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***Disclamer: READ AY YOUR OWN RISK! My News & Updates may be full of spelling errors. I blame it on spellcheck. So if you spot any, please let me know. Feel free to write praise, criticism, or to inform me of spelling errors‑°â€‘°just leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. Your keen eye is much appreciated.

 

Thursday, April 06, 2006

My Little Girl 

Here are a few pic of Miss Ava Blu

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My mom put the headband on her...doesn't she look so 80's

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Here's one of Jay giving her a bath or a spa treatment as he likes to call it.

 
 
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Blast from the Past 

Last night I got a random e-mail from a guy looking for a mutual friends e-mail address. This friend he was looking for was a guy I went to collage with and hadn't talked to in years. Since I didn't have his updated info I asked another collage friend to see if she might have his info. She hadn't talked to him in years either but had another friend that had him as a 'friend' on their myspace page. (Are you still following? It was a total 10 degrees of separation thing going on)

Well I went to this mutual friends myspace page and it was a total trip. (Michelle you'll know who I'm talking about) He has changed his name to a cryptic stage name (oh and his age too...he is now 25) and is a S&M model/performer...he always was a little eccentric and as I remember he did have a thing about people taking his picture. But this was just totally out there.

I guess some people grow in different directions. However, I couldn't help but be a little shocked as he is a talented guy and I vividly remember him struggling to pay his way through collage...and to now not use his degree in someway seem quite a shame (but I guess that's me making a judgment...which I have been trying making a conscious effort not do to other people. As I don't want to be judged nor do I want to teach my daughter to make snap judgment of people...but in this case I just couldn't help it). We use to be pretty close friend in collage so it's interesting because I'm in a completely different space then he is. It looks like he is still partying pretty hard. I guess some people never grow out of that. It was kind of crazy to look through all of the pictures last night, I felt like I was in a twisted time warp.

On another note...Ave Blu is doing wonderful, mind you she is still waking me up in the middle of the night so I'm not getting much sleep and have been completely exhausted, but other then that it's pretty amazing being a mom. Anyway they say the sleepless nights should end by the 3rd month. (1 down 2 more to go)

Since Ava has been born (and even before then) my husband and I have been thinking about moving. The Bay Area is super expensive and I'm not sure we can afford it and be able to spend the time we want with her. We've been thinking about heading back to Philly or possibility Florida (my brother is out there and my folks and sister are planning to make a move to Tampa in the next year or so). We've also been thinking about Colorado - more affordable and lots of mountains for snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer. But pretty much we are unsure which directions we are heading. I've never been to Colorado so it probably a good idea to go check it out. I guess we are still pretty wishy washy on which direction we want to go. It a shame cause we really like the Bay Area but it's just too darn expensive and the public schools suck.

In any case that's about all that has been going on here.

 
 
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Tagged 

Here goes:

Four jobs I've had:
1)Ice Cream Scooper at HÑθagen-Dazs on South Street in Philly
2)Receptionist at a Pietro's Pizzeria - Where I met my Husband :)
3)Production Manager for a pharmaceutical ad agency in NYC that handled Viagra
4)Production Coordinator- Time Inc. Business 2.0 the current job that I hate

Four movies I could watch over and over:
1)Shag - w/Bridget Fonda, this movie always makes me feel better when I'm down in the dumps
2)The Little Princess - the Disney Version (not Shirley Temple) I love the story and the graphics
3)The Princess Bride- Who doesn't love a romantic comedy
4)Point of No Return - w/Bridget Fonda (OK so I'm a huge Bridget Fonda Fan and I love Nina Simone)

Four places I've lived: (in chronological order)
1)Rutherford, NJ
2)Philadelphia, PA
3)Dallas, TX
4)The Bay Area- San Francisco & Oakland, CA


Four T.V. shows:

1)Gray's Anatomy
2)America's Next Top Model
3)Friends Reruns- I missed it the first time around
4)AFV, America's Funnies Home Videos - Because I'm dorky


Four places I've vacationed:
1)Paris France
2)Backpacking the Na Pali Coast in Kauai Hawaii
3) Porta Varta Mexico
4) El Salvador


Four of my favorite dishes:

1)PIZZA- just cheese please
2)Philly Role- Yum cream cheese and salmon sushi
3)Ice Cream- any flavor will do, recently it has been root beer floats
4)Palak Panneer from Naan N' Curry



Four sites I visit daily: (almost)

1)Kate Hamilton's Penguin Tales
2)Baby's R Us- Only recently
3)Google- I'm always looking something up- though recently it has pretty much be all baby related
4)My Website Control Panel - I'm obsessed with seeing who has visited my website- Last Month I had 310 hits from Harcourt


Four places I would rather be:

1)Cuddling in the arms of my husband along with my daughter and puppy completely worry free
2)Vacationing on a secluded island w/ beach front service and a mango margarita in hand
3)Snowboarding on the best powder day
4)Finally I'd rather be in a well paying design position that I look forward to that uses my full capabilities and is also fulfilling and fun but still allows me to go home at a decent time


Now I'm supposed to tag 4 others.

Mati Rose
Elisabeth O. Dulemba
Stephanie Ruble
And Currently I'm at a loss for a forth person to tag

 
 
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Where have I've been the last 9 months??!! 

Hi All,

I've been out of touch for a quite a while, but with good reason. On Feb 28th I gave birth to my daughter Ava Blu. I can't believe that I'm a Mom. It's very surreal. So as you can imagine my concentration has been focused elsewhere. Now that Ava is here I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things again. I won't be going back to work until September, so I'm hoping to have enough time to both spend time with my daughter and get my design portfolio organized. I'm hoping to be going back to work at a new job, a design job. Which means I'll have to revamp my website a bit. I will certainly have my work cut out for me.


Here is the note that my husband sent out to all of our friends. Some folks have commented that they couldn't believe that I let Jay take pictures of the birth, but he's a photographer, and the camera was set up on a tripod with a remote so I didn't even notice that it was there. Jay was by my side that whole time (and it's not like he took any NC-17 shots) Besides I was so drugged out on morphine and then the epidural that there are parts of the delivery that I just didn't remember even happening. So I was really glad to have a visual picture story of her birth.


From: Jay Ganaden Photo
Subject: Please welcome Ava Blu !!

Howdy all!

Cindy and I are proud to announce the birth of our new daughter, Ava
Blu Ganaden !

She was born Tuesday Feb 28th @ 5:13AM, 7lbs 1oz. Cindy is recovering
rather quickly, Ava Blu is cute, cuddly and loving the new world
(albiet a rainy one lately), and I'm getting the hang of it too!
Being a dad is cool!

Of course, I took a bunch of pictures, some that I probably shouldn't
have. :)
Here is the gallery: http://www.jaystudios.com/AvaBluBirthGallery/

There's a lot of pictures in that gallery, so it might take a while
to load.

For those with ADD, here is the Cliff Notes: http://www.jaystudios.com/AvaBluG2/

You'll see Cindy's progress throughout labor-- very happy at first
(Morphine smiles?) and then succeeding levels of physical challenge.
Madd props to the abilities of a woman's body, esp. Cindy's frame!
Then you'll see some images of Ava all the way to her first days at
home.

Favorite Cindy quotes during labor:

"We're not doing this again."

"I hate needles, I could never be a heroin addict."

"Babe, can you get me some Blistex?"

"Hello beautiful!" (when Ava was delivered)


Thanks everyone for your help and support!!! We hope to catch up
with everyone individually soon!

Regards,

Jay

---
Jay Ganaden Photography
www.jaystudios.com

 
 
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Kitchen Remodel 

I've been meaning to share with you picture of our kitchen remodel. We still have a few nitpicky things to do like nail in the kickboard, but other wise our kitchen is pretty much all done. Quite a difference isn't it?


before_N After 2

before_N After 1

And here is what the front of our house looks like.

home

 
 
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KFOG Archives Cover Art WINNER!!! 

I won!!!!!

I just want to thank you all for voting for me. I got a call on Friday night that I WON! My artwork will be on this year's edition of KFOG Live from the Archives, Volume 12.

Thank you all for your support and keep your eyes out for the CD in November.

-Cindy


http://www.kfog.com/Archives/archives12/winner.asp

KFOG.COMPILE


My lovely husband Jay is throwing me a Celebratory BBQ this Sunday. So if you are in the area come on by.


KFOG.EVITE

 
 
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Thursday, June 30, 2005

KFOG Live from the Archives 12 

I've just been notified that I'm one of the finalist for the Cover Art for KFOG's Live from the Archives 12.

Please write to KFOG and vote for your favorite ! (did I mention that your favorite should be me :)


III. JUDGING AND RULES

A. 10 finalists will be posted on the KFOG website from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 10, 2005. KFOG listeners will get the chance to preview the finalists and vote for their favorite through Sunday, July 10, 2005, at 12 midnight. Although the judges will take into consideration the listener voting, the winner will be selected on Monday, July 11, 2005 by a jury. The jurors are Dave Benson, KFOG Program Director, Dwight Walker, KFOG VP/GM, and Jude Heller, KFOG Marketeer.



p.s I'll post a picture of what I submitted tomorrow.

 
 
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Friday, June 24, 2005

Quick Update 

I just wanted to give you a quick update to let you know what has been going on. I've been super busy with a lot of the design work (none of which is paid yet, but I am get there). I have also been preparing for a group portfolio show( The RoadShow for the Icon Illustration Conf.)which is happening on July 7th. So of course I procrastinated and am now in a frenzy to get stuff done, hence it might be a little while before you see another update from me.

 
 
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

My Coaches Comments on My Affirmations 

It looks like I have a few revisions to make. See my coaches comments.

From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 6/1/2005 8:20:39 PM
To: cindy
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy,

Excellent list.

Comments:

This is great for your own use. Type it up and make a pretty border, then frame it or paste it to your wall in front of your desk in your studio, so you can remind yourself of who you are daily. You can make a second copy to keep in your notebook at work as well if you like. (See below before typing it up for your wall.)

These are all good qualities to have in a resume, except #9 (see below).

* But they must be written in full sentences.
* Also, language is important in professional documents. So, "I make things look
pretty" should read something on the order of "I design well and have good
color intuition, or sense," I don't know the technical language for
illustrators/designers. But I think you get the idea.
* Lastly, number 9. "I try not to take criticism personally" should read "I view
criticism constructively and objectively." And it should not be in the resume.
Only in your personal affirmations. This quality will come across in an
interview or through your resume without you spelling it out.

Tweny-nine is a great age. You have everything before you. This is your year. Make the most of it and above all, enjoy it!

All the best,

xxxxxxxxx

 
 
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

My 10 Affirmations 

So here are my 10 affirmations. I'll let you know what my coach thinks.


1. I am an Idea Generator.
- Creative Thinker/Problem Solver.
- Able to come up with multiple strong concepts for the same project.

2. I make things look Pretty.
- Eye for design.
- Good at coming up with color combinations.

3. I am Professional.
- Communicate well.
- Meet deadlines.
- Degree from The University of the Arts in Illustration.

4. I am a self-starter.
- Eager to learn and take action.
- Proactive.

5. I have the Technical Skills, and what I don't know I am able to learn.
- Quick Learner.
- Pre-Press Experience.
- Know how to prepare a print ready file.

