the luminous subject of this photo is actually a child’s Plasma Globe. I think it looks much more interesting when you photograph it with a long exposure rather than a shorter exposure. What do you think?

Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better!


The Seared Cookie Report: one Artist/Writer’s Labored Soliloquy (SCRAWLS) is brought to you from the writing desk of Alycia Christine at Purple Thorn Press and Photography with love, art, speculative fiction books, and virtual baked goods for all. Please let me know your thoughts about this particular post and, as always, if there is any subject you wish me to discuss, contact me. Thanks!