The Ship, She Sank. Temporarily.

If you hadn’t heard. My ship nearly sank last weekend. Luckily for me 90% of my work was on the cloud (or rather scattered across of few of my clouds, basecamp, onedrive, google drive, dropbox, etc).

About 10% of my personal work is temporarily (I hope) lost at the moment, hopefully by Monday I’ll have an more firm answer. How did it happen? Well, between a possible failing drive and the kids slamming into the system my hard drive went “that’s a nope” and decided to fubar. The repair didn’t work, the start up repair didn’t work, the reset this PC didn’t work – all errors. That’s when I went, great, fun times ahead.

So off the New Egg I went and purchased a Micron Crucial M.2 500G stick drive (my Windows load drive and back up drive) and a Micron Crucial 2.5 1 T drive (my main working drive for storage). Along with a nice USB style Win 10 Home edition and on Monday a new Video Card.

All in all, a nice well rounded but slightly expensive lesson, back up your work daily and don’t underestimate the mini me’s!

Resume by InDesign

InDesign was used to create this resume.

Another one bytes the dust, and another bytes the dust. It is significantly different using InDesign to layout and create a resume than it is to use Microsoft Word. It’s a huge learning curve from one to the other but one that can be conquered easily enough with the right people around to ask questions (Larisa, you are an InDesign guru you!).

Love this design, simple and combines the cover letter element into the one page resume with a visual representation of skill sets that are easy to scan and understand for any employer looking for a prospective new employee!

Another Brochure

Another brochure done for The Three Little Sisters LLC, this time their business brochure. This one will be used for both digital and print publication. If you are in the Cali area you can find this one at the 3rd annual Muscle, Mutts and Meows on October 5th 2019 where Three Little Sisters partner Larisa Hunter will be with the catalog of fiction and non fiction books as well as cool raffle baskets you can win for the promotional booth featuring The Happy Barn Cat book that was recently published.

Love, love the way this bi-fold brochure turned out. Nice bite sized pieces of information, gives you a good idea of what the company is about without over saturating the reader with too much. Like a hook for a book except this one is for a business.

InDesign Brochures

TLS Brochure for Happy Barn Cat Book

I was asked by Larisa over at TLS to create a brochure based off of one of the free downloads from the TLS Adobe library. One that goes with a particular publication called The Happy Barn Cat. A very awesome information packed book about how to raise and care for a colony of working cats by Melodi Grundy. An amazing book, it even has personal anecdotal stories from Melodi (a very cool and sweet lady by the way).

I really enjoyed building this brochure for TLS. The elements in the document used were from Evanto (the dog, cat and parrot). I love the play on colors. This particular project was a little close to home for me. If you know me, I’m a cat person (couldn’t you tell) and we lost one of fur bratties back on January 3rd from renal failure. She sits in her urn, watching over all us. We miss her greatly, she was an amazing cat. Miss Meow Meow had a way about her (and by the way, that’s her in the middle top panel of the brochure, memorialized forever). Loosing a pet isn’t easy, it doesn’t get any easier as time passes either, you only learn to cope better.

To those of you who have lost a beloved pet over the rainbow bridge, my heart is with you. I hope that this FREE brochure and the longer booklet that goes with it might help someone out there cope a little better. (Available soon, I’ll let you know when both appear on the TLS site).

PayPal, Contracts and Dropboxes

Black Cat Editing is now accepting Secured PayPal payments! What does secured mean, well I pay a small nominal fee to PayPal off of my payments from my customers so that your payment remains secure, insured and you continue to have a positive service experience. This service is absolutely free to you as the customer.

For all my contracts I use HelloSign as a digital contract signing service. If your project or services require a signed contract I will send you a signature request from HelloSign that can be traced and tracked by both you and myself. Once the contract is signed I will send you a fully signed PDF version of your contract with Black Cat Editing.

How do you get your files you ask? I use Dropbox for secure file transfers and sharing between my customers and myself. Only you and I have access to your Dropbox folder, it is one of the most secure file services out there. None of your files will be accessible to anyone else and will remain on the server for 90 days before being fully removed from Dropbox. Copies of your files will always remain offline on an individual USB stick and locked in a secure cabinet as a back up file source. If ever you should loose your files and need a new copy, I will provide you with them free of charge.