Saturday, May 31, 2014

Story Saturdays

Readers,

With the exception of Sunday Photographs, I will be cutting back on my blog posts to every other week for the summer. My plan is to space my devotionals and Story Saturdays out so that there will be something new each week, and you won't become bored. This will relieve me of the burden of keeping up with them while I try to finish some writing.

This means there will not be a Story Saturdays post next week. However, regular, daily updates will be made on my Facebook Author page.

Below are my latest books posted for sale. All are 99 cents right now, so be sure you download your copy while the low price lasts!

TATTOOED - Amazon Barnes & Noble KOBO
IT DON'T RAIN IN TEXAS (Novella) - Amazon Barnes & Noble KOBO
SHE LOVES ME ANYWAY (YA Short Story) - Amazon (only)
THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (The Coralee Chronicles), Book 1 (YA Novella) - Amazon Barnes & Noble KOBO
GIVE ME CHOCOLATE (AND JORDAN) (YA Novella) - Amazon Barnes & Noble KOBO

Also, marked down to 99 cents right now at Amazon only is:
NEW ~ JERSEY Amazon

On to writing ...

I've been working primarily on two stories this week, and so will share a storyline from each. Also, there's a taste of a new scifi story. Think cyborg.

Enjoy!


There were enough cops per square inch in that place that she ought to be frightened, except this time she hadn’t done anything. Standing on the wet pavement, her red patent heels reflecting in the puddles, she scooped one hand through her long, blonde hair and contemplated the next ten minutes.

“Twelve cops. Five married.” She eyed the crowd. “Three divorced. Three dating … one, the girl on the end. And … bingo … Hello, Cutie,” she mumbled to herself.



Estelle obeyed, balancing the calendar in her lap. Nadine’s gaze altered, and Estelle slid it onto the desk. “Mr. October,” she said.

Nadine returned to her chair and ran one finger across the array of men, pausing on the one in question. “Neil Yummy Sanborn.” She pulled in a breath. “Every woman’s dream ’round about midnight.” She giggled. “You in the market?”

Estelle smiled. “Not personally, though I admit he’s tasty. I’m more interested in his story.”

“Calendar-wise? Or …?”

“Start there and work back.”



653 set his thoughts aside and turned his mind again to Lexie. Why him? There were two hundred and fifty-one babies born each minute across the world, that meant seven billion two hundred thirty-six million people, and counting, in the world’s population, three-hundred-twenty-two hundred million of which were in the United States alone. Surely, she could find a willing male amongst them.

“Why do you want me?” he asked. Perhaps he shouldn’t have, but his time spent with Lexie seemed to engender questions. “There are … dating services? For humans.”

She cast him a glance from her place behind the wheel. “I guess I should have explained more about love.” Her gaze moved forward, and she sounded calm, but her body language said otherwise. Fingers clutching tight to the wheel, she seemed reluctant to let go. “You can’t tell it when to show up.”



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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I Am His

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  (John 14:12)

I am Mary. A sinner seeking forgiveness, willing to risk everything to lay my pain at Jesus' feet.

Confrontation. I don't care that the Pharisee or his guests are watching. It's his house, and I'm in it, unwanted, unasked. This burden is too great and here sits a Man who can lift it.

Commodity. This perfume I hold is worth great price, but for this act, it is his. Why do I need it anymore?

Caresses. That I, a woman cast aside by society, kneel here, weeping, drying my tears with my hair, is all I know to do. But it comes from my heart in belief that He is able and He will.

I am Mary, overlooked by others, yet Jesus took me in and forgave me. In the face of opposition, negative talk, gossip, He brought me life. (Lk 7:37-50)

I am Lazarus. Dead ahead of my time, leaving my sisters behind, dear Mary and Martha who loved me.

Wrapped in grave clothes, I'm laid aside, and thoughts of me are now memories, rapidly fading.

"Poor Lazarus," outsiders say. "It was a shame he had to go."

"Poor Lazarus. If Jesus had been here, maybe he wouldn't have died."

"Poor Lazarus, Surely, He could have saved him."

