Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tommy Panigot of NO THEFT design – Featured Northwest Artist

Our Featured Artist post is new for this year. Every month we will be featuring at least one new artist, designer, photographer, musician, writer, etc. We are also going to try to keep it mostly focused on the Northwest. (Because we are always so pleasantly unsurprised by how amazing our Northwest creatives are.)

I love introspective questions. And I’ve always had a soft spot for the Proust Questionnaire. So to learn a little bit more about my fellow creatives, I’ve decided to pull a few questions from that questionnaire and a few from my own inner thoughts. I like to think of this as the Petra Questionnaire (PQ). ๐Ÿ˜‰

This month we are featuring designer Tommy Panigot of NO THEFT design. We thought he would be the perfect introduction to our Artist of the Month series because we very much enjoyed working with him on our book cover for Manly Hero. He is an extremely talented fellow, and nice to boot. ๐Ÿ™‚ He designs and creates beautiful cut-paper work, computer images, and screen print designs. Seriously, just check out some of his awesome work below, then stop by his web site. You’ll be impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is one of my absolute favorites from NO THEFT’s cut-paper work

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Photo Friday – Blanketed

So after my pictures of snow last week, mother nature decided to gift us with even more. And while it made driving slightly sketchy, it also made the world wonderfully beautiful. The snow seemed to wrap itself around everything, like a soft white blanket. These pics are completely unaltered because I thought the light and sky were absolutely amazing.

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Photo Friday – Winter Wonderland

Photo Friday is something I am going to try and post regularly. Just a glimpse into some of the things I’ve noticed during the week. I love taking snapshots and capturing a moment. This current set is all tweaked using the toy camera setting in Aperture. It seemed to fit the magical feeling this week took on as the snow piled up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Book Designer’s Thoughts On Our Cover

Adam and I submitted our book cover to The Book Designer blog for the month of December, and the winner was recently announced. While we didn’t make first place, Joel did have some nice things to say about our cover.

JF: “Terrific job by all concerned. Beautifully conceived and executed, clearly one of the best designs here this month.”

Thanks Joel, we are pretty happy with it too. ๐Ÿ™‚ And huge thanks to Tommy Panigot at NOTHEFT design.

You can check out the other entries and see the winners here.ย  You can still find our book on amazonย andย Smashwords, and now also on Apple ibooks and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

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Hopeless

I’m depressed. I’ve tried all the usual cures. Chocolate, sleeping in, not changing out of my pajamas for two days in a row, watching funny Friends re-runs, wine, and more chocolate. My mom’s even put me on a steady Christmastime treatment of retail therapy. (Moms are good like that.) But, somehow, I’m still pretty funked out.

Adam claims it’s because I just finished writing our book and now it’s done and out there. That it’s an inevitable post-project depression. I hear a lot of authors go through it. And he probably has a good point.

But, when I dig deeper, I find that there is something else looming large and weighing heavy on my soul. It’s been gnawing at my mind the last couple of months, whispering into my thoughts, and gurgling inside my stomach.

I feel hopeless.

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