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 185,415 photos, 4,893 members
- **Explore Unexplored!** (10 Favs & No Explored) 292,381 photos, 10,533 members
- Stupendous Sunrises and Spectacular Sunsets 15,075 photos, 628 members
- GEOMETRIC ART GROUP 6,397 photos, 229 members
- Androidography 14,323 photos, 460 members
- Cats in Bathtubs 493 photos, 188 members
- St. Louis Arch 2,978 photos, 664 members
- Sliders Sunday -- Post Processed To The MAX! 48,376 photos, 2,291 members
- Flickr Monthly Scavenger Hunt 120,723 photos, 3,884 members
- Fur & Feathers with Attitude - ENTER OUR PHOTO CONTESTS! 47,311 photos, 3,073 members
- Photographers aged 50 + 272,386 photos, 1,360 members
- Food Pix-DO NOT DELETE PHOTOS-P1/C2 3,452 photos, 1,629 members
- CHARMERS CREATIVE FRAMING & TEXTURE CLUB 5,533 photos, 219 members
- Smile on Saturday!:) (Hair) 1,477 photos, 1,616 members
- Make me smile! :) 30,885 photos, 1,382 members
- Our Daily Challenge 98,977 photos, 152 members
- A Thought for the Day 2,161 photos, 70 members
- Creative Tabletop Photography 361,823 photos, 24,189 members
- Bastet ☥ CAT Photography ☥ (PLEASE COMMENT) 3,972 photos, 849 members
- Topaz Software 170,460 photos, 6,528 members
- Rural America 143,593 photos, 3,859 members
- Old Rual Barns 486 photos, 168 members
- * " BRAVO PHOTOS, MEMORIES, & CREATIONS " (post1~comment1) 23,122 photos, 415 members
- *Photos & Calendar Awards* (Post1~Award1) The Public Group 15,072 photos, 537 members
- Indiana Photographers 73,640 photos, 1,467 members
- Everything Indiana 20,366 photos, 488 members
- Botanical Bokeh 2,677 photos, 163 members
- Olympus DRAMATIC tone 2,322 photos, 191 members
- Olympus Art Filters 1,642 photos, 54 members
- Explore Flickr (unofficial) 241,085 photos, 4,372 members
- Olympus Users 628,884 photos, 9,919 members
- Waterfalls Long Exposure 65,242 photos, 8,332 members
- Fireworks - Just Fireworks 127,508 photos, 18,272 members
- Fireworks 98,866 photos, 23,912 members
- US Route 66 (The Mother Road) 23,015 photos, 1,373 members
- I Love Old Signs! 78,859 photos, 5,116 members
- *Animal Photography CONTEST Group* (NO CAGES/ENCLOSURES) 193,350 photos, 14,213 members
- Bible Verses 8,180 photos, 938 members
- The Nature's Soul ELITE~Invite ONLY, P1/C2 5,317 photos, 583 members
- THE NATURE'S SOUL (Post 1~Award 4) Award Sweeper Active 76,018 photos, 3,852 members
- Christians of the World (Share Your Ministry) 10,470 photos, 348 members
- * HOT NEON COLOURS [please join us] (post 1~award 1) 2,980 photos, 86 members
- Get Olympus 302,420 photos, 4,555 members
- Fractalius Flowers 1,880 photos, 305 members
- Down Under Challenge 11,430 photos, 330 members
- M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO 1,640 photos, 169 members
- Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II / R 14,517 photos, 1,057 members
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 73,849 photos, 4,030 members
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 (PSE 7) 8,934 photos, 524 members
- Geotagged: Arizona 3,964 photos, 92 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