There've been a lot great web content out there lately and I need to share.
First, for Self-publishing Indies, check this out: 7 foolproof design tips to crush your book cover.
If you're thinking of designing a cover, or having it designed, read this first. The last paragraph in this article is the best one.
The number one tip in my opinion: Be clear before you are clever.
I was nodding my head the whole time I was reading it.
For everyone else, some links for life outside of publishing.
Gardening: 20 Insanely Clever Gardening Tips. Brilliant stuff. I especially like #19, the Dry Creek Bed landscape.
Food. Easy Homemade Bagels, A Step-by-Step Tutorial. This looks easy enough that even I can do it.
Upcycle: 8 Clever Ways to Recycle the Things Your Kids Outgrow. So many great ideas here. Makes me wish I had kids so I could cannibalize their toys for the greater good of my yard. :cue the little urchins crying at my door:
Life and Death Stuff: Life Lessons from a Funeral Home. Really sobering article. I especially liked the paragraph that states: the real currency is time, not money.
Lots to read here, but I promise, they're all good articles.
Elsewhere in my life: Still waiting for baby goats to arrive. I've noticed some physical changes in the future mamas. I hope that means we'll see babies soon.
My main garden looks great. Lots of rain, bees, and butterflies. Also a few snakes. Gotta have snakes in the Garden of Eden, I suppose.
A little bird told me we're getting new neighbors in our secret cul-de-sac. When you only have four neighbors in the immediate vicinity, this is news. I hope they're nice people.
Finished two more covers and assorted banners. I really love my job!
Greg is interfering with my yoga. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I have the best intentions, but an important task always comes up. Sometimes it involves his projects, but most of the time, it's me needing him for my mad machinations.
I'd go later in the day, but the traffic is awful, and I'm a grouch in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It would erase all my mellow after a yoga class.
What's new with you guys? What's the best thing that happened to you last week? What was the worst? I will comply with obligatory hugs and your choice of virtual chocolate or alcohol.
Update: I'm a little late responding to comments. I came down with a killer headache yesterday that would not let go. It's still with me, but not quite as bad, thanks to a doting husband and a cold compress.