Sunday, September 28, 2014

Crowd-Sourcing Cover Art Yields Good Results

After all of the insightful comments and suggestions from my friends from around the planet in the past 24 hours, I am nudging the cover art design for the soon-to-be-released memoir "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" further along. Graphic Design is not my strong suit, but I feel I'm making good progress thanks to a little help from my friends.

The text on the back reads as follows:

I am discovering as I get closer to publication that my publisher offers a plethora of distribution options, including hard copies made available at, Ebook format at Kindle, etc. Am I getting excited? You bet.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Passion Project Progress Report (Cover Art for Memoir)

Every day I am pushing my Passion Project ahead a notch.

Working with a world's leading hand's-on publisher makes all the difference in the world, but there's no substitute for taking the initiative on the design side of things.

I've mulled over the design concept for the cover art re: "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" and it was one of those pillow moments that changed everything. I thought, there needs to be some human touch on the cover, not so much the abstract, surreal image of the pill mosaic.

My aim, as the graphic designer, was to come up with something eye-catching and impacting, but also extremely legible, above all else. There may very well be changes yet to come. Thanks for your patience.
And then I thought, oh, how about the "Recovery" mural from back in 1979, when I was 19 or 20 years old? The human touch touch would've been a good idea, too bad I painted a bunch of weird red and blue androids. So I guess it isn't that human after all, but hey, it was created by a human, albeit a human in recovery mode after a near-death experience.

Extracting from the back cover, "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" is a romping, adventurous yarn that chronicles the life and times of a long-term kidney transplant, and his rise to become a monumental mural painter.
Excruciatingly honest in its scope and breadth, this story shines a light on the reality of kidney disease, a condition that affects millions worldwide."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Did I mention I am publishing a memoir?

A Passion Project of mine for the past several years has been first the collating, transcribing and then finally the writing and attending to the editing of the memoir/novel 'dancing with rejection: the beginner's guide to immortality'. It's a rollicking, adventurous drama that traces my life from the early death of my father, through to my own brush with death and on to chronicle the rise in my fortunes as a monumental mural painter and advocate for patients' rights. There is an early illustrated synopsis that you can view here: Near-Death Experience Fuels Quest for Immortality.

Getting closer to creating the official cover art for my upcoming novel 'dancing with rejection:
the beginner's guide to immortality'.

My latest project is to promote the cause of, wait for it, 'Reasonable Efficient Notifications and Action Law (RENAL)'. This begins with a petition that I invite you to sign. Takes like 15 seconds in total. We are asking for better, clearer, more timely communication between kidney transplant centers and their millions of potential kidney donors and recipients. Please, take a few seconds to sign, if you know anybody with kidney disease. Chances are, you do.