Easy Virtues: Diligence

Easy Virtues: Diligence – Written by Alexander X. Laymen

Someone important to me once gave me a piece of advice, and it was that advice that compelled me to give it my all with everything I did. It was that same person that pushed me past the limits of my former abilities, teaching me a new set of skills as he did so. With those skills, I took to the task of writing and re-writing my very first novel, “Overzealous Thoughts”. It was a tale about a man down on his luck with nothing but past-due bills and debt collecting monsters, and how he was brought to redemption.

That brave tale never made it to its destination. Laying on a bed of hot coals, it burned as I mourned the loss of the friend that worked so feverishly to bring me to the end. The loss of that friend brought back the tossing, turning, and constant calls. Success became a word that settled in the back of my mind, eventually fading into the black as I brought an end to the evidence of my newfound diligence.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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