Inspired By OM

I see you there talking

you speak loud so all can hear

yet when it is my turn to speak

you quietly disappear

how dare you ignore me

how dare you shun me

how dare you use the words I write

you do this all in spite

in spite of the friendship that could be built

bury that knife of neglect to the hilt

my heart can take it

but soon enough another will read me, will share me

soon enough another will give me wind and you will see

that while you passed me over and did not share me

I was still able to be free

And at that time I will leave you

I tell you know so you will know

It was not for what I did not read but what you did not show

What it takes

In an attempt to not be the spam blogger but also find a balance with what I share the line has become very clear. So here I am sharing with you what it takes to get a rise out of me. What you need to have in order for me to like something, reblog something, comment on something.

Liking something.
I find it fun to like things. Even things that I know bother me but the fact that someone put it up and caused my brain to think about it, no matter how much I hate it or love it. I will like it. Posts that make me think are fun to run into. But that is as far as I will go. I will like it because it made me think.

Commenting on something

I comment on things when I feel strongly about the topic. When I want to bring attention to something or when I feel that there has been a violation. It does not matter to me that I may offend, insult, or basically make someone cry. I could care less. I am commenting my opinion and my thoughts from the research that I have done throughout my life. I do not apologize for what anyone else thinks about the words that I type. I work with words daily, in my writing, in my teaching, in my life. Which is why looking back through my posts I tell people to read, reread, and then read again to what I stated, as to often than not the misunderstanding is that the individual did not read or did not comprehend my words.  But back to the topic at hand. I comment on things that draw me in. And no, it does not have to be words. Pictures, video, heck even a good title has gotten me to read it and make a comment.


I reblog friends that talk to me. That means if we interact with comments the more that I will reblog you. I do not reblog everything as there would be not much time for my own posts to get noticed. I do reblog others more than some but this is due to the fact that some people post more blogs and make a larger signal. But still there must be that line of communication for me to reblog. If we have talked if we have even crossed paths on a post somewhere and started to follow the chances are I will reblog your stuff. Talking helps folks.

Do I expect you to reblog me. I would like it, to that extent I will not lie. But no it is not an expectation. Still the more I reblog someone I do hope they take notice of it and decide that some of my works deserve the notice to be reblogged, commented on and liked. On an interesting topic, my words are mine and if I insult you, treat you like crap, or all in all tell you to fuck off, it is not the responsibility of the post hoster, if I am doing a guest post, or mine. Should you know me then you would understand that I do not insult, treat people like crap, or tell people to fuck off unless they deserve it. And nothing is more deserving than talking BS, trying to tell me or anyone else to change the way they behave because it offends your sensibilities.
When it comes to comments on faith, spirituality, religious matters, I default to my atheistic position. Bring me proof, verifiable, falsifiable, and testable by anyone, anywhere in the world.

When it comes to science, medicine, engineering, theoretical or not, bring me recent published papers from peer reviewed magazines.

If it is just a discussion you want then that is fine. And the final note, just because I do not agree with you is not the reason that I may insult you. Agreement or disagreement on a topic is not enough. So think clearly and post clearly. It is the only way we can keep blogs from degrading to the twitter world where everyone just starts spamming and following for the simple fact of getting more views.

Getting followers is nice but if you have 10000 followers but only 10 views per day, then there is something wrong.

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A cover in Gimp 2 Never been Easier

You do not have to be a computer expert for this guide. In fact think of it more like asking a friend over the telephone for advice on how to use Gimp 2.  Though I will be updating this post through out this week with screen shots of the things you will need.

1. As you get ready to make your first cover start to think of a concept. It can be in your head or a rough sketch you put down during your coffee break.

Ok do you have your concept.
Great. The hard part is actually over believe it or not. What follows will be just tedious work getting things the way that you imagined them to be.

Ok open up Gimp 2. I know it take a bit of time to start off.
Is it on. Ok.

Taking a look at the screen you see a blank workstation in the center of the screen, to the left the layers window and to the right the tools window.

Now that you have that on your screen there are some things that I personally use to get started. This is the easiest way for me because it speeds up the process.  Grab any old picture and drop it in the works area in  the center.
On the layer screen you will now see the picture you dropped in as a layer.

To be continued…


Ok in the layer window we want to right click with our mouse and make a new layer. name it bottom layer/backlighting

 And after the new layer is created then we can delete our starter image because we do not need it anymore.
The next thing we must do is make our canvas size. This is I find to be pretty standard 500 x 800 gives a good image for an ebook.
In the menu bar go to image and find canvas size. when you start to scale you will find that you can not really get it to scale to the 500 x 800. That is because next to the scaling properties there is a chain link. Click that to allow free scaling.

Can you believe that you are almost there. The hard parts are over. Now you can start to make your cover. Think of your image like an Ogre. Ogres are link Onions. Covers are like Onions.
Layers you daft irritable beast of burden.
Before we jump into the layers let’s take a quick look at lighting that background.
For that we must look at the tool box.
The tools we will be using are very simple for a cover from scratch. If you will use a picture you took or some royalty free stuff then you will need to know about cutting out and cropping in order to get things to sit. But since this is a simple guide for the beginner lets stick with our own things.
ok Tools
the icons and what they are
A  <— this is for text box it allows us to place our title and the cover text which we can use in the end.
The pencil, brush, art sprayer and eraser. These are our main tools for the detail work.
the finger. Rub the colors in order to blend them.
The shader or texture adder as I like to call it. This is a gray box looks like a shading tool.
Finally the color pallete allows us to have a range of colors to what we like.
As you experiement with these tools you can improve your own skills and your own covers with less work needed in getting outside pictures and more of the book being yours and yours alone.

As you work with your cover remember in gimp 2 you want to work from the bottom up. Or when you finish the layers on the very top will be seen and as the cover gets put together it will merge the layers from top to bottom.
Here is a quick play cover I made with the tools that I mentioned.

and after some more layers and graphics

Finally you will go to the menu bar and start the merge down of the layers in order to get your final image. When the merging is done you will end up with one layer which is your final image.

Do not worry about any mistakes you make as you go through this.
your best friend through this whole process is ctrl-z and for those who do not speak Keyboard go to the edit menu in the menu bar and you can see that you can go back and undo your mistakes.
Good luck and feel free to post comments on this tutorial I hope it helps.