Thursday

10 February 2010

Slowly but surely, I'm getting to the end of the first draft of the book I've been working on. There are some gaping holes in the manuscript, things I did not write because I needed to have a better sense of how certain events would play out before addressing them, but by the end of the weekend I'm hoping I can go back and fill in those holes.

It's kind of like wood putty, but with words. Literary putty? Verbiage paste? Anti-white out?

Anyway, I'm getting there. But I've also been distracted by this:


New-to-me Macbook laptop. I wasn't in the market for a new laptop, the one I have works perfectly fine, but this used system came preloaded with all the software I need for the publishing side of my life, and I've been in need of some serious software upgrades for a long time now. The main platform I use for manuscript formatting, Pagemaker, I bought in 2001 and I think that was the last time Adobe released any version of Pagemaker. The year after that they moved to InDesign, but I've resisted all these years.

This little Mac (and man it is REALLY little...) has the newest InDesign on it, which gives me a chance to play with it and to see if I have any hope of figuring it out. It's also got the newest Photoshop, Illustrator, and a ton of other things. Office 2011...which I'm kind of liking more on the Mac than I do on Windows.

In any case, I might have finished the first draft this week if not for the Mac distraction...

Totally different thing...why the hell am I sitting here with The Real Housewives of New Jersey on? I mean, I'm just waiting for the noon news to come on, but really, I feel about 20 IQ points dumber for the 15 minutes I've been listening to it...

5 comments:

kenju said...

I think there is probably nothing real about those women!! LOL

Congrats on the new Mac and on your book - good luck with finishing!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Enjoy your macbook--now you said you had to have something for publishing--was it the indesign?

Thumper said...

InDesign and Illustrator are necessary (well, only in that I did't have current versions...I can still use Pagemaker and the old Illustrator. But now I have them, just have to learn to use them.) I'd like to learn Photoshop...have an old one but use Paint Shop Pro more often.

Truthfully, I don't *need* anything right now, but upgrading was going to be necessary at some point. And it might as well be this year so that I can take the deduction on taxes next year...

Angel and Kirby said...

That looks like a cool toy! We hope you learn all of it's programs

The Whiskeratti said...

I LOVE my Mac. I work on one at work, and I have an iMac at home. But I don't like Pagemaker. I'm a Quark-er. :)