Though this video may lead you to think otherwise I was not at the Australian Open last week.

I WILL be at Indian Wells in March so I’m hoping Nadal enjoys a quick recovery from his injury (a small tear in his right knee). I promise I won’t propose!

fall in love with writing all over again

I love putting pen to paper just as much as I love the simple act of typing my thoughts down. When each of these acts are boiled down I really don’t prefer one over the other. I’m not a luddite nor am I married to technology.

However I cannot deny that the act of typing on my laptop has lost its luster over the years. The bells and whistles of modern technology amaze me, but they also have a tendency to scream out loud just when I need them to be silent.

Truth be told I’ve welcomed some of those distrations into my world and I love them for the connections they’ve allowed me to make and the opportunities they have brought. But I also know they have wound around me like a boa constrictor and cut off the oxygen my writing and creative spirit need. So when I stumbled on to Ommwriter I knew I’d found a spa for the creative set. Aaaahhh!

Ommwriter from Herraiz Soto on Vimeo.

beauty amplified

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This is one of the most beautiful and artistically inspiring pieces I’ve seen. It made my heart sing on this rainy and grey Sunday morning… transporting me to a lounge chair under a brightly colored umbrella on a beach in Spain.

Wow, my imagination can really take me away, but seriously it is a beautiful experience.

just a little more time

It happens every time. Every time I receive a message (mostly cryptic and rarely direct) from the folks running the Microsoft Winter Games blogging contest a song pops in to my head. It runs on a loop for about 12 hours… a lovely little ditty from the 80s.

“Just a little more time is all we’re asking for. Cause a little more time could open closing doors. Just a little uncertainty can bring you down…”

You get the picture. Really it’s only the first line that keeps repeating itself. Frankly I’m tired of hearing it. And I’m tired of hearing that the announcement – of who will be blogging from the Winter Olympics – is delayed yet again. And I’m really tired of having to keep all my friends and family and supporters in the dark – especially after the votes you cast for my blog way back in November pushed me even closer to a dream.

So yes, like Corey Hart sings in Never Surrender, his classic ballad from 1985… all they are asking for is a little more time!

diptychs – december 2009

December was a tough month to take daily photos – at least it was for me. The light was slowly decreasing and the holidays provided a bit of a distraction. I remember a couple days when I was slowly drifting off to sleep and I’d suddenly remember that I had not snapped a single frame. I’d curse myself as I got out of bed and find something to shoot before the day officially ended. I had to get pretty creative at times.

However, the real beauty of this project is what our individual images do when they come together. That’s where the magic happens. Here are some highlights from December.