Currently About Crystal: I'm a Christian writer with a variety of works in progress. I am beginning to make strides toward the completion of 2 novels, a compilation devotional, and a number of non-fiction projects. Figuring out what to do first is the hard part.
Crystal the Compassionate:I love people, and I love animals, and I try to be there for both whenever I can. One way I've learned as a simple way to help others is through clicking daily at sites hosted by "GreaterGood Network.". I have included banners (in process of updating to their new designs) for their causes below, so my visitors here can easily click to support their favorite cause or all causes.
For my kitties...
For my retired U.S. Army Hubby...
In memory of my Grandma (RIP-1988)...
Because I've been hungry and homeless before...
In honor of the mommies I know who care for kids with autism or Asperger's Syndrome...
Because I'm a writer and writers need readers...
For the wild animals who need wild homes...
THANKS FOR CLICKING ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE! ;-)
Crystal the Professional: Writer & Business Profile:
Crystal the Designer and Flickr-er: Most of my pictures here will be manipulated kaleidoscope images and tessellations. Many will be from images taken of the designs inside actual kaleidoscopes, and others will be from fractals or actual photos. I like all of them because of the color & design, but also because they remind me of how I think God sees the world and people He has made: God's creations are all different yet all beautiful, and - like kaleidoscopes - they are the most beautiful when (His) light shines through them.
The world's best visitors stop by here, so here's a graph of the visitors who have stopped by to view my stream in the past month ...
And here's where some of my visitors are from ...
A LITTLE BIT MORE...
Crystal the Poet: One day hope to combine a book of my kaleidoscope designs with some of my poetry and haiku. My poetic claim to fame is a parody of Psalm 23 for Christian writers entitled The Lord is my Editor; I Shall Rewrite to which I have a page at Facebook dedicated at www.facebook.com/TheLordismyEditor. There are also a few items with this slogan among an eclectic mix of items I sell at My Zazzle Store.
Crystal the Photographer: Amateur is a bit of an understatement, but I'm getting more and more interested in digital photography and photo editing. My first camera was one of those instant 35mm where ya gotta wind everything manually. Then, I got a real 35mm SLR by Chinon at K-Mart. My first digital was a 1MP joke since I had no idea what I was buying, but it said it took photos and video. Yuck!
Finally, I got my first digital point and shoot, which is where some of my earliest photos on here (and many I have yet to post) come from. It was a Minolta Dimage S414 and I still need to find the old floppy drives where I saved most of the photos. Next, I got myself an Olympus FE230, which helped me get some great macro shots from inside my kaleidoscope, but with far more noise than I would like. I graduated from that to an Olympus Stylus 840 which has a few more settings than the FE, but still a lot of noise. I have some posts from old cell phone cameras, some I like better from the Samsung Epic that was my first smartphone, and then some from a Galaxy Note 3 and a Note 5.
I was gifted a used Canon Rebel to try and learn the world of DSLR. I moved up a little bit past amateur as I spent time with it though I took mostly everyone on auto settings. It got too heavy after my neck surgery.
Currently, I use a mirrorless Olympus EM-10, and it's my favorite camera. I'm learning manual settings, and I'm also enjoying the filters. I've recently learned that if I shoot in RAW + JPEG, I can combine pictures for some neat effects.
Flickr has been a great place to share this artistic part of myself, and I am always open for critiques, tips, and the occasional compliment from my visitors. Thanks for stopping by.
Crystal the Writer: I am a freelance writer and editor. My main site as a Christian writer is my blog at crystalwrites.wordpress.com. I also have a main site that links to all my other content (Facebook pages, Pinterest, etc.) at www.crystal-writer.com.
To inspire my writing, I've been a member of Louisville Christian Writers since about 1998 and was elected president of the group in 2008. I've also been a coordinator and part of the planning committee for the annual Kentucky Christian Writer's Conference. Recently, I joined a group that is pushing me toward more professionalism than ever. As mentioned above, ACFW is American Christian Fiction Writers, and I foresee great growth for myself as a writer because of my membership there.
The most important thing... I have created a website to host the central theme of my creativity and my life. It's called "For One Soul" and can be found below or at www.41soul.com. And here's why I do it all on Flickr...
"Even something as simple as a photo image can inspire others and draw them to God. His Holy Scriptures tell us that all we have to do is lift Him up, and HE will draw all men unto Himself. If we trust that we walk in the shadow of The Almighty, we know that shadow will touch every person whose path we cross. If I can be used by Him to gather more of His creation (even one person) into His loving presence, it makes every second of life worth living."
