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Road Trippin’ the South this Summer, Come along?

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
- Martin Buber, Philosopher (1878 – 1965)

My wife Lauren and I love a road trip. It suits us. I have flown thousands of miles in my career, and much prefer driving the back roads than sitting in an airport, any day. She is in total agreement. We enjoy the time together, stopping where we want, when we want; the adventure of being on the road, with only a brief outline of the trip planned.

We like photography, local history, small towns, back roads, nature, good food, live music and quirky roadside attractions; the more unexpected, the better.

hittin' the road...

hittin’ the road…


This summer we’ll be headed through Texarkana, Texas, then east through Arkansas and Tennessee to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville, North Carolina. Coming home, we’ll take a southern swing back to Texas through Mississippi and Louisiana.

The truth is, we have no idea what we’ll find along the way, only that we plan to enjoy every moment.

Come along? We’ll be posting photos to Twitter and Instagram throughout the road trip. We welcome suggestions for places we might like to visit.
Thanks for tuning in… Trace

Updates and Images from our road trip through the South:

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Confessions of an Instagram Junkie. Why I love “in the moment” Photography

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Confessions of an Instagram Junkie. Why I love “In the moment” photography

I admit it. I am an Instagram junkie. Why? Because it’s “in the moment” photography, quite different from my career in television and video production, which is all about having a plan (and a budget) for production that achieves a specific goal for the client. Instagram is about seeing something interesting and being able to capture and share it quickly.
Instagram is fun for me because it encourages spontaneity of thought in composition and speedy interaction with others about your image. All of the images in this post were created with very little forethought. The ability to apply a filter, enhance the image and post it to your network all within five minutes of having the first idea of the image frees up my creative energy. I hope you enjoy these photos, I enjoy snapping them… Follow me -> Instagram: tracetvfilm

Related Post: Road Trippin’ the South this Summer

Stoned? This planter sits next to my chair on our back patio. One morning I just decided it would make a nice frame. Art? I don’t know, you decide.

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At a blogging crossroads, 172 Posts, Now What?

Listening to: “Road to Nowhere” – The Talking Heads

Yes, I feel like that sometimes, like I am on a “road to nowhere”. But then I look at where I have been, what joys and pain this life has brought my way. And I realize it is a road that has already lead me somewhere – to be who I am today.

Is this post about blogging? YES.
My blog stats tell me that I have published 172 posts and have started drafts for 144 more.

Is it a road to nowhere? No. My writing goals are long term. I never expected for it to reach a huge audience right out of the gate. I have met some great people through interactions on this blog, and have learned a great deal about myself in the writing process.

Writer - Director of Photography Trace Ready

Writer – Director of Photography Trace Ready


I know my weak points:
Consistency
Brevity
Relevance

I am working on those things.

Here are two thoughts I like to keep in mind:

Just because something hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.

Writing and art of any kind (music, painting, photography) are cumulative efforts and lifelong pursuits, not something you do just to make money.

I will keep writing, learning, traveling, shooting stills and video, singing and all things that make me feel alive, as much as I can, as along as I can. Hearing that something I created (a blog, a video, a still, a story) touched someone, in some way, always makes my day.

If you’ve read this so far, THANKS. What have you seen on my blog that resonates with you?

Reaching a larger audience with all of it is a goal, a hill to top. But the journey is the fun part. Let’s see how far we can go.

Thanks for tuning in, I promise at least a hundred and seventy-two more.

Trace

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Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Tuesday Tips: Tell the World Something Important – Darren Rowse

Today’s Tuesday Tips is a short, sweet family story from Darren Rowse of Problogger that helped me take a step back and think about the value of the moment and what I’d like to accomplish as a writer, and as a human. Plus, I like listening to his Aussie accent! Good stuff here:

“Daddy, make sure you tell the world something important…” ~ Xavier Rowse
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“The times where I have actually told the world something important, rather than something that I think might be profitable, they’re the times when things begin to take off for me.” – Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse has created an online presence that challenges, informs and inspires me. If you are a writer, blogger or aspiring entrepreneur, I encourage you to visit his blog for insight often, here: ProBlogger.net

Catch Darren’s excellent videos – Subscribe: Darren Rowse on YouTube

Follow Darren Rowse on Twitter: @ProBlogger

What do you think? Comment below, thanks.

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4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

Top Chef = Real Life. Last night on Bravo, the season finale of Top Chef was a dramatic, “foodie” roller coaster ride! Personally, I feel Nina should have taken it, but that’s the way it goes.

Top Chef

Top Chef


In this guest post from Lauren Ready (a first!), she lays out four valuable life lessons witnessed in this season of Top Chef. More about Lauren at the end of this post.
The Show: Top Chef – Bravo TV

4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

I love watching Top Chef. I enjoy the competition and watching chefs prepare foods that I can’t afford or never knew existed. This morning my husband and I were discussing last night’s show. I said to him we can all learn some lessons from watching it. He challenged me to write what they were.

1. Don’t show off. Many times over the years we have watched chefs attempt to make a dish in a few hours that isn’t possible. They think they will stand out if they succeed. They end up standing out by being eliminated.
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