My First Quote!

"Life is often like a Poem; when you begin to perceive it, it ends. But the lucky thing is, every end is a new beginning!" - My First Quote Ever
"Life is too precious to be just hanging around in it, too good to be just sleeping through most of it, and too passionate to be just thinking about it...... So, I WRITE..." ~ Sana Rose

February 20, 2011

To Hold One's Dream...

There was a time when I thought
Dreams were just illusions,
Just some visions
We saw in sleep;
There was
A Time
When
I
Felt
Dreams
Were fluid,
Non-palpable,
And can't be held;
But now I know that
Dreams are our realities
Waiting to be touched, caressed
And realized by us, until we 
Know what we're doing... 
Until we are truly
Striving, trying
To reach for
The stars
Even if
We're
NO
WHERE
...


I can't bring myself to believe that it is happening at last... I am holding one's dream...
I would like to be a person who reminds each of you, that whatever your dream is, it is just a matter of reaching out...

And let me quote a sentence from P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern that I remembered just now... It is something like this, if these are not the exact words.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars... :) 

I have no idea where I stand now, where I have landed... But, I know, I got a start and I will move on... Aspire more and try my best... :)
Sometimes I feel, all I wanted was just to hold a hard copy of my book. But as I began to realize it, I knew, what I wanted was to be heard, like any writer. And my words to be read not just by those who have Internet and Computer and technologies. But I wanted it to be in the hands of those who had the same old paperbacks to read.

So here I am caressing my dream, as much as I had wished to... as much as my dream might have longed for my touch... :) I am glad I followed Michal Splhoe in his cover design. The red dot and white cover and geometric design and abstract ideas don't look so bad after all... :)
I thanked him and he said he would put up my cover in his portfolio so that it would serve as a banner for me. :)

Now, waiting for the official release - sad that I can't be there in Durham CT - and waiting for the release and marketing instructions. I will soon get back to you guys about the details. :)

Now... here's one writer - almost published - who is not prudent about any details of her upcoming book... ;)  
I may be away next weekend. If not, I will drop by. If yes, I will be back later to update you. 
Thanks for listening, whoever is out there... :) Take care while I am away... I need you all... 

February 9, 2011

A Release Whatsoever... :)

Hi there...

Just dropped by to say hi, yeah, exactly... :) So now that the cover is finalized, it has moved into print proof production which they will send me for approval within 3 weeks. And then it will be on the shelves in a few days... And I am looking forward to touch it!That's about the book release... In a way, mine, too...


This Friday night, I and my classmates - well, 29 of us - are setting off to Kodaikanal for a two day trip. Looking forward to it... yikez! I am excited! :) and collecting songs to rock the bus! :D


I had so much in mind to share, but not getting any of it right now. I am going to have some fun, anyway... :) And that's the sum up of it.. :) May be I will have some snaps to share and yeah, I'm going to USE my camera after a long time. :)


So, goodnight for today, people... I have a chocolate cake to make for my facebook valentine, who seems to be gymming hard... :D

February 2, 2011

Some Things Are Like That... :)

Hi there! :)

In the last post, I was quite troubled about my cover. But in the end, I ended up confirming it.
I am not easily convinced about something, but the designer has convinced me. And I decided to go for it. I know many of you here didn't quite like it. At first even I didn't, but what made me wonder was even then there were some who liked it! :)

I asked a lot about it to the designer, Michal Splho. I gave him some real trouble actually, constantly shifting from my opinion about the cover with every opinion I got from you guys. :D
And he gave me a thorough explanation about each detail in it, and that surely convinced me. 
I am going to quote him here today. :) So this is how he explained it to me -

There are no strict rules about the serif or sans serif used on a book cover. But still there are certain types of fonts for certain type of books. And the composition of the design makes the difference too. I am going here for quite abstract composition - just stop considering title, author and subtitle as text and connect it to the picture as a geometric shape. You get square. Then there is the black strip on the left side. Imagine it as geometric abstract painting. Black strip on the left, green square in the golden mean vision center area. It could be sufficient to leave it like that. I still feel something is missing, some contrast to the square objects. I decided to put the red circle on the position it is - it is not by chance where it is positioned. There is a geometry behind. Of course, the circle has long history in the world symbolism and many features could be assigned to the circle. But let's leave it as a plain geometry now. We got abstract painting containing basic geometric shapes. The composition is decided by the golden mean proportions. Now - we can start to think of the font being used here. I know several serif fonts which would be great for the poetry book. But you know - there is no rule saying that the poetry has to be connected only with serif fonts. On the contrary, as we have here pure abstract cover made of pure geometric shapes, it asks for the same type of font. Plain, geometric, simple font. I got it to you. I experimented with at least 20 different fonts - even serif fonts. But definitely I got convinced it is not the choice for that cover. Definitely it requires simple, geometric sans serif. I experimented with bolder or thiner types of serifs - like Gill Sans, Helvetica, Century Gothic, Franklin Gothic etc. They all have great history of use as a title fonts in book and newspaper industry. I think that this Futura Light Condensed font used for title and subtitle works perfect and connects very well to the geometric concept of the design. And as I know there should be some contrast to that plain geometric font, I decided to use VAG Rounded Light font for the author, as it is rounded and contrasting to the angled Futura. That makes perfect resonance. If I place sans serif there - like Georgia or an other - the whole effect is gone. You would have the font you like but it does not really connect to the rest of the cover. 
Now about the red circle. Basically, if you really do not like the red circle there, I could remove it. I would miss it there a lot, but still - it gives the impression of more experimental and "art" form of the cover. If it is not there, the cover would be still fine, having more conservative look, but it would still be consistent as a whole. That is the point I could change on the cover if you really insist. But regarding the fonts I really would like to ask you if you could accept the choice I made.

- And when I understood what was behind this abstract painting, I really saw the beauty of it.
It is simple and plain, but I felt a peace as I looked on at it. I stared at the cover for some long time and knew in my heart this was it.
And it is... :) and I got the complete cover today. With the spine and the back cover and it is black. And it looked very gratifying after I contemplated on it.
So now that the cover is ready, I guess things are moving fast... I can imagine my first book as a whole, the cover was a dream and now it has been realized. In a few months, I will be holding my book in my hands... :)
So here is the complete cover. And visualize it as a book, you will understand how I was convinced of all... :)



"I Do Not Want To Be A Doctor Who Writes, But I Want To Be A Writer Who Heals..." - Sana Rose