Monday, December 31, 2018

X and Y Page: It's Been a Process!

Warning: ABC Book update coming at you.  (That's right, the ABC Book that was going to be a Christmas gift for the grandchildren this year...but is still several pages shy of completion.  Yep, that ABC Book.)

I have been working on the X and Y page for this book (a love gift for my grandchildren) for a while now.  That's right, I said "page," not "pages."  It's just one page for the two letters, and you'd think that would mean getting it done would be a piece of cake.  Here I thought that devoting just one page to two letters (instead of two whole pages of illustrations for each letter, as I did throughout the book until I got to X, Y, and Z and decided it was time to wrap things up already!) was going to make things move along pretty quickly.

Wrong!

I printed up my cardstock page and began working on the drawing of the yak...and to my horror, part-way in I realized that I had forgotten to highlight the featured words in the colors that coordinate with those of their letters.  Horrors!
The word "yak" needed to be blue, and the word "x-box" needed to be red.  So it was back to the old drawing board for me.  Literally.

I used the fact that I was going to have to start over as an opportunity to incorporate a Y adjective into the page, and I decided that the yak was now going to be yellow.  (Yes, yellow!)  I also realized that I had misspelled the word "x-box."  Since this is a real product, I knew I had to spell it properly and changed it to "Xbox."  (That would lead to a whole new headache, but I'll get to that in a minute.)

So I was practically finished with the page, and it looked like this.

And then my heart kind of dropped.  Because I realized that I can't use an image of a trademarked video game system if I plan to try to sell this ABC Book.  Not that I think I should do that, or that anyone would really buy it if I did.  But I have had several kind readers, both here and over on Instagram, comment that when I finish, they would like to buy a copy.  Whether or not that would ever really come to pass, I don't know.  But if it does, I can't have an Xbox on this page and risk a legal problem over using a well-known trademarked product in my humble little book.  (I don't know what I was thinking!)

I simply could not get myself motivated to start fresh on yet another image of the hairy horned beast!  So instead, I decided to cut away the yak portion of the now-defunct page and glue it to a new one.  And this time instead of an Xbox, I decided to use that familiar ABC book stand-by for the letter X, the x-ray.

Here's the final version.

So what do you think?  Does the yellow yak (with the X-rayed horn) work?  Yea or Nay?

Even if your vote is Nay, I don't think I can possibly bring myself to do another version of this page.  Because Yikes, I'm eXhausted!

(But just four more pages to go!  Two K's, one O, one V.  I can do this!!!  Look out, 2019; I have big plans for you!)

Happy New Year's Eve!  I will be sure to toast all of you fine readers when my husband and I have our typical wild New Year's Eve celebration...in jammies, at home, by the fire, with a movie on the TV...

12 comments:

  1. I think it works! And when you finish I will 100% be purchasing a copy. My Christopher just asked me if it was time for the ABC book with a walrus to come! (Really!)

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    1. Wow! That actually makes me even more anxious to get it done. I don't think anyone will appreciate the walrus drawing as much as he will. ;)

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  2. Well as you asked, I'm a nay. Sorry.
    Maybe your best having a break and then coming back.
    Doing really well, the end is in sight

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    1. I appreciate your honesty! I realize it's sort of a strange illustration.

      I may rework that page, but first I think I need to move on and finish the four I haven't started. Then we shall see. :)

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  3. I love the x-ray idea- so creative! And I will for sure purchase copies if you offer them!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I hope I can figure out a way to publish this and make the copies affordable. That's the next step--looking into all of that.

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  4. I think the x-ray works!And I definitely want to buy a copy!

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    1. I can always count on you! Hopefully Miss O will approve. ;)

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  5. I think it works, Laura! And as I've mentioned before I would buy a copy, too!

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    1. Thanks, Aileen. You are one of the people I've "met" here that make me want to keep at it. I appreciate your support and friendship so much! Too bad we live so far apart, it would be nice to meet. (You know, we started out our married life in TX--first Corpus Christi and then Beeville. We even had matching cowboy hats back in the day! We wore them at our wedding reception!)

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    2. I've always thought it would be nice if we could meet, too. We did correspond through email a time or two right before you moved to Virginia. I remember you telling me that y'all started out in Texas! So cool that you wore the cowboy hats at your reception. :)

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