Just a little extra: I got to where I am now in Indiana by taking a job that had me traveling around the United States selling family photographs. Because of that, the map below shows I've visited a lot of states - or at least traveled through them.
create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.
Finally, I try to give links for the software I use in the descriptions of the pictures I made, but I don't always have time. So, some of the software I really enjoy using can be found by clicking on the following links...
Silicon Mirror: www.torpor.com
Fractal Explorer: www.eclectasy.com/Fractal-Explorer/
Mehdi Plugins for Photoshop, Elements, and Irfanview: www.mehdiplugins.com/
Turbo Note, a nifty desktop sticky note program that allows me to keep quick notes about my projects: Free Download Page
- THE IMAGINATIVE CAMERA 174,661 photos, 4,763 members
- **Explore Unexplored!** (10 Favs & No Explored) 282,092 photos, 10,440 members
- Stupendous Sunrises and Spectacular Sunsets 14,834 photos, 623 members
- GEOMETRIC ART GROUP 6,317 photos, 229 members
- Androidography 13,944 photos, 457 members
- Cats in Bathtubs 492 photos, 188 members
- St. Louis Arch 2,970 photos, 659 members
- Sliders Sunday -- Post Processed To The MAX! 47,875 photos, 2,278 members
- Flickr Monthly Scavenger Hunt 120,639 photos, 3,890 members
- Fur & Feathers with Attitude - ENTER OUR PHOTO CONTESTS! 47,356 photos, 3,074 members
- Photographers aged 50 + 262,260 photos, 1,338 members
- Food Pix-DO NOT DELETE PHOTOS-P1/C2 3,255 photos, 1,628 members
- CHARMERS CREATIVE FRAMING & TEXTURE CLUB 5,451 photos, 218 members
- Smile on Sunday! :) (closed for the week) 1,026 photos, 1,358 members
- Make me smile! :) 27,998 photos, 1,317 members
- Our Daily Challenge 98,207 photos, 151 members
- A Thought for the Day 2,136 photos, 70 members
- Creative Tabletop Photography 359,540 photos, 24,147 members
- Bastet ☥ CAT Photography ☥ (PLEASE COMMENT) 3,734 photos, 835 members
- Topaz Software 169,391 photos, 6,518 members
- Rural America 142,126 photos, 3,841 members
- Old Rual Barns 471 photos, 159 members
- * " BRAVO PHOTOS, MEMORIES, & CREATIONS " (post1~comment1) 22,996 photos, 415 members
- *Photos & Calendar Awards* (Post1~Award1) The Public Group 14,948 photos, 538 members
- Indiana Photographers 73,289 photos, 1,464 members
- Everything Indiana 20,072 photos, 485 members
- Botanical Bokeh 2,679 photos, 161 members
- Olympus DRAMATIC tone 2,269 photos, 188 members
- Olympus Art Filters 1,667 photos, 54 members
- Explore Flickr (unofficial) 231,165 photos, 4,310 members
- Olympus Users 618,841 photos, 9,857 members
- Waterfalls Long Exposure 64,341 photos, 8,249 members
- Fireworks - Just Fireworks 127,404 photos, 18,261 members
- Fireworks 98,714 photos, 23,906 members
- US Route 66 (The Mother Road) 22,537 photos, 1,362 members
- I Love Old Signs! 78,220 photos, 5,101 members
- *Animal Photography CONTEST Group* (NO CAGES/ENCLOSURES) 188,873 photos, 14,043 members
- Bible Verses 8,122 photos, 932 members
- The Nature's Soul ELITE~Invite ONLY, P1/C2 5,321 photos, 584 members
- THE NATURE'S SOUL (Post 1~Award 4) Award Sweeper Active 75,393 photos, 3,846 members
- Christians of the World (Share Your Ministry) 10,387 photos, 344 members
- * HOT NEON COLOURS [please join us] (post 1~award 1) 2,881 photos, 86 members
- Get Olympus 297,165 photos, 4,531 members
- Fractalius Flowers 1,878 photos, 305 members
- Down Under Challenge 11,384 photos, 331 members
- M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO 1,524 photos, 166 members
- Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II / R 14,230 photos, 1,036 members
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 73,595 photos, 4,011 members
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 (PSE 7) 8,914 photos, 524 members
- Geotagged: Arizona 3,782 photos, 89 members
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- Crystal A Murray
- December 2005
- From Southern CA & Northern AZ then marriage in Louisville KY
- Corydon, Indiana, USA
- I am:
- Female and Taken
- Freelance Writer & Creative Mind