I am completely shooting in the dark here.
Well, here in China, where I live in the Liaoning region, North east of the country, certain internet sites are blocked and I do not have access to them. Not wanted to get into details again, but my SoFoBoMo site on the net is completely blocked so I am shooting in the dark here, as to know what to produce for this year SoFoBoMo contest.
I can give the link on my blog but I can not have access to it. Thanks to some friends of mine and my many travels during the time of producing the book, it will be on line by deadline but I don’t have a clue for the time been, of the maximum capacity I am allowed to download to the existing site of SoFoBoMo 2011, so I will go by the rules of last year and I shall take it from there when I am back to USA planet in July.
Notebook of a soapmaker on a budget was my first book done with SoFoBoMo, back in 2009. Boy, did I ever struggle to get this ‘enormous’ book on line. The file was too big to download and I had to convert the book into a PDF file before doing anything to it. Autodidact as I am, it was a very intense 5 hours of last minute work to get it done in time, which I did.
The other thing I did with this first book was to take the task too big for a first book. You see, I decided, since I was already a soapmaker, to do a book of photos on my handmade soaps. So I embarked on a journey of producing 35 different kinds of soap in my kitchen, each day producing a new one, documenting about it and taking pictures of it, for 31 consecutive days. At the beginning of this project, everything was going wonderfully fine, producing soaps and enjoying the challenge of taking photos of the freshly made soap, but time went faster than the drying of my soap and I ended up by having to produce 4 different kinds of soap at the end of my last week, in order to leave me enough time to put the book together, and send the finish product to the site. It was very hard to meet the deadline and I was not very proud of the final book but … I did it with my chin up!
Spain sings to me was my SoFoBoMo 2010 project. Since we were visiting Spain at the same time that the contest was taking place, I decided to do the book on Spain. I planned this one very well in advance, doing a draft book as a practice, and all, to be ready to produce and to download in time, once we got back home. It went like a charm. I had a new camera and gears, knew what not to do as mistakes and up, I took around 1,200 photos during my entire trip. This wonderful book came out well before the dead line and I am still very proud of this one.
Postcards to me was my second book done for SoFoBoMo 2010. I was on a roll and decided to make another photo book, but just on postcards that I have sent to myself during my trip to Spain. This book is more a collection for me than anything else, just a fun way to produce and to keep memories at bay.
Sweets for the heart was my third book I did for SoFoBoMo 2010. I had time on my hand and I was enjoying my new camera so much that anything I would feel for it, I would take a photo. Since during that time, I went home (because I have a real home somewhere…), the opportunity to go back to my hometown gave me an open window, to shoot and to re-live memories forgotten. Those photos are for me, they represent part of ‘who’ I am, the reason of the title ‘Sweets for the heart’.
SoFoBoMo 2011 is not yet in production but the ‘blue print’ of it is done in my head. I will put the link here once ‘Amazing China’ is done. I am looking forward to it, I am ready!
SoFoBoMo site here (it is not too late to take the pledge and do it for 2011!)
Read Full Post »