Pictober 2018

Pictober 2018

The good news: I’m planning to expand The Bone Marshes into a huge 50-60 page book with updated maps and content! Woohoo!

The bad news: All of my writing energy is going towards this new project, and I won’t be able to update the blog with cool stuff…cool writing stuff anyway.

Table of Contents


I’ve always hated taking pictures and being in pictures, even as a kid. I respect the art and skills involved in photography, but I always saw it as an attempt to artificially preserve moments; sometimes at the cost of experiencing them.

However recently I’ve changed my mind. I found myself incredibly thankful for the few pictures I’ve taken and now I wish I had taken more over the past 3-4 years.

Day 0

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So time to try out this photography thing. I’ll be taking a picture every day for the month of October and adding it to this post. I’ll be using the #inktober2018

Day 1: Poisonous

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Over the past month or two I’ve been trying to take control of my eating habits. I replace breakfast and lunch of every day with Soylent, a meal replacement shake. It’s been working pretty well…

Until this morning. The soylent I had to drink had already been opened, and was extremely disgusting. I nearly poisoned myself!

Day 2: Tranquil

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We’ve owned this little girl for over a year, and I can’t imagine my life without her.

When she nestled up next to me and falls asleep I experience true tranquility.

Day 3: Roasted

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Part of this little challenge is to force me to try new things; embrace new experiences. I couldn’t think of what to take a picture of for roasting, so I tried my hand at making some sweet potato chips.

They turned out pretty good! Definitely adding these to my repertoire.

Day 4: Spell

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Sometimes Lauren brings home some of the arts and crafts that she worked on with her kids at school. Seeing them around the house brightens my mood and makes me a little more excited about having kids of our own someday.

Still terrified, but pictures like these increase the appeal!

Day 5: Chicken

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I couldn’t think of anything to do for chicken. So I opened up photoshop and messed around with stuff for a while. Came up with this at the end of it. Ori HATES that vacuum cleaner, and always runs upstairs to hide/growl.

Now I’ll think of this weird image…

Day 6: Drool

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I enjoyed messing around in photoshop with yesterday’s image…let’s do that again!

Grilled Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwhich is one of my favorite snacks, and I make it all the time. Might have gone a bit overboard with the jelly this time…

Day 7: Exhausted

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Our first couch was more like small, uncomfortable patio furniture than anything else. Our current couch is still crappy, but it’s a comfortable kind of crappy.

At the end of a long day, it feels great to become one with the couch.

Day 8: Star

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Lauren sings so beautifully. I always thought she could end up on a concert poster if she didn’t hate crowds. I’ll take any excuse to take her picture and look at her beautiful face.

Day 9: Precious

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I think this speaks for itself…

Day 10: Flow

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Woke up this morning to see a huge puddle beneath the sink. The landlord we have is fantastic, and we’ve had very few problems over the past 3 years. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be too big of an issue…

Day 11: Cruel

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No picture for this one…just thinking about the prompt made me sad. I didn’t want to spend my day dwelling on “Cruel”. So here’s the result of a photoshop tutorial I did earlier today.

Day 12: Whale

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Today’s image comes from a deep place in my heart. For too long whales have been imprisoned within our cold waters. It’s time to let them fly freely!

Day 13: Guard

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Ori is neither fierce nor intimidating. But I still feel safer with her around. Or maybe I just like warm fuzzy things. One of the two.

Day 14/15: Clock/Weak

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Today I’m catching up. I couldn’t think of anything for day 14 (Clock), so I combined 14 and 15 together into a shitty motivational poster.

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The other image was inspired by an episode of The Bridge Podcast. I’ve been struggling with prayer, and this sermon and verse was extremely encouraging to me.