I am Lazarus, given up by others, yet through Jesus' tears, I've been resurrected. In the face of opposition, negative talk, gossip, He gave me life. (Jn 11:1-44)

I am Jairus. A ruler of the synagogue, A father, pleading for my daughter's life. Willing to risk my reputation on her behalf, if only the Master will come, pray for her.

Desperation. Here is someone who has performed miracles. I know He can do this.

Dedication. Those around me say she's dead, beg me to not bother Jesus anymore.

Denial. But Jesus says, "Don't be afraid. Only believe," so I will deny death the right to exist.

I am Jairus, receiving my living child with open arms. In the face of opposition, negative talk, gossip, Jesus poured out life. (Mk 5:22-23,35-42)

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:37-40)

I am a child of God. A human in a world full of people like Mary, Lazarus, and Jairus. People wanting to live and love in health and peace.

Consecrated. Set aside by Jesus' own instruction to do a greater work than He did. To raise from the dead, to share forgiveness, to the downtrodden, the neglected, the abused.

Committed. I will stand boldly for what I believe in, minus the religiosity that says I shouldn't, ignoring the world's standards that shift and alter every day.

Chosen. "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mk 16:15) Everyone, leaving none out, no matter how poor, how rich, how misled, how hateful, how confused.

I am a Christian. A son or daughter of the Almighty, extending His love to any who contact my life. In the face of opposition, negative talk, gossip, Jesus, through my actions, offers life.




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Florida, USA

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

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Our weather has become unbearably hot, in the mid-90s (F). But then, if it wasn't, it wouldn't be Florida. It doesn't keep the flowers from blooming, but it does keep me going outside with the watering can. A lot.

Enjoy today's picture sample.

Gladiolus
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Black-eyed Susans
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Black-eyed Susan 5-19-2014 photo 500-DSC_1220_zps994378c6.jpg

Water Hyacinths
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Water Hyacinth 5-21-2014 photo 500-DSC_1231_zps2036e8e7.jpg

Oak Sunrise
Oak Sunrise 5-22-2014 photo 500-DSC_1253_zpsba08978d.jpg

Web
Web 5-22-2014 photo 500-DSC_1247_zpsc569d29e.jpg



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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Edge




What is THE EDGE?

THE EDGE is a conviction. It’s where we stand to save the lost. It’s stepping away from our comfortable pews to bring God to the world. It’s following Jesus’ example to minister to the outcasts, the overlooked, the forgotten.

THE EDGE is about relationship, not religion. It’s God’s power being stronger and God’s love running deeper than anything people face. It’s being fearless in the face of adversity and willing to look the devil in the eye and say, “You can’t have him or her anymore.”

We are authors, Christians, people walking by faith. We are THE EDGE.

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Author Laura J. Marshall and I have co-founded a book imprint marketing service called THE EDGE. Each book in the service will be labeled on the cover and inside the manuscript with our core values and links to all our promotional services.




Our purpose is to promote Christian nonfiction and fiction books dealing with tougher real-life subjects and to provide the solution, in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We each of us have an EDGE, a place where we teeter, the pull of the flesh, the world, and the devil seemingly stronger than we can resist. As Christians, we are given armor and weapons to combat it. (Eph 6:13-17) As authors, our weapons form themselves into words that can change lives.

We can be the person to pull someone, saved or unsaved, back from THE EDGE. I have found it takes a lot of boldness to do that. However, isn't that what's required?

Peter prayed:

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (Act 4:29-30)

This has become my mantra, of sorts. That where some writers stop, God sends me further.

I have taken up the challenge and hope that you will accept it with me. Join us at THE EDGE and dare to believe God can create miracles in lives that have been neglected.

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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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Don't Step On The Flowers

I protected myself, padding the walls of my little bubble so that nothing outside of my clean little world could get to me. And I put cotton in my ears, that way no filth would seep into my brain and it'd stay pristine.

But somewhere along the way the words in my mouth became a sword, aimed at anyone coming remotely near the Garden of Eden I'd created. How dare you put your soiled shoes on my squeaky clean grass and thereby defile it!

Don't step on the flowers.

They're my prizes for being so upright, so self-righteous. They're my reward for creating around me an environment untouched by sin. No homeless. No runaway. No one sexually impure. No drug addicts. No politicians. No one with a gun.

