Now that I have finally finished editing the spring issue of Ruby for Women, I can work on my next ebook. I had so much fun with the writing and editing project that I just couldn't quite let it go . . . . I just kept going back over it and over it, and of course every time I went through it again, I would find one more tiny, little thing that needed to be corrected. OK, so I admit I have perfectionistic tendencies!
That's the bad news, but it is also the good news, because once it is finally finished, whatever I am working on usually looks pretty good. But there comes a time when you have to let it go, decide that it is "finished," and not stress about whether there might be ONE more tiny flaw that was missed. But even after I felt the document was as close to "perfect' as I was going to make it, then I had a new problem to solve. Which is one of the things at the top of my TO DO list for today.
Apparently the PDF creator that I am using (it really is old, and I need to update it) causes the pages to load so slowly that it makes you crazy if you are trying actually to read what is in the magazine. That's not a good thing! After all, lots of people have worked very hard to write and edit all of these articles, photos, devotionals, tutorials, puzzles, and recipes . . . . now is NOT the time for a technological glitch to cancel out all of the fun stuff that is available. So, first thing I will be doing is checking out a few other alternatives, see if I can update my Adobe creator, and hope that helps. It did help to find a different PDF viewer, but I don't think that will work for everyone. I need to go right back to the original document and figure out a better way to convert to PDF.
The thing is, I really have other projects that I need to move on to this week. So I'll just say a little prayer that my brain will function efficiently, and that I will be able to solve THIS problem so that I can move on to the next event on my schedule. If I can get that problem solved, I wanted to finish up this ebook pattern this week: "Dolly Dresses Wall Hanging." I made this sweet little decoration for Annie's bedroom when we painted it last year, and then I also sold one in my Etsy shop. I really want to try to make up a similar version of this wall hanging in a variety of colors and styles.
It would be really cute made up as a baseball jersey, either for a boy or a girl, with the name and number of our budding athletes. It could also be made up as a ballerina tutu for a tiny ballerina, or it could even be created in bold colors with a few feathers and a little bling for our favorite teenage diva. Or your sister, cousin, aunt, mom, grandma . . . . all in fabrics and trims that would reflect each individual person in your life who deserves a bit of celebration. For now, however, I'll just finish up the ebook with this design, and then work on making a few different ones later this week. But whatever design you might want to use, the same technique will work!
So if you want to give this project a try, just leave me a comment and I'll send the ebook out to you by the end of the week. It shouldn't take me all week to figure out this silly Adobe program! Have a great Monday, and don't forget to check out Ruby for Women . . . . . . you can purchase a subscription here or you can buy a single issue here. Also, be sure to let me know if you want to join Team Ruby for Operation Pillowcase. We'll be sending at least 25 pillowcases to our troops in Afghanistan. This is just one small way we can say Thank You for all that they do to keep us safe. I'll be posting more about that project later this week, so let me know if you want to join the team! ~~ Nina