Monday, July 30, 2012

Onward and Upward

I spent a day of full-tilt nose to the grindstone today working on formatting my new book. I could pay someone to do it for me, but I have all the tools and software I need to do it myself. It's new software and I haven't mastered it yet.
If this were the only book I planned to do, I think the savings of time and what little hair I have left would be worth what it costs to have someone do it, but I will do more books.
I'm using Adobe Indesign, which is the software many book publishers and magazines use. It's extremely powerful, but with that power comes complication which carries a steep learning curve.
I've spent hours today watching instructional videos from I made a great deal of progress. In fact, I have all my chapters formatted and loaded into the book manager, but now I have to do the fancy numbering at the bottom of the page and the table of contents.
I ran out of steam a little while ago and I called it quits for the evening. I've learned that your my brain is like sun-baked earth when it rains.
The soil is so dry, the rain can't soak in so it runs off. My brain is the soil and these instructional videos are the rain.
So, I'll get back after it in the morning when I've had some rest.
After a good nights sleep it will be onward and upward.


  1. Oh I can relate to this, Rick! InDesign and I are old friends - well, sometimes it's more of a love/hate relationship.

    Hope the brain stops hurting after a good sleep :)

  2. Rest!! Rest the brain and it will thank you ten fold and soak up a monsoon!! Yay! Take care

  3. Anonymous6:23 AM

    I seem to be resisting learning new things these days which is upsetting since I used to thrive on it. You are an inspiration.

  4. Wow! I wish I had the nerve, patience, general lack of laziness to tackle something like that!

  5. I was wondering what was wrong with my brain:) I admire your determination.

  6. That is like so many new learning experiences. I say "sorry, my brain is full." Then I can return later...sometimes much later.

  7. Thank you for coming to follow me. That's so nice.


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