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Taking a Break

  I thought it was time to put my hours on pause and catch up on my blog.  It’s become overwhelming, the world has, and I’m wondering if at the wonderful age of 53, I can actually keep up.  There are people who feel as if they have no options, no choices, and such.  It seems the opposite in my case.  There’s so much to do and so much to discover and to try out, there are people who are popping up on my screen because they happen to be linked to someone who’s linked to someone who has the same interests as I do.

  There is an ebook waiting to be finished–I’m jumping topics here but in a way, it’s actually connected to what I had just written.  I’m doing illustrations for a picture book story by Laurel Heger.  This is my second collaboration with her and possibly not the last, I hope.  I met Laurel on the uTales collaboration page on FB. I also met other writers and illustrators on the same site.  Because those writers and illustrators had their own sites, I found even more people and even more links to other people.

   What does that do?  Well, other than widening the scope of my virtual explorations, I discovered forms of art that were new to me.  I learned about SURTEX, I learned about surface design (and I didn’t know that was the name of what I was already doing), I picked up new techniques in digital illustration, I’m learning more and more about art licensing, and reading up on copy writing.

   Then there’s the novel I began for NaNoWriMo that never made it to the deadline.  I’m working on making it a magnificent read which is really highly ambitious of me considering I can’t get beyond chapter 20.  I’ll blog about that another time.  

   So there.  I could add more like vision boards and iPads and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (which I’m trying to refer to as ADP because it sounds like I’m such a pro at it except I keep forgetting the letters) but instead, I’m posting an illustration I quickly did for this post.  It has nothing to do with the topic but I wanted to do something “old fashioned” after a day of absorbing so much new technology.