No dust. No moths. No decay.

Wake up church! Jesus came for WHOSOEVER. (Jn 3:16) He associated with lepers (the unclean), Samaritans (people not of his faith), a woman taken in adultery. (Lk 17:12;Jn 4:7) Greater ... he defended her.

Notice from who. THE CHURCH. (Jn 8:7)

Jesus, the Savior of the world, defended a woman sexually unclean from the bigots in the synagogue who through their hateful words were spilling the blood of those He'd come to save.

They thought their world was spotless, immaculate, sterile, when, in fact, it was full of rotted bones.

I refuse to be one of those, locked in their false worlds, afraid to get their hands dirty, afraid to speak with the unsaved, the non-churched, those of other faiths, but will instead, shine my little light whereever I go, proudly proclaiming the God I serve loves you and you and you and you.

Because that's what my faith comes down to. Not that I'm now someone better than anyone else. Not that I need hand cleaner in my pocket and alcohol in my ears. But that I can do as Jesus did and love the unloveable, be a friend to the needy, support someone who maybe has no one else around them with any light of God at all.



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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, May 20, 2014

Graphic Design 101

This is a simple lesson I originally learned as a photographer. When taking a picture, you have to decide what elements you want in or out of it, and a number of factors are then involved in framing your choice - your distance from the subject, the angle of the camera, the placement of foreground and background objects. Simply put, to achieve a visually pleasing photograph that will need no editing afterward, you have to develop a good eye for balance.

Last time, we talked about proportion. This time, I want to talk about balance, especially in the area of cropping. Cropping is taking the original photograph and adjusting the sides inward, eliminating unnecessary elements and achieving better balance. In photography, I very rarely ever crop because I have framed the photo correctly in the lens. But in book cover design, I crop all the time.

There are a number of reasons, the biggest of which is balance. But the future placement of the text is also a key factor. I have to have clear space for titles, author's name, and any other elements that go on there and sometimes, the original picture simply doesn't work "as is."

Here are two examples:



In this original image, there were two things I didn't like. One, the white spaces on either side of the boy and girl's heads. Two, the piece of a wall showing in the top right. Both are distracting, and in looking at the picture for a while, I decided the simplest choice was to crop it.

The girl's elbow is also slightly distracting, so I decided to crop off the left-side of the image and remove both a portion of that and the white space. To do this, I tilted the picture left slightly. I then zoomed in to remove the wall on the right.

Here is the end result.


This is a much more eye-appealing view of this couple and way more balanced. Text will ultimately be an issue with that checked shirt she's wearing, but I'll work through it eventually.

Here's another example:


Now, frankly, this is not a very good picture, though I did find it on a stock photography site. I chose it thinking several things at one glance. First, that the girl and boy's expressions are great for a YA (young adult) book cover. Second, that with a little work and some cropping, it'll be perfect.

In order to discuss what I did in my final results, I must first list what was wrong.

*  The boy's chest. Not super for a Christian YA book cover.
*  The gray background. This is the result of bad lighting on the photographer's part.
*  The color is a bit off, too pink.

Since this is a horizontal image, I started by taking a 6"x9" crop of the couple (this being my ebook cover size). I then changed the color to black & white. This eliminated the color problems entirely. (For those who wanna know, I used Channel Mixer/Monochrome in Photoshop.) I then changed the background to black (not going to go into how to do that at this time).

Here is the result:
 

If they aren't just the cutest things now, and all it took was a few minutes of my time.

 Getting yourself used to "seeing" what an image could be takes time and experience, and it seems like such small thing to nitpick over, the slight tilt or movement of an image. But in the end, your understanding of proper balance and proportion will create much better book covers, and better covers will create a better image of your books or the books of the author you are working for. That, ultimately, is what's important.




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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, May 18, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Unseasonably cool weather has swept into our area. This morning we were in the upper fifties (Fahrenheit). Not usual for Central Florida in May, but a nice change, nonetheless.

My May Steve's Digicams article is up. I hope you'll zip over and read my thoughts on THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE.

This first set of photos are  of amaryllis lilies my parents gave me for Mother's Day. Some beautiful, unusual varieties blooming late in the season. The bullfrog showed up in our garden pond after a day of heavy rain.

