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So my readers, all three of you 😉 will notice I’ve deleted some pages that have just been placeholders since starting this blog in October of 2008. I will be moving the site to WordPress.org in a few months or sooner perhaps. I’ve never filled those pages as I soon realized the limitations of properly displaying my work made it not worth the effort here. So the new site will have a little bit different structure and will consolidate my portfolio on what I hope will be a much easier to manage and update platform. I’m looking forward to that. In the meantime you can find some cover samples on my old website: Sue Campbell Graphic Designs. In fact that site will become the domain for this here blog.

I’ve “rethunk” the purposes and direction of this site many times since starting it. And I’m curious to know what kinds of information you’d like to see on the blog or on other static pages? Downloadable articles and design tips? Photoshop “recipes”? Marketing ideas? A work in progress section—where you can vote on your preferences for cover designs? Links to writing and design contests? Please comment if you have ideas! And thanks.

A new book cover design archive…

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I’ve come across a wonderful new site displaying “the best in book cover design” (as selected by these folks). It does look to be very eclectic and inclusive of good works. I’ll let this other blogpost tell the story sinice they did it so well. The FontFeed blog also looks to be a good source for articles on design and typography. Here’s the direct link to The Book Cover Archive.

I just read in PW about a new comic book based on the “missed connections” ads you see on Craigslist and in the newspapers. Curious, I just looked at some of those ads on Craigslist. Some are hilarious, some are poignant, some are like poetry. Like this one here. Line breaks are mine the words are totally his(?).

You know what everyone else sees,
and if you don’t,
I totally
overestimated you.

You know what chance you have…
now.
I don’t mind staying
‘Good Friends’
if that’s what you want.
The thing is,
you tolerate me too
and I’d say
that’s
a great place to start.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

Edited to add:

We did it! I am so proud of us. More of us voted than EVER BEFORE. EVER! And what a historical event. I hope that the unprecidentness of this event will in the future not even merit a mention. We elected a fine candidate. Someday, that’s all we’ll need to say.

Words are wonderful, and etymology strikes me as one of the most fascinating subjects. Here is a new book from Roy Blount: Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory.

(And I thought some of our titles were long and unwieldly!) Blount writes:

To me, letters have always been a robust medium of sublimation. …
We’re in the midst of a bunch of letters, and if you’re like me, you
feel like a pig in mud. What a great word mud is. And muddle, and
muffle, and mumble. … You know the expression “Mum’s the word.” The word mum is a representation of lips pressed together. … The great majority of languages start the word for “mother” with an m sound. The word mammal comes from the mammary gland. Which comes from baby talk: mama. To sound like a grownup, we refine mama into mother; the Romans made it mater, from which: matter. And matrix. Our word for the kind of animal we are, and our word for the stuff that everything is made of, and our word for a big cult movie all derive from baby talk.

What are we saying when we say mmmm? We are saying yummy. In the pronunciation of which we move our lips the way nursing babies move theirs. The fact that we can spell something that fundamental, and
connect it however tenuously to mellifluous and manna and milk and me (see M), strikes me as marvelous.

Wow! I love this stuff. This book comes out Oct. 14th. I’m going to have to get this one.

And I really like this cover—striking, simple, clean (despite the splashed juice), and a good way to deal with the long subtitle. So what do you think that is? Welches, or Pom?

You suddenly had the means to support yourself without going to that pesky job? Not like lottery winnings, we could all fantasize about how our lives would change with immense wealth. But enough to maintain your current style of life (or maybe a smidge better). What would you do with the time to do what you want?

Would you work anyway, save and invest in making your life more materially successful? Would you travel, and see and do things others only dream of? Would you change your social life–maybe make it more, or less, active? Or find a new circle of friends?

Would you go back to school, learn something you’ve always been interested in, but never pursued, something say impractical like . . . archeology? Would you write the great American novel? Create art? Laze around in a hammock with a Corona? What?

I’ve often said that given no time constraints, and no other distractions, I’d write, and art, and maybe do some hammock time. And travel some—but not maniacally—slowly, savoring the places, peoples, culture, and foods.

Last night, I didn’t sleep. Yet another story idea badgered me all night long. I don’t know why they bother—I’ve never enough uninterrupted time to devote to finishing one. So I guess that’s what I’d do—finish some of these darn stories, and get some sleep.

What would YOU do?

Here’s some inspiration for the days when you say, “oh I can’t do that…” A blind woman is circling ther globe on a motorcycle. And her sister gives a testimony of hope against the odds. Warning, as the radio host says, “Hankies at the ready.”