Painting with Light Tutorial

I saw this pic online and thought, “What a good-looking guy,” and then I realized he might be a nice example for our tut. Here he is, straight off the internet. 1 (1)

He looks okay, but we’re going to make him look better. First, duplicate layer; never work on the original in case you screw up and need to start over. Leaving the original layer alone also gives you a point of comparison to see how you’re doing.  Continue reading

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In Process

The packing is about half finished. Boxes line three walls. My friends who are better at math than I am assured me it will all fit in the cube.

We’ll see.

I admit I still have my doubts, and Wednesday, I’ll be driving the scooter and several boxes of books to R’s place up north. He’s offered to bring my stuff down when he comes up for a visit in June.

Pretty much everything I need to do otherwise is complete.

My property manager job is starting to wind down as the owners take over my duties. Sunday, the first day we’re supposed to hit the 70s this year, I will be teaching them how to do stuff. Yes, again. It’s more complicated than they realize, and I expect to receive many frantic calls from them over the next several weeks.  Continue reading

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Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision

Theo Fenraven:

Yup. :)

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Original image via Jenny Downing Flikr Creative Commons

We can have the best story ideas in the world, but to be blunt? There’s a lot to be said for delivery. While these problems might seem picky, there are some fundamental errors that can weaken the writing. If our writing loses power, this can become distressing or distracting to readers.

Many readers (not being editors or professional writers) might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things. The little foxes spoil the vine.

Most of us make one or more of these errors, especially when we’re new. Hey, that’s called “being NEW.” No one is born with the natural ability to write brilliant, perfect novels coded into their DNA. It takes time and practice, so give yourself permission to make…

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Another Silver Rant and an Update

If you don’t want to hear it, don’t read on.

There was fallout over the weekend, and I commented on one particular thread regarding authors getting their rights back. I wondered how this could be happening, given the owner had fled to South Africa.

I got a response:

Brenna Lyons Theo, As long as L has internet access, he can still do things. By cell phone and email, he is still in touch with the staff…and sometimes authors. Since indie press return of rights letters are usually done by email, it’s not difficult to get them sent out, no matter where the sender is. In this case, L gave me permission to send them out from one of his accounts, one set up specifically for him to send releases from. Since it was done with his approval, from his account, and with his authorized signature to it, they are legal releases. At the time he gave me permission to send them in his stead, as DM of Silver, I had no clue he was out of the country. I thought he was still in Michigan. But no matter where he was, he has the ability to authorize release of the books, and he did so. I guarantee you, every letter was sent out either by L or at L’s authorization. I have the email trail, proving that. Continue reading

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All About the Dog and Silver Publishing Bites the Dust

I’m posting pics of Suki today, and we’re doing before and after. I love makeovers, don’t you?

This will illustrate how important post-processing can be to a photo. While the pics straight out of the camera are nice, they are only a place from which to start. They lack depth and dimension, which is why those vacation photos never look as good as what you remember.

These pics in particular illustrate the importance of light in a photo. You’ve heard the phrase “painting with light?” Suki offers a perfect example of how much difference that technique can make to a picture.

We’ll start with a “before” shot of Suki lying on the deck a couple days ago. Most of her was in shade while her tail was in full sun. This is not a happy occurrence. Her face, which I really want to see, is in shadow. This is where Photoshop really shines.  Continue reading

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