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About the projects posted on Red Hen:

Red Hen Publications is a personal training exercise. It is not a commercial entity. It makes no money, it charges no fees, it sells no advertising (nor hosts any, other than the link in exchange for the use of the hit counter, and information linking to the owners of copyright images used in the projects by permission). It gives me a showcase for my personal work, prompting me to sharpen my skills, and enables me to indulge my hobby, which is book design.

In the course of this pursuit, I have found myself engaged in page layout, vector and raster graphics, and even web design. More recently I have embarked upon working in 3D.

The projects posted here range from work which is entirely my own from start to finish (which may be graphics, articles, and one or two of the publications), to former class assignments, to modified clip art, to heavily formatted .pdf publications of works written by other people.

Presently, most of the Publications consist of fanfiction, some original work may be added at some point in the future, but I would not hold my breath. In the event, one may safely assume that the authors’ adventures in the world of commercial publishing probably reflect my own. Or, they may not have had the heart to try.

This is not a huge site with vast tracks of server space. But the free space provided by my domain registration has, so far, proven to be adequate. If I reach the limits of the space allotted to me, I will be forced to remove some of the files. That day will not be soon. I am not, at the moment, looking for a new web host.

My work is grouped into three main collections across the site. There are additional subcollections to be found in the Commentary areas:

Publications

The Publications collection is the reason the site exists. If one wishes to pursue a hobby in book design one needs manuscripts. While it would be laughably untruthful to state that I do not write, it must be admitted that I do not really write fiction. Nor do I believe that I have more than the one nonfiction work in me. And that one is already posted. It would be a very slow and unsatisfactory process if I were forced to wait upon my own pen (or keyboard) before proceeding further.

Well, hey, there are thousands of manuscripts posed on fanfic archives. Good ones, too. And none of them are commercially publishable in their current state. Well, in that case, I can offer a service. If an author I contact about one of their works gives me permission to base a project on it, I will do what I can to turn the manuscript into a book. Once approved, and exported, I will post it on the site for the author to refer people to (because fanfic archives rarely will accept .pdfs. Certainly not .pdfs that are as graphics-heavy as the ones I produce). No project is ever posted on this site without the author's approval.

All Red Hen Publications are posted in .pdf, and will need the Acrobat Reader, or Apple’s Preview to open and view. There is a link to the Adobe site on the Tools+Files page.

And, no, while technically this would probably come under the definition as ePublishing, it has few of the enhancements which current ePublishing standards support. Back in 2003 when I developed my basic format and general procedure for producing “books” for the web, most of the ePub software available nowadays didn't exist.

Graphics

Most of the files posted in the Graphics collection are posted in .JPEG format, but there are a few .pdfs there as well. JPEGs ought to be viewable in any web browser, but they may take a while to load. Some pages have more than one image on them. All graphics are posted in screen resolution. It is possible that I may some day be able to link to higher resolution files as well, but probably not in the immediate future.

Graphics files may have originally been either vector (.eps) or raster (.jpg, .tiff, or .psd) files. Some of the older ones may depend heavily upon clip art or other commercial stock sources, but all have been at least lightly (and sometimes heavily) modified. More recently, I have been engaged in an ongoing battle with low-end 3D software (the kind that comes without printed documentation). In time there will probably be more files posted based upon 3D renders.

Commentary

The Commentary collection consists of essays. Lots and lots of essays. The site may exist because of the publications, but the hits on the hit counter are chiefly due to the essays. The Potterverse collections (both of them) are to be found here. As well as a number of other essays on a number of other subjects.

There are, in addition a number of oddities which I also wanted to post, and had no better place to put them. There are also a few additional works accessed through the ‘All Things Relative’ collection. While I doubt that very many visitors to the site will care one way or the other for the Family Album, or my account of 35 years in the Graphics Section, quite a few may find themselves amused by Uncle Fred's Scrapbooks (which are .pdfs).