Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and warm

Yesterday was mostly about design. I did some promo work, but the bulk of the day was spent applying what I learned in the iPhoto and iPages workshops this week. I did a lot of work on the new Fearless Ink brochure. I need to hone the text, but it’s designed and the graphics are there. I managed to pull the old graphics I used in Windows, scan them, have the Canon printer send them to my email as a jpg and download them into iPhoto, so I can use them in design. I’m going to see if I can somehow do that with the moonlight-over-water graphic I use for my main business card (which is in a very old PrintMaster Gold program) and do the same thing. I COULD get BootCamp and run Windows simultaneously, but I really want to get away from Windows, except for using Word For Mac when I have to. The Mac system integrates much better and is more useful for my needs.

I also worked on the Jain Lazarus brochure — again, I need to hone text. I know I wrote text for all these — I bet it’s still on the old PC.

I started redesigning the ebooks. I’m trying two different methods, and whichever one is more efficient will be my first choice moving forward. I can design fun and eye-catching covers, create good-looking page designs, and set up the booklets so that they look better and read better. I’m going to redesign all of them, and then upload them at once.

And then, all of a sudden, it was dinnertime! I was tired, but not frustrated — even though there are some things that worked in the workshops that I couldn’t duplicate. Most of it has to do with transferring material that was in Word, rather than creating it in iPages. Although Word for Mac runs better than Word ran on the PC, it’s still Microsoft, and still doesn’t really want to integrate with anything else and has to be coaxed. I get there eventually, and, once I’m creating everything in Pages, it will be better. I figure it will take about six months to really transition things and feel comfortable moving between the older work in Word and the new material.

I can save into word and convert into PDF without using programs like the nightmare Nitro PDF — which didn’t even let me convert photos and covers.

For me, this system works much better.

Now, my big question for the DIXIE DUST RUMORS postcards is — glossy or matte? What do YOU think? Leave a comment below!

Confidential Job #1 has honored me enormously. The next assignment deals with the work of an iconic figure who was very central during the time I grew up. And they chose ME. Because of the confidentiality agreement, I can’t go into details, but I’m thrilled.

Got a little reading done, but not enough. I’ve got several books stacked up to read over the weekend and into next week, so I can send out interview questions for A BIBLIO PARADISE. And Colin’s book comes out on Sunday — I can’t wait to buy it, read him, and host him on his blog tour!

Lots of admin work to do today, along with some writing and some redesign work. I need to get follow-up done on the March pitches. I’ve got at least one pitch to get out, and start a proposal for a residency I’d like to land.

I’d like to get more writing done over the next few days, but I’ve also got to get out the DIXIE DUST mailing and another round of press materials. All good, just very busy.

Great morning’s work on the Matty book. The serial suffered the past week, and I need to get back to it.

The weekend will be busy — The Belmont Stakes are tomorrow, and I’m going to a Tony Awards party on Sunday.

My picks for Belmont will be up on RACING INK here later this morning.

Back to the page.



  1. For publicity material, I think I’d prefer glossy. Matt is better – in my opinion – for snapshots.

    My blogroll isn’t updating you at the moment, surprise surprise … I’ll bet that’s Blogger playing up. Is anything significant in retrograde, or anything?

    • I always have the retrogrades at the top of the post. Pluto is currently retrograde — that which is hidden

  2. Yes, I could see that, once I found the post (!) but I wondered if Pluto would have anything to do with Blogger not updating you or just Blogger being incompetent. What, with everything else going wrong at the moment as well, I wondered if Pluto was significant. 🙂

    • Oops, should I have hit “reply”? I thought that was so you could reply to us, not so that we/you could reply within the comment. That’s very snazzy. 🙂

    • Well, you KNOW my low opinion of blogger! I think it’s just blogger being blogger, not anything to do with the Pluto Retrograde.

  3. I like the idea of Matte for the postcard.If you truly are going to mail or give them out then the matte won’t show fingerprint smudges or scratches. Just my way of thinking.
    You’ve been very busy and productive lately with the new computer and sound way less stressed.Yay!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  4. I’d go with glossy – it makes it look trendy and flashy. I went with gloss for my Stella postcards and flyers.

    Can’t wait to be a guest on Biblio Paradise – thanks for your support 🙂

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