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School, Hawaii, and the A to Z Challenge

I’ve finished school!

Fifty-two straight weeks of learning about graphic design and now I’ve graduated. I even graduated with presidential honours!

For completing school, my mom took me on an 11 day trip to Hawaii. Maui was absolutely amazing! We drove the road to Hana, went in a lava tube, hung out on a beach with black sand, went to a luau, snorkelled in a crater, watched the surfers, saw lots of turtles, went to the ocean centre, and more!

  • Waterfall
  • Laua Sunset
  • Turtles!
  • Tiger Shark

We got home yesterday after a red-eye flight which I did NOT sleep a wink on and I forced myself to stay up so I would sleep at night. Now that I am rested, I decided that I would participate in the A to Z Challenge again this year! I didn’t participate last year because I was in school, but I did the year before and I loved it.

A to Z Challenge

This year I am going to have a very relevant topic to my life… Graphic Design!

So get prepared for regular posts because starting Saturday I will be posting every day but Sundays for the whole month of April!

Graphic Design and a Business?!

Wow, I have not updated in quite some time… SORRY!

A lot has happened since we moved into our house and not much of it has involved actually writing. Truthfully, I haven’t written much at all in months! (Crazy, I know). But that is for good reason — Well, I think it is good reason — and that reason is… I am doing a graphic design program and my husband and I started our own business!

I am on week 11 of 52 for my program and I am loving it. And after I finish, I am most likely also going to do a 52 week program for web design. I am really excited to be able to make my own book covers in the future and, once I am finished the program, I plan on creating a brand new design for my website!

As for our business, my husband is a developer and I’m working on becoming a graphic designer (match made in heaven :P), so we decided to start our own company called Coded Pixel Development and Design.

Coded Pixel Logo

I created the logo! What do you think?

We already have a great client and we are working on our first mobile app that we hope to release soon!

Now everyone, don’t worry! I will continue to write. I will always write. That is my first and foremost love. I’m just taking a break to get our business on the go and my schooling finished and then I will be back to writing like crazy! PROMISE!

I’ll try to update more frequently in the future, and even write a few posts that are not just updates soon. Buh-bye!

Ignore the Fire Hazard

I was just looking through some old folders from school (I was searching for a short story I had written) and I came across this piece of writing. It’s from a non-fiction creative writing course that I took in the 2012 winter semester and I thought it was kind of funny. I wrote, basically, that hardcover books are better than eReaders, which is funny because now I own an eReader! Although I still prefer the real thing… (but paperbacks are easier to read from than hardcovers, so I don’t know what I was talking about back then…)

Ignore the Fire Hazard

Reading is essential in the everyday life of our culture. But what we read and how we read it, is usually up to each individual. There are novels, newspapers, magazines, comic books, textbooks, and many articles and blogs online. As for novels, we can choose to read a hardcover, a trade paperback, or a mass market paperback. Plus, with all the technology in the world today, we can read novels online, on our Smartphone, or via an eReader. But nothing beats reading a good, old-fashion, hardcover book.

The feel of a brand new hardcover book in your hands is astounding. You feel the weight of it; the density of the words inside. I, personally, always take the dust jacket (the detachable outer cover) off before I begin to read. I do not want to accidentally ruin it. I put this aside, with my other books, in the safety of my bookshelf. Usually, the cover underneath is plain on the front and back, but will have the normal information (title, author’s name, publishing company) along the side in metallic writing. The simplicity of the cover is refreshing after the design of the dust jacket.

The inside of the book is made from crisp, high quality paper. The paper, and the book itself, are more durable and will last longer than a trade paperback or mass market paperback. The paper has a fresh, wood like smell that is stronger than the scent of either paperback types, and that would be non-existent for any technological way of reading. It is real, and you are holding it in your hands.

As the pages turn, you get a feeling of accomplishment. You can put your finger in between the pages and say to yourself, “I’ve read this much, and I have this much more to go.” You can flip to the glossary, if there is one, to look something up. You can flip back if you see something that was foreshadowed chapters before without losing your current page. You can place your bookmark, or whatever you like, to mark your place for next time. Please, just do not fold over the corner of the page.

Another beauty of the hardcover book, is that you can keep them all lined up on your bookshelf. The neatly placed books, among trinkets and bookends, are a practical decoration for your home. Or the haphazardly scattered books on a table, chair, or even the floor can even be pleasing to the eye. Just ignore the fact that it is a fire hazard. You cannot have your eReader books on display in your home.

Yes, eReaders are convenient, but they do not give you the same experience as a real book does. If you are on the go, then an eReader is perfect, but if you are relaxing on the couch, on the porch, or on the beach, nothing beats the real thing. Plus, there is always the chance that your eReader will break, or the battery will die, then it would leave you bookless (which is unacceptable). But again, it is up to personal preference.

Whether you choose to read from one of the three forms of a real book, or via a technological device, you will still be getting the same story, but your experience of that story may be affected. When deciding whether to buy a book or to buy an eReader, keep your experience preference, and when and where you will be reading in mind.

 

I hope you enjoyed that excursion into my mind from over 3 years ago. What method of novel reading do you prefer?

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