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 [...]

The death of the Grand Dame (A poem)

Attempting to form a tribute from a jumble of impressions on a very long day… It snowed in Lithuania today they’ve got aerial photos for proof In fact, it seems colder just about everywhere the skies gone cloudless for the prettiest star Three years ago, wandering the streets of Germantown we’d no idea where we were [...]