I am stubborn. I know people who are perfectly capable of designing logos, but being the do-it-myself type of gal, I had to make one myself. Which means a couple of years without a logo. I wanted something simple, yet funky. I have a million ideas and not enough time (or expert skill, I'll admit!) to play on Photoshop. But I finally found time today! After waking up at 6AM to find myself shivering, yet sweating after a night with a terrible headache, I had to call out of work. The extra few hours of sleep did help sort out things and I had at least enough brain power to go on Photoshop (if you knew my occupation, you would see why Photoshop is considered kids play).
Well after hours of frustrating myself with my own logo and a friend's logo, I finally finished my own with the help of my boyfriend (the best cure all after feeling under the weather). Now the final result is on top of my page, but I figured that a larger version was in order:
What do you think guys? Yay or Nay? I can always make (or have someone) make another. For now, after not having one, I think this is pretty dandy. But wait, there is more! I actually made another logo! Check this out:
Eh, that's nothing crazy, but I do think it's cute. What do you think? Hmm, maybe we should do a poll! Yes...we will do a poll. Check out the contenders side by side and tell me what you think.
If you want to skip the poll, you can always leave a comment on the posts!
This sickster must get to bed, but I hope that I might get to wake up to some poll results to make my day.
Good night ya'll!
There comes a point in a writer's career (do I really have a career? another post...) where the idea of a book haunts them day and night. You have tons of questions (Is my writing good enough? Will someone publish me? How do I go about editing? etc.) and you go through a roller coaster of emotions. I have been toying with the idea of a book for over a year. After almost 13 years of writing, I figured it was time.
I will save this for another post, but I do have a lot of challenges with creating this book. From editing my work to who to trust with the product, I have been a mess. I've stalled several times. As a matter of fact, I'm stalling now even after taking a big step (you'll see in a moment). Each step is scary.
I already have a title (Late Night Feelings) and a possible cover. All I need is to choose my content and go through the act of editing and formating the darn thing. I had someone who was beginning to help me, but he jumped ship (dunno where the hell he is, only Facebook lets me know that he is occasionally alive). so finding someone who I can trust with the project is also holding me back (I need feedback and another eye to help me edit and format).
For inspiration, I went to the Chapbook Festival at the CUNY Graduate Center last month. I saw books in so many formats. It gave me so many ideas on how I could distribute my poetry. But then with so many choices, I was stuck again. I thought to myself, "You need to jumpstart this idea somehow. It's the only way you'll start putting this book together."
My opportunity came at the end of a workshop I attended at the festival. One of the editors from Poets & Writers Magazine (my dream magazine to write for; you know I got her contact info!) demonstrated how to create a pocket-sized book with only one page of paper. Well how to fold it at least. The pages she had already had random prints on it. It was so easy! A lightbulb went on after that demonstration.
A couple of weeks later, I chose eight short poems. I went online to the P&W site and learned how to layout the page. I printed out a few copies at work and BAM! A pocket-sized sample of what's to come for Late Night Feelings.
The title of the sample is called Bitten in the Wake of Dusk: Anticipating Late Night Feelings. I recently have gotten into instagram when the Android verison came out this month. I took one of my instagram photo and made it the picture for my cover. Included two poems that have been published in online lit mags and the rest was material that I haven't shown anyone before (well maybe one person has seen these poems).
Take a look at the picture for the cover!
Instagram and the now deceased Picnik made this cover possible. Oh, and the Lefferts Blvd platform of the A train!
Around the end of May, I formed my own small media company! Ha...I know that you were not expecting that to be the first sentence my Write Queen readers. This is one of the other reasons why writing has been put on the back burner for a while. I spent the summer building and developing a foundation for the company, as well as its website.
Establishing Artists for Tomorrow Media Group, also known as E.A.T. Media, helps people in the arts and beyond create a web presence. There are a lot of talented people who are trying to make a name for themselves in the world. What some fail to realize is that their name also needs to be known on the world wide web. Some people know that they should have a website, a Facebook page, or something to show that they have an online presence, but they don't know where to start.
This is where E.A.T. Media comes in. We build websites, we promote, we write copy and articles, we take your pictures. We help you start the foundation of your brand for a low cost.
The site opened for business just last week. Now all I need are some willing and ready people to a) work with me and b) need our services. Come visit http://www.eatmedia.org
or click the picture above. You can also visit our social networking sites below!
It's as simple as that. Doesn't matter if you have been riding that horse for years. If you take a break, there's always a sliver of doubt and concern in the back of your mind.
If you are a regular visitor to my site, you know that I have a writing schedule that I swore up and down that I would get through. I broke that promise in June, with one of my two week challenges. The more frequent challenges must have gotten to me. I was fresh out of ideas and had zero motivation.
I decided within the first week of not being able to start a month long challenge to take a break. It was hard to come to terms with that and I felt like a failure. I know now that everyone needs to step back once in a while. Which has turned out to be a good and a bad thing once again.
I posted four pieces between last night and this morning. These are pieces that I wrote during the month on a whim. While I am happy that I wrote them and was satified with them after I had finished them, I am doubtful of them now.
I fear that my tone of voice and subject matter is the same as it has always been. I fear that I have not grown. I fear that it's too simple. I fear that it's too complicated. I fear that it will be misunderstood and that no one will like even one of them.
These fears are natural. I may have everything or nothing to worry about. But this always happens when I step away from writing for a while. While posting these pieces up, I came to a realization: In one's craft, you will always experience these fears. You will always worry about how others will take your work. You will always have a small shred of doubt in the back of your mind. Knowing this and practicing your craft anyway is the key to growth, in addition to constant learning and relearning of skills.
So get back on the horse. Your fear should be what if you don't get back on, not what happens when you do get back on. Giving up is scarier than trying.
Kaspa & Fiona have taken over my blog for today, because they need our help.
They are both on a mission to help the world connect with the world through writing. They are also getting married on Saturday the 18th of June.
For their fantasy wedding present, they are asking people across the world to write them a ‘small stone’ and post it on their blogs or on Facebook or Twitter.
A small stone is a short piece of observational writing – simply pay attention to something properly and then write it down. Find out more about small stones here
If you’re willing to help, we’d love you to do things:
1) Re-post this blog on your own blog any time before June the 18th and give your readers a chance to hear about what we’re doing. You can simply copy and paste the text, or you can find the html here
2) Write us a small stone on our wedding day whilst we’re saying our vows and eating cake, post it on your blog, and send it to us.
You can find out more about our project at our website, Wedding Small Stones
, and you can also read our blog at A River of Stones.
We also have a July challenge coming soon, when we’ll be challenging you to notice one thing every day during July and write it down.
Thank you for listening, and we hope we’ll be returning from our honeymoon to an inbox crammed with small stones, including yours.
Kaspa & Fiona