Side Hustle update #9

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I completed my jacket cover, and I’m planning to print out this week. The second picture is the pattern for the inside jacket layer, because that’s a thing. The last thing to do is finish up my chapter illustrations, then print and bound. I’ve already stated cutting paper down to size. Hell yeah.

Side Hustle update #7

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The length of my jacket cover is 19 x 5.5, with the front and back being 5.5 x 8.5, the inner flaps are 3.5 x 5.5, and the spine is one inch long. I added a blueprint texture, which seems nice. I’ll mostly likely apply it to everywhere else. The art almost provides perfect space for the name, but it doesn’t fit the last letter, so fuck. So that’s why I left out the middle letter and I’m trying to think of a clever way to shove that in.

I can’t find a service that prints what I need to print, and if they do, they only do bulk orders, and I only need like 3 copies of this. So I’m going for the knockoff feel: matte photo paper, and adhesive metallic foil applied to where I want it to be shiny.

Side Hustle update #6

More illustrations and two book cover drafts. There will be more to each. Whichever cover illustration doesn’t make it to the front will be put on the back somehow. When I actually print it, there will be shiny red foil so it’s just two colors with one foil color just like in my inspo

. I’m planning to make the entire book cover jacket, but there’s a few things I need to gather first to do so. The back cover often has appraisal quotes from different people, so I’m collecting at least three. The front inner flap holds the synopsis, which I need to write myself. The back inner flap just has the author bio. My chapters will most likely not exceed three because it’s difficult and time confusing, so I’d make it for it with illustrations and designs.

I threw out some font choices, but I ended up choosing Orbitron from google fonts. I think it fits the cover nicely, and the future mood of the book, although in actual story content it feels like not much (in printing book format, around 35 pages). But I’d be throwing in the font somewhere within the pages for sure. I need to order materials soon for the physical book binding (book board, thick paper, glue, etc)

Side Hustle update #4

So I’m starting to make little illustration. They’re scratchy and they’re going to stay scratchy. This isn’t a picture book, and the vibe of the story is going to bleak and grayscale. When drawing talents in the story come, then nice drawings come later. The more action happening, maybe the more scratch drawings. But for now, little scratches here and there will pop up. I’m planning for an insane scratch page, a blueprint for a building, and technology maps. But this part was only for a prechapter.

How To Be Young Forever in Utica

by Jessa Baldoria

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No matter how the generations may change, no matter how much technology will evolve, there’s always one thing certain about children: their curiosity and playfulness never die out. The Utica Children’s Museum, located at Main Street, provides a safe space for the kids to purely be kids and let their imagination go wild. Filled with playpens, educational exhibitions, instruments, and even a mini dance floor, children are keeping the fire of what it means to be a kid alive. Celebrating their 55th year, Utica Children’s Museum has developed from what was once an old drygoods store to a fully revamped interactive environment that is still expanding to this day.

Inside the museum, one can see how much renovation went into the exhibitions and play space. As Michelle Truett, a member of the board of directors, describes the evolution, “It was very old, five stories, plus the basement. It’s got a lot of challenges, but it’s also a huge asset to the children’s museum. So when Kid’s Oneida came in here, it was being cleaned from top to bottom. So the floors is now completely open and clean, the basement is clean, and all the things that kids interact with, all of our visitors interact with, is clean.” She handles the marketing side of the museum; she is always thinking of the museum’s future, its events, and its direction. Its inner appeal is very successful. The first floor is overloaded with activities already, areas consisting of a life-sized checker board, a kids library, and mini shop rooms. The second floor is my personal favorite floor. A dinosaur exhibit named “Dinorama” paired with a dinosaur puppet theatre, available music via multiple pianos and xylophones, and a LED dance floor that interacts with kids’ footsteps. The third floor is a wide space where gatherings are held, such as
birthday parties or guest events. It holds the most nostalgia for me because it also holds an art room, resembling the times I was younger and making silly crafts for the fun of it. The fourth and final floor is the most educational. Space exploration, aviance, and fire safety are the focus on this floor, each having their own exhibit filled with artifacts and factual statements. It’s very much important for education to be prioritized with fun activity, especially for children with developing minds that learn based on association.

Researching the museum can be an easy hop, skip, and jump on the website, but I knew that if I truly wanted to know what the place was like, I had to interact with the museum myself, so I took on the task of volunteering there every Friday, and I even volunteered one Sunday. I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of two of their official events: Making Balloon-Powered Rocket Cars and Sign Language & Braille Day. My first day volunteering consisted of helping children make rocket cars, and this is where I got to see children’s pure innocence and joy in the littlest things such as a couple pieces of paper, a deflated balloon, and a string. Each child who smiled from the little creation they made definitely made me smile ear to ear. However, my personal favorite event was Sign Language & Braille Day. A special, sweet woman named Margaret who is unable to hear communicates with her six-month-old dog, Carmel, through sign language. Assisted by high school senior Alyssa Smith, children were able to learn how to sign alphabet and numbers, and they took turns spelling out their name. The most charming sight was to see the kids connect with Carmel the dog by signing to him as well. They caught on pretty quickly, showing their underrated intelligence, for I could not even remember half the numbers, not to mention the entire alphabet.

I am very glad that I decided to connect with Utica Children’s Museum. The staff is not only welcoming to the guests, but to new volunteers like myself. The parents are very warm-hearted, and their children were polite, lively, and imaginative. When families exit the museum, they exit with smiling faces and laughter. With more volunteering, I see a little growth within myself. Children contain the ability to bring out a humanitarian quality within adults that are normally always focused on themselves, something unique and easy to overlook. Utica Children’s Museum serves an important factor in the evolution of the city by educating Utica’s children and broadening their imagination by providing them a space where they are completely free to do so.

Baldoria Side Hustle update #3

The Contrive layout choices

pre chapter – ten years before

chapter 1?

chapter 2?

cut scenes used for later

I worked a whole bunch over the break with the story. I have a lot more than two chapters, but I have so much broken up stuff to put together and rewrite and edit and all that.

I’m starting to put the pages in a more printable format, and I need InDesign to do that. When I was first starting to convert the pages, I realized there was a format to book printing. Searching it up, people say book standard is a normal 12 point with no indication of leading or kerning. So I decided to lay out three format choices before I converted all my pages, and I’ll throw it to the class to decide which one is nicer. I’m also thinking of using book Antiqua as my font. I started it out to choose something other than times new roman, but it’s actually starting to grow on me.

And I brought Genius: The Game by Leopold Gout as a Inspo reference for illustrations, if I can get to that. I also gathered more book jacket inspo pics, and I learned that book design goes into the book itself, because the inside of books are beautiful as well. I was so flabbergasted that I missed something like that. My jacket cover’s look will be intricate block color, a lot more city-like and dystopia than the whimsy fairy tale I see these type of book covers styled after. Also, my color scheme is black, white, and red because I love that color scheme, what can I say I’m a basic bih

Baldoria Utica Proud final screenshot

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I write a lot, I know. But surprisingly, my article fits on one page. I love the little doggy,  I changed the shirt of the girl, and I’ve added a lot. A ground for the figures to stand on, a big quote, polaroid pictures (which has hashtags because it sort of just felt right. Sometimes people write stuff on their Polaroids, right?), new title with new colors, and I fixed up the text to the requirements.

(I love you doge, someday Carmel and I will meet again.)