Aside from writing for NaNo, I had to finish up the eNewsletter for work. It turned out so beautiful, I'm delighted. It might be one of the most lovely ones I've done, actually.
I was able to load the small version of both the banner and the eNewsletter to my LiveJournal ScrapBook, so those interested can view these here:
Header Banner (minus text)
eNewsletter (small version)
The banner looks a bit different full-size -- the pixelated effect isn't quite as nice when it's compressed by resizing down. But you can get the basic idea. I love making my own Paint Shop Pro TUBES from Public Domain vintage Christmas images and greeting cards. It takes time, but it's well worth it! The turkey, dreidel, tree and Santa images are all vintage. The stocking with tickets I created last year for a different eNewsletter. I love the ribbon effect in the background, though it doesn't show up quite as well here...
In spite of the blurred text, you can get a good idea of my colors and layout by viewing. I know it sounds like bragging to constantly bring up the Gold award, but whatever. I've been told that there are several things about my eNewsletter that make it stand out -- and I'm happy to hear it. Why should I act humble when I know I'm doing a really good job?
To be honest (when am I not?), I make this the way I do to please myself, first. I look at these over and over again, and I want to blow myself away with the way it turns out. I'm not always as pleased with the results (I'm often on serious deadlines that push me to settle for less than I'd like), but many times I'm sure I'm my own biggest fan. (grin) What the hell, if you don't like your own creations, how can you expect anyone else to?
That's also how I feel about my NaNo novel. I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning out -- and I can genuinely imagine it as a published work. I'm frankly surprised to think of Children's Books as my niche (!!!), but I guess I shouldn't be. I still love reading these myself, after all. And I've always loved kids and related to them my entire life.
Which is not to say that I don't have some ideas for other non-child-and-youth works...
Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I went to Amalfi's to get our annual Thanksgiving pizza. (grin)
We phoned in the order for two pizzas in advance, but planned it so we could have a drink in the bar while waiting. We sat and had a 'snack' (practically a meal) and the house Bloody Mary (excellent!) -- and talked about Marilyn's "Sockpuppet" novel. In fact, we had such a delightful time that I'll never forget it! Marilyn was sharing more of what's going to happen with me -- and coming up with ideas while we talked! So, how cool is that???
We came home and had pizza and did more writing. It's been a fun day, work aside!
I have more work to do -- both festival website work, and the garbage and recycling (it's Wednesday night, after all). But that's okay. I'll hopefully work in more writing, too.
Later we hope to have pumpkin pie and coffee. We've already been eating like crazy, so I guess the holiday season has officially started. (heh)
And before I forget to say it:
Happy Thanksgiving!!!We feel really thankful for so many things. We're very, very fortunate. And one of the things I'm thankful for are my LiveJournal friends. You guys truly ROCK my world!
Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I wish you all the very best!