6. I have Real World work experience at a Time Inc. magazine.

7. I enjoy Illustrating and Designing.
- This comes across in my work.

8. I am enthusiastic and energetic.
- Fun to be around and work with.
- I am not cynical.

9. I try not to take criticism personally.

10. I am able to take calculated risks.

 
 
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Trouble w/ Flickr 

I'm having trouble rotating the images in flickr. So in the mean time you will just have to turn your head to see some of the pics. :)

 
 
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My Birthday Weekend 

I thought I'd share a few pics from my Birthday weekend. I am now officially 29, only one more year in my twenties, very depressing. I had all these things that I envisioned doing before I was 30 and now I only have one more year to accomplish them...if only I could remember what the all were. I know I had a long list. See my memory is going already. One thing I do remember is that when I was a teenager 30 seemed so old. 30 doesn't seem that old any more, I guess it's all a matter of perspective.


cindy & Penny grass
Penny and I hannig out in Jack London State Historic Park


headstand
Me doing a headstand and definitely not acting 29

Penny 2
My Penny

Penny1
I couldn't resist here is another one of Penny. She is most definitely my baby.

water tower
A really cool shot that Jay took

Image-A23C4A14D16F11D9
Me at Carnaval in the Mission

heather
A really cool shot that Jay took of my good friend Heather

 
 
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Friday, May 27, 2005

Walking the Dogs- finish 

Here is one of the finishes I did from the sketched that I did for Rembrandt's Hat. I am hoping to do a few more and then send them the color samples even though they decided not to use me. I think they look much better in color. Perhaps I can convince them otherwise or at least keep me in the front of their minds.


walkingdogs

 
 
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Affirmation Assignment 

I have an assignment to work on from my Coach. This should be interesting I always feel really dorky writing affirmations. They make me feel like I'm being arrogant and full of myself. But I guess if you don't think highly of yourself how can you expect others to respect and think highly of you.

___________________________________________________

From: XXXXX
Sent: 5/26/2005 2:18:08 PM
To: cindy
Subject: Creativity Coach


Dear Cindy,

The e-mail I sent last was a recap of our conversation. Now I would like to give you two assignments to work on over the next week.

1. Think of ten affirmations that qualify you as a designer/illustrator. These may include degrees, honors received, and experience. But what I really want you to do is dig deep and discover what it is inside you that makes you want to have this career. What do you believe are your best qualities as an artist? Why would you hire yourself as a graphic designer? When you have completed this list, send it to me.

2. Do three things each day to find the job you want. These may be:

* working on the ten affirmations list
* updating your resume to reflect your design strengths
* drafting and editing a letter of inquiry
* building the design section of your website
* thinking up a statement for your website that reflects your values as a graphic designer
* working on the logos you have committed to design for your friends
* researching companies that may be hiring in the field you want
* finishing your Perdy manuscript and illustrations
* designing a new business card for yourself that emphasizes your design skills

You may add many more things to this list. They can be small things or big.

What you are doing now is preparing to seek this job. Take your time and get everything in place.

We talked about a time frame of three to six months. That is actually fast, but not impossible. Consistent intent, work and focus will bring change.

Happy Birthday! I look forward to your next e-mail,

xxxxxx

 
 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Aquatic - Illo Friday 

Here is my submission for this weeks Illustration Friday. The word of the week is Aquatic.

I did this drawing a while a go for a kids book that I was working on and then abandoned. The story just wasn't strong enough, however I really do like this drawing. I think I might actually make a color finish of this illustration eventually. (of course with a few changes)


10_11 sub

 
 
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Monday, May 23, 2005

Meeting my coach for the first time 

I met my coach face to face for the first time this Saturday. And I have to say it went very well. It was a very different experience from just e-mailing with her. I think we talked about some really important things and she made a little list of things for me to work on:
________________________________________

From: xxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 5/21/2005 6:26:44 PM
To: cindy
Subject: Creativity Coach


Dear Cindy,
We had a very productive session today. Below are what I came away with from our conversation.

* Self-talk - We talked about how you feel you are perceived by others in the artist community and how much of that is your own projection of what you think others think.

Eric Maisel's book is called "Write Mind" and though it is aimed at writers, I think the ideas transfer to any artistic field. It is about rephrasing what you say to yourself. How you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you. Being nice and sensitive are both wonderful qualities. You can be both and still speak up for what you want. You are a designer/illustrator and what you have to say and show to the world matter.

Pay attention to older, more established illustrators at the conference and pick those who you feel are honest, open individuals. Watch how they handle themselves, how they speak, and their way of presenting themselves to their peers and the public. People who are established and secure in their fields often are willing to help younger artists.

* Plan your day - list the things that are priorities in your life and plan your day to include time to work on each. (Perdie, design work, resume', time with family, work, relaxation, exercise, time with your dog.) Not necessarily in that order, but find time each day, or on alternate days, to spend on each of these things. It is important for you to work on your own creative goals so you do not feel you are being stunted in your art career.

* Work on finishing - You say you start projects easily, but find it hard to finish them unless you have a deadline. Set consistent, achievable deadlines.

* resume' - everything you do that is art related should find its way into your resume'. Your work on the illustration conference board, your design work for friends' companies, your card illustrations, your finished illustrated manuscript, your work in publishing (production), your awards and prizes, your degrees. You might look at resume's of other designers to check the format and content.

Things to do:

* use down time for thinking about your projects. i.e., while walking your dog think of possible ways to end "Perdie", ways to tell the story. And, while eating lunch, go over your to-do lists for looking for a design job such as updating resume', sending updated resume's to new sources and/or places you have sent them before (minimum six weeks after last contact), redesigning your website to include design work and creating a design statement that is as good as your illustration statement.

* practice speaking up for what you want - You are relevant and deserving. If you feel you are capable and want the job, ask for it.

* recognize it does not all have to be done today - Do a little on each task each day and over time, you will see the progression. You will lesson anxiety, dissappointment and negative feelings by pacing yourself.

I look forward to hearing from you,

xxxxxx

 
 
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WOW!!! 

 From:  xxxxxxxx
 Sent:   5/23/2005 7:46:28 PM
 To:   cindy
 Subject:   Hello, This is XXXXXXXXXX of daylo.com
 
Hi
I saw your very comprehensive and helpful list of free online portfolio
websites on illustrationfriday.com and recognizing that you probably
think about these kinds of websites as much as anyone, I thought I
would just say hello and let you know that you have my ear if you are
ever inclined to share your thoughts. I'm really curious about how you
feel about Daylo including many unrelated kinds of services instead of
being specifically for visual artists. From your list, it's clear we
need to get on with adding the multimedia galleries to profiles. Once
again, thanks for posting that list, and also, thanks for trying Daylo.

xxxxxxxxxx
CEO/CTO Daylo
http://daylo.com

 
 
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Nourishment- illo friday addition 

I have an addition to my Illo. Friday submitishing for Nourishment:

nourushment

 
 
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Friday, May 20, 2005

Reply to Rejection 

Though I got rejected from Rembrandt's Hat I’m still going to try to keep the line of communication open for future opportunities. I might even put a few more ideas together for cards and submit my ideas to them again.

And I was actually thinking about taking some of the sketches I initially did for them and finish the illustrations. Perhaps, I might even put those Illustrations in my store at Cafe Press as greeting cards.

In any case here is my reply:


From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 5/20/2005 11:35:36 AM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Update

XXXXX,

I wanted to send you a little note to say thank you for reviewing my
illustration and design samples. Though I was initially disappointed that
your team felt they were not suitable for your portfolio at present, I do
understand and appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to
review them.

Please keep me in mind for future projects, as I would love to have the
opportunity to work with you in the future.

Once again thank you.

Cindy

 
 
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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Fruishi 

I just wanted to share a logo I designed for a friend of mine for a product call Fruishi. Which as you can guess from the name is fruit suishi. I'm now working on the letterhead and business cards. I'll share those as soon as they are finalized. This was a really fun project to work on and I'm really happy with how the logo turned out.

frushi.final.RGB300

 
 
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Nourishment -Illo. Friday 

Here is my contribution to Illustration Friday I am on the band wagon again!!

The word of the week is nourishment.

I am very well nourished and you...not so much.

all for me

 
 
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Silver Lining 

Well this is exciting news!! It has definitely brightened up my day. Now how do I respond? Especially to the cost question. I don't want to knock myself out of the ballpark by pricing too high. I also don't want to feel cheated by going too low either. It's going to take me a bit to come up with a reply.

From: xxxxxxxxx
Sent: 5/19/2005 8:00:40 AM
To:cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject:enquiry from childrensillustrators.com

Hello my name is xxxxxx and I am the Director of Submissions for CPN Publishers as well as overseer of Graphic Designs. Presently our company open our market to children authors and I am interested if you do freelance work in illustrations.

Presently i am looking for an illustrator for a possibly 10-12 page Pre-K book.
We pay a flat fee for art for our books. Can you tell me what your rate and turn around time is? I appreciate you taking time with me in this matter. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.


xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Director of Submissions
CPN Publishers, USA Branch Office

For books we publish or publishing:
Check on: www.amazon.co.uk
advance book search on publishers: CPN

 
 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

DEADLINES DEADLINES DEADLINES 

I work better under DEADLINES so here is my list of things that I need to accomplish in the up coming months. Hopefully this will help me stay on track, because as much as I need deadlines I also need FOCUS. I can get scatter pretty easily. I have to admit I tend to loose my focus quite a bit. I'm really good at starting a project it's the finishing that's the hard part.

So here is what I have to do: (maybe this will get me off the couch at night)

[My DEADLINES are in 3 categories: Children's Illustration (CI), Illustration (I), and Design (D). In order of priority]

Start going to bed at a decent time so that I can get up early in the morning and work on my stuff (CI/I/D) ‑°(this means showering at night)‑° Start Immediately

Participate in Illustration Friday (I) ‑°(This is an on going, I totally fell off the wagon here) Due Thursday of every week

Work on my 2nd Children's book Idea(CI)
- Ongoing

Do a few sketches - Due May 22nd (this is when my critique group meets. I need something to show)

Do 2-3 Finishes- Due date in the near future (for the next critique group meeting)

Om Baby (D) -
Logo color variations ‑° Due May 25th (meeting)
Letterhead ‑° Due May 25th (meeting)
Business Cards - Due May 25th (meeting)
Brochure -(need content) sample by May 25th (meeting)
Postcard -(need content) sample by May 25th (meeting)

Kaiser Pediatric Anesthesiologist Jacket Design (Om Baby's Husband) (CI/D)
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Sample drawings- May 25th (Om Baby meeting)

Finish Logo Design Neal (D) - DONE! (He has picked a logo)

Do Business Cards and Letterhead - Due May 27th
Put files on disk- Due May 27th

Get Postcards Printed (CI/I) ‑° (Franklin Cover and 1 other Illo) ‑° Due June 1st

Update Jay's Logo (D)
‑° (Idea for a birthday gift - T-shirt with his logo on it)

Update Logo ‑°Due June 1st
Re-do Business Cards ‑° Due June 3rd
Logo for Website - Due June 3rd
Hi-res Logo for Invoice forms and doc’s- Due June 3rd
Letterhead - Due June 3rd
Postcard (samples to give to models to book them for photoshoots) ‑°Due June 6th

Plan the next meet and greet (CI)
‑° Due June 4th

Plan our late late housewarming anniversary (Personal) ‑° Due June 4th

Put together a PDF of samples of my design work to e-mail out with my resume. (D)- Due June 13th

Update my website (CI/I/D)
- including a updating my illustration and design gallery along with adding a store for my Café Press Items Should be completed in conjunction with PDF of samples for my resume‑° Due June 13th

Re Organize Portfolio in time for the RoadShow (CI/I)
- Due June 25th

Come up with and illustrate a few ideas that will work well on a T-Shirt (D)
‑° Due July 9th

 
 
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Disapointment 

Disapointing news from Rembrandt's Hat. I'm not sure how to respond to her e-mail but I know that I need to write back and say something.

