Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Here is the logo I made this time, and a picture of the creation template to show how easy it is
And this is the finished product, the choice I made for the business card.
I did a different style in red too. Red and white are actually our farm colors, but I liked the blue one too and wanted to see how it would look. I did a completely different logo for the red one. It's so easy, I could play with this all night, but then I'd never be able to make my decision on which one to use.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
When we write, many times people all over the world read our work, and yet, what seems pertinent and completely understandable to one person, may seem odd halfway around the world. Something like a 'saddle'. Here in America the Western saddle is considered 'manly'. You rarely see a writer putting their hero on a horse in an English saddle, and yet for large portions of the world that's the saddle of choice for any sex rider. I guess it's because in America the Western saddle was the 'cowboy' saddle, or even, if you will, the poor man's saddle, as English saddles were primarily used by the rich who could afford expensive hunters or racers. This isn't exactly the case with Western saddles anymore and a good show saddle can far surpass the cost of a good English show saddle, but it's probably how the bias got started here in this country.
All things horsey aside, there are alot of things that come into play when considering where you are in the world. Sometimes things you might not even think about. I remember on my very first book I had a reader write to me out of the blue, laughing because I had refered to 'soda' as 'pop'. They said they'd never heard of such a thing. They'd used soda, or cola, but never 'pop'. I wrote back and asked where in the world they were from. They responded 'California'. So much for some far away part of the world--or maybe not. LOL I came to find that 'pop' was a fairly midwestern term for soda, and people in other areas of the country might never have heard that reference.
When you write, mind where you're standing.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I'm thinking about that now as my adult son sits downstairs playing his xbox 360 and some game about car theft. The action is so amazing on that thing. You can make your character do all kinds of things besides just steal cars and run from the cops--why does it seem like all video games largely have to do with breaking the law, or wiping out the enemy? Anyway, he can just stroll along a street, and stop in at a convinenece store if he wanted to. He can have his 'car theif' steal a car and then tune into his favorite radio station on the car's sterio, or even play a 'cd'. Talk about realism. And I thought two 'v' shaped paddles were something to be amazed by.