December 15th, 2009


Scrapbooked Poems

For those of you wondering what my scrapbooked poetry looks like, here are a few samples.  (Someone tipped me to this page of holiday art pimpage.)  I do these as gifts and for sale, sometimes also as contest prizes. Each page is unique.  Some of the pictures aren't perfect but you should be able to get an idea of what I'm doing.  These papercrafts usually cost $5-10 per page, depending on how expensive the materials are and how long they take to make.
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The Gryphon in Flight

Here is a post, with picture, of the Gryphon in flight.  It's a micro-glider, really just a pair of wings, that allows a person to jump out of an airplane and glide for miles, very discreetly.

I am amused that the Germans finally managed to make this thing work.

Pimp-a-Friend: maryrobinette

Today is Pimp-A-Friend day. LiveJournal is a wonderful place to connect with interesting people. Feature one of your Friends, with a brief description of what makes their journal worth reading, and share the joy. Readers are encouraged to visit the featured journal and/or reply to this message with recommendations of their favorite Friends.

maryrobinette is a science fiction writer who often posts about writing, which is very entertaining.  But that's not the coolest thing on her blog.  The coolest thing is that she is also a puppeteer, and when she posts about that, you will learn all sorts of amazing things about how to make puppets and perform with them.  Plus some wild fun stories about shopping for props and supplies.  It's a whole different flavor of creativity, and I really enjoy it.

Business Consulting for Efficiency

Here is a wonderful example of finding exactly the right job, and a clever networking technique to get gigs.  the_s_guy does business consulting that improves efficiency and saves money.  If you point him to a business that yields a job, you get part of the consulting fee.  He gets work, the business saves money and hassle, and you get some cash.  So, does anyone know of a business with inefficiencies?  If so, consider dropping him a note with their contact info.

Why Ebooks Suck

caveman_joe explains in gloriously organized detail why ebooks suck, why they should not suck, some things that could be done to make ebooks stop sucking so much, and some features that would be attractive in an online fiction magazine.  If you write cyberfunded material, or would like to; or have anything to do with electronic writing, reading, or publishing; this post is well worth reading.

Not everyone thinks that ebooks suck, which is okay.  I don't think they suck 100% and I don't agree with every single point on this list, but I do agree with most of the points, which is why I almost never read ebooks.  I am, however, really pleased by this list because it will be useful to me if I decide to release some ebooks (which I am considering) and for my ongoing work in promoting cyberfunded creativity (which will hopefully evolve into a website). 

Learning new technology is always a bumpy ride.  This is a rubbing of the bumps on the way to enjoying electronic literature.


Scrapbooked Poetry: "Autumn's Daughter"

I've tried editing this image in Picasa to make it smaller so it will load better. I also recropped it because the original file had a big grey stripe where some of the paper didn't appear. The original is 8 1/2" x 11" and the text is a little more centered vertically.

Yahey, it seems to be working! This is my poem "Autumn's Daughter" printed onto a plain piece of paper, covered with transparent vellum paper with gold leaf (through which a hole has been cut to reveal the text).

Big thanks to haikujaguar for recommending Picasa and to my partner Doug for installing the program for me. When I have time, I'll try to post more scrapbook poetry pictures.