My husband loves photography, and he creates these wonderful photo books for our family at the end of every year and to commemorate trips and other special things. We have a whole collection of photo books in our living room now, and our kids often gather up a stack of them, get cozy on the couch, and flip through the pages. A lot of their clearest memories from when they were younger come from the photos they’ve seen over and over in the books and the stories we’ve told to go along with the pictures.
Hi, Laurie! I love your photo book tradition. What you said about focusing on the good things resonates with me. I tend to focus on anxiety producing, negative things. So I am trying to be intentional about focusing on what’s good and lovely.
Some of the most favorite things that I’ve written came about through VCFA—the two YA novels I completed. They are favorites because after a while I reached what I call a tinkering stage. No one was looking for them. I didn’t have to please a crowd who had no idea these manuscripts existed. I could revise at leisure and enjoy the journey.