Blogger Writes First Draft of Children's Book in 1 Hour; Spends 6 Days Creating Bad Illustrations:
Yep, the first draft of one of my children's book ideas is completed... the illustrations for it took longer than writing the first draft! As I noted previously, I couldn't draw cows worth a darn (the lead character in this story is a cow), but I managed to do construction paper cut-outs that didn't look too terrible...
...at least untill I scanned them in... and had it confirmed that...
1) I really need a new scanner
2) I really needed to use more contrasting colors.
I was up until 2 a.m. Thursday night working on the pictures, and then putting them into a basic layout with the first draft of the story. Today, I did a print-out... and realized that I really need to rewrite the text (there's a lot of wordiness, and an entire section that could be cut out entirely... plus it's not really written at the right age level). I also need to have more illustrations than I created... plus, I really should just redo all the illustrations, as the construction paper cut-outs look really bad. Well, maybe just bad.
At least I can use them as templates of a sort when redrawing the illustrations on the computer, in FreeHand (I don't have Illustrator at home). Plus, I'll have a wider spectrum of colors to choose from, and don't have to worry about how long after creating the pictures it takes to scan them in and tone them. I'll also be eliminating backgrounds almost entirely, I think.
More on this as it develops... there were about 36 illustrations originally done, and I think that starting Monday, I'll start reworking them... if I get one done a night, I'll be happy. I also need to rewrite the text and polish it up a bit.
Graphic Designer Finally Gets Some Real Recognition:
So Tuesday, it was announced there'll be a departmental meeting. I didn't know what for until the newspaper's publisher shows up -- Employee of the Month time! Now, I've griped here before about how I have never been even nominated (so far as I'm aware)... and frankly, I came way too close to joking when the publisher started making the announcement, "Why don't I just save you a few minutes time and just go stand next to you now?"
Good thing I kept that to myself... because the Operations Department Employee of the Month for May is... me!!!! Yay! That means $100 extra in my next paycheck, and my picture's supposed to be in the paper sometime next week.
This also puts me in the running for Employee of the Year... we'll see how that goes! I figure if I do something outstanding enough to get nominated again, and win it again, that would increase my odds considerably.
Groom-To-Be Survives Three Days Without Fiancee:
It was a long three days with Jessi away... if it weren't for working on that children's book and working, I would've gone stir-crazy, that's for sure! Thankfully, she's been back since Wednesday!
And it's only three weeks from Saturday until the wedding!
Boxer Population Temporarily Doubles:
You may recall my mentioning a boxer named Jaeger, who belongs to our friend Kathy. We've watched Jaeger before a few times, for as much as five days. Jaeger has a brother named Yoshi, who's owned by Kathy's son (he owns two other boxers, too). So, Kathy was going out of town for a few days, and asked if we could possibly take on Jaeger and Yoshi until Sunday afternoon.
Naturally, we said yes. We are crazy, aren't we?
Neither of them are that well crate-trained. Krypto? All we have to do is get some treats out and most of the time, he'll head into the bedroom and get in his crate before we say a word!
Not Jaeger and Yoshi... they hate their crates!
They also take way too long to settle down.
Saturday, Jessi and I are joining my family for a trip out to Ocean Shores for my niece's birthday party... finally, a family function we can take the dogs along with us! Jaeger and Yoshi, sadly, will have to stay here in their crates (well, actually, I'd bet Jaeger will be in Krypto's crate). I know we're leaving at 9 a.m., not sure when we'll get back... but I'd imagine Jaeger and Yoshi will have all kinds of energy stored up by then!
That's the news for now... more Saturday or Sunday!
I swear to God, this is something that actually happened.
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