January 8th – Friday Fiction

One-Minute Writer Prompt:
Fable. Write an original fable.

Once upon a time in a small apartment there was a digital camera. He was a beautiful camera, with a black body and a lens with all the bells and whistles. When he was out with his photographer friend, he was happy, he loved seeing the outside world with the short blonde girl who held him so securely and with much care. However, when she did not take him out, he found himself to be very lonely. He longed for another camera to spend his non-shooting days along side.

One day, the digital camera discovered that the photo girl had left the bag he lived in unzipped. Light from the outside world was now peering into the darkness he knew and he was curious. The camera wanted to see just what was out there on his own. He knew that he would have to get out of the bag to explore, to find out just what was out there in order to get over his loneliness.

After moving himself from his seated position in the padded bag, he pushed the cover of the bag. Suddenly, light overtook him in all it’s glory. He was now seeing the world that existed outside of that bag. It was wonderful he thought to himself. Seeing all of this greatness made the camera very happy and he knew that his lonely days were a thing of the past. Jumping out of the confines of the bag, he slowly but surely wandered along the shelf in the closet he found himself upon. The camera then spotted another bag very much like his own nearby. Was this another camera? He had to know.

Approaching the other bag, the camera called out, “hello? hello? is anyone in there?” In response to his calling out, the camera heard rustling from inside the mystery bag. The camera’s lens widened to it’s fulled f-stop. There really was someone inside! The camera could barely contain his excitement. Camera swallowed hard and continued, “it is alright, I too am a camera…please do not be afraid. I just want to be friends.”

Suddenly, the second bag’s cover whooshed open and there she was, another camera. The second camera was out of her bag almost instantaneously, as if she had some sort of magical power. Before the digital camera knew it, there she was, just inches away from him. “why hello handsome, I have been wondering who was in that new bag. Alas, my fear had gotten the better of me and I never dared to find out.”

(The moral of the story is we shouldn’t be fearful about discovering new friends and new experiences in life. Go out, explore the world around you.)

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December 17th – Word or phrase

A word that encapsulates your year. “2009 was _____.”

2009 was full of changes. Yeah, just can’t go with just one word there. This was a year that started off as a roller coaster of a ride and has continued to go through the ups and downs of the track along the way.

At the start of 2009, I was unemployed and in all honesty, desperate for work of some kind, anything. I had returned to Central Florida from the beautiful mountains and all I wanted was a paycheck every week or two that would pay the bills and help me get back on my own two feet. Thankfully, my prayers were answered not long after the New Year’s ball dropped. On February 2nd, I started my current call center job.

My weight loss journey was still at the forefront of my mind back in January. I had only just begun my weight loss about three months prior, so I still had a ways to go. By April and my birthday, I was close to where I hoped to be, but was seriously struggling with self-image issues. A great support system aided me in getting over that mountain of a challenge and by the summer, I was 70lbs lighter than I was when I began the journey to better health.

Creatively, I’ve gone through good and bad this year. Thanks to Debbie & Joe’s wedding last year, my excitement for photography had returned while I was still in Asheville. After getting my tax refund, I was able to purchase my first DSLR in late April. It quickly began my new “baby.” I was more than excited about showing it off to anyone who would listen to me ramble about it’s awesomeness. In early May, the camera came with me to Asheville for a quick in-and-out trip to collect the remainder of my belongings that another friend was holding for me in her basement. It was a good feeling walking around downtown Asheville with my new camera firmly in hand, even if it was only for a few hours that sunny Sunday afternoon.

Writing-wise, I’ve been through a number of highs and lows this year. When I first got back down to Florida, I told myself that it was a good time to really sit down and write. That I not only had a lot to write about, but that I need to utilize the free time I would now have until I found a job to do just that. Unfortunately, I did not do this. Instead, I found myself depressed and uninspired. I was waiting for inspiration to walk up to me and punch me in the nose. I now know that not only will inspiration not do this, but that I was naive to even think that it might happen in that way. Inspiration usually does not just jump out in front of your car in the road ahead waving its arms wildly. It comes as you are working and doing all that you can. You need to be open to inspiration, not just sitting there calling out its name. So, after months of excuses and not writing more than I absolutely had to, I had nothing but notebooks full of blank pages. Gradually, I got back on the writing wagon and got my butt in gear. While I had been writing prior to NaNoWriMo, it was this event in November that really got my writing ignited again. I now write something everyday again like I had been doing and I feel like I’m not that lazy, procrastinating writer that I was most of 2009.

Another big change in my life this year is that I went vegetarian in October. After having considered this option in the past, never did I seriously think I could or would do it. But, I decided to give it a go for health reasons. I felt that cutting out meat and making myself try new veggie meals would better my health and maybe help me lose the last few pounds that I had been trying to get rid of. After just a few weeks in, I then educated myself about the treatment of animals in regards to dairy cows and chickens, as I was still consuming milk and eggs. As soon as I took in the reality of how free-range was not the free-range I had believed it to be as well as considering my lactose-intolerance situation, I gave up anything animal derived. I am now a vegan. Admittingly, I am still working on the lifestyle part of being a vegan (getting rid of leather shoes and what have you), but I no longer eat anything that comes from an animal. I am happy about my choice to become vegan and feel better than ever for it. Definitely no regrets in the slightest.

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This blog post is in response to Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge.