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But I really don’t NEED an iPhone…
I have an iPhone, but I was a late adopter. As recently as last August I was resisting hubby’s suggestion that I get an iPhone. He already had one, and loved his, but I thought it was too much phone for me. After all, I wasn’t on my phone much and just did a bit of texting. Why bother with a more expensive phone and data plan? I appreciated the suggestion, but was trying to be frugal and to keep things simple.
I finally caved for you, dear readers. Yes, I got a smart phone in order to serve you better. I enabled comments on my blog a week or so after I launched it, and an iPhone would allow me to approve comments on my blog and to respond, no matter where I was. I could also respond to blog-related emails on the spot. Yippee!
Then came Twitter. I really and truly never thought I’d tweet, but soon realized tweeting could be more than sharing what you were eating for lunch. I embraced the networking capabilities of Twitter, and am thankful for the personal connections, information, and opportunities Twitter has brought my way. Tweet tweet!
Yes, I’m technologically challenged.
I recently had an iPhone photography epiphany. I’ve been snapping pictures with my iPhone since I got it, and though hubby said it was a five megapixel camera, I didn’t quite grasp that the resulting photos would be digitally rich enough to include on my blog. (Yes, I can be a little slow where technological details are concerned.) After all, photography is one of my “things” and I wouldn’t want to post any inferior-looking images.
I was pleasantly surprised with images my little iPhone camera snapped, but didn’t know how they’d look when I took them into Photoshop for the basic treatment I give images used on this blog: auto levels, crop, and image size reduction. The iPhone photos I took at Lisa Engelbrecht’s class, and then used in my blog, proved I could go from phone to blog – that my iPhone pictures weren’t just a digital photo album.
Where do the joys come in? Here!
The iPhone is the Swiss Army knife of phones – multiple tools tucked in. That includes a camera, which allows me to snap a photo when I didn’t plan to – when I haven’t brought one of my “regular” cameras. Nice!
Great quality for a phone camera! I won’t be giving up my digital SLR any time soon, but as a blogger I love that I can use phone images on my blog in pinch. Low-light images aren’t great (they’re either too grainy, or too bright if the flash fires), but the shots I take in standard lighting conditions do suffice.
The iPhone camera gets up close and personal. Given my propensity for macro photography, I love that this built in camera gets up as close as it does. Getting within two inches and still holding focus? On a camera phone?! FAB!
So, now that I finally get that my iPhone photos are bloggable, here are some of the images I’ve snapped over the last eight months:
Cabbage: Artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: bejeweled cabbage.
Palm trees & clouds: A break in the rain allowed this image of palm fronds and clouds. How convenient – I have a camera right here!
Bird: I think this little bird allowed me to get within inches to take its picture because of a recent run-in with the glass door it was standing by. He was either stunned or feeling super friendly that day. I didn’t witness the collision – just an educated guess – and was really glad to see he’d flown away after I came back outside. No broken bones, just a few ruffled feathers!
Turnips: More artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: beautiful bands of purple.
Sundae: Some days are sundaes!
Flower: I spied this bloom growing at a local shopping center, and was able to take a quick picture before going about my business.
Chili peppers: This is another photo snapped in the produce department while I was grocery shopping. Hot stuff!
Sunlit leaf: Lunchtime on a weekday, and this weed was glowing in the sunlight – standing proudly, as if it was a prized orchid.
Sunset at top: I snapped this photo when I spied the sunset peeking into the windows of the office building I work in.
If you have an iPhone (or a good camera on another type of smart phone) but haven’t used the camera feature much, please give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…
Kathy Cano-Murillo, also known as the Crafty Chica, is a woman of many talents. Not only is she an art and craft celebrity, she’s also an author of both fiction and craft-related books. I really enjoyed reading her first novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter, earlier this year. Kathy’s second novel, Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing has just been released, and I’m thrilled to be participating in her blog tour via an author interview.
Welcome, Kathy! I know you’re busy with your blog tour, and hope it’s a smashing success. I appreciate you taking the time to answer some writing and book-related questions.
