5th Grade Challenge ArtworkMaking the Book Come to Life
In college, I was almost ready to release it (now 5 years ago), but the art for the cover fell through. Then a few months ago I decided it was time to release the book, so I contacted an artist on Fiverr (Inka Iskandar), and he did it for me for a very good price. If I couldn’t get the cover picture I needed, I would never release the book.
The cover’s design is something I always had in mind. I wanted it to look like a video game case. (If you have a Wii in your house, this will seem familiar.) I wanted the book to scream ‘fun’ right from the cover, and since this story is from one of my video games, I wanted to be sure to convey that.
Honestly, there is no meaning to it. There never was, but I just stuck with it thinking maybe it would become its own thing and be recognizable by itself someday.
I remember when I was in high school, after finishing my freshman year. I failed my computer class, so I had to take it for summer school. That morning as we were driving to a different school across town to register for the summer school class, it was raining that day. The windshield wiper whisked away the water in a way that revealed the shape of my logo. Maybe the next time it rains and you’re behind the wheel, you’ll see what I saw…
As an English teacher, I feel sorry for students who have to learn this language. One of the big reasons is the difficulty in spelling its words. English borrows many words from many cultures, even though those cultures use the same alphabet. It’s the reason why we spell peetsa “P-I-Z-Z-A”. Because if we go to Italy and show them that word “peetsa”, they won’t understand it. But not only do we break the rules for the borrowed words, but we’re very inconsistent with our own words.
Check this out: Mouse, Mice; Louse, Lice; House, Hice??? These little inconsistencies add up to a language whose rules that aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. I want to solve that problem. By having a phonemic chart, we can standardize every pronunciation and every sound in the language. You see this in dictionaries, but who reads dictionaries? You can see this online also, but many of these pronunciations have a British accent. Go to dictionary.com and try out a few words and see if they sound like how you talk.
I made a chart for our sounds in the US, specifically the Midwest, since this accent sets the bar of Standard American English. You’re welcome to print it out and use it as you read the story.