Freelance Writing

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Seeing my name in print still gives me a shiver. A few months ago I started freelancing as a writer and photographer for a county magazine. June showed two of my articles while July had one. I know this is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things but it still amazing to me.

I get to go out and talk to people and learn about how they are helping our community. You would think talking to people would be second-hand to me. But this form of communication is different. Each interview I gain a bit more confidence but I have a way still to go. Last week I spoke to a woman who works with a local foundation for Alzheimer’s. This really hit home for me for I have family members right now who have this devastating disease and have lost some to it.

Next week I will be setting up an appointment to meet up with a lawyer, a retired soldier, who works against domestic abuse and violence. This shall be interesting to say the least as I learn about how she gives back as she fights this part of our culture.

All of this helps me not only as a writer but also as a person as I learn about the people around me in my area. It is not just about me and my family but those who construct and run the city I live in. By becoming a freelance writer and photographer, my eyes have been open to avenues that would otherwise have been hidden from me.

I still get nervous before any interview and tend to breathe a sign of relief once I am back in my car once it is over. Will that ever subside I am not sure. But I will continue, for now, to explore the world that is my home in North Carolina. Hopefully it will help me grow as a person in different levels. If nothing else, I walk out of each interview a little different then how I entered.

 

Northern Maine:Home

I was raised in Northern Maine, just a few miles from the Canadian border. It is a piece of heaven with the scenery that is before the people who live there. I just want to share some shots.

This one is the lake behind the house I was raised in.

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This is from the mountain showing a great view of Long Lake.

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The natural border between Madawaska, Maine and Canada.

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The bridge in Madawaska that carries you into Canada.

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The natural border between Fort Kent, Maine and Canada.

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A view from Frenchville, Maine.

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This is home.

Supermoon

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Last Sunday we left the house at 8:30pm to take pictures of the super moon. We came across the photographer for the local paper who shot pictures with us. He was so much fun. I need to take a class by him.

We met a couple from Indiana who were in for a wedding and ended up talking for a while like we knew each other our whole lives. It was so nice. Then stopped into a shop to say hi to a friend according to my husband. I didn’t know the friend was someone I knew. So more time for some good times. After which we stopped at Beef O”Brady for some ice tea and shared a sandwich. We got home at 11 pm.

Simple times, good people, nice night, and some great pictures. All it cost me was a few hours of my time, 10 bucks and some really good memories.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time. Plus my husband and I were able to enjoy the supermoon.