My New Year’s Resolution! (2019)

Hey, guys! How has everyone been? 2018 came and went, and now we’re in the brand new year of 2019! You know what that means? A sequel to the post I made at the start of 2018 about my new year’s resolution. Just to clear the air right away, I’m not going to write as much as I did back then. I don’t really know why I decided it was a good idea to write over 300 words just to describe my new year’s resolution. I’m just going to assume I was either really inspired that day or just in the mood to write a bunch. Either way, I can definitely say one thing about that resolution: it didn’t happen. Instead of starting a book or writing anything substantial, I ended up working on my photography skills. I did actually do a little bit of writing here and there on the side, but nothing complete and not a whole bunch. I’d say over the year I started about 10 random little projects that were abandoned and totaled about 4000 words. Which, at face value, sounds like a lot. However, to put it into perspective, I’ve written about the same amount on this blog in the form of posts over the same amount of time. It’s truly not a lot. But, I plan on changing that throughout this year. My resolution is going to sound a lot like the one I made previously, just dialed down a wee bit. While it is nice to shoot for the stars and make the exact same resolution as last year to start writing an entire book, I feel like I should try to aim for something more realistic.

So, without further ado, my new year’s resolution is to work on smaller writing challenges. Also, I want to really get myself into the groove of working on a piece over multiple days without abandoning it and creating a new project. Essentially, this boils down to creating multiple flash fictions and/or short stories over the course of the year with beginnings and endings to them. If I can prove that I can actually finish a writing piece that comes out even slightly good and cohesive, then I might start working on multi-part stories or perhaps even an entire series on here! Obviously, no promises. Let’s start small first and see how that goes.

If you guys want to contribute in any way, feel free to send in recommendations for subjects or any writing challenges you think would be cool to try. Since writing is a big part of why I started this blog in the first place, I really want to start catching up with all this time that I lost! Also, what are y’all resolving to do in 2019? I hope you guys complete your goals and cheer me on as I work on mine! Thank you for reading and happy new year!!

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My Best Photos of 2018

Hi there! So, this year has come and gone, and boy was it chock full of stuff! I started this blog towards the end of 2017, around November. I didn’t really start posting onto it until April, which was when I purchased my T6i Rebel camera. Ever since then, I’ve been uploading a photography walk or two roughly every month. There have been quite a lot of photos uploaded onto here, and an even larger amount that didn’t come out as great as I want them to be. So, just as a recap for the last few moments of 2018, here are all of my best photos that I took throughout this year… In my opinion, of course!

These are in order of the earliest photo taken to the latest photo taken, in case if you were wondering.


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Well, who would’ve guessed that the first photo that I consider to be the best of the best would be one of our little blog mascot, the Speak-No-Evil Owl Statue! I find this to be one of the more graphically pleasing out of any of his other pictures. The dark red contrasting against his light colorations and the blurred blue bar in the foreground. I just really enjoy looking at this one!


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There’s something that I just absolutely adore about this photo. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close. The cool-toned lighting, neat alignment, vivid colors. Honestly, the only thing I’d change is the focus, just so that the leaf in front of the flowers and the flowers towards the back was nice and crisp. Otherwise, beautiful.


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Of course, if I’m going to make a list of the best photos I took this year, I definitely had to include this one. If I had ordered this from the worst to the best, this photo would absolutely be at the top. It’s, by far, one of my favorite photos I’ve taken ever. Hence why I have it as the Facebook cover photo!


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This photo has a very simple reason as to why I love it so much. That reason is that this photo looks like the type of photo a company would sell as a computer or phone background. Actually, thinking about it, this photo would look cool in a nature calendar… Maybe this is something I’ll have to think about working on for 2020…


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Everything about this is what I’d define as my “aesthetic.” The dark shadows of the trees along with the darkened green of the grass contrasting against the bright and vivid coloration of the sky. Just wonderful!


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Just like with the yellow flowers, this photo captures my adoration for the exact same reason. Albeit, comparing the two like this, I feel like the former does a little bit of a better job. This photo’s still fabulous, though!


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Now, I know everything up to now has sounded extremely conceited. However, I’m about to sound even more conceited. This photo, in my unprofessional opinion, is nigh perfect. This one-hundred percent looks like something straight out of a publication. Definitely, without a doubt in my mind, this is one of the best photos I have ever taken.


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Oh, he’s back for round two! While this one isn’t as vibrantly colored as the prior, I feel like this one is easier to look at. All the colors, while still have obvious contrast, aren’t as violently contrasting. They blend together rather nicely! Also, the focus is juuust right. Everything that should be in-focus is and everything that should be out-of-focus is.


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Bare with me here, but this is one of the best photos I’ve taken of a person. That’s saying something, considering this was both rushed and, when I was younger, I took a lot of photos of people. If I were to ever create a legitimate portfolio, this one would absolutely be included in it!


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Hey, my other favorite statuette who is also unofficially the mascot of this blog! Just, a little more unofficial than my owl. Anyways, all in all, I just really like the “aesthetic” of this photo. Dark colors, broken fence, dead leaves, and a corvid! What else do you really need?!


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Again, I’m going to sound a little more conceited than I already have. But, this photo is another one that I believe is nigh perfect. Again, it looks like something stolen from a publication. I’m absolutely enamored by this picture!


Well, that was a neat journey through the evolution of my photography over this past year. Hopefully, this doesn’t come across as extremely conceited and narcissistic as I feel like it sounds like! If you guys feel like a photo I’ve uploaded wasn’t on this list but should’ve, by all means, please comment below! If there’s a lot of input, I might just create a “Reader’s Favorites of 2018” list and post that in 2019!

Also, I’d like to thank everyone who started following me and for all the views and likes that Y’all have been giving. It has honestly made me so excited to see people enjoying what I love doing! You guys really push me to keep creating content! Continuing onwards, I’m going to try my hardest to post a photography dump once every month or so, as well as really start getting back into writing and get some stories started for here. I want this next year to be bigger and better than 2018 was. And, don’t worry, I don’t plan on procrastinating this time around!

Thank you all so much for reading! I’ll see you guys in 2019! Have a great rest of your night!

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog, The Aesthetic Mage! If you don’t know who I am, I’m an ambitious writer and graphic designer hoping to make a home for my work. I’ve created a few other blogs for roughly the same reason in the past, but this time I plan on taking a different approach to things. Previously, I’ve attempted to pressure myself to create content in a timely fashion or tried to make myself a critic of sorts. This time around, however, I plan on taking a much more relaxed route and ditching critiquing and reviewing various things almost altogether. There might still be a critique or review mixed into my “author’s interests” section, but I’m going to try my hardest to steer clear of it. Those kinds of posts just aren’t really my cup of tea to make. In addition, my posts will be as sporadic as my capricious productivity and creativity. Because of this, there might be a day between one post to the next, or there might be a week, or a month, or two months. This means the posts will be more organic than they have been in my previous endeavors, and there will be far less apologizing posts for my silences. Trust me, I believe this will be for the best.

Anyways, I’ve been ranting for a little bit. That should clarify everything a bit. I’ll update this post and the About as things go along. I hope to see you soon!

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