Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Photographs

I woke up this morning to discover my album, My Garden Views, has been featured today at Webshots Community. I now have a bazillion guestbook entries to filter through.


Direct Link - http://community.webshots.com/album/582339142mfKffv



Views From My Garden 2012


I also have three new images this week: two butterflies from the garden and a green tree frog. This one was a rather large fellow. Enjoy!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Black Form
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Black Form

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Green Tree Frog
Green Tree Frog

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

MISSING - 5 Star Review

Check out a 5 star review for my new book, MISSING.

"This is a good read! **** stars!  It would be a perfect book for someone that doesn’t have the time or attention span to sit and read a full book all at once, due to the three stories in one volume."

To read the review -  http://www.chrissychatter.blogspot.ca/2012/07/book-review-missing-by-suzanne-d.html

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Photographs

Only one photograph this week and also a video. A Monarch Butterfly emerged from its chrysallis on my front porch post. We also had a mud turtle visit.

Monarch Butterfly


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Photographs

A little tour of an area north of me today. Took a drive over to Dade Battlefield State Park in Bushnell, Florida, and along the Withlacoochie River south of there (but still north of me). This is Florida as I know and love it.

Pine Flatwoods
Pine Flatwoods, Dad Memorial Battlefield Park, Bushnell, Florida

Withlacoochee River
Withlacoochee River

Carved Stump (Found this in a drive through Withlacoochee State Park)
Carved Stump, Withlacoochee State Park, Florida

The day before had a Redtail Hawk visit our yard. Our resident mockingbird wasn't too happy about it. You can see him sitting to the bird's rear.
Redtail Hawk (and angry Mockingbird)


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thanks!

The Amazon Kindle Select free promotion was a success. The final tally of free downloads was 5,400. That's 5,400 people who now know how to live fearless, and that is what's most important. As an author, I always want to sell books, but writing is about more than the numbers. With Fearless, it is about sharing freedom.

For any who missed the opportunity, remember the book is available for purchase in Paperback, as a Kindle download, and as an Audiobook. For information visit:  http://www.beckycombeeministries.com/fearless.html

Many thanks from me to all those who participated and helped things along and to all of you for downloading the book and spreading the word. God bless!

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fearless

Fearless

My book, Fearless, is a FREE Kindle download at Amazon beginning 12AM (Pacific Time) July 10th through Midnight July 11th. That's 2 days! Share this news with all your family and friends! 

Below is the download link and more information about the book, including book trailer videos.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-ebook/dp/B004T4LO5S

From the Author: Fearless is a book dear to my heart because I walked out its truths one second, one minute, at a time. When I was at my lowest point, unable to leave home, I looked for someone to tell me I could be free again, that I could live my life with joy and purpose, not tied back by fear. Sadly, what I found instead were people without answers, people seeking as badly as I was. I am here to tell you there is an answer. You can be whole again and live each day to the full potential God created you to have. Live fearless, my friend!


Back Cover Blurb: What does it mean to be fearless? And how do I get there? Where is the way out from hopelessness and despair? Crippled by fear, Suzanne Williams found herself unable to leave home. In her testimonial book, Fearless, she shares her personal walk out of the darkness and bondage of fear into the health, peace, freedom and hope promised in God's Word.

Book Trailers:



For more information or to order a print or audiobook copy of the book visit Becky Combee Ministries, Inc. http://www.beckycombeeministries.com/fearless.html

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Humility

If you ever want to experience humility, become a writer. There's nothing worse than pouring your heart out on the page and then sending it to an editor. I admit sometimes their remarks make me want to pitch the tantrum of a five-year-old. My back pressed to the floor, legs and arms flailing, I think I'll lay there and cry and scream. But that would be non-productive, though it does tend to make me feel better.

My biggest issue is that for me the shoe is often on the other foot . I've been a professional proofreader for years. Correcting words, spelling, commas, and sentences is the mark of my profession. Yet every time I proofread for someone, I'm careful to present my comments in a manner that do not offend the other person or make them feel like I'm out to get them. I question now how successful I've been and this humbles me more than anything else.

Why is it humans always want to defend themselves? We must be at the top of our game at all times, ahead of the crowd, on the edge of success. Yet true success often comes the most through our ability to step back and say, "I'm not as good as I thought I was." True success is anti-pride. I hate pride. I hate seeing it in myself or in others. Never come to me bein' "all that" and think I'm leaving your presence impressed.

No. Instead, those moments when you admit your failings. That's what's most impressive. For none of us are perfect. Myself included. So what sometimes my feelings get hurt when I have to re-edit something. I know all along they are right and I am wrong. Yet I still pitch an inward hissy fit. Perhaps the fit is a step forward along the way to progress. I tell myself that it is. At the same time, I determine to keep on writing.

I like what I heard another author say. She remarked that her goal was to make $10.00 selling her book. That about sums it up. If the reviews don't come in, or if negative reviews come in, if nothing I write ever sells, if the only comments I get are from family and friends who love me no matter what I write, then that is just fine.

I didn't "get into" writing. It fell on me. I didn't decide to become an author. God said, "Put all that in a book." So I did, and humility is part of the process. I only trust along the way it creates in me both a better writer and a better person.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Steve's Digicams - Working With Shallow Depth of Field

My July 2012 article is now posted. For this article, I went out and took a series of shallow depth of field (DOF) images. Enjoy!


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 4th Giveaway

In honor of the holiday and my new book release, MISSING, I will be giving away two copies of the Kindle edition of the book on July 4th. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what the holiday means to you or how you celebrate. Be sure to leave your email address!

Missing-FRONT

Here's a page from the book to whet your appetite:

FROM "VIETNAM WAR":
Who had taken that photo? A friend?
Her voice cracked. “When we turned eighteen, we married. It was almost expected.”
Married. He started, stunned, and his heartbeat pounded loudly in his ears. Why didn’t I think of that? 
“I’m sorry. I just couldn’t tell you. It is still painful. You see, He went to Vietnam and never came home. He is missing.” Her finger stroked along the edge of the page, slowly tracing the curve of his jaw.
Stephen watched spellbound. Her hand pressed flat against John’s chest as if grasping for what wasn’t there, and she trembled. 
He gulped. Here was her love for another man. Her husband. 
How could this be? 
With a sigh, she again turned the page. In this photo, she wore a long, white gown. Her face shone radiant, and John clutched her waist, his face buried in her neck.
Shaking, Stephen moved his gaze to the opposite page where a photograph of two hands displayed shiny gold bands atop a bed of creamy lace.
“I love him,” she said.
His heart sagged.
 “I will always love him. I love him like the protector, the best friend, he is. He is so wise, so strong.”
Is. Stephen’s blood swished in his ears. 
It all made sense now - her hesitation, her discomfort at the mention of Vietnam, her inability to talk. Here was Adele’s devotion and longing.
His blood ran cold. I love his wife. I kissed his wife.
Once again, she flipped the page, and Stephen flinched. What is it? What do I see?
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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday Photographs

I'm on a quest this week to take low depth of field photographs. Look for that topic to come up on my next Steve's Digicams article. Here's a sample from around my house.

Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Coreopsis

Cosmos
Cosmos

Cosmos

False Dandilion Seeds
False Dandilion Seeds


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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