Over my career I am sure I have easily had over a 1,000 photos printed in various publications, but this is a pretty proud moment – to actually see a story! If my high school English teacher, Mrs. Foster, was still around to see this she would be shocked! Yes, I went to a small school where I only had one English teacher.
You see, I seem to have some aptitude for photography, but when it comes to writing, it has been a long struggle. I did not like English class in high school and frankly paid little attention. Probably because of this, I have never enjoyed the writing process.
Well, a number of years ago I made a conscious effort to improve my written communication. Beginning this blog around the same time I believe has also helped with my writing. But, I never envisioned a magazine actually asking me to write a story as Country Extra did – they were looking for an article on aerial photography, something I have done a lot of! Whoops, ended a sentence with a preposition, still improving. 🙂 So I nervously went about writing and submitting my final article and was looking forward to feedback, but never heard a word. I reminded myself that I rarely get feedback on photo submissions, it makes sense that articles would be the same – magazines are all business. But, it must have been adequate as to my pleasant surprise, it showed up in the July issue along with a number of images!