God bless.

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Amaryllis 5-14-2014 photo 500-DSC_1109_zpse42248b6.jpg

Amaryllis 5-14-2014 photo 500-DSC_1110_zps60e3bb79.jpg

Male Bullfrog 5-16-2014 photo 500-DSC_1123_zps8482a3b0.jpg


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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, May 17, 2014

Story Saturdays

My latest YA, SHE LOVES ME ANYWAY, is FREE Friday-Sunday, 5/16-5/18/2014. Be sure to download your copy of this sweet short story.

Also, TATTOOED, is now available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only 99 CENTS for a limited time. Look for A GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (The Coralee Chronicles) Book 1, to be released in the next week. I am up to 15 releases for this year.

Also, FOR SALE at 99 cents at Amazon:

A KISS IN SEPTEMBER
ICHABOD & PENELOPE
FOR ETERNITY (Time-Travel Romance) Book 1
FLIGHT RISK (The Italian Series) Book 1
DOWN FALL

I have a cover reveal this week. Here's this year's Christmas novella.

 

Here's this week's storylines. Enjoy!

*  He pressed one palm flat to its surface beside her head and dipped his face toward hers. His lips brushed lightly across her skin, and it was like he’d kissed her without kissing at all. Her words emerged breathy, pushed from lungs gasping for air and a mind suffused with some electricity that scattered her thoughts. (WAITING ON TOMORROW)

*  There was lots of blood. Blood on the counter. Blood on the floor. Blood on my hands. Amazed I hadn’t passed out already, I leaned over the sink and took a deep breath, contemplating exactly what I should do. I opted for screaming, which didn’t help my lightheadedness. My hope was that Reynold would hear me. He frequently did. I’d yell at him, and he’d yell at me. We had a yelling relationship. (48 CRAZY-WONDERFUL HOURS)

*  He’d been raised to believe that sometimes opportunities only came to you once, and if you pass them by, you lose them forever. Wren seemed like one of those, though evidently his feelings were not up to par with hers. That didn’t mean they wouldn’t be if he tried hard enough. (GOOSEPIMPLES AND BUTTERFLIES)

*  Angela had once shown him video displays of a range of human emotions – from sadness to anger and bitterness to affection and what she called lust. He hadn’t understood it really because to him every living thing was an object, no different from a table or a chair. They were size and proportions, formulas, configurations. There was nothing in them to be emotional about, and she’d said that was for the best. He’d work better without all that, but he had to see it to be around humans. (653:  THE RISE OF THE SUN)




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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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Live Fearless

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Ti 1:8)

There are three things you need to overcome fear:

1.  God's power.
2.  God's love
3.  God's Word.

GOD'S POWER

Tapping into the power of God is vital to overcoming fear.

"How do I do that?" you ask.

The biggest way is through prayer, especially praying in the Spirit. The Word of God says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost." (Jude 1:20)

Time spent praying in the Spirit will strengthen you inside. It's a direct communication with God in which He can pour into your heart His power and anointing.

GOD'S LOVE

To overcome fear, you have to really know ... I mean, REALLY REALLY know how much God loves you.

It's not enough to say, "Jesus died for me." Stop and put yourself in His place, realize what He suffered on your behalf. Then think about the Resurrection. Know that He overcame the power of the grave and sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, victorious. (Col 3:1)

He did that all for YOU, for me, because He loved us so very, very much. (Jn 3:16)

SO much He's promised to never leave our side. NEVER.

Therefore, whatever you're going through, know God is there, and you're not alone. (Heb 13:5)

GOD'S WORD

The hardest part of overcoming fear is changing your thinking. Fear becomes mind-consuming. It takes over your thoughts, growing to an immense, impossible proportion that you can't see around.

But that is a lie! God is bigger than fear!

Never, at any point in time, was God ever smaller or less or weaker than the fear the devil has tried to hold you back with.

Realizing that requires you changing your thought patterns, and this is done through time spent reading God's Word. Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Prove it to who? YOURSELF! When you're consumed by fear, you're the one who doesn't believe God is enough.

"Suzanne, that seems extreme."

