Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!



Kate McGarrigle's son, Rufus Wainwright, singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the movie, "Shrek," seems just right today.

Shrek: Fiona? Are you all right?
[Stands up and looks at herself, then at Shrek]
Princess Fiona: Yes. But, I don't understand. I'm supposed to be beautiful.
Shrek: But you are beautiful.
[They kiss and live happily ever after]

I'm preparing to weave again. The colors have been chosen.

And you can see on my table a book about self-publishing I bought from our local independent bookstore, Village Books. The bookstore has a machine now that will print books, including self-published books, with a perfect bound binding. At this time, the machine is not set up to print illustrations but can print a full-color cover. I'm giving some thought to printing up some copies of a less-expensive poetry-only version of my book, with a full-color cover featuring one of my paintings.

The book about self-publishing was written by Lindsey McGuirk and Rod Burton. Lindsey McGuirk is the person in charge of the book-making machine at Village Books. Rod Burton is a graphic designer who has designed a variety of books.

4 comments:

bev said...

Self-publishing of your poetry sounds like an interesting project. I have not heard of book printing machines -- which probably shows how often I am around stores. I've been thinking of doing something with e-book type projects, but using a platform such as issuu.com. Just exploring possibilities at the moment.

am said...

bev -- Here's the Village Books website with information about their book printing machine:

http://villagebooks.com/espresso-book-machine-print-demand

I wasn't able to access the issuu.com website but will try again.

It feels good to be exploring possibilities, doesn't it?

am said...

bev -- I found Issuu this time. Thanks for the tip!

Panda Pig said...

We are all ogres, am, and this song and scene from "Shrek" brought tears to all the piggies' eyes. We can't say "Hallelujah" but we can popcorn in glee that ogres are we! p.s thank you, am, for your kindness towards the animals in Haiti: "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!"