Chapter 1 is Set Loose Upon the World!

Chapter 1 is Set Loose Upon the World!

Well…

I finally went and did the thing.

That thing that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time:

Share my stories with you

If you like a good scary story be sure to check out my Patreon.

Patreon is a platform that allows you, the reader, to support content that you like.

For only $2 a month you will get to read a new chapter of my current novel or a short story every single month.

Once I get a few more patrons I’ll record a little intro video of myself talking and stuff. (I’m a bit terrified of being in front of the camera, than alone in front of a video camera, so this is a big deal) So if you want to see my talking face talk about my writing on the internets head over to Patreon today and sign up!

https://www.patreon.com/jwdonley

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PNW Photo of the Week – Chuckanut Forest Scene

PNW Photo of the Week – Chuckanut Forest Scene

It’s that time again. Pizza time? Oh, I wish. But no, It’s time for the Pacific North West Photo of the Week! I call this one Chuckanut Forest Scene.

The Background

Do you remember that 8 mile hike I told you about a couple weeks ago? Well, this is another shot from that same hike. (You will probably see a some more images from this hike in the future, it was a long day, and I took a lot of pictures.)

Looking at this image, you would think this was taken out in the Hoh Rainforest. But it is in the Chuckanut Mountain Trail System, just south of Bellingham. I’ve lived here almost 2 months now, and I am amazed at all of the trails in and around town.

This was one of the mossiest parts of the 8 mile hike. The hike took me over 6 hours to complete. Most others that do this loop are in much better shape than me and do it in around 4 hours. The first 4 miles are all up hill, as you go from about 50 feet elevation to over 1500 feet. The view at the end was worth it though.

Raptor Ridge

(Bonus Image: view from the Top of the Raptor Ridge Trail)

Here is another photo from that same hike from a previous PNW Photo of the Week.

Chuckanut Forest Scene

As always, I hope that you enjoyed this week’s image. Let me know what you think down below in the comments.

To learn more about the Chuckanut Mountain Trail System go here: http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/2051/Chuckanut-Mountain-Park

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PNW Photo of the Week – Misty Mountains

PNW Photo of the Week – Misty Mountains

It’s time for yet another Pacific North West Photo of the Week! I hope you’re as excited as I am. This image came out amazing. I call it Misty Mountains in the Distance with San Juan Islands and Sail Boat.

The Background

This is another shot I took out on the whale watching tour with the family. We were heading west between the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor. While out and about stretching our legs I noticed a portion of landscape that just screamed “Bob Ross painting”. Doesn’t this image just look like something Bob Ross would paint? Look at all of those happy trees. And the bottom edges of the mountains seem to be painted over with a cloudy mist.

I did crop it down quite a bit, but I think the ultra compressed verticle dimension adds to the image. Your eye starts on the left and the bit of land points you across the bottom of the misty mountains and too the lone sailboat on the right.

Misty Mountains in the Distance with San Juan Islands and Sail B

Let me know what you think of this one down in the comments. Also, I would love to hear your suggestions on the type of images you would like to see on here.

Also, be sure to check out past entries for PNW Photo of the Week.

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PNW Photo of the Week – Bare Roots over the Path

PNW Photo of the Week – Bare Roots over the Path

It is time for this week’s Pacific North West Photo of the Week! It is called Bare Roots over the Path.

The Background

A few weeks ago I took on the longest and toughest hike I’d ever been on. The path was over 8 miles long, but, I’m proud to say, I made it through. Under a mile in I had to stop and catch my breath due to the very steep trail. There I looked down and saw a webbing of roots over the path with the ground worn away around it.

This week’s image is of these roots spread across the trail in the middle of the forest.

What adds to this image is the light. There was a beam of light streaming through the canopy above. I wanted to that light hitting the roots to be the center of the image. Also, I wanted an extremely low angle of view for this image. The texture of the small roots needed to feel like a large landscape across the image. So I got down to my knees with my pack on my back and framed the shot.

The shot came out fairly well, I hope that you all like it as well. Do let me know in the comments below.

If you would like to see more images of the Pacific North West be sure to check out past entries for the PNW Photo of the Week.

 

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Help Me Write Stories!

Okay. So I want to write stories. I want people to read my stories. But for that to happen I actually have to sit down and write the stories. This is a ridiculously difficult thing to do. I’ve been working, on and off, for the past two years on a novel. Also, I’m finishing up a couple different short stories.

This is what I need. I need a way to be held accountable and also a way to share these stories with others, to share these stories with you.

Enter Patreon

Patreon is a wonderful platform. It’s based after an old Medieval practice of families of power and money paying artists to produce their art for them. These medieval patrons gained prestige for seeking out the best artists for their personal court.

