I didn’t do a Diana: Lady of Synn update last week because of this stuff. Didn’t expect to do one this week either, but I decided that, even if I’m not actively writing prose right now, there’s other work I can do on this project.
This past week I’ve learned a lot about the courtesy of the human race. I’ve also witnessed how ignorant the human race can be.
How did I come to the conclusion that the human race is both courteous and ignorant? Public Transportation. Many people have to rely on public transportation to get from point A to point B, myself included.
My town does not have designated bus stops. So, to board the bus, the rider has to stand (or sit) on the sidewalk and physically wave the bus down to get it to stop. Therefore, one would think it would pretty normal to see individuals waiting on the sidewalk for their ride. In fact, I notice quite a few people standing on the sidewalk waiting for the bus. This brings me to my next question. What’s the difference between a person standing on the sidewalk waiting for a ride and…
Today I’m going to do a tutorial or walk through on how to make a background image suitable to use with a fantasy project. There are a lot of free resources out there, but sometimes your book cover or art project has a certain color scheme. Maybe you just can’t find anything with the right atmosphere and you want to design a cover from scratch. If so, read on.
There are a lot of premade cover templates out there for indie authors, and lots of great sites to download high-resolution stock and texture backgrounds. There’s also Fiver and other such sites where design students or anyone with access to an image program and half an hour to spare seems to be offering “design services.” The saturated digital market and ease of access can lead to the feeling that creating a book cover is “simple” and that many cover artists overcharge.
In few weeks, I’m going to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon where, among other things, I’ll be offering to customize premade book covers for my supporters. I thought it would be fun and enlightening to track how much time and how many steps go into the design of my covers, so that supporters who want them can see exactly what they’re paying for.
Each Wednesday, I post my response to a question from the Redefining Disability Challenge. This is my response to the twenty seventh question in the Challenge. As usual, I am not looking ahead to future questions, so I may inadvertently address some topics which will come up later in the Challenge. Here is this week’s question:
What is your opinion about forced treatment, and who should decide when a person is or is not capable of making sound decisions about treatment?
Personal autonomy is important to me. My body is my own, and I expect to be part of any discussions related to my care or my life. I was raised by parents who supported this idea and taught me how important it was for me to be an expert on “Denise.”
As a child, I was never excluded from discussions between my doctors and my parents. They included me…