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 5/18/2005 2:15:36 AM
To: cindy
Hi Cindy

Thanks for the email.

I have discussed the designs and unfortunately we have decided not to go
ahead with your ideas. We feel the images are not suitable for our portfolio
at present. However, thank you for sending the selection of samples for my
consideration.

I will return all the images to you this week.

Thank you once again.

Kind regards
xxxxxxxx

 
 
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Monday, May 16, 2005

Moving Card Samples 

Here are a few of the long awaited moving card samples that I promised I would post o'so long ago.

moving2.layouts


moving2.layouts2

 
 
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Cindy Media on Cafe Press 

I just set up a store on CafePress. I'm still in the process of adding more items. But all and all this is very exciting. It's really kind of cool to see some of my work on t-shirts and things. Please feel free to stop by and peruse at your leisure.

 
 
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touching base 

So, I waited a month before I contacted the woman over at Rembrandt's Hat and followed up. I wish these things didn't take so long. I also wish I didn't feel like such a pest. But I don't want her to forget about me. There is a fine line between being persistent and being a pest. I'm not so sure I am comfortable walking that like just yet. I am always so timid about these things. I wish I were better at this. I guess it just comes with practice.

Here is my note:

From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 5/16/2005 3:56:29 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Just touching base

Hi XXXX,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to touch base and see if there is any news about the greeting card samples that I sent you. Please let me know if you need me to provide you with any more samples.

Best,

Cindy

 
 
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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Me and Om Baby 

Check out this Sample Packet I designed for Om Baby (the sample of the product get adhered to the inside green pattern page)

I met the woman that runs this company through that trade ad I posted. Cool Huh! And it the right type of work for me being that it is "kids" based. I am looking forward to doing a lot more work for them.


Om baby Sample Packet Comp1

 
 
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MY IDEA LIST 

Here is a list of words that I would like to Illustrate (This is mainly for my personal reference, but please feel free to illustrate these words too):

balance
best friends
buzz
diversity
escape
get rich quick
homework
lost
ouch
proactive
trouble
pounce
dig
fear- what you fear vs what you should fear
individual
opposite
coulda-woulda-shoulda
slob couture
suite yourself
perception
disaster relief
friendship
best free stuff
boo-boo
chores
drat
fresh
headache
jinx
oops
popular
scared
whoops
lurk
ding dong
conversation
solo
coming full circle
thank you
answer
supporting cast
gluttony
adoption
security
bounce
drip
hide
opposite
spy
punk
secret
chameleon
normal
the seasons
year of the rooster
flight

 
 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Populating The Web 

I just thought I'd keep you updated on where I've been populating myself/work on the web:

All Freelance Work.com/ All Creative Portfolio.com

Daylo.com

Artist Portfolio.net

Design Firms.org

The Art List.com


ArtAndDesignOnline.com


I'm up for review at:

Dexigner.com

Creation Flux.com



Hopefully all of this exposure will help me get some more freelance design/illustration work. Cross your fingers.

 
 
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Monday, May 09, 2005

Very Strange 

My Director is being really nice to me. She asked me this morning if I was interested in a possible freelance children’s illustration job. This is very strange. I didn't think she knew I was an illustrator, let alone children's illustrator. WEiRd. What makes this even Stranger is that she "frown upon" employees having too much going on outside of work. Especially if she thinks it may distract them and take their concentration away from their job. And if someone was to do freelance work what would that say about their dedication. I think she would prefer it if we were all married to our job as she is. (that's probably because she is divorced and doesn't have anyone to go home to.)

This is very out of character for her so I'm not sure if it's just a random act of kindness, or if she has some sort of strange and warped ulterior motive.


See the e-mail strand below:
----------
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, May 9, 2005 12:45 PM
To: Cindy
Subject: RE: A Possible Illustration Job

Of course!

-----Original Message-----
From: Cindy
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 3:46 PM
To: Sheridan, Ann - Fortune Production
Subject: RE: A Possible Illustration Job

This sound great. Thanks for thinking of me. -Cindy

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From: From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, May 9, 2005 12:43 PM
To: Cindy
Subject: RE: A Possible Illustration Job

Ok, I’d be happy to! Nora is the author and she will probably contact you directly. I’d imaging she’d want to see some of your work, just to get an idea of the type of illustrations you do. And she can tell you a bit more about the story.

xxx

-----Original Message-----
From: Cindy
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 3:39 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: A Possible Illustration Job

YES! This is something that I'm definitely interested in. I would love if you could pass my name along. -Cindy

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From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, May 9, 2005 12:24 PM
To: Cindy
Subject: A Possible Illustration Job

Would you be interested in speaking with someone about possibly illustrating their children’s book? The story is just in the early stages, but they are looking for an illustrator to get the book done. It would most likely be funded out of private equity, rather than through a big publishing house, so they need someone who can work inexpensively. I thought you might like the opportunity to get your work published. What do you think?



I would not be involved at all, they just asked me for ideas.



xxx

 
 
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

What Have I've been up to lately 

It's been a while since I gave an in-depth update. So let me fill you in on what I have been up to.

I've been concentrating on finding a new job. (one of my new year's resolutions) My hope is to land a new gig by the end of the summer. Currently I must have 50+ résumé’s circulating. Which is a lot. But I guess you never know. I might be a little under qualified for some of the jobs I'm applying for. I want a design job, and not an entry-level design job. Only problem is that I really have more production experience then design.


I just posted this on Craig's List to try to build up my portfolio a bit:


TRADE: Logo & Collateral Design FOR: ________(you fill in the blank)


If you need a Logo or Collateral designed for your company and are on a budget, perhaps we can work out a trade. I am looking to expand my design portfolio and need to add more work.

I can be reached via e-mail at cindy@cindymedia.com


(So just incase your reading this and know somebody that may need some design work.)


I have also populated myself on the web. You can now find me on the following sites:


Children's Illustrator.com


San Francisco Society of Illustrators

Urban Design Collective

Creative Hotlist

Coroflot

Marketing Tools.com

Ren Center

GAG


and still want to add myself to:

Media Bistro

folioplanet.com

portfolio.com


Still a lot to do. I never seem to have enough time. Really it's more like I waste too much time. The days have a way of slipping away from me. I have this whole plan in my head about what I'm going to do when I get home from work and I'm lucky if I get one thing from my list done. grrrrrrrrrr

Things I still need to do:

1) Update my design gallery and put together a PDF of samples to send out with my resume.

2) Start participating in Illo Friday again. I totally fell off the wagon and then they went and change the format of supplying a new topic in Friday instead of Monday, which make sense, I just need to re-adjust.

Speaking of which I actually wrote a little article for my local SCBWI Newsletter (Acorn Spring 2005) and I mention Illo Friday. They messed up on some of the editing and their curning and spacing make it a little hard to read, but it's all there. Check it out here.

3) I want to submit to SCBWI's Featured Artist

4) I need to do a postcard mailing and update my illo. portfolio in time for The Roadshow in July.

5) Work on my next 2 book Ideas. I have a concept book brewing that should be pretty simple. I just need to take the time out to do it.


Well I think that's about it for now.

 
 
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Logo design for Action Athletics 

Just thought I share some branding work I recently did for a friend of mine:



Action Athletics layout

 
 
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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Sketches for Greeting Cards 

It's been a while since I've posted an update. I have been unusually busy. I’ll tell you the details a little later but for now I wanted to share the sketches that I did for Rembrandt's Hat. Just in case you don't remember they are the London based card company. They wanted more samples for a possible product line and I was having total anguish over it. Well here is what I came up with for the Redhead series. (When I get a chance I'll also post what I did for the Moving Announcements)

1 redhead sketches


2 redhead sketches


3 redhead sketches


4 redhead sketches


5 redhead sketches


6 redhead sketches

 
 
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Responding to rejection 

It took a little while for these rejection letters to sink in and then I realized that I really need to respond to the editor at Viking since we did have a rapport going via e-mail and I needed to keep the line of communication open. So here is my response to her.

From:   Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
 Sent:   3/30/2005 12:08:30 PM
 To:  xxxxxxxxxxxx
 Subject:   Re: Re: RE: Book Proposal: Franklin Meriwether Knox
 
Hi XXXXX,

I wanted to send you a little note to say thank you for reviewing Franklin
Meriwether Knox. Though I was initially disappointed that Franklin was not
the right fit for Viking, I do understand your points and I really appreciate
you taking the time out to review my book proposal.

Currently I have a couple of other stories percolating and perhaps one of
these may be a better match. The first is about a little girl named Perdy
who set out to have a "Fabulously Perfect Perdy Day" that winds up to be
anything but perfect. The second idea is a concept book that revolves
around the question: Whose shoes are these shoes? Which explores the
use of shoes for specific functions (ex. flippers are for swimming, ice
skates are for skating). I would love to have the opportunity to send you a
copy of either or both these dummies for you to review when I have fully
developed them in a more finalized state.

I also wanted to mention that besides both writing and illustrating
picturebooks I am also interested in projects that are on a strictly
illustration basis as well (but I'm sure you probably guessed that). I would
love to have the opportunity to work with you in the future weather it be both
writing and illustrating or just illustrating.

Once again thank you for taking the time out to review my dummy book.

Thanks,

Cindy Ann

 
 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Rejection Letters 

drum roll please.

rat-a-tat-tat ... And here are the "REJECTION LETTERS"

Chronicle:
Mel.ManloveChronicle.reject


Viking:
Tracy.Gates_Viking.reject

 
 
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Feeling better -the train is back on the track 

I actually feel much better today. I received my 2nd rejection letter from Viking yesterday when I got home. (I'll have to scan these in and post them)

Yesterday was absolutely a terrible day, so I'm glad its over. I haven't had a really bad one like that in quite a while.

I do want to do greeting cards, so I have a lot of sketching to do this week. I have been avoiding my studio so I need to head back up there tonight.

 
 
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Words of wisdom fm my coach 

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/21/2005 11:52:43 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy,

I just received your e-mail. What a week you have had!

