Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Writing Your Story - Eye Appeal

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Based on eye appeal which of these would you pick up first? last?



Genealogy tip for the day: Writing Your Story – Eye Appeal

We use computers so much these days, not just for genealogy, but pretty much for everything. So to literally put pen to paper can be an adjustment for people. (I have heard that cursive is not even being taught in some schools.) It is good exercise, and it makes your thinking slow down to the speed of your hand as it writes. This can be good as it helps you formulate and even revise what you want to say, sometimes even before you get it written.

To make your book even more interesting, there are genealogy charts and forms that you can include in the book, along with pictures of family and other images. You may already be familiar with the family group sheets and generations charts. A generation/ancestor chart helps readers to see how people are connected to others. It ‘kinda’ acts as a roadmap.

I’ve read a lot of historical fiction and when charts like these are included it is much easier to keep track of who is who. This is helpful when you the reader are new to all the names and you are trying to keep them all sorted in your head. The author or writer will know the topic inside and out, but it may be totally new to the reader. Keep this in mind as you write. Make it as simple as you can. Include charts and forms for the reader to make the book more interesting and aids in illustrating what is being talked about when you can.

There are also charts and forms that will help you track your work. You will find correspondence logs, interview sheets, individual forms, time line forms, relationship charts and more. Some of these could also be included in your book. Here is a google search with a list of sites you can go to for these.


We talked about ‘white space’ on a previous post. The opposite of that would be how much room your text takes up on the page. When you add pictures or illustrations it also helps reduce the text space. You can still have just as much text in the book as a whole, just spread it out so that the amount of text per page is reduced. This gives the eye the feeling that it will be a quick read.

Pulled quotes and enlarging them on the side is another element you can use. It grabs attention, as well as creates “white space.” All in all, when you think you are done with the book and have a copy printed out, look through it for eye appeal (not to mention things like editing and revising…but that’s a topic for another time). Esthetics goes a long way in selling your product.


“History is who we are; Genealogy is who I am” sg



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Aaron Burr


February 19
1408

The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor.
1701

Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid.
1807

Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later found innocent.
1847

Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donnor Party in the Sierras.
1861

Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.
1902

Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.
1903

The Austria-Hungary government decrees a mandatory two year military service.
1915

British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1917

American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.
1919

The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.
1925

President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax.
1926

Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth's age at one billion years.
1942

Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.
1944

The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin "Big Week," a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.
1965

Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations' doors in New York.
1966

Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
1976

Britain slashes welfare spending.
1981

The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a "textbook case" of a Communist plot.
1987

New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.
Born on February 19
1473

Nicholas Copernicus, Polish astronomer who introduced the idea that the earth revolved around the sun.
1683

Philip V, King of Spain.
1817

William III, King of the Netherlands.
1859

Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry.
1902

Kay Boyle, short story writer ("The White Horses of Vienna").
1911

Merle Oberon, film actress.
1917

Carson McCuller, writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter).
1940

Smokey Robinson, American singer and songwriter.
1952

Amy Tan, novelist (The Joy Luck CLub, The Kitchen God's Wife).


Nicholas Copernicus


acedia

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-SEE-dee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Apathy; boredom; sloth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acedia, from Greek akedia, from a- (not) + kedos (care). Earliest documented use: 1607.

USAGE:
"Acedia plagues the novice much more than the experienced solitary; unlike some of the new guards, I do not suffer from boredom or listlessness."
Chloe Aridjis; Asunder; Mariner Books; 2013.


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Barricades of ideas are worth more than barricades of stones. -José Martí, revolutionary and poet (1853-1895)



Today’s Recipe
February - Chocolate Lover’s Month



Ingredients
1 3/4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Hawaiian sweet bread
2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
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Cooking spray
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°.
Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes, or until toasted. Remove bread from oven; decrease oven temperature to 325°.
Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through egg) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add bread, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
Divide half of bread mixture evenly between 2 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with half of chocolate. Divide remaining bread mixture between ramekins; top with remaining chocolate.
Place ramekins in an 8-inch square baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until set. Serve each pudding warm with 1 tablespoon whipped topping.






ENJOY!

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