SoFoBoMo – Approaching the Finish Line
I am approaching the finish line, at long last. I put in a long day with InDesign today, although the sun was shining and the birds were singing. My eyes are tired, I am thoroughly sick of looking at the book layout, but it is almost (but not quite) there. This evening I made photos for the front cover and the back cover – I think the front cover one is in the bag but the back cover one – well, that one includes me, am I’m fairly confident what I did came out badly.
I went into the final book layout confident that I had the sequencing and the spreads worked out. About 20 minutes into today’s session that sequencing was out the window, I was busily resequencing, and an entirely new way of integrating the text and the photos had been started. Writing the text was a head banging experience. No, it was worse than that. It was so bad that every so often, I would imagine getting up from the computer and banging my head on the wall as a pleasant break.
Some lessons learned (and in some cases, relearned), in no particular order:
- Working at the computer for too long without taking breaks is more tiring that I expect it will be. Every time.
- After a day of working at the Mac Pro, my hands and wrists are carpal’ed out. My right hand and wrist are the worst, because the Apple MIghty Mouse is, in fact, just about the least ergonomic mouse I’ve ever used. To make up for this lack of ergonomics, the Mighty Mouse has a scroll rollerball dingus that I must clean using various dangerous liquids every week or so, or it stops working. In my not particularly humble opinion, this makes the Apple Mighty Mouse the worst mouse ever and an instrument of Satan. As soon as the replacement I will order tonite arrives, I will take my Apple Mighty Mouse, put it on the driveway, and run over it with the Subaru. And I will take pictures, and post them here. I have expressed incandescent hatred for things in the past, but my hatred for the Apple Mighty Mouse is not just incandescent. It is brighter than a thousand suns.
- I had surprisingly little trouble getting InDesign to do what I wanted. The work of doing a book layout before my month started was time well spent.
- I have made laserprinted draft copies, two sided. This is a nice way to get a feel of what the book would feel like in your lap.
- I have also made PDFs. They look very nice. I am tentatively pleased. I will have to check out the Issuu thing, which seems like an excellent way for people to share their PDFs online.
I still need to do the covers, and then run through the book checking the text and layout details.
I am ready to be done.