I am so sorry to hear about Chronicle Books not accepting Franklin. I would love to see the rejection letter. There are so many factors involved in choosing a book to be published in a publishing house. Any number of reasons can be the cause of your book not being chosen. Take heart! You are now a professional children's picture book illustrator/writer. You have the correspondence to prove it. The fact that you sent it in for consideration shows you are serious. It is extremely rare for an author to have his/her book chosen on the first try. I know this does not take the sting away, but you have made a beginning step by submitting your work. Don't let this stop you.

Regarding Rembrandt's Hat: How flattering to be contacted and asked to send sketches, out of the blue. You pose so many questions, except perhaps the most important one --"Do I want to reproduce characters I drew so long ago?" I think it is clear you can reproduce likenesses - you are, after all, an artist. In fact, were you to draw those characters, you would probably draw them better, having more art and life experience now then when you first drew them. The real question is whether or not you want to draw them.

Next, having a request to produce more sketches by the end of March, when you have been sick and your mind is on your picture book, is nerve-rattling to say the least. Collect yourself and decide what you want. Do you want to create moving cards? Would you like to have your illustrations grace the cover of greeting cards? If so, here is an opportunity handed to you.

It is so hard to chase the "what ifs" from our minds. We have to, however, if we are to move. "What ifs" are faeries sent to distract us from our dreams. Shoo them away, clear your mind and focus in on one thing for now. Work. Choose whether to work on XXXX* or greeting cards or both. But point yourself north toward your studio desk, sit down, pick up your pencil and begin.

Answers to our questions often come to us or sort themselves out as we work. The act of creating our art gives us solice and hope. Create.

All the best,

xxxxxxx

*(There are many stories that have been told in picture book form and in chapter book form. If the picture book is the form you want to work with, make Perdy a picture book first. It can always be expanded later. Critique groups are great to get feedback, to see how others understand what we are trying to convey. The joy is that we can take what we want from them. Ultimately, you the author, have control of your story. You just have to make it fit a picture book format. One thing you might do is go to the library and check out recently published picture books that deal with relationship stories.)

 
 
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Monday, March 21, 2005

Run Away Train 

My apologies for being out of touch the past week I've been fighting a cold and the past 2 days I been fight my own self-doubt and lousing terribly. I have woken up the past 2 morning crying for no apparent reason, but yes, there is a reason, I guess there always is. Maybe it has all come out because I had a cold and was under the weather, but it is now out in full effect. (which has also delayed me in writing you)

Let see what has happened:

1) I received a really nice letter from an Art Director at Rembrandt's Hat a London based card company. They want more samples for a possible product line. This is a good thing right. But the images they liked are so old. Does it matter that they are so old? No. Should it matter? No. But, somehow it DOES matter to me. What if I can't redo that character's likeness? What if I can't draw that way anymore? What if I do all of this work for nothing? What if they don't like my new stuff? What about the 10 other "what if's" that I am worried about but can think of right this second?

Here is the email correspondence:
______________________________

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxx
Sent: 3/15/2005 2:45:03 AM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Re: Time frame

Hi Cindy

By the way if you could send me any sketches by the end of March I would
appreciate it. As I am planning on holding the meeting at the beginning of
April.

Many thanks
xxxxxx


----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/15/2005 2:31:17 AM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Re: Images

Hi Cindy

Thanks for your quick response and the offer to send me a selection of
sketches. I would also be interested to see ideas along the lines of the
moving card featuring the truck. I feel this look could also work as a range
of graphic cards.

Regarding the website I'm not sure why you couldn't access it but please try
the following links -

www.rembran.demon.co.uk
www.rembrandts-hat.co.uk

Both these links seem to work on my PC so hopefully they will take you
straight to our website. If not, please let me know and I will arrange for
our latest catalogue to be sent to you instead.

Kind regards

xxxxxxx

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com " cindy@cindymedia.com
To: xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: Images


Dear xxxxxx,

Thank you for your interest in my work. I would love to have the opportunity
to send you more samples as well as some sketches touching on the other
topics that you mentioned for the red head character. What is the time
frame that you would need these materials in order to be able to present
them at your next group meeting?

Unfortunately, I was unable to access your website. Do you think you can
resend me that link? I would definitely like to be able to look at your
different lines of cards.

I am excited about the possibility of working with you.

Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best

Cindy Ann

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/14/2005 7:12:19 AM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Images

Dear Cindy

At present I am researching new ideas for the art card publisher,
Rembrandt's Hat. I viewed your website earlier today and was struck by 2
images that I thought could be developed in to a range of greeting cards.

The first was Flowers for teacher from the Red head series of pictures. I
feel this style would work well and could be reworked to incorporate
images such as birthday gifts, cakes, champagne bottles, party scenes,
love hearts, champagne bottles, cats, golf (all sports) and so on. The
second image I really liked was the moving card featuring the truck. I
really liked the retro feel, simplicity of the design and brown
background. Once again I thought the style could be applied to a number of
the above ideas to create a selection of striking cards.

For your reference new ideas are selected by image sheets being presented
to a small group of people every few months. This meeting is an
opportunity for me to introduce new concepts to the rest of the company. I
would be very keen to include the 2 looks mentioned above in the next
meeting. Now there are 2 ways I can go about this...either I can just
print out the 2 images from your website for the meeting. Or you are
welcome to send me sketches to include in my presentation. To be honest
the more visual material I have the better as this enables everyone to
have a clear picture of what the cards / range will look like. However,
please note I am unable to purchase initial sketches / designs at this
stage.

If you are able to send me any visual material I would be very grateful
and of course will return all material after the meeting. I am happy to
view sketches, images on disc (jpegs. tiffs etc) or transparencies. If the
designs are selected to be published we pay xxx.00 GBP per image. This fee
is for 3 years worldwide greeting card only rights. Plus you will be sent
50 free card samples of each design.

We have a great deal of experience working with artists, galleries and art
organisations. If you would like to find out more about Rembrandt's Hat
please feel free to contact me or visit our website
www.rembrandts-hat.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

xxxx

xxxx xxxxxx
Art Director
Rembrandt's Hat
Gloucestershire
England
______________________________

2) I received my first rejection letter for Franklin from Chronicle Books. This happened at the peek of my sickness while I was lying in bed and drowsy on NyQuil so it took a little while to sink in that I actually did get a rejection letter from them. Thought it was a very nice rejection letter and did go to the top it was a rejection letter nonetheless. I knew that it wasn't going to get accepted everywhere but...Chronicle is where I felt I should of had an inside edge since I know the art director there and I actually had really wanted it to be them that accepted it. My ego is definitely a little bruised. (I'll send you a copy of the letter tomorrow. I forgot to bring it into work today.)

3) My story review went OK in class last week. I guess if I really think about it, it did go well and I might just be being hard on myself. But I didn't get all the answers I was looking for. What I mainly got was a bunch more questions to think about like should this story be a chapter book instead of a picturebook? - This in not something I even considered, since I am an illustrator and have always seen the illustrations and primary and the text secondary. So a ton more to think about and answer all by myself.

4) I had a mini breakdown over my day job. It's spring and I am still here. I feel like I keep putting off the job hunt. Just do this first, just wait a little longer for this or that to happen before I decide to go. I feel like I've been doing the whole time I've been here. I really need to motivate and just find a new job. I don't know if it's really just fear of change that is keeping me here or what. I feel trapped but I feel like the only person trapping myself here is me. (And the money - I don't know if I told you or not but they just recently gave me a 4.5% raise after in the past only receiving a1% or at most 1.25% increase. So I guess it a big deal, but just makes it that much harder to leave) I feel like I keep making excuses for reasons to stay and that in doing so I going to be stuck here forever.

5) Yesterday I helped my husband shoot some photo set ups and it felt really good to help him and work as a team. He keeps on telling me I should freelance art direct, but I've never done it before so who is going to hire me. I sure I could do it if someone would give me a chance. (That’s pretty much the theme with everything for me these days- I can write and illustrate a children's book, just give me a chance. I can design. I can art direct, just give me a chance.)

We recently had some friends from Sweden come and stay with us with their 2 young girls. So because of their visit the topic of babies came up between Jay and I. We will be married 3 years this October and thought this topic has come up before it seem to be a subject that has been coming up with more and more frequency. I'd like to have a baby soon but how do you know when it's the right time? Is there a 10-question quiz that will tell you if you are ready to have a baby or not? How do you know? If we decide to do this soon how will this effect me getting my illustration work off the ground and how will it affect Jay and his photography business. I want him to succeed at this. I really think he is a really good photographer and does really great work. Can we handle balancing all of this? People do it all the time, but will we be able to? Am I wanting too much too early and at the wrong time?

6) I've been questioning a lot of the decisions I have made in my life recently and if I have made the right ones? What is wrong with me? Why do I keep second-guessing myself? Sometime I feel like I am on the right track and other times I feel like I totally derailed and I'm on a run away train over a cliff. Today I definitely feel like I almost ready to go over a cliff.

 
 
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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

in a little rut 

I had a good weekend. I went up to Tahoe and did some snowboarding on Saturday. And Sunday I did some spring cleaning and touch up painting around the house. I didn't get much creative stuff done other then reading a YA book titled Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by ANN BRASHARES . (which I considered as research- maybe that's kind of cheating, but lets call it research anyway). I sent out a few more manuscripts and dummy books and still have a few more that still need to be sent out. They are hitting the mail stream in a trickle. I also met up with the Children's Art Director at Chronicle Books and personally handed her my story, so at least I know that someone there will definitely look at it. Hopefully things will go well.

On a whim I have decided to apply for the SCBWI Don Freeman Grant. The grant is given to picture-book artists to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture-book genre. It is available to all artists, seriously intended to make picture books their chief contribution to the field of children's literature. The "Prize" is $1,500. and one Runner-Up Grant of $500. Not a ton of money but every bit counts. And besides it would be pretty good to put on my resume.
________________________

2004 Grant Winners: Matt Phelan and runner up Jaime Zollars
2003 Grant Winners: Anik McGrory and runner up Sarah Brannen
2002 Grant Winners: David J. Udovic and runner up Daniel Santat
2001 Grant Winners: Theresa Smythe and runner up Lisa M. Kopelke
2000 Grant Winners: Yuyi Morales and runner up Amy Loeffler
1999 Grant Winners: Lisa Cinella and runner up Beth Royalty
1998 Grant Winners: Sheryl Daane Chestnut and runner up Emmie Hsu
________________________

Now as far as the current story I've been working on. Well to put it simply I'm in a RUT. I have the beginning written of 2 stories for my main character. But I don't have ends for either of them. I am having trouble coming up with the ending. I have been thinking about this for the last 2 weeks and feel like I've hit a wall. On top of that I'm suppose to share this story next week with my Tue. Night class (and am suppose to send it via e-mail to my instructor by Friday. --that's 2 days away!!). So you could say that I'm a little stress. Yes, I know that the class is suppose to help me brainstorm, but I feel like I need to show up with a little more then what I have. So I guess I'm going to be really busy tonight and tomorrow. Perhaps having motivation to get an ending by Friday could be a good thing. For some strange reason I always work better under deadlines.