Fast foward to now, and Patreon has found a way to put this same system into place. But in this case you don’t have to house and clothe me to help me produce my art. So, you only have to pay me the amount of a coffee each month. And when you become a paying patron I will give you one short story or one chapter from my novel every month. For only $3 a month you would be pressuring me (in a good way) to get my butt in the chair and write!

And, once I finish a novel or write enough short stories for a collection, I will find someway to reward my loyal patrons. This may be a free digital copy of the text, or a steep discount on the physical copy. I may even toy with some other possible rewards. If you’re interested, please let me know what sort of things you would like.

What Sort of Stories?

What kind of stories should you expect from me? Well, if you like a nice and spooky story you’ll most likely like my writing. I tend to enjoy reading H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson, Mark Z. Danielewski, etc. Consequently, I imagine that anything I write may be along the lines of those writers. So be sure to watch for the first chapter of my novel on August 1st. So, become a Patron, help to encourage my writing.

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PNW Photo of the Week July 10, 2017 – Forest View

PNW Photo of the Week July 10, 2017 – Forest View

It’s time for the third installment of my Pacific North West Photo of the Week! Not every shot needs to be of a sweeping landscape with a forest, mountains, and grandiose vistas. Sometimes we need to look up close at the things around us in order to fully appreciate our setting.

This week I present an image to you that is not a full forest. It is, instead only a tiny detail of one tree. This shot I call Forest View.

The Details

After finishing up a little photo walk through a local park I noticed how the light was catching just a tiny bit of some branches. I love how the colors interacted with the center of the scene and how the light pulls your eye to each of the little bright points at the ends of the branches.

This image shows how even at the lowest level the leaves of a tree are a forest in itself. On each level deeper and closer you get to a subject, the more the subject will reveal to you. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this when I feel that I’ve exhausted all possible ways to capture a setting.

So remember, don’t forget to get down and look closely at the most mundane things. You never know what will be revealed to you.

Of course, you can see evergreen trees anywhere, but this image is representative of the area I live in. There are so many trees everywhere here, including many evergreens of different types. I am sure that, in the future, I will post some pictures of other local trees.

Next week I’ll post something a bit different though.

A closeup look of scaley pine leaves.

If you like this image be sure to go back and check out past installments of the PNW Photo of the Week.

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My PNW Photo of the Week – July 3, 2017

My PNW Photo of the Week – July 3, 2017

It is time for my second entry to my Pacific North West photo of the week!

I call this one Mt Baker from the San Juan Islands.

This week I am sharing a shot from a recent boat outing to the San Juan Islands. We were heading west between a couple of the islands and directly behind the boat was this amazing view of Mt. Baker. I loved how the waves behind the boat led my eye up to the mountain.

I hope you like the shot as well.

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New Website!

Hello Internet!

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything to my website. (By this point it seems like an internet cliche, but it’s true.) But recently the itch to create and put out content has been growing, and that, along with a major address change has spurred me to action.

So, first big news is that I’ve moved back to the Pacific North West! My wife, son, and I really missed the weather up here. My wife loves the beaches, I love all of the beautiful landscape and hikes. The 20 degree temperature difference between here and back in Oklahoma is very nice as well.

The other news is I’m going to start posting on here weekly.

To shake things up a bit I’ve done a complete overhaul to my website and I’ve combined my photography website (JoeThePhotographyGuy.com) and my writing/blog site into one true source of total awesomeness.

My first regular series is going to be the Pacific North West photo of the Week. Each week on Monday I will post a favorite image of my new surroundings for you to enjoy.

I’m also planning on the occasional other photo posts, photography tutorials, and other random collections of my thoughts. (I welcome suggestions if there is any specific content you’d like to see.)

This is not just going to be a home for my photography though. This will also be the home for updates in my adventures in writing. I’m still working out what sort of content I will be posting along those lines. I will keep you updated.

I have one more big bit of news that I will share with you next time, so be sure to stay tuned…

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My PNW Photo of the Week – June 26, 2017

My PNW Photo of the Week – June 26, 2017

After a few weeks of moving to Bellingham, WA from western Oklahoma we are finally starting to settle in. We’ve gotten all of the important official stuff done, like license plates and new driver’s licenses, and now have time to truly explore the area.

There is a small park fairly close to me with a small trail loop through a bit of forest. It’s called Cordatta Park. It’s not a giant park as compared to many of the other parks in the Bellingham area, but it is still a nice walk through a natural setting.

Here is the image I’ve chose for this new series called my Pacific North West Photo of the Week. Each Monday I will share with you one of my recent shots taken somewhere up here in #UpperLeftUSA.

I call this image ‘Old Forest Stump’. One thing that Washington has that Western Oklahoma really doesn’t is large trees. And, even when these trees die, they are still a fountain of new life. If left, old stumps of fallen or cut trees become the base for other plants and trees to sprout.

Old Forest Stump

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