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It’s ready! A day early!

Let’s call this a “soft launch,” shall we? Not everything is quite ready to go yet, and I know I’m going to be making some changes—major and minor—over the next few weeks, as I figure out the best way to organize some things. (I very nearly changed the entire site structure two days ago, but I think I’m happy with things the way they are. For now.) But… I think I’m ready to share it. Or, if I don’t do it now, I never will.

In the meantime, take a look around. If you have any thoughts on the new design, or if you run into any problems, please let me know.

Happy New Year!

Snapshot #40 | 10 Things for 20 December 2015

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Currently…

1. wishing… I could show you the fantastic project I’ve been working on, but doing so would be a spoiler for someone’s Christmas present. I’ll share it in January.
2. resisting… temptation. Nostalgia’s been a bitch this week.
3. loving… this 1985 interview with Steve Jobs. It’s fantastic.
4. getting… more annoyed each time I see ‘overwhelm’ used as a noun. I know it’s technically correct (or has a historical precedent, at least), but that doesn’t make it right. (Seriously. This bothers me a lot. There are better words. Use them.)
5. starting… my week-long baking marathon. (This just became one of my favourite biscotti recipes ever.)
6. waiting… for one last parcel to arrive. (Looks like it’ll be here in time, but who knows?)
7. preparing… for the site relaunch. The 1 January deadline I set for myself doesn’t feel quite as impossible as it did earlier in the month.
8. feeling… curious. And strangely unsettled. This is such a weird time of year.
9. hoping… that I’m not coming down with a cold. I really can’t spare the time.
10. wondering… why I haven’t gone to see Star Wars yet. (Answer: because I’m insanely busy. Still. I saw the prequels opening day. I can’t believe I wasn’t in the cinema on Thursday.)

First Snow of the Year | Reghan Skerry

Looking Back: My Goals & Plans for 2015

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As the year winds down and I start to make my plans for 2016, it seems like a good time to look back at the goals I set for this year. (I did a quick assessment back in September, which goes into more detail on the creative goals.)

In 2015, I wanted to…

Find a New Workout
Done. I still haven’t started running (for a few reasons, some of which are good, some of which are just excuses), but I have found a new indoor workout that works for me. (I’ve been using the Sworkit app, and it’s exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to find: customizable, randomizable, and not annoying.) I did struggle a little with keeping up the habit in the summer and into the fall, but I’m back on track now, and not bored, which is all I really care about.

Focus on Photography
The year didn’t start out as well as I’d hoped it would, and the two major projects I’d been thinking of never materialized. But I threw myself back into it as the summer progressed, and the trip to Montréal really helped. I’m feeling good about this.

Do Something With the Office
Here’s the thing: the room I’m calling the office is terrible. It’s the biggest bedroom in the apartment, and I feel guilty for not really using it for anything right now. But it doesn’t work as a bedroom (the closet is too big for my minimalist wardrobe, and has huge sliding doors that are too heavy to deal with all the time, and it really makes more sense to use it as storage for things like the vacuum and mop and other things that don’t belong in the basement). I’m still not entirely how to make it work as an office, either—there’s only one wall that isn’t taken up by closet doors or baseboard heaters (so, only one wall where the bookshelves can go), I’m struggling to figure out how to best use the natural light, and I don’t know where to put the modem, router, and backup drive. (Because the cable outlet is on the wall opposite the wall where the bookshelves can go.) But! I did hang a ceiling lamp (since none of the bedrooms have built-in lighting, which is dumb but seems to be common in buildings from the 1960s-1980s, and I’d been relying on an LED camping lantern in there). So that’s something. (It’s really not.)

Get My Digital Life in Order
I… forgot that this was one of my goals for the year. Which isn’t to say that I haven’t made progress—I have—but not as much as I might’ve if I’d actually, you know, thought about it.

Read a Novel. In French.
Um… no. It’s not that I haven’t been meaning to, it’s just that it’s more difficult than it should be to find the sort of book I’m looking for. I did finally decide what to read (Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, which is on my list anyway, though I was originally planning to read a translation), but decided to put off ordering it until the new year. (Because it’s not actually in stock(!), and would have potentially delayed the rest of my order until after Christmas.) I’ll move this to next year’s list.