That's the truth. Trust me, I've been there, and I know how hard it is to do the things you are afraid to do. But there isn't any way to walk around fear. You have to face it. But you do so with the Word of God in your heart, with the helmet of salvation on your heart, with the sword of the Spirit in your hand, and the shield of faith  held outward to consume all the fiery darts of the enemy. (Eph 6:13-16)

That's what your spiritual armor is for! To combat the lies the devil throws at you.

When that thought comes again, that nauseous, horrible fearful lie, stand there and say, "No, devil. My God is bigger than this! He's higher! He's stronger! He's more than enough! I will not be afraid, but will go forth singing, with joy in my heart, knowing God cares for me, and I'm safe."

That's what God wants for all of us. To overcome fear, we simply need to believe it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUZANNE'S TESTIMONY OVER FEAR, visit Becky Combee Ministries, Inc. and check out her book, FEARLESS, at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, join us at Fearless Facebook group!




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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, May 11, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Happy Mother's Day to my mother, both of my grandmothers (now celebrating in heaven), and all the other moms out there. You are loved and appreciated for all you do.

My mom, my brother, and I

Today's photographs include a panoramic sunrise I took the other day. Visit Photobucket to view it.

Green Anole
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Female Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly
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Sunrise
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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, May 10, 2014

Story Saturdays

NEW RELEASE this week is an adorable young adult romance short story, SHE LOVES ME ANYWAY. Only 99 cents at Amazon!

Also, FOR SALE at 99 cents at Amazon:

A KISS IN SEPTEMBER
ICHABOD & PENELOPE
FOR ETERNITY (Time-Travel Romance) Book 1
FLIGHT RISK (The Italian Series) Book 1
DOWN FALL

Don't forget Book 3 in the Florida Irish series, FAITH & FORGIVENESS is available for purchase. $2.99 at Amazon.

My next release will be TATTOOED. Look for it within the next two weeks.



This week's storylines come from several different stories I'm working on. Enjoy!

*  Here was a perfect example of why men are so out of their league around women. All the chest thumping I did on a daily basis, all the minutes spent pumping my ego so I could leave home standing relatively tall, had just been reduced to a bucket of sand with one thought. Gazing at her, I knew if she told me to jump, I’d do it in hope it’d end with me reduced to the same pile of mashed potatoes Max had become. I wanted that feeling, wanted to be dazed and senseless. (DAZED & SENSELESS)

*  He looked like he’d swallowed an ostrich egg, and it would have been funny, except it hit her in the same instant, not only that she’d said it but also that she’d meant it. She wanted to marry him, have a white wedding, a three-tiered cake, a fabulous honeymoon. She wanted to know if they had more than what they’d always had and saw no better way than to take the plunge. (JUST BECAUSE)

I met the boy next door. His name is Corey. He saved Lindsey’s life. She reread her words then drew a heart around Corey’s name. Childish, but she simply had too much energy tonight and it made her feel good. Her smile seemed to stretch from ear to ear. A giggle escaping, she fell back on the bed, clasping the book to her chest. (PHENOMENAL)

*  Her dad’s study was a lesson in manliness. Wooden trim, wooden shelves, rich leather, and the smell of furniture polish dominated the room. All it really needed was a testosterone spritzer and some chest hair. (PICK ME)

*  How had this happened? How had she come this far to escape the very thing that now stared her in the face? Or was that how it worked? Short of locking yourself in a cage, you couldn’t escape. No matter where you went, it followed you around. A monster never satisfied. She knew because she’d tried and found with everything she fed it, it only grew larger. Hungrier. Starvation was the only solution. Or so she’d thought. (PK TEMPTATION, Lessons of Faith Series)



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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I Know I Am

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mt 9:10-13)

Jesus ate dinner with the outcasts of society, the people that others, wrapped in their feather-padded pews, went out of their way to avoid.

He wasn't afraid to be seen with a tax collector, a group of lepers, an adulteress, a Samaritan in an unmarried relationship, a mad man who cut himself with stones.

This thought convicts me. I've seen more than one group of well-dressed "Christian" saints, ensconced in their perfect bubbles where the air is clean and the ground is sanitized, turn their noses up because something might taint them.

