ART 53, day 12

(I changed the title of this series of posts—finally!—because Working on the new book sounds really lame. Anyway…) Today, I began raiding a past project for some layout ideas. From July 2009 through June 2010, I worked on creating one new layout for each day. For the most part, I succeeded (though there were a [...]

Working on the new book, day 11

I’m up late. By the time I post this, it will be a few minutes past 1:30 in the a.m. At the last minute, I decided to skip the poetry reading I would normally have gone to; instead, I resumed looking at photos—this time my iPhoto library covering 2011–2015. Instead of going through the photos [...]

Working on the new book, day 10

Despite getting some decent catch-up sleep last night, I did not feel like going through a bunch of photos several times over today, so I opted instead to copy the rest of the poems to the InDesign documents I set up a little while back. I did very little as far as actual layout is [...]

Working on the new book, days 8 & 9

While waiting for answers to a couple of questions on the copy-editing assignment I am mostly finished with, I resumed new book stuff. Day 8, a couple of days ago, it was back to the iPhoto stuff. I wasn’t particularly in the mood, but I don’t want to let things sit any longer than I [...]

Working on the new book, days 6 & 7

Wandering through iPhoto land now—approximately 12,000 images covering 2006 through 2010, with a few scans of photos from the 1970s and 1980s. There was a slight hiccup to deal with first: i.e., accessing my old iPhoto libraries. The more photos you import into iPhoto, the more unwieldy it gets. So five years ago, I saved [...]

Working on the new book, day 5

Looking through old photos is a strange process, a weird mix of surprise and nostalgia. The photos I have accumulated on my computer cover a difficult part of my life; even after deleting a number of photos, I still manage to come across an image here or there that I overlooked, or that reminds me [...]

Working on the new book, day 4

Yesterday was day 4 of finding possible photos to go with the poems that will comprise the next book. I now have the Delicates and Do-overs sections left to go, and then I can move on to my iPhoto libraries. I only got in a couple of hours, though, as I had to take nervous [...]

Working on the new book, day 3

So, I just finished watching The Big Short. Holy crap. I mean, I worked in real estate escrow for nearly five years, so I knew that a lot of people were being suckered into dodgy loans—but the extent of the bullshit that went on around the whole mortgage business is astounding. (And those two mortgage [...]

Working on the new book, day 2

The second day of picking possible images for the poems in the new book seemed to much slower—I got part of the way through the Oddities section before calling it a day after less than twenty poems and three hours. I think it was a combination of spending nearly five hours on the job yesterday [...]

Working on the new book, day 1

Technically, I have been easing my way into this book for the last couple of weeks, but today marks my first full day of actively working on it. So, what have I done with it? Having made my initial selection of poems for the next book, and having decided on more prominent visuals to accompany [...]