Well I guess that' it for now. I'll let you know how it goes

 
 
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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Thought fm My Coach about Viking 

Some very encouraging thought from my coach. I like that she is able to bring me back to reality and it's nice that she actually get me.

Ok, Deeeeeeeeeeeep Breaaaaaaaaaath.
(sometimes I really do have to remember to breathe)

From: xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/2/2005 1:15:34 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy,

What great news. It is wonderful that your doggie made such an impression on this editor.

Your reaction, swinging from dread to ecstacy, is probably very normal among artists when faced with the possibility of publication. Take deep breaths and wait. For you must wait until she receives the package with your sample book, has time to review it, discuss it with her colleagues and send a response. This could take time. I am unsure of the ettiquette involved with picture books, but I believe it is similar to the one with novels. (Check this out with your friends at the GAG, the ones who have published. Find out what they think of multiple submissions and how long you schould wait for a reply before contacting the editor who has your sample.) I believe six weeks is a normal amount of time requested by editors to review materials. Come down to earth and realize that she has only promised to look at the book. This is great, but not a commitment. However, it could lead to a contract. It is hard, but you must be patient and be prepared for either outcome.

Let's say she loves it and wants to sign you up. Great. But what if it is not what Viking Children's Books is interested in publishing at the moment? In either case, she may ask you for any other samples of work you have. In which case, what is your best course of action while waiting for her response? Work on your xxxxxx story and try to have a sample ready within six weeks. Is that a possibility for you? I don't know how far along you are on that project. If six weeks is too soon, then have the premise of the book firmly thought out and be ready to give an estimate of how long it will take to have a sample ready.

If, for some reason, xxxxxx is unable to persuade her colleagues to publish Franklin Meriwether Knox, be ready to send it out to the next editor on your list.

I don't think you can screw this up Cindy. You have done everything correct so far. You have completed the sample. You have sent out a friendly, professional letter introducing yourself and inquiring if the editor would like to see your sample. And you have sent the package (having double checked the address).

Relax. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. And work on xxxxxx.

Congratulations,

xxxxxxx

 
 
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How am I going to screw this up? 

This is awesome. This is great news. Right? But what I am really thinking now is how am I going to screw this up? I alway have a way of self-sabotage myself. I get nervous and fumble and totally screw things up. Now I feel like I am waiting for the moment to come. It's strange, I don't know how I always find a way to turn something really good into something awful. It is completely pitiful 'cause I know there would be other people that would die to be in my shoes right now, however they probably wouldn't be think about how they were going to screw this up.

On the complete flip side I've been daydreaming about sending the rest of my dummy books and manuscripts out and getting multiple offers, and then having to send out retraction letters and getting calls from editors that are really disappointed I retracted my story 'cause they were just about to contact me about it and give me a contract. This is so completely over the top and will never happen. How can I have such negative thoughts one second and then this lofty daydream the next? I sometimes think there is something wrong with me. The way that I can swing from one extreme to the next. ---------Well my family is a bunch of extremists, and I like to think that I'm more sensible and moderate then the rest of them, but look at me now. I'm just as bad as they are.

I need to come to some sort of middle ground with my thought about this or it's just going to consume me and drive me crazy.

 
 
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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Corrospondence w/ an Editor fm Viking 

This is very exciting. I'm sending Franklin off to an editor at Viking, an editor that remembered me, and has one of my illustrations posted on her bulletin board!!!!! This is a very good sign. Cross your fingers and wish me luck!


From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 3/1/2005 4:29:39 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: RE: Book Proposal: Franklin Meriwether Knox

Thanks Xxxxxx!

I'm flattered that you still have my doggie posted up on your bulletin board. I'll send you the story and dummy book for Franklin tomorrow, so you should receive it by early next week. If for some reason you do not receive the package please let me know and I will be more then happy to resend another one.

Thanks Again,

-Cindy Ann

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/1/2005 4:05:08 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: RE: Book Proposal: Franklin Meriwether Knox

> Hi Cindy Ann,
>
> Your little doggie is up on my bulletin board, so I definitely remember our
> mtg!
> I'd be happy to take a look at the story and book dummy. My address is:
> Viking Children's Books 345 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014
> I'll keep an eye out for it!
>
> all best,
>
> xxxxxx
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com [mailto:cindy@cindymedia.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 2:08 PM
> To: xxxxxxxx
> Subject: Book Proposal: Franklin Meriwether Knox
>
>
> Hi xxxxx,
>
> It has been a while since we last corresponded. I met you about a year ago
> in your office and showed you my illustration portfolio. I'm the woman that
> did the image of a doggie wearing a party hat.
>
> Well...I've just finished working on a story about that same exact doggie.
> He now has a name. It's Franklin Meriwether Knox. In the story Franklin
> likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He
> decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an
> imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a one block radius
> around his house. Franklin visits France - which is really the local French
>
> Laundromat, Italy - an Italian bike shop, and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco -
> which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that
> Franklin visits he gets a sinking feeling that "it's just not the same, it's
> nothing like home."
>
> I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for
> consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin
> Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this as a book, I
> would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any
> necessary revisions that may be required.
>
> Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you
> soon.
>
> Best,
>
> Cindy Ann

 
 
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Monday, February 28, 2005

Playing Catch Up with Illustration Friday 

So I've been out of site for a while busy working on my book and getting it sent out.( But I have to say that I actually haven't sent it out yet, I've been getting hung up on the cover letters, but hopefully soon.)


So I have some late submittions to add for Illustration Friday:


Sorrow (week of 2/21):

This was just the first thing that came to mind.


sorrow, originally uploaded by cindymedia.




Flight (week of 2/14) :

Paper Airplains. When you are a little kid and you think of flying you always make paper airplanes ( well I did any way)


flight, originally uploaded by cindymedia.



Year of the Rooster (week of (2/7):

I was thinking what would someone look and be like if they were born during the year of the rooster. (I'm not sure if you can see it in this picture but the wallpaper is pink roosters.)


rooster, originally uploaded by cindymedia.


 
 
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Encouragement from my Coach 

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/22/2005 2:21:04 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy,

How are you this week? I received your e-mails. You are moving ahead on your goals nicely.

You have a wonderful momentum, but don't fret if that slows. It must at some point slow. We cannot run full tilt continuously. It will slow, but it will not stop and it will pick up speed again.

Regarding the cover letters you are sending out -- Have you thought of asking your Children's Picturebook Writing Workshop teacher for feedback and tips on how to write a professional letter that will get the attention of the editor? I think you have many of the proponents already in your letters, but how to organize the letter and what aspects are most important to highlight might be good questions to ask her, since she is a former children's editor at Chronicle Books. You may have already thought to do this, but I wanted to point out the "expert" you have in front of you. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Congratulations on not acting spontaneously and just sending them out without feedback. It is hard not to rush your book into the hands of those who might publish it. But I agree with you that it is better to write the best proposal possible. I am unfamiliar with picture book publication, so proposals I might write for my own work would not necessarily fit the customary format for the children's market.

You write that you are glad you have another idea ready to work on for your next project. How do you come up with ideas? Do you have a folder to store new ideas, so when one pops into your mind you can jot it down on a napkin or scrap paper and toss it in there until you have time to work on it?

Your ideas, the ones you have shared with me so far, hold deep meaning for you. I especially like the one you are working on now, about XXXXX. It comes from a special place and time in your life with your sister. It delves into personality, perfection and the particular verses make do and the generic. These are wonderful concepts to explore. You said you feel stuck with XXXXX, unsure of where the story is going. When thinking of new ideas, think of what rich work you would like to do. What do you want to convey to children and adults who will read your work and who will study your pictures? What do you want to convey to yourself? Ultimately, we write for ourselves, we create for ourselves and out of that comes art we share with others. If we can articulate these criteria to ourselves, we have a better chance of creating what we want to convey.

I am excited for you Cindy and I am eager to hear your next installment.

All the best,

xxxxxxxx

 
 
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Thursday, February 17, 2005

I've Been a Busy Little Bee 

I've been pretty busy lately. And I’m happy to say that I’ve been busy working on my own stuff and not job related stuff!!!

As you know I sent a bunch of illustration samples out to Harcourt. So that was a good thing, but I do have to say that I felt like I almost sabotaged myself with this. I was dilly-dallying putting this package together including taking my time writing the letter that I enclosed in the package (even though I have a basic form letter written up for when people request samples.) Why was I dilly-dallying? I don't know for sure, but I know that I did start to have some negative thoughts like "Sure I'll send her all these samples, get my hopes up and nothing will happen. So why should I rush to send these out? " I obviously know the answer to this but still had these thoughts none the less.

Overall I have been feeling very productive. I have finished my 2nd sample illustration for my children's book along with making all of the revisions that were called for on my sketches. So I am DONE and ready to send out my book proposal!!!

Here is the Cover Image for the book:


franklin.cover, originally uploaded by cindymedia.




Yesterday I played hookie and took the day off of work. I spent the whole day in my studio putting together dummies to submit to publishers. I had originally said that I was only going to submit to 6 publishers but I upped that to 10. (I have some sort of "connection" with each of the people I am submitting to so I thought that this was ok).

I have also been hard at work writing the cover letters that are specific to each person. (no form letters here, well except the book description) I have to say that I definitely did procrastinate on this. It took me quite a while to get started but once I did it I was on a roll. (I have put the sample letters at the end of this post if you would like to take a peek. They still need some tweaking the parts that are italicised are a work in progress.) I just happen to be lucky enough to have a good friend, who writes brilliantly, review these along with my husband. The more eyes the better. I really need these letters to be well written, professional and representational of my work and me. It's very daunting that one sheet of paper can be that powerful.

I am hoping to get all of the proposals sent out by the end of next week. Yesterday I really had the urge to rush and get them sent out by this Friday. I have a real tendency to jump the gun, with almost everything. So, I'm glad that I was able to talk myself out of it. I have been working on this for over 2 years so why would I rush and send something out haphazardly when I could use one more week to send them out the right way. (I really do have to give myself a pat on the back for not acting impulsively at the last second.)

This past Tuesday was my first Children’s Picturebook Writing Workshop class taught by Amy Novesky a former children's editor at Chronicle Books. (Here is one of her pictuere books)

I think it's going to be a really good class, just from the introductions there are some seasoned people in the class and actually 4 of my class members work or have worked at Leap Frog, a leading toy manufacture in the children's educational market. A company that I have been trying to get an interview with forever. So perhaps I will be able to make some connections. That would be really awesome.

But the real reason for taking the class it to work on my next book and to keep the momentum going. My next book is loosely based on the relationship my sister and me had growing up. The main character is a self-centered picky and particular little girl. In fact she thinks she's the best. Her younger sister in not nearly as particular but want to copy whatever her older sister does. The story is about the older sister wanting a particular doll for Christmas and getting the generic version of the doll instead. She is obviously upset with this and.......this is the part I’m stuck on. I don’t know how it ends. Hopefully this class will help me out.

I can actually see this character being a series of books. I have a She had been peculating in the back of my head for a while so I’m excited to start working on her. I have done a few sketch of what I thought she might look like but I definitely need to do a lot more to really flesh her out. I’m happy that I have my next project in the works cause if I didn't have someting on the back burner I think I would really be stuck right now.

