Wild Fire Fallout

This summer some of my collaborative projects were paused, on hiatus.

Tim Conrad APR, a public relations and communications specialist, was called out of province for his crisis communications services. The wild fires throughout the province of BC called in resources in excess of their own, from across the country and around the world, for the months of July to September.

Throughout October and November, the Cariboo Regional District outreach team (with supporting data from the Cariboo Fire Centre) has been hosting community consultation nights, from as far east as 100 Mile House to its north point of Prince George. A measure to collect feedback from the public, and gauge whether their courses of action were correct, and/or what could be improved for the next emergency.

http://cariboord.ca/news/505/139/Wildfire-Community-Consultations-Begin-Oct-29

Through pull-up banners and PowerPoint infographics, I was able to translate their data and documentation into a visual communication, where information is more quickly absorbed than reading text.

I enjoy collaborating with Tim. The projects that come through him challenge my design mind, we work in different circles, and my work/portfolio grows because of our association. It’s essential to have people on our side to push us to do greater things. Our work together goes back to 2011.

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Focus on the Joy

What a great few months I have had! I’ve gotten into a good rhythm with two soon-to-be-authors whose self publishing I am assisting.

The creative process… It’s wild and wonderful, isn’t it?! A great article http://www.productiveflourishing.com/demystifying-the-creative-process/ describes the four steps included:

  1. Preparation
  2. Incubation
  3. Illumination
  4. Implementation

One STBA began at the Implementation stage, already having a library of writings in her arsenal. The second STBA has been in the Incubation stage for a number of years, is gathering together the puzzle pieces, and is on the cusp of Illumination.

I understand busy weeks, and schedules that can get dominated by children’s priorities. Getting into the flow of the creation can absolutely be the hardest part of the whole process – the Zone we all long for.

I made a point not to put a timeline on these projects when they began, BUT I insisted that we make weekly contact to ensure the projects are moving forward. Sometimes, even a chit chat during a hectic week can provide the necessary forward motion or lightbulb to keep a flow going. I wish to honor each of my client’s individual creative processes, and know that the best work comes in its own time.

‘Focus on the joy’ floated through my head this month, as a light to lift a friend through the pressure she’s feeling before her first art show. I believe such thinking can truly help us see above what feels heavy at the moment, and can be a catalyst to get us into the Zone – the light at the end of the tunnel is joy.

May your creative pursuits end in joy, my friends. Even with the works that are seen by no one but ourselves, there is expression there; a communication that has a need to surface, if perhaps only for our own personal growth.

 

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Assisted Self Publishing

Today I’m reading The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoy his writing. I feel like I fit his description of a Connector, “But in the case of Connectors, their ability to span many different worlds is a function of something intrinsic to their personality, some combination of curiosity, self confidence, sociability and energy.” Such descriptors help me relate to a great variety of people. My curiosity leads me to want to know about their stories.

In the moments of working through publishing projects, I lose all sense of time and space. Such it is for all artists with their chosen crafts; this is mine – desktop publishing. It is how I know this is the path to follow, my flow.

The $5000 Publishing Sponsorship came to fruition with the help of Melinda Edwards, mentor-extraordinaire, over the summer of 2016. By the beginning of October, not one, two recipients’ submissions struck me as having a flow to follow.

Rhonda Frizzell is a lifetime writer. Her words magnetized me upon reading them.

Tim Conrad is a public relations and communications specialist. I want to know what his expertise has to tell.

As the publisher, I am responsible for:

• project progress and time management

• editing for grammar and style

• layout of book pages and style

• graphic design for cover artwork

• marketing templates and guidelines

• delivery of final computer files for print book and ebook formats

The owner reserves their rights, and assumes all responsibility, to self publish and control their written work.

This is the new hybrid in the publishing industry, “an emerging area that occupies the middle ground between traditional and self publishing and therefore includes many different publishing models – basically anything that is not self publishing or traditional publishing.” – http://www.writersdigest.com

I love to create books. I love entrepreneurship, empowering individuals and learning from others. This career, and this opportunity, allows me to help spread their messages, create income-generating sources for the individuals, and keep creating work I find energizing and fulfilling.

I’m ever grateful to have developed this career flow, where both my strategic, conforming, perfectionist tendencies as well as my creative, non-conforming, freestyle mentality are celebrated and developed strengths.

Discover the potential.

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Style Eye

In my round-about way of doing things, it pleases me to see how the variety of skills I’ve accumulated over the years, compliment each other.

A current project for a catalogue design will include location scouting, styling of hair and makeup for three models, graphic design of layouts and the photo shoot for a 12-16 page catalogue. With my workflow, there’s open communication and collaboration between team members, temporary layouts to approve, and photos are entered into the layouts during the shoot. The vision is solid and consistent throughout the whole process.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes images coming soon!