"I don't even like cats, but I love that last cat picture you did." - Mike
"First off the bat: Cat Portrait #13 is one of the most stunning
Buddy-pics I've seen from you. Living black-and-white, again!" - B.
"You really should look into doing pet portraits on the upper east side. You are in the perfect place to soak the rich and you should have taken advantage of that a long time ago." - R. J.
"Sorry to hear about the $ situation. You deserve to be making more than
that. However, you could live pretty good on that much up here! Get a nice
little cabin with no plumbing on a few acres. But, there sure isn't a whole
lot of city shooting to be had. You can walk all over downtown Fairbanks in
about 3 hours. " - H.
Item 1: Received several black and white prints done with the Epson 2200 and ImageRIP software. Basically, they are pretty similar to black and white inkjet things I've seen for several years and not, in my opinion the same as RC paper prints, much less fiber paper prints. But I don't know how much of this is the paper they are printed on which is velvet mat. But that always seems to be the critical factor. Is that HP model I mentioned a while back THE ONLY B&W PRINTER THAT DOES ARCHIVAL PRINTS ON GLOSSY OR SEMI-GLOSSY PAPER?
Sorry for the capital letters, I haven't had my coffee yet.
Item 2: One thing I may not have made clear about my financial situation is that last year was the first year that I really didn't have any other source of income other than print sales. And that to make a 15K profit, that means you have sold about $20K of prints, which is absolutely amazing. But not enough to live on. The year before last, I believe I sold about $10K worth of prints, but I had other income sources at that time, i.e. part-time programming now and then.
So, I was in a bad mood -- when I looked at the cold numbers -- but if you step back -- sales have almost doubled each year I've been on the web and if you know the parable about the grains of sand on the beach being doubled for a month... yeah -- right... No I'll be looking for a serious second source of income... no fooling myself this year.
Item 3: Here is music I'm writing for a Civil War movie. I've decided to write the score first, rather than bother with any details about the script or the dialogue or anything like that. This scene begins as a quick-cut montage with President Lincoln going to Ford's Theatre; Union Troops sitting around a campfire waiting for battle; and Mary Wilson getting ready to join the Supremes. I'm still working on fitting these pieces together:
Civil War Theme (MP3)
Oh, I've also decided to do the recording before I know exactly what the chords or the melody are...
Item 4: Hired on to shoot publicity stills for a play on April 10th. Although I would do this for free, according to my new resolution to be more business-like I asked a minimal fee for my time, and for production expenses.