On another note I’ve been activately procrastinating on making the cold call to potential sponsor for the Roadshow Portfolio display. I committed myself to this when I sign up on the committee. I really should buckle down and do this tomorrow. The problem is that I hate cold calling and I don’t think I’m any good at it. I get nervous and start stumbling over my words. I guess I just need to practice and then just suck it up and do it. Ugh! But I am so dreading it. I think I’m making it worse in my head then it really is. So tomorrow is the day, I’m going to sit down and do it on my lunch break. If I flake out on this I am going to look really stupid in front of all the other more seasoned illustrators on the committee. I think being unreliable and looking like a fool is far worse then cold calling. OK, I just think I psyched myself up for this.

Well I think that’s about it.

________________________________________

Below our my drafts for my cover and query letters. If you have any suggestions or see any puncuiation or spelling errors please let me know. The parts that I still need to work on are in italic:


e-mail to my contact at Viking/ Penguin Putnam:

Hi xxxxx,

It has been a while since we’ve corresponded. I met you about a year ago in your office and showed you my illustration portfolio. I’m the woman that did the image of a doggie wearing a party hat.

Well…I’ve just finished working on a book about that same exact doggie. He now has a name, it’s Franklin Meriwether Knox. In Franklin’s book he likes to play and he gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. (need a better zinger at the end here)
I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,

Cindy Ann


e-mail to my contact at Knopf Delacorte Dell/ Random House:

Hi xxxxxx,

It has been a while since we’ve corresponded. I met you via email through xxxxx xxxxx a while back. I’ve just finished working on that book idea I had told you about based on the Question: What is Home?

The title of the book is Franklin Meriwether Knox, which is the name of the main character. Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. Franklin runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. He visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,

Cindy Ann


e-mail to my contact at Little Brown/ Time Warner:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx,

I have been working for Time Inc. for almost 5 yrs., at Business 2.0 a business magazine that is under the Fortune Group doing the production on the magazine. While following my career in print production I've also been pursuing my personal goal of writing and illustrating children's books. I thought of the Time Warner vast network and how I could take advantage the network to establish opportunities to publish my book. Little Brown has a long history of publishing quality children’s picture books and it would delight me if I had the opportunity to work with you at Little Brown and stay with in the "Time Warner Family".

I have just finished working on a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox, which is the name of the main character.

Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,

Cindy Ann


Letter to my contact at Random House:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxxx,

We met a while back through Stephen Kroninger. While I was in college I worked as Stephen Studio Assistant. When I was employed by Stephen I had the opportunity to view him working on his first picture book "If I Crossed the Road" which you published. After I graduated from art school you were kind enough to meet with me and review my illustration portfolio. That was almost 7 years ago! I have to say that at the time I was very naïve. I had not realize what a big "Rock Star" you were in the children’s publishing world. So I’m pleased to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you and I'm hoping to re-establish a working rapport with you. (need some help with this part)

Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character).

Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would be honored to work with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden (my maiden name is Diaz)




Letter to my contact at Scholastic:

Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx,

We met a while back through xxxxxx xxxxxx. I had just graduated art school and you were kind enough to meet with me on the roof patio of the Scholastic building. I have to say that at the time I was very naïve and had no idea what a "Rock Star" you were in the children’s publishing world. So I’m delighted to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you. Since that time I have had the pleasure of hear you speak at several SCBWI Conferences and even sat down and chatted with you along with a few of my fellow illustrators. I’m pleased to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you and I'm hoping to re-establish a working rapport with you. (need some help with this part)

Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character).

Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would be honored to work with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden (my maiden name is Diaz)


Letter to my contact at Tricycle Press:

Dear Ms. xxxxx,

We met a short while back when you were a guest speaker at xxxxxx xxxxxx Children's Picture Book class at Berkeley Extension. I have also had the pleasure of hear you speak at a few conferences.

Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character).

Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco-which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden


Letter to my contact at Harcourt:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx,

I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak at a few SCBWI Conferences. In your presentation you showed a lot of work by Lois Ehlert and Debra Frasier, 2 of my favorite illustrators. You talked about looking for great stories with good rhythm, and something that gave you the chills. My new book give me the chills and I hope it will with you too! (is this too snotty?)

Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden


Letter to my contact at Henry Holt:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx,

I've been researching publications to send my manuscript and dummy to. Henry Holt has a history of publishing quality children’s picture books. Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which is the name of the main character).
Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that "it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home." At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what.

Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required.

Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden

 
 
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Monday, February 14, 2005

My internal conversatation with myself 

Procrastination, I am very good at it. Recently I've realized that my procrastination is usually related to having anxiety and fear about whatever it is that I'm avoiding.

I'm working on tackling my fear by rationalize with myself to be more proactive in combating this type of behavior . Here is typical conversatation that I have with myself:

ME: "Why haven't you finished your illustration? What are you really afraid of?"

me: "Making a mistake and screwing it up."

ME: "Well, if you mess up the illustration you will be able to fix it. Or worstcase sinero you can just start over."

me: "But I don't want to make a mistake. I don't want to start over."

ME: "Is it really the worst thing in the world?"

me: "No, but I will be wasting a lot of time. Who wants to start over? I don't
want to start over."

ME: "But if you have to start over you know that it will be a better piece. You've already had practice doing it once and it will go quickly.”

me: "I know but starting over make me feel defeated.I hate to have to start
over."

ME: "You are only defeated if you don't start over. If you don't take the risk you will never finish. You are wasting more time now then if you just sat down and worked on it. And perhaps you get it right on the first try, then you won't have to start over. But you'll never know unless you just sit down and do it."

me: "Yes, Yes your right. I just have to sit down and get to work. But first I
have to go to the bathroom, eat and do the laundary."

ME: "No, start NOW!"

me: "OK, OK I'll start just as soon as I clean my work area."

ME: "When have you ever been that neat? Your avoiding starting. Sit down and just start."

me: "ALRIGHT! I'm starting are you happy now?"


Funny that I go through this little talk in my head so often. And you know what, I hardly ever have to start completely over. I do make mistakes that I have to fix but rarely do I have to completely start over. So it's a dumb fear to have, but I still go thorough it every single time.

 
 
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Friday, February 11, 2005

There's nothing like Flattery to boost your ego 

I received this really sweet note from a college student the other day. I don't get these types of compliments often, so it was a really nice pick-me-up and very uplifting.

It's actually kind of amazing that I'm getting some real visibility on the web lately!!!! People are actually checking me out. But of course in the back of my mind I'm thinking "I really need to update my site".

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/6/2005 1:51:22 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: I love your artwork!

> Hi Cindy, I just have to say I am a big fan of your colorful illustrations and can only hope to be as talented and successful as an illustrator someday. I am an illustration major at Syracuse University interested in relocating to the Philadelphia area following school. I reviewed your resume online and found it of interest in my researching process. I don't know how long you lived in Philadelphia or if you could help me in answering a few questions, but, I am interested in knowing, and particularly from a visual communications professional, what are the major markets for illustrators living in the area? And in your experience, did you find that many design and advertising agencies were interested in hiring full-time illustrators?
>
> thank you,
> xxxxxxxxxx

 
 
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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Creative Coaching 

I've had a few people e-mail me and ask me about how this whole creative coaching thing works. So I'd thought I'd share since the coaching has been very helpful for me. It has made me really think and articulate what I am feeling. The coaching is probably very similar to the "therapy" of writing your thoughts down in a blog. The main difference is that the focus is all on me and I'm accountable. My coach often ask me questions that make me explore what it is I am really feeling vs. what I "think" I'm feeling. This is a good exercise and I find it really helpful to be accountable to someone else. I have accountability issues and need to learn how to be more accountable to myself. Right now it's easier for me to make excuse to myself then to someone else. So far , this experience has been very helpful with keeping me on track and I am working on making being accountable to "me" a priority.

Currently right now the coaching is costing me nothing because I signed up to be a "free client" to work with a "coach-in-training" during a 16 week creative coaching course taught by Eric Masel.

This is info about becoming a free client (This is taken directly from Eric site):
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BECOMING A FREE CLIENT
During each creativity coaching training most of the creativity coaches-in-training opt to work with clients, either clients that they
recruit or that I supply. The clients I supply are seen for free for the duration of the training. (If client and coach want to work together thereafter, they need to make new, for-pay arrangements.)

If you would like to participate in one of these training as a free client and work with a coach-in-training via e-mail, please provide me with the following information: one paragraph about yourself (your name, age, where you live, art discipline you work in, etc.) and a paragraph about what you would like to work on with a creativity coach. Please send that information to me at ericmaisel@hotmail.com
_____________________

I don't have the funds to be able to afford Eric Maisel himself so having one of his trainees is the next best thing. I feel like I am building a relationship with the woman that I am working with and hope to continue to work with her after the 16 weeks program. Hopefully, she will still want to work with me. I'll have to keep you posted about how things end up.

 
 
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What a great start to my morning 

What a great start to my morning. I just was checking my e-mail like I normally do every morning and low and behold I have this great little e-mail from Harcourt requesting samples of my work. Can I tell you I am over the moon. I have a smile on my face that won't come off. - hummm now how do I reply, I don't want to seem overly zealous and blow it. But I do have to inquire if they want to see design work or if they want to see illustration work. Here is the e-mail. What does it sound like to you?


From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/10/2005 9:36:32 AM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Portfolio samples


Ms. Ganaden,

My name is xxxxxxxxx and I am a designer for Harcourt School Publishers in Orlando Florida.

We are currently viewing work from various artists to use in future publications. I came across your website and thought your designs might be compatible with our books. We have contacted you in an effort to view some samples of your portfolio. If this is something you might be interested in, you may contact me or simply send samples to the address below. Thanks for your time.

My mailing address:

xxxxxxxxxxx
Production Department
Harcourt School Publishers
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Orlando, FL 32887

Best Regards,
xxxxxxxxxxxx



RE: My Reply to Harcourt for Portfolio Sample




From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 2/10/2005 5:50:28 PM
To: xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Portfolio samples

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx,

Thank you for your interest in my work. I am excited to hear that you think I
may be compatible with the books you are creating. I do have samples to
send.

In order to help me choose appropriately from my set, let me know if there
is a particular type of imagery that you are looking for (e.g., animal, people,
landscapes). Please let me know so I can arrange to send out a package
by early next week at the latest.

You may contact me directly at (415) 420-4430 or via e-mail. I look
forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden


Cindy Ann Ganaden
CiNdY MeDiA .com
415-420-4430
http://www.cindymedia.com/

Illustration & Design that “teaches without teaching” ‑° providing the
conditions that allow children to learn for themselves.


Her Reply Back

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/11/2005 6:11:38 AM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Re: Portfolio samples


Ms. Ganaden,
Thanks for your prompt reply. We are looking for a small variety of your work.
I don't have any specific requests from your collection, I can only suggest that it be
appropriate for a child's textbook. We use many different styles of imagery, so it's a good
chance for you to showcase a variety of pieces from your portfolio. Thanks again.

Best Regards,
xxxxxxxx

Next Steps

I'm working on putting a package together to send out for delivery next week. Cross your fingers for me!!!!!!!

