A long time ago, just after college, was the loneliest time in my life for me. I had lost touch with many of the people I'd been friends with and as this was before the real age of Google and Facebook-stalking had begun, I had no way to find them... I've always been a very reserved person, tough to befriend, so losing touch with the few people I'd opened up to was hard.
I was very bashful with my drawings, my interests, my very thoughts. I felt at times I had to pretend to be a "normal" (although boring) person so I could talk more successfully to the people around me. I rarely, if ever, showed anyone my drawings, the things I wrote, or chatted about the books I was reading, the films I was watching and the thoughts I was thinking.
Never, back then, would I have imagined a world in which I could show the world my thoughts and little doodles and snapshots and feel at rest with myself, even accepted. Never would I have imagined trading comments or messages with talented people who also think in pictures, colors, lines and photographs, in addition to words and sentences. For me, the internet is a truly magical world I've taken part in, a place that has allowed me to overcome my huge shyness in an unusual way: by showing myself to the world, but still having the ability to remain anonymous.
These are the thoughts I was thinking while I looked in wonder at the paper doll (above) Elsita recently created and read her story of the magical world she created for her niece. I realized that this is my magical world, right here, the secret book I open both to reveal glimpses of myself and visit you in all your travels. Thank you to everyone, for making this such a wonderful read... :)
Thank you for your comments on the watermark question! I'm still thinking hard about it... I'll make a decision soon. It sounds like you all feel like I do, a watermark is a good thing, and it can blend in rather than clash with the photograph. I also understand those not in favor of the watermark (or who are too lazy, like me, to add another step!) I promise a few magical stories soon, about the place I spent my weekend...