Hello and welcome!
I started blogging back in 2006 on Yahoo 360! before migrating to other sites including Multiply, Blogster, WordPress and finally Blogger. Of these, only my Blogger account remains. I've put away those memories but, I do miss interactions and those fine friends.
My words now exist privately as files on my computer sorted by original posting date accessed by software called "The Journal 7" that I purchased for archival purposes. Someday, my family may want to know, "What was he thinking!?"
During my high school freshman semester, I sat for the Kudor Preference Test which resulted in a high degree of literary writing aptitude - something I rarely used during high school or college. In retrospect, I wish I had availed myself of those learning opportunities and experiences. Now, I am working to improve my writing - driven to compensate for lost time. I get new ideas constantly.
At mid-life, I also took the Meyer-Briggs Personality Profile, which indicated that I should have become either a preacher, teacher or salesman. Interestingly, I attended college to be a teacher and eventually became a salesman. I continue to contemplate the Cosmos looking for answers. I am, what I am now - retired, but a lifetime learner.
To date, I've started two novels on Scrivener (software) and six screenplays in Celtx, but - frustrated - they remain unfinished. I have no aspirations toward writing as a profession, but I do want to finish them. I believe - as a friend I shared my rough drafts with stated, "They're a good read." I hope there was truth in her generous reviews. What more could I ask? Maybe I could produce a short YouTube video feature movie from one of my scripts?
As a former professional photographer, photojournalist with a mid-market daily newspaper and camera buff, I like to play with the hardware of photography. I am also learning video production on a very limited scale. I did win a video production contest for my department at my last employer, which validated my efforts positively. I admit, I'm proud of that as the competition came from nine other departments. I shot the video on the Kodak PlayTouch pocket video camera and edited with Cyberlink PowerDirector software. Here is a link to that YouTube video: RUSKIN VIDEO
As a camera buff, I've used lots of cameras - including 35mm and medium format films, of course, and lots of digital variations. I have cameras in a pair of sunglasses, a ballpoint pen, waterproof action cameras, pocket video cameras and that list doesn't include my desktop computer webcams, tablet cameras and cell phone cameras.
Clearly, now the task is to self-motivate and get out there, have those adventures, enjoy the rest of my life and share the experiences as best I can. In a roundabout way, this is my mission statement.