A favorite gift from 2007

A favorite gift from the last twelve years is the purple pencil sharpener shown at the top of this image. It may have only cost a dollar or two, but one of my sisters and her daughters gave it to me when I saw them right before I moved to Alaska, and it’s been with me ever since. I especially like it at times like this, when I’m editing a new book.

My red pencil

My red pencil is one of my favorite possessions. When I get it out it means that I’ve just edited a print version of something and now it’s time to type up the corrections. It also means that I’m getting close to releasing a final version of whatever book I’m working on, which is also a good thing.

How to draw a straight line in Gimp

It's embarrassing to say how long I've been using GIMP without knowing how to draw a straight line, but ... skipping that story ... here's a quick tutorial on how to draw a straight line with GIMP.

GIMP straight line: Step 1

Step 1 in the process is to have an image you want to draw a straight line on. I'll assume you have a practical image you're working with, but for my purposes, I'll be drawing a straight line in black, on a white canvas. Here's my white canvas: