Nothing Wakes You Up Like a Spider in the Tub

This seaweed on a beach in Nova Scotia was actually pretty neat, unlike most arachnids.

Yeah.  Good morning, right?  I will not post an accompanying picture of a spider, even though it would be thematically relevant, because I hate spiders.  Instead you get this seaweed, which looks kind of creepy and weird, too.

So, how is everyone?  I’m pretty good.  Sareisa has stopped eating lunch, gotten rid of her annoying guests, and is probably going to wander around for a while, falling in love with someone she shouldn’t.  All is well.

Also, I ordered a paperback proof copy of my novel, and I hope it looks as amazing in real life as it does on the screen.  It better, considering I spent eight hours yesterday typesetting it properly.  Kerning, if you will excuse my French, is a pain in the ass.  So is block text.  I did use Word to do it, even though all the typesetting blogs rail against it, because I downloaded a trial of InDesign and my head exploded.

Now, I’m familiar with Photoshop, and I can usually figure out new software pretty quickly, if I put my mind to it.  But I wanted it done that day, and I think it would take me a long time to get proficient enough in InDesign to do what needed to be done.  Does that make me a horrible person?  Yeah, maybe.  But I checked over everything, and the final product still looks pretty darn sweet, and totally readable.  No rivers for me.

And that’s what I did with my weekend, and why I didn’t write a blog post.  I have a whole list of real topics I want to get to, and I will.  I’ve been so busy trying to get my manuscript in shape, though, that I haven’t even been thinking about doing much writing.  Which is another reason, besides my general impatience, that I wanted to get the proof finished and ordered.  Once that’s done, and I’m happy with it, that’s it.  It’s in its final form, and you can’t go messing around with it, like I mentioned in my previous post.

As much as I love the ability to make changes, I think I’ve finally made all the tweaks and adjustments that are reasonable to make.  I know I said that about six months ago, but it’s true this time.  Honest.  Probably.

So anyway, this was just a little bit of housekeeping.  I’m planning to make a lot of time to write this week, and I should get back into the swing of things.  Stay tuned.

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