Jesus didn't do that. When a woman kissed His feet, He forgave her. When a man was let down through the ceiling of a house, He healed him. When He hung on the cross, He forgave the thief at his side and the people who put Him there.

He rubbed shoulders with the rich, the poor, the ungodly, the porn addict, the drug dealer, the carjackers of his day. He touched the untouchable.

How can we, as lights of the world, be like Him when we're afraid to step outside of the shield we've built up in front of us?

Nowhere in the Bible does it say to live that way. In fact, we're told we're IN the world to make a difference. Let's be honest. Which draws someone to Christ ... the judgmental church-goer who hears a curse word and cleanses her ears? Who shakes a visitor's hand and then gets out his hand sanitizer? Who tells their friends on Facebook or Twitter how some "horrible person" posted this or that and they're SUPPOSED to go to church?

I hope that's not you.




Stand up on the pew and be counted, my friend, instead of hiding behind it. It's a spot to learn, not a throne for you to hold court. It's a place of prayer and study, of worship and dedication, so that when you leave that place, when the guy at the gas station with a beer in his hand says, "Good morning," you're not looking at him thinking, "Oh, yeah, and how much have you drank?"

Because Jesus didn't do that. Jesus shook that man's hand and said, "I love you."

Ask yourself now if you can do that and if not, be convicted. I know I am.



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Suzanne D. Williams
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, May 6, 2014

Graphic Design 101

With every book cover, I use the basic fundamentals of photography:  lighting, rule of thirds, lines, and proportion. Today, I'd like to talk about proportion.

Proportion is what made me spend so much time selecting the two women for my Dunwoody's book cover, which we discussed on the blog before.


I wanted two different girls with the same high and distance from the camera lens.

Notice:  The hat of the girl on the right and where her fingertips touch her leg are equal in size and distance to the girl on the left. One is not bigger than the other. This is proportion.

Here's a different example:


One day, I am going to finish writing this story, but be that as it may, notice the size difference between the girl and the cowboy. Though there is a vast difference, what makes this proportionate is that the viewer does not expect her to be in the same frame as him. He is a backdrop, so to speak, almost coming from her thoughts.

Now, had I made him larger, he would have looked more as if he should be in the image with her, and it would have been out of proportion.

Example:  Think of two heads on the same page. A girl from one picture. A boy taken from another. Despite the fact they were not in the same picture together, what makes them look united on the cover and thus, mentally, in the story? Their proximity to each other - they are anchored in some manner, the direction of their gazes are also the same (both facing the camera or both as profiles, but never a profile with a face shot. This is odd and will never look right).

BIG NO-NO:  YOU CANNOT TAKE TWO PEOPLE FROM TWO SEPARATE IMAGES, SLAP THEM ON A BOOK COVER AND ALWAYS SAY IT WORKS. It doesn't.

Why? Results: If I'm photographing a food item, and I want to show the dish at it's best, I could put it on fine china, with a clean fork, use a DSLR and thousand dollar lens, or I could use a paper plate and take it with a cell phone. It's the same food product, but a totally different look. One makes me want to eat it. One does not.


Here, I have an example of proportion from within a single image. This was a crop taken from a larger image (below), and actually, there were several other views of this couple to pick from.


I chose this one thinking of how a 6"x9" crop would appear on a book cover. I liked the equal distances between their faces, that where her head touches the right side, his would touch on the left. It also presented a good contrast in skin tones between the two.

Here's a book cover, I just completed.


In fact, the couple has been cropped from the original image and tilted. (I also cleaned up the background, as it was distracting). The additional tilt gives them the appearance almost of swimming, and it gives them a better proportion on the page.


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Suzanne D. Williams
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, May 4, 2014

Sunday Photographs

After three days of rain, the soil in my yard (and probably everyone else's) is saturated. No, we didn't have any flooding, but the wild birds appreciated it just the same. We've seen more than the usual assortment of white ibis and cattle egrets as well as a handful of other more rare water fowl.

Two photos today from the same sunset earlier last week. Enjoy!

Sunrise 4-27-2014 photo 500-DSC_0938_zps14d7f619.jpg

Powder Puff 4-27-2014 photo 500-DSC_0948_zpsaa3ccb58.jpg



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

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