Fools Rush In

Dark Beauty
Image by fred1st via Flickr

Nature abhors a vacuum is the only explanation I have for saying YES to another project at just the time when I would otherwise have had some empty space to fill in with one or another of my writing goals. It’s almost like I need to have an excuse for putting those more difficult tasks off yet again.

And on top of filling in those empty spaces, my buy-in will have me working beyond the edges of my current skill-set. And this, I think, is why I agreed to help a professional person who came asking.

She lacks rudimentary page layout skills to develop a trifold brochure for her new counseling business. I will learn something here that I would otherwise never know. And who knows: next time, I might feel comfortable charging as if I DID know I could deliver what the client wants.

I’ll use Adobe InDesign. I found a template for an 8.5 x 11″ trifold and she’ll provide the text. My client’s needs are modest. But she came to me partly because she wanted to use some of my images (and partly because I had helped her with a business newsletter for a few months back in my early dysemployment back in 2002 using MS Publisher.)

I’m gathering tutorials for this specific task, collecting free vector art we might want to use, trying to think about how to work with color schemes (good info on the Mac color-picker here) and sort of enjoying the info-gathering part of the process.

But expect the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth when I come to my first roadblock. I’ll end up spending probably three times the hours on this that would be required if I had been down this exact road before.

So if you have any words of solace or wisdom or useful links, I’m in the market.

Re the image: I have no idea why Zemanta picks the images from my Flickr gallery it does. But there it was, an easy image. And just now, I’m into easy.

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About

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

1 Comment on “Fools Rush In

  1. Hi, Fred,

    I’m a graphic designer using Adobe InDesign and would be happy to help you if/when you hit a roadblock. Enjoy the process!

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