 
 
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Monday, February 07, 2005

Last Week was a Good Week 

----- Original Message -----
From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 2/7/2005 3:47:23 PM
To: xxxxx
Subject: Re: Creativity Coach-Update: What Happened Last Week

Hi xxxx,

Sorry to be out of touch. Last week was a busy week. (we were ramping up for printing our next issue of the magazine at work).

Things with me for the most part have been going well. I feel like I have picked up some momentum and have been on a roll. Not having the TV has been a real help. I have been working in my studio almost every night, which has been very invigorating. And as I've been doing mundane things like the laundry and cleaning up the house I've been thinking about my work. (it always seems to be in the back of my mind)


Here is a list of Exciting things that happened last week:


1) I went to a GAG (graphic Artist Guild Meeting) meeting about an up coming local conference-The fellow illustrators that I will be volunteering with are very well established and have been in the business for 10+ years. This was very inspiring and I was delighted to be in such great company. Ultimately this is a really good connection to make. (professionally and on a personal level for inspiration)

2) Through this meeting I've been asked to join the San Francisco Society of Illustrators - So I just sent my paperwork in for that today and have plans to be an active participant in this organization as well.

3) I participated in Illustration Friday and did a piece that I am happy with. (simple with a strong concept). The topic last week was "Friendship". This week's topic is "The year of the Rooster". I've already started doing some research on this so that I can come up with another strong concept. My goal is to have this illustration done by Wednesday.

4) I purchased 2 books. -The 1st is Eric Maisel's "Coaching the Artist Within" , a good follow up to "Fearless Creating" and considering that I am now being coached I thought it would be good to read. The second book was a fun fiction novel for some mind candy.

5) I finished my 2nd illustration for my kid's book and spent the weekend working on the other minor corrections that I need to make before I send my book out again.

- I feel like I am very close to being finished. (at least finished with this stage of the process.) I need to start thinking about what 6 editors/publishing houses I'm going to submit to and start writing the cover letters.

6) I have decide that I am going to submit my book to the W.I.N Competition from SmartWriters The deadline is Feb 28th. (So now I have a hard deadline to shoot for.) The prizes aren't huge but I will get a lot of exposure as editors will be reading the submissions (and really that's the reason I'm submitting)

- I am also going to try to submit to Communication Arts Illustration Call for Entries as well. The deadline for this one is Mar 15th. So I have some short-term goals to shoot for.

7) I have been answering ad for design/illustration on Craig's List. Though I have not yet received any replies back I think its good step forward in promoting myself. No one will ever know I exist unless I inquire about the work.(in any case I think it's a numbers game. I just have to be out there responding and letting people know I exist.)

All and all I think things have been going well. I feel more energized and it?s been good for me to connect with other illustrators especially successful illustrators that are making their living solely through illustration. It's very inspiring and uplifting.

Last week was a good week. Hopefully this week will go as well.

Best,

Cindy

 
 
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Illustration Friday: Friendship 


friendship.sm, originally uploaded by cindymedia.



Here is my entry for this weeks Illustration Friday. (Early again, boy I'm on a roll. Lets hope I can keep it up!)

Friends share especially at lunchtime.

 
 
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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Illustration Friday: Gluttony 

Here is my vesion of Guttony for Illustration Friday a day early and in color!!!


If you can't see the image click on this link (I've been experiencing some problems viewing in different browsers):
gluttony.4C.2.tif

 
 
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Playing Catch Up with Illustration Friday  

Here is my color version of Seasons for last weeks IlloFri. This just proves what NO TV can do!!!


If you can't see the image click on this link (I've been experiencing some problems viewing in different browsers):
seasons.2.tif

 
 
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Q&A: Questions from my Coach & My Answers 

From: xxxxx
Sent: 1/25/2005 11:47:24 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy,

You've given me a good picture of how you have spent your days this week. I like the fact that you made time to create this weekend. You moved forward on your sketches for your children's book and on your sketch for Illustration Friday. Yes, there was inner struggle. I agree with you that it will subside as you continue to work. But even if it does not, do continue to work.

I am going to pose a number of questions so I can better understand your situation. Please do not feel you have to answer all of them or that you have to act on them right now. I just want to get a better understanding of how you find time to work and who you work with on your art.

You reorganized the kitchen cabinets. While you were reorganizing, what were you thinking about? Were the illustrations for the book running through your mind as you organized?

While you planted the seeds in the dixie cups, what were you thinking about?

When Jay is out of town, is there anyone you talk to about your day? A friend or relative? Do you have artist friends you bounce ideas off for your work?

What kind of day job do you have? You talked about a director being in town? Is this job art related?

Do you like cooking? What do you think about while cooking? Do you think about your creative work a lot while doing tasks?

Are you an active person? Do you find it difficult to sit still? Does your mind race from one idea to another?

What is Illustration Friday? Is it over the Internet or is it a place where other artists gather to share their work? How does it work? Do you critique each other's sketches? Are the people there the same each week, month? Do you find it helpful?

Are you working with an agent or editor on your children's book? Is there a deadline for the second illustration sample?

What do you think is causing the inner struggle?


I know I have given you alot to think about. No pressures here. Just want to help you sort our your priorities and encourage you to keep going. You sound excited to be working on your illustrations again. I looked at your website. Your characters have personality.

I am enjoying your e-mails. You are really thinking about how you spend your time. Being aware of yourself is a good step.
xxxxxx




From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 1/26/2005 3:36:17 PM
To: xxxxxx
Subject: Re: Creativity Coach


Ok, I'm gonna take a stab at this. Let me see if I can answer all of your questions:

1) You reorganized the kitchen cabinets. While you were reorganizing, what were you thinking about? Were the illustrations for the book running through your mind as you organized?

I was thinking that I have a lot of time on my hands before I go to bed I better use some of it up. I was procrastinating from going up to my studio. So I guess I was thinking about my work as "what can I do to avoid it".

2)While you planted the seeds in the dixie cups, what were you thinking about?

I was daydreaming about what my garden was going to look like in the middle of summer. Very lush with a short white picket fence around it so Penny wouldn't be able get into the garden and rip up the veggies. I was thinking about how great it was going to be to cook with fresh vegetables and herbs. I was thinking about all the things that I needed to do to actually get the garden running.

3)When Jay is out of town, is there anyone you talk to about your day? A friend or relative? Do you have artist friends you bounce ideas off for your work?

I have a good friend Heather that I often hang out with. However her husband has just started this new job where he travels all week, so she really wants to be able to spend her weekend with him. (which is totally understandable).

Other then that I have a few friends but none that are really close. They are just friends that I occasionally hang out with but none on a regular basis. (wow- that actually sounds really lame of me. I guess the truth hurts.)

On an artist basis I am part of a critique group that meets once a month. I started this group over a year ago and it has been helpful in keeping me motivated. But I do have to admit that I often find myself cramming right before a meeting to get some work done so I have something to show. A few members of my critique group are published or are in the process of getting published so it actually is very inspiring.

Here are the web links to a few of the members of my group:

Peter- (is the most seasoned and has 3 books published with Philomel) - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author=Peter%20Holwitz/103-5217505-7326202

Sara-(is from Iran and has a lot of her work published internationally, but has not broken into the US market yet) http://www.sarakahn.com/

Sue- (is in contract with her 1st picture book with Chronicle Books) http://rdo.cc/

Liz-(is working closely with Piccadilly Press on her book and should be getting a contract soon) http://www.lizcunningham.net/

Mike- (Has sent his book proposals out to a ton of publishers but they have not been accepted yet. It’s really just a matter of time for him. His work is really good.) http://www.maystead.com/

Christina- (just left our group because she moved back home to San Diego) http://www.christinaortega.net/


4)What kind of day job do you have? You talked about a director being in town? Is this job art related?

Ah the dreaded day job. For the past 5 years I have been working in the production department at Business 2.0 (www.business2.com) a Time Inc. business magazine. (Sounds big and exciting, right? Well it isn't.)

When I was talking about my director being in town I was referring to my director from my day job, so nothing to do with my art, well...not unless you want to include the hindrance of my art and creativity. For her visit I had been asked to write out my professional goals for the year. This happens every time and I always have trouble with this because my job is just that, a job. It's a means to an end. I don't think of it as a career and I certainly don't think I'm on a "career path" at least not the one that they think I ought to be on and I'm certainly not a "TimeInc Life'er". This is just a job for me. So how do I create professional sounding goals that don't increase my workload but still seem like I'm aiming for something? I can say stuff like "I will improve upon X" but then that can get translated into "Why do you need to improve? Were you not doing a good job to begin with?"

So what do I do- Me and one other person are in charge of getting the magazine printed every issue. Which is very stressful. This includes working with the printer to meet the deadlines. (If we miss a deadline or are running late it can cost us upwards of $500 an hour) I personally check all the ad materials to make sure that they print correctly. I work with the sales reps to hunt down any missing ad materials and work with the agencies on any inserts and special units. We have to work out the pagination of the book (page order). Some of our advertisers have strict requirements. For example Xerox has to be the 1st copier, they need 10 pages of separation from all of their competitors and will only run on a right hand page in the 1st 33% of the book. If we don't meet these requirement or perhaps if I make a mistake and put 9 pages away from a competitor they then will ask for a "MakeGood" which is a free ad page and could lose the company aprox 40K. (thank god I haven't had any makegoods last year. Hopefully I’ll be just as lucky in 05)

Most of the stuff I do is directly tied in to the revenue stream so if I make a mistake there are a lot of people to answer to. Which puts on a tremendous amount of pressure, that I don't necessarily deal with very well.

I pretty much hate my day job. I have been saying that for the entire 5yrs that I have been working here. Mind you I have made some steps to get out of my current situation. I have updated my resume and written multiple cover letters for different scenarios but haven't sent anything out yet. Why you might ask? Because I feel like I need to update my website with more design work before anyone will consider me for a design position since pretty much all my "professional experience" is in production. Have I mentioned how much I hate production? It's the most uncreative environment anyone can ever work in. So why did I ever take a production job to begin with? Well I graduated college and needed a job. It sounded like it was kind of creative besides it was the only job that was offered to me. So I took it and now I'm making really good money at it. This should make me happy right? But what it really does is back me up in a corner.

If I apply and take an entry/mid-level design job I will certainly be taking a pay cut. This is a very hard pill for me to swallow since my husband is working on getting his photography career off the ground and my current salary is a majority of what we use to pay the mortgage and live on. Jay has been very supportive and wants me to look for another job but if I am making less money it will most definitely strain us financially and put more pressure on him to make his photography business more profitable to balance out our finances. I want to give him the time he needs to grow his business but at the same time I feel like a piece of me dies everyday I have to step foot in the office.

I work way too many hours and thought I do get compensated with being paid overtime, it's not like I have the option to refuse to work late. Some days I don't get home until 9-10 at night, this tends to happen when we are printing. So then I go home, eat and pretty much go to bed in order to get up and do it all over again. It is a vicious cycle. I am always tired when I get home from work even if I get home at a reasonable time. But hopefully no longer having the TV will help me get motivated when I get home from work.


