Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making a Book Step 3

I'm still working on the covers of our give-away ladybug journal. These are the inside of the front (L) and back (R) covers. After much debate, I decided to go with a cut-out on the front cover just like the one on my original journal. This requires a lot of careful cutting and measuring, and then a lot of inventive decoration to cover up the mistakes!

What an absorbing way to spend a cold rainy day.

Remember, the drawing for the completed journal will be held Nov. 1, and all you have to do to enter the contest is post a comment by clicking "comment" below. Be sure to choose "name/url" on the "Choose Your Identity" option so I will know who you are. Every post you make counts as an entry. The winner will be announced on this blog November 1.


Pat in east TN October 14, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

It's really interesting seeing this all come together. So pretty/so nice/soooo much patience on your part. Whew!

I'm about half way done with At Home on Ladybug Farm ... so many interruptions around here lately. UGH! It's great though ... I'm having fun with all that's happening.

RenĂ© October 15, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

Thanks for sharing this. I always liked playing around with papercraft but I'm not really the scrapbooking type. I like that the books are both pretty and useful.

I just finished the second book (took me two evenings) and I'm really glad you don't publish them more often because I can't afford to lose this much sleep regularly, no matter how good the book is. Your stories have a way of drawing me in so that I can't wait to find out how everything will pan out.

I really enjoyed the interplay between Cici and Lori plus all the historical tidbits. I'm deeply smitten with older homes and I love how you made the farm a character in the book, too. You've once again stoked my enthusiasm for some day owning my own charming piece of history. I've recently admitted to myself that I am in love with early 1900s farm houses.

I'm sure it's too early to say, but I hope there will be more. After all, we still don't know what's up in the attic! I'd also like to suggest that Bridget really needs a dairy goat. So much better than cows. :)

Lynn Byer October 16, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

I was literally counting the days until At Home on Ladybug Farm was going to be released. I am trying to read slowly to savor every word because every word is important in this story. I wanted to be there!!!


Bbaste1 October 18, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

I just finished "A Year on Ladybug Farm" and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This is not my typical genre; I prefer murder mysteries. Since I am actively writing, I am taking Donna's advice to read what is being sold, and to read other genres to become a more well-rounded writer. What I loved about the book: The natural relationships between the women, the authenticity of the setting, and the Christmas party description which made me feel as though I were there! As soon as I finished the book, I immediately ordered another copy to give to my sister-in-law who also gives lavish Christmas parties. I take Donna's words seriously about buying books. If we love an author's work, we have to support it, just like we shouldn't share cd's of musicians we love. It is extremely difficult to make a living as an artist, so let's support them with our purchases! Thanks Donna for writing another book I couldn't put down.

Deborah October 18, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

In your newsletter, you asked about ebooks/readers & asked us to post to this site. I'm not sure if this is where you wanted it, but here are my thoughts. No, I don't have an ebook reader & generally don't want ebooks because I would have to read them on my computer, which would mean I'd have to spend many more additional hours at the computer. I have soooo many boxes, stacks & sacks of books to still read that I'm not sure if I'd want another version of books to stack up. Though, like a lot of your readers, I'm anxious for more Cisco stories.

Anonymous October 20, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

Can't wait to get my hands on "At Home..." but I'm sharing "A Year.." with Clayton, GA kin and they're loving it.

Stay warm!
~Lynne (Hoschton, GA)

Becky Curran October 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

Hi, Donna~

I just finished AT HOME ON LADYBUG FARM, and I can't believe I loved it more than A YEAR ON LADYBUG FARM!! I'm not one to write to authors, but I closed the book 5 minutes ago and thought, "I've got to write to her!!"

No pressure, or anything, but I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE we haven't seen the last of these characters - I want to know more about each and everyone of them!!

Thank you so much for the gift of these stories. Now, I'm off to drop the book off on my good friend's porch so she can start it TODAY!

Becky Curran

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