Welcome

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Thanks so much for dropping by the blog. I wonder what attracted you here.  Was it the poetry? The photography? The memoir? The discussions of writing? The interviews? Did we meet somewhere? Was it the philosophy?  Would love to know.

I am finally working on some individual books, and you may like to purchase them when they are ready.  If I can I will find publishers for them.  If I can’t find publishers they will be self published to the highest possible standard.  For this purpose I’ll be finding what I hope are brilliant beta readers and editors.

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I am in the middle of techno land learning about ebooks and create space. I am learning about treaties between Australia and America that enable us to be taxed less when we sell books.  Maybe you are too?

I try to visit as many blogs as I can, especially those that inspire, educate, trigger, connect and help me to keep on practicing writing, art and photography.  

I love to interview people as well as you learn so much from each other in the process.

However I do have to be careful not to get lost in cyberland and make sure I pay attention to doing writing and art, but part of writing and art is about connecting is it not?    Thanks so much for your follow, like, comment, inspiration, encouragement.

All the best with your creative journey and I hope to see you back again.

I prefer reblogs by permission only, and sometimes I reblog other blogs (I ask first).  I also ask that you respect all copyright in my space. Thank you.


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Ebook Covers – More Paper Please

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Ebook Cover More Paper Please draft 1# -Photography by June Perkins, using templates

At the moment I am preparing covers for my ebooks.     

It was serendipitous that just as I was thinking about embarking on this an email came from Joel Friedlander, who has an excellent blog for advice for self publishers  THE BOOK DESIGNER.

You just have to do a brilliant job of your book cover as well as the content, as it’s the portal to invite readers to notice your book. A lot of authors will hand this over to others,  some will attempt it themselves and may do a great job or a terrible one (and not realise it).  I love the artistry of cover pages and so am keenly adding this to my skill set.  I have a massive collection of my own photographs and collages and am doing new ones all the time. I plan to offer to do covers for a fee for others when I have had a bit more experience with my own covers.

Joel put his subscribers in touch with an awesome contact, Ed Lewis who was offering templates in photoshop for a great price.  It is so worthwhile subscribing to his blog. 

Now that I have developed a lot of confidence in photoshop the templates Joel said Ed was offering looked worth my while. I am not just designing covers to save money but because I genuinely love design work and have a passion for it.

I still have to study the video tutorials for the finer details of how to make the most of the templates but with the knowledge I already have of photoshop, as well as a huge library of my own collages, images, and creativity and imagination I was able to do two rough cover ideas straight away.  The one at the top of this blog needs a little more work, but I am almost there with it.

A big thank you to Joel for putting his subcribers in touch with Ed. 

I am confident that I will be able to offer to do ebook covers for other writers soon – but first to master all the templates, and ins and outs .

What I love about the templates is the principles of good design and messaging that are in place to help you structure your cover sensibly (not too much or too little information).  The templates are further sorted into genres, romance, spiritual, sport etc. You can use the templates to design books for others, but you cannot (and fair enough!) give the templates away.

Another site a friend has put me onto COPY BLOGGER which looks like it will be helpful when it comes to many questions about ebooks and marketing them.

Hmm now to sort out the royalties and distribution maze with ebooks – and make sure I do the best possible thing re tax and treaties, more on that later.

If you have any other suggestions re ebooking  or cover design would love you to share your journey.

Beginning the Polish

pearlz:

Wishing every friend and blogger friend all the best if you are in the process of polishing and editing.

Originally posted on Following the Crow Song:

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A possible cover for an upcoming book – bringing my poetry on Art and Spirituality together – June

My blog is the place where the journey to my books has begun.

I have fed them continuously just like journals with drafts and polished works.

Blogs have helped me make writing, remembering, reflecting and imagining a regular practice.

They have encouraged me to make photography a regular practice.

Through reading others blogs I have found storytellers, poets, writers, travellers, film makers, and people who want to bring peace to the world through art.They have inspired me with their journeys, writing, photographs and blogs.

Blogs helped me so much when I lived in the country and sometimes felt cut off from a larger creative world.

Blogs helped me heal from the damage of a cyclone to  my old home and become a community journalist.

My own blogs have become a resource full…

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Peace Project

pearlz:

Submitted this photograph to a peace project. So much better than an icebucket on my head!

Originally posted on Gumbootspearlz Photography:

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It’s that time of year again when the Peace Project is on, in the Whole9 Community.

Above is one of my entries for this year.

The theme for The Peace Project’s 5th Annual Call for Artists is “Peace Starts Here,”This international juried art competition and exhibition connects peace-minded individuals everywhere in the pursuit of a better world that art can help create.

They invite us to join hands with us and share our vision of “where peace starts”.

The Peace Project has accomplished the support of many vital projects with the help of artists worldwide.

They waive the entry theme for artists outside of North America and those unable to use paypal.

You have until September to get your entry in.

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The days of porridge – draft1#

pearlz:

I am setting myself a challenge of working on a piece over the week and sharing the drafting to redraft process. I thought I’d apply this to pieces posted on my memory /memoir blog.

Originally posted on Following the Crow Song:

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Rocks for Art and Dreams – June Perkins

The first draft of this piece is the outflow of the emotion of memory.  Next I want to write it  more in a way that shows not tells.  In this draft I like the way the porridge motif works and will think about metaphors and myths around magic porridge pots perhaps.

 

Remember the days when we survived on porridge and rice

and friends sometimes bought us groceries unasked

to make sure we didn’t go hungry

both of us students

with young children

striving for our qualifications

to move ahead with our lives

under thirty we were.

 

We even spent short stints living with friends

and family

as we searched for affordable accomodation

who only asked that one day

when we were better off

that we passed it along

and shared that they had once

lived in the days of surviving…

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