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Well,Ā for my book, actually. šŸ™‚

Blurb’s 2010 Photography Book Now competition is now closed, but theĀ fun is just starting.Ā People’s Choice Award voting is OPEN now through August 20th.

Here’s your opportunity to have your voice heard!

Please help a girl out andĀ cast your vote for my book, Child’s Play.

Ā 
I’d be eternally grateful. šŸ˜€

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If you’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to (and why I’ve been a bit behind in posting and commenting), well it’s because I’ve been feverishly working on a photobook based upon the Playground Series images!

I self-published the book today just in timeĀ to enter it into theĀ BlurbĀ 2010 Photography Book Now contest – so exciting! šŸ™‚

AĀ preview of theĀ entire book can be found below. If the text is too small to read, even in full screen viewing mode, you can zoom your browser (for example, in Internet Explorer, the zoom controlĀ is located in the lower righthand corner). You can also add your comments on the Blurb website. Not sure if that will influence the judges or not but it can’t hurt, right? šŸ™‚

I must say that putting together a professional-looking book is much harder than you’d expect and IĀ now have newfound respect for editors! I cannot tell you how many times I thought the book was ‘done’ only to upload it and discover yet another typo or layout error. Here is one time where my eye for the small details came in handy!

Many thanks to those who helped to review some draftĀ versions – your feedback was much appreciated! Quite a few thingsĀ have changed since the versions you reviewed, so go ahead and give it another looksee. I’m very proud to have followed this project through and can’t wait to see it in print! šŸ™‚

“Giddyup!” (Bouncy Horse at Stage Fort Park) Playground Series (#11), Nikon D300, 38mm, F/5.6, 1/500s, +0.3EV, ISO 250, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Who, as a child, didn’t dream of having a pony??

I know I did and probably at one time or another, begged my parents to get me one.Ā  A smart, gentle horse that would live in my room (shared with my sister) and graze in the backyard.

Thankfully, my parents knew betterĀ and with five children, plus a dog and a cat, they clearly had their handsĀ quite full!Ā Ā 

Still, all I could think about is what a hit I would be when we’d play cowboys and indians!Ā Riding in on my trusted steed, goodĀ would always conquer evil and the day would ultimately end with us riding ‘happily ever after’ into the sunset.

Aaaaah, such is a child’s view of the world. šŸ™‚Ā 

I doubt kidsĀ play cowboys and indians anymore (not exactly politically correct now, is it?) andĀ even ifĀ they wanted to, I’m guessing it would most likely be a video game version with all-too-realistic graphics.Ā Yuck.

Sigh, not me. I’ll take the bouncy horse every time. šŸ™‚

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