In addition to being a writer, I’m also an avid reader and am curious about your reading habits. I follow you on Twitter and on Facebook, so I know that you’re super busy. Do you have time to read? If so, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
Oh yes! I usually have three books going at a time. One on my nightstand, one on my iPhone Kindle and an audio book in the art studio. I can’t get enough! Mostly fiction.
Both of your novels’ storylines sucked me right in, and as a writer/blogger and artist/crafter I love that they’re both set in the creative world. Your new novel’s main character, Scarlet Santana, had two strong, creative women teaching and guiding her – her Nana Eleanor and Daisy de la Flora. Have you had similar influences in your life? Who are your creative idols?
Certainly! I had a Nana Eleanor, who was just like Nana Eleanor in the book. However, I never was able to spend a lot of time with her and I regret it so much. She always wanted to teach me to sew, but I was too busy and postponed it. After she passed away, I cried for days because I never even took the time for one sewing lesson from my nana. My husband went out to the store and came home with a $99 machine. “All she wanted was for you to sew,” he said. I started with an easy placemat purse and have not looked back. I made a little sewing shrine to my nana and it is in my art studio. I think of her EVERY time I sit down to sew. After I wrote the book, I realized that Scarlet’s relationship with her Nana Eleanor was the one I should have had with my Nana. I hope my Nana knows that and forgives me!
I have a feeling that she knows, forgives you, and is very happy you’ve taken up sewing. I know you’ve been writing since you were a child (short stories) and were a columnist for a newspaper in Arizona. However, an inclination to write doesn’t necessarily translate to noveling. Was there always a novel inside you waiting to come out, or was it an evolution that began after you successfully published your non-fiction titles?
It was always a far-off crazy dream of mine. I knew I wanted to see my novel on the front table at a bookstore, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I actually believed I could outline a story, begin, finish and sell it. I took it one step at a time and devoted countless hours and energy. Even if nothing came from it, I could die knowing I tried as hard as I could!
What was the biggest surprise when you wrote your first novel?
How much I enjoyed it. I thought it would be very hard, and it was at first, but once I got going, the stories just flowed out of me. The characters became real people in my life with real problems. I felt like I had an imaginary extended family. It also surprised me how sad I felt once I finished the last batch of editing.
How did the experience or process differ with your second novel? Did you do certain things differently based on what you’d learned the first time around?
Oh yes! I learned what not to do! The process went much faster. When I wrote the first book, I didn’t really know what I was doing, I just wrote what I thought was a compelling book, only to have my editor cut half of it and send me back to my desk to redo it. I learned that every single word, sentence, paragraph and chapter has to move the story forward, otherwise it needs to be cut. That alone saved a lot of time!
What is the most difficult part of the noveling process for you? Plot development, rewriting, or something else entirely?
Getting started on the outline. It’s a blast to dream up the characters, but you have to give them personality, problems, etc. Sometimes I get stuck. I’ll say “I know where Point A is and where Point Z is, but how do I get my character there?” It’s only difficult in the early stages, once I start writing, it all comes together and fills out and new ideas come. That’s my favorite part of the process!
Marketing is key in any industry – particularly in the competitive and rapidly-evolving world of publishing. What are some of your favorite ways to publicize your new books, and how big of a part does social media play in that?
I’ve always been an avid blogger, long before people used the social media term. I was all over MySpace when it was big, and now Twitter and Facebook. I love technology and connecting with people from all over the world! I make sure to always know the latest and greatest utilities and see if they are a good fit for what I do. I do stay with the biggest platforms, strive to build quality relationships, and don’t let myself get sidetracked with too much online stuff. I don’t want it to get in the way of my writing or crafting!
I know many publishers and authors are using blog tours to promote new titles in lieu of more traditional book tours and signings. Do you prefer a digital tour, in-person events, or a mixture of both?
I love any kind of tour! My mission is to spread the word far and wide about Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing. The book is very meaningful to me and I’m excited to embrace any platform to share it!
I’m pleased to help you spread the word about your new novel, and thank you for your time. I wish you continued success both personally and professionally, Kathy!
*Disclosure: I received an advance copy of Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing for review purposes.Tweet