This World of Creativity

I am completely happy–not just joyful (and there’s a big difference)–when I’m with a pen, paper, and surrounded by this world of creativity. A cup of coffee in hand, and a camera nearby to capture the moment.

Am I making a ton of cash in the freelance writing world?

Absolutely not.

But I am tethered by no deadline until 2019.

I am happy (as well as joyful).

And could anyone ask for anything more out of life?

This World of Creativity

My work space from March 9, 2018 was Lowe Mill, a huge artist community in Huntsville that is housed in an old brick factory with hardwood floors and tall windows.  I chose Lowe Mill because it’s one of my favorite places.  It fuels my creative spirit because of all the artists who have studios there.

I can take a writing break and go talk to photographers like Stephanie Schamban.  If I get hungry, there’s a vegan food truck, Chef Will the Palate, run by the owner, right outside the building.  (That smoothie was so creamy and delicious!!!) Or I can get an avocado popsicle from Suzy’s Pops.  Yummmmmmmmmm!!!

There Ain’t Nothing that’s Going to Steal My Joy

In an hour, perhaps, the happiness will drift away…It may fade, because such is life.  

But no one, absolutely no one can ever take away my joy.

No matter my life circumstances.

It will always remain.

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Longhand writing

Here I sat and wrote, accomplishing so much. Adding word after word to my novel that I want to pitch at a writer’s conference this spring. It’s a tall goal–trying to write around 20k words before I can say I’m done, but it’s the goal I set for myself back in January.

So yesterday, I wrote what I put in italics today.  I’m back in my little home office now, which isn’t as much fun or as bohemian as yesterday’s environment, but I hope to go to the library and write some more…Longhand, just like writers in the past.

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Lowe Mill Water Tower — View from Below

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Kindred spirit, photographer Stephanie Schamban

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Window of Artist Heather Baumbach

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Tall factory windows of Lowe Mill

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Sweet green door, view from 2nd story

green grass means springtime

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Beautiful Day in Downtown Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville Big Spring Int’l Park[/caption]For the first time in months,the temperature rose to nearly 80 degrees.  It was sunny, and a lot of folks were out in the downtown area.

I needed a protein drink…desperately.  Fortunately, I met Ty Blackwell who runs a local Wheelys Cafe along with his family. Known as “the World’s Fastest Growing Cafe Chain,” Ty’s family only just started about 3 days ago. I don’t know about the other days, but this was the perfect day to run that kind of business.

Wheelys Cafe food stand Ty at Wheelys Cafe

A Beautiful Day

I knew I was going to be in the Downtown Huntsville area this morning, so I brought along my little Nikon d7000. I also know how much y’all like photos of beautiful southern architecture. I didn’t have to stray far to get some good shots (IMHO) of buildings and water features. We really do live in a beautiful southern town!couple in Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville’s Big Spring International Park

They’ve done a lot of work to make the Big Spring International Park area even more gorgeous than it was when John Hunt built his cabin nearby in 1805. I gather it was probably a pretty primitive place back in the 1800’s. That seems funny, considering the fact that Huntsville is now known as the engineering capital of Alabama. Not far from John Hunts settlement are law offices, engineering firms, and some of the best restaurants our town has to offer.

By the way, in case you haven’t guessed, our little southern town was named in honor of John Hunt!

So, there’s this fountain underneath the big bluff at Big Spring International Park. People go here to get prom, wedding, family, and senior portraits made.

Then, it’s the home of lots of ducks and koi.

a ducky life in Huntsville Big Spring DuckThese sweet little ducks were just hanging out in the water, just enjoying the day. That’s the life!

Isn’t this a beautiful bank? I think they say it was built in the 1800s. We have a few Greek-revival-style places around Huntsville. You can read more about it, here.

Greek revival architecture bank at Rocket City

Downtown Huntsville

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Huntsville’s Little Five Points Chapel

Check out Huntsville’s Little Five Points Chapel!

The other day I went and photographed this pretty little chapel in Huntsville’s Five Points area. If you read Tuesday’s post, I said that Five Points is the area in Huntsville where several roads come together. The community came about in the years following World War II, when the suburbs became popular. I read that Five Points was the first suburb in Huntsville. Or one of the first. Now there are suburbs everywhere.

Perspective 1 of chapel

Huntsville is very unique to the state of Alabama. When many other cities in the state are rated low, some of the schools around Huntsville are rated high in the nation. I always say that you’re either an engineer or married to one around here. Education is a very strong value to us.

Five Points sign

Anyway, because of our city’s wealth, the little houses in Five Points are consistently sought out by people who want a smaller and historical home.

Perspective 2 of chapel

The little chapel looks well-kept and is as neat as a perfectly frosted white cupcake. I like its simple lines and how the steeple contrasts against the blue fall sky.

I’m still learning how to use my little Nikon DSLR, so I took several perspectives of the church.

And, by the way, I hope you’ll be at church tomorrow! 🙂

Perspective 3 of chapel

 

Perspective 4 of chapel

Beautiful Stoneridge Homes

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The Meadows, model home.

Yesterday I met and interviewed Jim and Kim Wright, owners and builders of some of the most beautiful homes in the Tennessee Valley.

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Great room.

I will be writing an article for them for one of my freelance writing jobs.

I got to tour one of their Stoneridge Homes in a planned community appropriately named The Meadows.

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Jim’s trim.

I thought you all may like to see some of the pictures that I took. What do you think of the trim work?  This is Jim’s specialty.

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Ducks at The Meadows.

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Construction site with mountain views.