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I love telling stories. Usually, this storytelling is performed by way of writing: fiction, captions, blog posts, daily journal entries, or even text messages. When the story demands more than plot to be told, I'll turn to poetry. But sometimes, even poetry doesn't feel like the right fit.

Occasionally, words in general aren't the best mode of transportation for the story I'm trying to convey. And in these rare cases, I find myself most drawn to film. This began as capturing a moment and immortalizing the beauty of it in photography, but lately this has evolved into a true love of videography.

In true Anna fashion, I met this new interest with a perfection-over-progress sort of attitude—telling myself I couldn't begin exploring this new field without professional equipment. I'd be mocked and criticized if I didn't use a $5,000 camera with an equally pricy lens, and basically a full-blown filming studio with professional lighting and audio equipment.

The problem? I don't have thousands of dollars to sink into a new hobby that I haven't even dipped my toes into yet. What if I try it on for size and realize I don't like it? What if it's less of a hobby and more of a passing fancy?

With that logic in mind, I'll be exploring my newest hobby—a new form of storytelling, which can only be performed visually, through film—with the equipment I already have: my iPhone, one ring light, and CapCut Pro.

All of this is just to say that I'm working my way toward starting a YouTube channel! I've got a lot of other projects on my plate right now, so I've decided not to get ahead of myself on this one, for once, and just allow myself time to get used to the process of recording and editing an entirely new medium.

I imagine the channel will start off with day-in-the-life vlogs, talks about being self-published and a full-time editor, etc. I do intend to eventually graduate to more educational videos that cover topics within the realm of writing, editing, and publishing—but because this is a source of enjoyment for me above all else, I'm not going to rush the process just yet. I'd like to get a feel for things first and allow everything else to evolve organically.

If you're reading this, then you're a Patron, and as such, you are granted early access to all of my videos before they eventually go live on YouTube! You're also granted access to the Patrons Lounge, where you're free to request video (and other) content by way of submitting to the Patron Request Box. If you've got any ideas or specific requests for me, feel free to go to the Lounge and submit to those ideas! I'd love to start getting a catalogue of ideas going, so that when I do start to regularly post on YouTube, I've got a backstock of requested ideas. I am so excited to leap into a brand new writing community and get a feel for this brand new creative outlet. Do any of you already have channels? If so, let me know so that I can head to YouTube and subscribe! :)

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