Friday, September 16, 2011
Bookmarks = Rocket Science; and a Confession!
So it took me over one hour to create my bookmark for Darkspell. It involved my current book cover, Printshop, Picasa and Paint--all in consecutive order.
I used a black background with fire and stretched it out the the ruler in Printshop (2"X6"). Then I cut and pasted Darkspell's blurb in my favorite font within the "blue line" (or was it pink?) of a template (it reminds me of a sewing pattern*) provided by NextDayFlyers.com. After that, I added my book cover and then my release date for this fall and website address.
After I made sure everything fit perfectly, I saved it and opened it in Picasa where I cropped it. In Paint, I touched up any discolorations and sharpened the font where the background flames made certain letters vanish (with the magnifier). I had to do this a few times from step one to get it the way I wanted.
Talk about one frustrating night!
Now for my confession:
This is embarrassing for me, but it speaks volumes. Ever since I signed for Darkspell's deal, my hubby assigned the kiddies a dishday for every day of the week. I stopped doing dishes. Then when I started editing and illustrating, my kids made dinner and did the housecleaning. I lost myself in my writing to the point that I felt lost in knowing how to meet my kids' needs come school.
I thought and thought about it and had an idea. As strange as it sounds, I had the strongest impression that I need to take back my housecleaning duty from them. The silly thing about this, is that I can feel my motherly confidence blooming again.
Do you have bookmarks, how did you figure it out? And do you have a strange confession of your own to share?
*I had to outline the "pattern" with a sheet of paper with a pen directly from my screen. After I was done creating my bookmark, I blew it up to match the "pattern" I traced on paper. Okay, so I saved it and uploaded. It came out blurry. I had to go back resize the bookmark, but made sure I kept in perfect ratio so that the upload translated fine.