MAYBE Think About Writing That Thing
Well. I did think about it. And then I started writing something else. And then I decided that I’d been right the first time, and I’m really happier in general when I’m not writing fiction. Which is fine—that’s what I’d been wondering, and I like that it’s not pulling my attention away from other things anymore.

That said… ‘That Thing’ hasn’t really left me alone. I still feel like there’s something there, and I still keep feeling like I need to write it. I don’t know. I have to think about it some more. (ugh. I know.)


In general, I’m happy with how things went. I got distracted (by life and by other projects), and I didn’t manage to do as much as I’d hoped, but from where I am right now, at the end of 2015, I’m feeling good about things. I made progress where it mattered, and put myself in a position to make 2016 even better than I’d hoped 2015 would be.

It was a good year.

Announcing the 2016 Weekly Photo Challenge!

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I think, at this point, we all know how much I love setting goals, particularly when it comes to New Years. (Not saying I always manage to follow through, but I’m not too bad.) I’m still working on my plans for 2016, but one thing I knew I wanted to do was some sort of regular photography project, something to get me out and shooting for myself, even when I didn’t really feel inspired.

I’ve done 365 projects in the past, but that wasn’t really what I wanted this time. I wanted each photo to be work, something that I had to think about and/or stretch my skills for, and a 52-week challenge felt a little more realistic.

And, so, here we are:

Weekly Photo Challenge 2016 | Reghan Skerry

Fifty-two prompts, one for each week in 2016. (Week One is technically nine days, because the year starts on a Friday.) Most have some technical aspect to them, some are purely creative. Some can be done in a matter of minutes, some require planning and preparation and an entire week to complete. All are open to a certain degree of interpretation.

If you’d like to take part, I’d love to have you. I’ll be posting reminders of each prompt on Sunday mornings, and watching the hashtag #rs52Challenge2016 on Instagram and Twitter. (I’ll also be opening comments on each prompt, so you can leave a link to your work.) I’ll share my own photos later in each week (here, and on social media), and, if others want to take the challenge, I’ll share the best contributions each week. (I am going to give myself some leeway, here—if I’m down with a cold and it’s raining, I’m not going to force myself to go out and shoot—but I am going to try to get each prompt done within the week, and, if I can’t, I will get it done as soon as possible. All 52 prompts will be done and posted by the end of 2016.)

The first prompt goes up on 1 January.


UPDATE (5 August 2016): I’m having some technical difficulties, and while the project is still ongoing, posts related to it are going to be on hold for a little while. More Info.

UPDATE (31 August 2016): Ok. My computer issues are basically sorted. I’m still behind on the project, but prompt posts will resume as usual, and I should be able to get back on track with my own responses very soon. (Fingers crossed!)

UPDATE (17 December 2016): Um.

My own attempt at this particular project kind of fizzled. There are reasons. Some of them are good, some of them aren’t, but in the end, I’m basically comfortable with how it turned out. I talk about it a bit more in my annual review.

The TL;DR version: I’m glad I did it. I don’t feel too bad about stopping when I did. And if you’ve made it this far: you’re awesome. Send me a link so I can admire your work!

Snapshot #39 | 10 Things for 6 December 2015

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Lucy, November 2015 | Reghan Skerry

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a cat photo, and Lucy actually sat still for once.

Currently…

1. wondering… why I can’t find solid red washi tape in any local stores.
2. drinking… more hot chocolate in the last two weeks than I’ve had in the last two years. (It’s been that kind of autumn.)
3. catching… up on everything that’s been filling up my DVR over the last couple of months. (Heroes Reborn isn’t as good as season one of the original series, but not as bad as the third season. It’s fun.)
4. making… lists. So many lists.
5. feeling… lazy.
6. hoping… that I haven’t over-committed myself.
7. waiting… for, like, three different shipments that have to arrive in time for Christmas, and it’s killing me.
8. losing… motivation, and momentum, and it means I’ve got so much to do this coming week.
9. trying… to avoid Doctor Who spoilers until I can watch the episode (so, Monday night). So if the entire internet could just… not talk about it, that’d be great.
10. loving… this video by Shea Glover. It’s amazing. ♥