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.

English, What Is It?

Olde & Middle

The differences between Them:

Ever wanted to write in “Olde English”? First you need to understand what Old English is, what Middle English and how it influenced our Modern (the one we use today) English. When I started researching for this particular blog post, I fell into a deep, deep rabbit hole – man, there’s a lot to this language rabbit hole.

You see that below (points with eyeballs at the scary image down there), that’s what I fell upon first thing – scary first meeting with old, and middle

The Daily Californian
English. Illustration by William Pan / Staff

The Daily Californian English. Illustration by William Pan / Staff

Olde English

Did you know, there was no set or fixed word order for Olde English? That had to be confusing as all heck back then, how did our ancestors even begin to understand each other in written form? It was used from the 400s to the 1100s – respectively. Had nouns and verbs that had many inflectional forms and endings. That means the nouns and verbs had many groupings of letters to change the meaning of those nouns and verbs – modern day examples would be letter – letterS – letterING.

Runic to Modern

Olde English also has dative and instrumental case meanings. Which means that an instrumental noun is one that is used to accomplish something (as the instrument of the action). In Olde English instrumentals can be recognized as nouns in the dative case that are not indirect objects and are not preceded by a preposition.

It was originally used as a runic system and was influenced by Latin and Germanic languages but was later replaced with a Latin script.

A micro lesson on Olde English! Confusing if you ask me!

Middle English

Middle English came about as a way of standardizing the language in its written form. It was around 1100 that this system was developed which came after the Norman Conquest and was used until about 1400, parts of Middle English are still used today in Modern English, or at least the standards of grammar and syntax are.

Say what now?

It was used to simplify many inflectional forms, had a fixed word order and shifted the written language to prepositional construction – which is a group of words made up of a preposition (such as to, with, or across), its object (a noun or pronoun), and any of the object’s modifiers (an article and/or an adjective).

The vocabulary for Middle English was related to around law, religion with an influence from the French language and culture.

Olde English & Middle English are also referred to as Medieval Enlgish! Thanks for this cool graphic!

How does this tie into writing in Olde English you ask? Well, not the wisest choice for writing in if you ask me, might take you a whole English PH.d to get to writing in the Olde style, might be wise to chose Shakespearean English…but that’s a whole other blog post…or simply, choose Middle English as an alternative to both Olde and Shakespearean. Might save your sanity, I know it saved mine!

Shakespeare anyone?

Either way, however you choose to write – write with gusto and write with passion. Write how you want the world to see you and your work. To the Olde English choosers, I tip my hat to you sirs and madams, you have more courage and bravery than I could muster writing in the old ways of the English language.