Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Artful Blogging Story



Scottish Highlands, August 2015


Today the winter issue of Artful Blogging hits newsstands, and it features my photo essay "The Accidental Travel Blogger." This is a dream come true for me, and I want to celebrate by sharing a few photos that go along with the essay and by telling you how this came about.

Being published in Artful Blogging is particularly meaningful for me because it brings me full circle in my development as a writer, blogger and photographer. Five years ago my family went on a road trip out west, the very road trip that is mentioned in the article, and the very road trip that got me into travel photography a little more seriously. To boot, it was on that very trip, on our stopover in Denver, that I discovered Artful Blogging while browsing in a Barnes & Noble bookstore. I picked it up because I had just begun blogging that year.



On the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam, Summer 2011

I was immediately intrigued by Artful Blogging, and this led me to seek out other magazines by the same publisher, Stampington, such as Somerset Life, where I discovered Susannah Conway's work. Through reading her book This I KnowI happened upon Julia Cameron's work, and reading that led me to a whole new understanding of the creative process (Morning Pages, etc.!).

Ever since that day of rummaging through Barnes & Noble in Denver, I've dreamed of getting my work featured in Artful Blogging. Amazingly, here I am. Dreams do come true! This was, by the way, not the first photo essay I submitted to them, confirming that you just have to keep trying. It also confirms my philosophy of getting published: If you're really into a publication and read it for years, chances are your work might fit.

Here, then, for your enjoyment, is a sneak peek at my article "The Accidental Travel Blogger" in the Winter 2017 issue of Artful Blogging, and some of the images mentioned in the article that were not published with it:



Case of Keys Recovered from the Rubble
Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, Summer 2011



Artichoke Jar, Shuk Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem, August 2015



Xi'an Great Mosque Wall Detail, May 2016


10 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Annette! A great reminder for all of us to put our work out there.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you're writing and submitting!

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  2. Your photo choices here are very good ones- the Highlands in particular.

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    1. Thanks, William. I loved the Highlands and hope to return in the not so distant future.

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  3. I love Artful Blogging and I'll have to make sure to get this issue. I also love Susannah Conway and have the book by Julia Cameron but haven't read it yet. I love when all these different things become connected. Congrats on being published. The picture of the keys from the bombing is touching.

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    1. Janet - glad to hear we have those connections. Yes, the case with the keys was very moving. There was a similar one full of victims' eyeglasses.

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  4. Congratulations!! I will look to get a copy! Is it sold at most bookstores?

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    1. Thanks, Steph. Looks like your Cubs are doing well :-)
      Barnes & Noble carries it, I'm not sure about other bookstores.

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  5. Congratulations Annette! You're an inspiration. I, too, will look for Artful Blogger on the newsstands. You got me hooked on Bella Grace, so I know I will enjoy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diane! I hope you find it, but you can also order it online. If you love Bella Grace, you'll love Artful Blogging...

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