I'm not going to lie. This weeks been a tough one! I had my wallet stolen and had a mess of other end of the month chaos to contest with. But it was also a pretty inspiring month.
The 2nd Annual Quidditch Tournament was a blast and our team learned loads from participating. I left my part time job in order to focus on school and this lovely business (Betwixt Books).
I know i've promised a book review and it is coming. I'll try to get it up next week. NaNoWiMo starts tuesday though so not going to make any promises! I'm also currently coding a new website for Betwixt Books so I apologize for the chaos that is this site. I promise the new one will be much more organized and much prettier! I'm overhauling the layout, navigation, branding (to match my new branding), and adding more information on my services.
As promised above is the Poster I designed for my Poster assignment. The theme I chose was isometrical balance :)
Practicing my composition! Thoughts. Made up a band and designed a poster to go with it.
Todays song is:
Death With Dignity
By: Sufjan Stevens
What are your thoughts on the two designs? I'm always looking for feedback!
Do you have a favourite song at this moment?
I've been extremely busy this week between, Bookbinding, Graphic Design, Writing, Pole Fitness, and Quidditch. Incidentally i'm doing all those things this weekend. Saturday I'm doing a photoshoot for the Vancouver Island Pole Calendar and a Harry Potter Trivia event at one of our local bars. Should be a fun time!
In the morning, my Quidditch team the Comox Valley Chimeras, will be heading down island to the 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Quidditch Tournament. It should be a blast but it is also been a lot of work to plan! We'll be starting play around 10:30 am and ending sometime after 5:00 pm.
I've also recently finished binding a book of letters for a friend of mine and done a bit of rebranding on Betwixt (As we continue to morph). I also current have two new binding projects, so look out for pictures in the future! There will also be business card images coming up soon for my brothers new fashion design company ROPO CO. (Mood boards in my previous blog post)
I've also slowly (and daily) been taking small chucks out of my NaNoWriMo prep. It's going quite smoothly! So far I've got a very solid foundation!
Song of the moment: Breathing Underwater (Acoustic) - Metric
Until next time,
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Hope you all had lots of delicious food. I certainly did. I hosted a Thankgiving Potluck with friends and family. We played cards, poled, and had some very nerdy discussions. I even managed to get my homework finished! (Though my PHP was awful.... needed a few more hours on it. Definitely a designer not a coder! Though I love both!)
Yesterday was a busy day. I stayed at the college for four extra hours working on my design midterm projects.
The poster, which i've mentioned in a previous post, and a set of social media badges. For the badges I was inspired by NaNoWriMo and my own excitement for writing. There are five badges, each modelled after a writing experience. I'll share photos of the final designs some time after next wednesday (hand in).
I've also been working on business cards and branding for my brothers business. Below are the four moodboard options I sent him.
Which Is Your Favourite? What Type of Business Do You Think It Is?
It's that time again! October! I am enjoying a delicious mixture of black tea, pumpkin spice birthday cake and Yaki Udon leftovers from dinner (Don't judge me it's all so scrumptious). I managed to catch a cold but have kicked it back with a mixture of Oregano Oil, Frankincense, OnGuard, and Lemon/Honey tea. Booyaa!
The main relevance of October is it is Plotting and Planning month for National Novel Writing Month! (NaNoWriMo). If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo check out their about page!
I have now done NaNoWriMo twice, 2015 and 2016. Each year I have worked on a draft of the Maji Born. This year is no exception. I will be working on its third iteration. Some of you may be going "Well why aren't you starting something new? Truck that beast!!" Believe me i've thought about it! But I love the world of Panorila far to much for that! (Excuse the poor cover art! It was hasty and it temporary!)
I am currently restructuring and replotting and have found NaNoWriMo's awesome new goal tracker to be an fantastic assistant. I am very excited for NaNo this year as the plot is already 15x stronger then the last, the characters are more dynamic, and the driving force is more compelling. I owe most of this to my other labour of love.
I am also involved in a Non-Profit Collaborative Fantasy Novel with three other lovely writers and two fantastic artists! I can't say much about it at this moment as it is not being released till around 2019/2020 but I have found that working on it has strengthened my organization and plotting skills ten fold. Also the proceeds (after shipping and print costs) will all be going to NaNoWriMo.
I will be updating my Book Reviews this week with something new and will probably continue with a few new blog posts throughout the week.
Look out for more,
I'll leave you with my latest song obsession - Heroes by: David Bowie (Courtesy of Horns)
As usual it has been a while! Here I am sneaking in a blog post and some website changes at 1:32 am...... Yeah I clearly need to schedule my blog post time. As you may have noticed Betwixt has a new name: Betwixt Books! I am expanding my ever evolving company to include a more focused direction. As some of you may have noticed there is now several new sections:
Cover Design, Pre-Made Covers (COMING SOON), Graphic Design, and Formatting
I have decided to focus on Author resources. I am currently in school at North Island College for an Interactive Media Diploma (Graphic Design) and have realized (surprise) that I want to work in a field relating to Literature. Therefore, this seemed like an awesome route! I am going to be providing Cover Designs, both custom and pre-made, Graphic design for advertisement, author calling cards, social media, and print campaigns, and formatting services.
Formatting services includes helping you decide on a layout for the interior of your book, picking fonts, and creating unique aspects for the interior of your book. I will then implement them making it extremely effortless for you to get your book out into the world in the glorious clothing it deserves!
At the top I have added a glimpse at some of the concept work I have been doing for my Concept Design class. We are working on a poster. I will post the final design on the blog once I've completed it!
Thanks for the read,
I'll post more consistently in future!
I am reading: The Diviners by: Libba Bray
I have been busily sewing journal after journal in preparation for the coming craft fair season. I have prepared twelve journals so far and will be sewing at least another five tomorrow. I still have to add detailing such as bookmarks, washi tape spines and covers.
I am hoping to finish a majority of the journals tomorrow and the rest by next wednesday. I hope to see some of you around the comox valley craft fairs.
The Nest was a chilling, unsettling book with a foreboding storyline coated in foreshadowing and brilliant writing. I enjoyed Kenneth Oppel's writing style, it was unique and very interesting to follow.