The first thing that comes to mind is my ability to play piano – but I’m pretty far from talented when it comes to that particular hobby. It takes a great deal of work for me to get a single piece of music to the point where I can play it for any sort of an audience.
I had posted two or three samples of my piano “skills” back when this blog was on Vox, but I can’t repost them here because WordPress doesn’t offer free audio-file hosting.
Sadly, I have fallen out of the habit of a nightly piano practice since ceasing lessons a year and a half ago. As a result, what talent I did have has only been further eroded. Note to self: find time to practice.
I do, however, seem to have some innate talent when it comes to design and layout. I’ve never taken any courses on design and, aside from a software course on how to use Adobe InDesign, my skills are all self-taught; based on observation of current design trends on the web and in magazines and trade journals.
I have to credit Junkii with getting me interested. He’s quite talented himself. Together, we’re working on preparing a book layout featuring the content of the blog we kept during our last trip to Asia. Junkii has done more than I have – and it’s a slow process since it has to be done in our spare time, which we have little of – but we’re quite happy with how the overall layout is coming along.
Here are a few of the latest pages we’ve designed. Click the image for a full-size view.