5)Do you like cooking? What do you think about while cooking?

Sometimes- I like baking. Does that count as cooking? I'm not really a good cook I experiment too much and it usually winds up tasting weird (meaning I should of just followed the recipe.) I don't do a lot of the cooking for dinner usually Jay winds up doing that. Though I know he would like me to take on some of that responsibility as well. I will how ever do big meals like Thanksgiving. I make a really good homemade chicken soup (it's my grandma recipe).


6)Do you think about your creative work a lot while doing tasks?

Yes, my mind wanders a lot.


7)Are you an active person? Do you find it difficult to sit still? Does your mind race from one idea to another?

I like to think that I am active. But really not so much. I snowboard in the winter and I like to hike, do yoga and rock climb, but I don't really do any of them other then snowboarding on a regular basis. Jay has encouraged me to join the rock climbing gym, but I'm concerned about the cost and really don't want to go alone.

8)What is Illustration Friday? Is it over the Internet or is it a place where other artists gather to share their work? How does it work? Do you critique each other's sketches? Are the people there the same each week, month? Do you find it helpful?

Illustration Friday is over the internet.
Here is the link:http://www.illustrationfriday.com

It's a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Monday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation and post their link. Topics are picked each week from a list of suggestion that have been emailed by participants. Illustration Friday also has an art forum. Which basically is a community board. It's a place to discuss creative issues, ask questions or just get feedback from other illustrators.

You do get some feed back on your submission for IlloFri. from other illustrators but basically it's to give me weekly assignments to keep me active and thinking. So I definitely think it's a helpful exercise to do every week.

There definitely are definitely see a lot of the same "Faces" week after week. Which is kind of cool cause it allows you to get to sort of know people with out knowing what they look and sound like. Illustration Friday has also put me in touch with some illo. friends that I haven't talked to in a while.

9)Are you working with an agent or editor on your children's book? Is there a deadline for the second illustration sample?

Nope not working for an agent. But I have had an editor at Chronicle books look at my work and I did receive a lot of really good feedback (4 hand-written pages worth!). Now I just have to act on it, which is the hard part so that I can make some of the changes and resubmit before they forget about me. So there really isn't a deadline per say but I would like to do it pretty soon. My next critique group is Feb 13th and I would like to have most of it done for my group to look at and make comments before I resubmit.


10)What do you think is causing the inner struggle?

Sometimes I just don't know. But probably fear of failure.




 
 
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Balance- In Color 


balance.4C.sm, originally uploaded by cindymedia.



I thought I 'd share with you my color version that I compleated for Illustration Friday of "Balance".

 
 
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Monday, January 24, 2005

What I got to check off on my list this weekend 

I feel good about this weekend. I think I got a lot done. Not everything on my list but a fair amount.

So here is a little outline of what I did over the weekend.

Friday Night:

Surfed on the internet for a while. Ate dinner and changed into my pajamas. Then I sat down on the couch and vegged out for a while. After all it had been a tough week. I woke up at about 2am and dragged myself to the bed to go to sleep for real.

Saturday (started off good and then went downhill):

I woke up early and took Penny for a hike in the morning. (this was very nice and I should do it more often as I have a bunch of hiking trails near by.) We came home, showered and changed and went back out to the grocery store to pick up Dixie cups for my garden seeds along with groceries for the week. I came home and baked 2 punkin pies and planted my seeds in the dixie cups. While the pies were cooking I felt like I couldn't leave the house to go up to my studio so I turned on the TV (this is where things started to go down hill). When the pies were done cooking I decided I need to take a little afternoon nap and before I knew it, I was hungry and it was dinner time. So I ate punkin pie for dinner in front of the TV and got comfortable on the couch for the rest of the night.


Sunday (this was a genuinely good day, very productive):

I woke up early and the first thing that I did was unplug the TV and disconnect all its extra wires and cords. I took the TV off the stand and placed it on the floor.It was ruining my weekend and had to be stopped. It was a fairly easy task but the way I'd been acting all weekend you'd think somebody was asking me to shovel manure. That's how much I had been avoiding the task.(The TV is currently still siting on the floor. I'm just waiting for my husband to carry it down to the garage and find a home for it. But at least it's not inoperable and inaccessible.)

After the big TV drama Penny and I took a trip to Pet Food Express to replenish her puppy food supply. It was running a little low and of course I was avoiding going up to my studio. We returned from the pet store and I decided that it was the perfect time for a piece of pie and some tea. So I had my pie and tea and then begrudingly headed up to my studio. It had to be done there no more avoiding it. The way I was behaving one might think I was going to the dentist. Once I got to my studio I dilly-dallied a bit. Did some straightening up and then finally got started working on my illustration.

Once I started working, I was in the grove until I realized that I had pretty much finished the background and that I really needed to start working on the figures. Then anxiety hit and I avoided the figures like the plague and continued working on the background, even though I knew I just need to dive in and work on the figures.I was just having that fear thing that I often get. It went something like this:

"I have the background perfect,what if I mess up on the figures?"
"If you don't work on the figures you will never finish the illustration"
"I know but what if I mess the whole thing up"
"You can fix it if you mess it up and besides the illustration is really about the figures not the background"

I often argue with myself like this.

So finally this got to me and I heading back to the house for an early dinner and some more tea. Since there was no TV to watch I read a magazine article ( I only allowed myself one article) and then I headed back to the studio. I dabbled on the background a bit, got interrupted with a phone call and then I finally dove into working on the figures until it was time to go pick up my husband at the airport.

All and All I have to say it was a good step forward in the right direction. There was definitely some inner struggle going on this weekend but hopefully that will subside as I continue to work more. I feel good about the progress I made with my illustration though I definitely have to rework one of the figures as her facial expressions just aren't looking quite right.

So tonight what am I doing:

I came home played with Penny and made dinner. Then I proceeded to reorganized the kitchen cabinets not just one all of them (My husband is not going to know where to find anything). I ate dinner and surfed at the same time.(Now thats being efficient, right?) and then I started writing this. Not so bad at least it more productive then what I usually do. For the remainder of the night I plan to take penny for a walk, pick up my husband from the Bart and work on sketches for Illustration Friday. The word of the week is Gluttony.

Well that's it for now.

 
 
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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Correspondence with my creative coach 

I thought I'd share my correspondence with my creative coach from this week.

From: xxxx
Sent: 1/14/2005 7:02:43 PM
To: cindy@cindymedia.com
Cc:
Subject: creativity coach

Hi Cindy,

I was just opening your file when you e-mailed me. I love your website, by the way.

Yes, I will be working with you. During the time we work together, you may e-mail me as often as you like. I will e-mail you twice a week, Monday through Friday. All of what is discussed in our e-mails is confidential. I am the only one who will be reading your letters.

My job is to help you achieve your creative goals. I will do this by listening, helping you think of ways to overcome any obstacles you feel you may have, and encouraging you to allow yourself time to create.

I recieved your list of goals. It is great to see that you have already thought through what you would like to work on this year. You wrote that you would like to finish the children's book you have been working on and submit it to publishers as your number one priority. How can I help you with this? Do you feel you are progressing on this project?

In regard to cutting back on TV: taking walks again (one of your goals) is a great way to unwind (your doggie will love you for it). I, too, use walking time to think and create ideas for my stories. If it is in the evening, dark and cold, perhaps a hot bath with a good magazine or book will help you relax. If you want to relax, yet still be productive in your work, reading material that inspires your work can be relaxing. I often read "The Writer" magazine in bed before I go to sleep. Music is also a good substitute for TV. It does not require you to sit and pay attention to a plot.

Participating in Illustration Friday is a great idea.

Starting a garden will not only help you eat healthier, it is another way to relax. If you have the space, you can begin planting seeds in small containers near a sunny window and then transplant in the spring.

I too have a sweet tooth. I find foods such as sugar snap peas, crunchy and sweet, a good substitute.

The next 16 weeks are for you to work on whatever you wish. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,
xxxxx


From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 1/21/2005 4:21:21 PM
To: xxxx
Cc:
Subject: Re: creativity coach

I’ve been a little off key this week. My director at my day job is in town, and so as you can imagine, things have been a little stressful. I have to act like I have career goals and that I am on a career path when all I really want to do is get a new job. Beside that my husband has been out of town so I haven't been eating very well this week, he does all the cooking. So you could say that this week I've been a little down in the dumps.

SO what have I done this week (or more appropriately what haven't I done):

1) Again I have watched too much TV - But I have a solution for that. I've talked it over with Jay and we are going to remove the TV from the living room. I tried just unplugging it and taking the batteries out of the remote but I always plug it back in and then change the channels manually, if only I was that persistent with my art work. So I am going to just have to take extreme measure and remove the darn thing. (at least for a while) SO that’s the plan this weekend remove the TV and put it in storage. Just as an FYI this is how I normally operate- All or none, it a problem I have to work on.

2) I have not done any illustrations work all week- So this weekend I plan to finish the second illustration sample I need for my children’s book. (so essentially I will be making up for my lost time sitting on the couch watching TV)

3) I have done a sketch for Illustration Friday and started to work on a finished piece, but I haven't finished it yet. -SO I haven't submitted anything yet. Perhaps I will work on that this weekend as well.

4) I've thought about going to the store after work a few times this week to pick up dixie cups to start planting some of my seeds for my garden, but I never made it there. So I think this is something I will try to do this weekend.

5) Also in the same vein I wanted to take Penny (my puppy) out for a walk this week as well but as soon as I stepped into the house and took off my shoes all aspirations of going for a walked died at the door. (Usually on the train ride home I go through in my head all the things I want to do when I get home. And what always seems to happen is the minute I walk in the door all my energy get zapped and I forget what it was I wanted to do. I change out of my work clothes and plop on the couch. I'm embarrassed to say that this happens so often that I can't even keep count. But perhaps with out a TV I will be less inclined to stay on the couch all night.)

6) No progress with the job hunt- I looked on line a little but haven't really taken any steps. I first need my husband to get me an internet connection up in my newly built studio so I can update my site. (If I'm honest with myself that is really just an excuse - causes I can still work on my site without tan internet connection and do all the prep work. It's not ideal but it is doable)

So hopefully I will be really productive this weekend and get a fair amount of stuff done. We shall see.

Cindy

 
 
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Illustration Friday: Seasons 


seasons.sketch, originally uploaded by cindymedia.

How I wish it was summer already.
I want wear flip-flops and tang-tops.
Not sweaters and heavey socks.
I want fresh watermelon and strawberries.
Not frozen fruit.

 
 
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Friday, January 14, 2005

Keeping up with Illustration Friday 

I posted this in the Illustration Friday Art Forum but thought I'd post it here as well.


How do you guys all do a finished illustration every week? I am trying to figure out how to keep pace with all of you, but I just don't seem to be able to keep up. You guys are just too good. How much time do you give yourself to complete an illo for Illustration Friday? Do you give yourselves a time limit?  When do you typically start you illustration if you do a finish? (I’ve been starting on Thursday, so maybe that's part of my problem) Any tips for some one who wants to keep up with all you fantastic Illustrators? tks -Cindy

 
 
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