(1) A new day job, (2) a nap and (3) a drink

Last week our formatter asked the author to fill out a new client form. One of the questions was very open ended — the bane of job seekers the world over. Tell me about yourself. But what this question read was three times as much: “What are three things you would like me to know about you? These things can be professional and/or personal.”

I’ve already hinted at my answer above, but the way our author responded shines some light on the challenges and rewards of writing fiction, finding a publisher, editing the manuscript and finding the book’s eventual place among readers. I’ll include it here in full. Whether this is an itemized list or a single thought split by paragraph breaks is up for debate.

I’ll give you four. First, every time I argue with my dad I feel like I’m 13 again. For some reason almost every sentence here feels just like that: an argument between a young boy and his father.

As both a reader and writer, I prefer to start in a dark room and add light sources here and there until the place is mostly lit, but not entirely. I believe that most of us share this preference, otherwise films like The Village would be named The Year is 2004 and They All Live In Central Park.

I prefer rhythm to grammar and diction.

As “Dogs and Baghdad” tries to make clear, I’ve been working on this collection for almost ten years now. I’m still not satisfied, although it’s time to publish something and move on.

We’re so close to announcing the book details that we can taste it. When we say “stay tuned,” we actually mean it this time.

Font Purgatory

After weeks of uncertainty, it seems like we have finally the electronic formatting handled. Which brings us to the subject of the book cover, which it seems will be strictly DIY.

About the only thing we do know is what we’ll use for the cover image (all will be revealed, and hopefully soon). But typsetting, font(s), character spacing(s), color(s) of the letters … you know, all of that nitpicky stuff we really ought to leave to the professionals? I suppose every release has a budget, and we’re directing ours towards the steak, not the sizzle.

The picture below is the perfect summation of my morning. And it’s every bit as depressing as it looks:

We’ve arrived!

We got our first How To Improve Your SEO comment! We can’t decide whether or not to let spam comments go through for now. Sort of makes the place look more lived in

We took his advice, though. (See italics and bold font above, not that you could miss it.) Perfect harmony with our post tags. We’re getting the hang of this blogging business.

Or said another way: “All aspiring science fiction authors will move to California”

I should have known that Google would show up somewhere in this Huffington Post article:

Bay Area tech giant Google has been leading the way in self-driving cars. The team behind the project asserts that the technology is largely already there and their self-driving cars are ready to hit the road right now.

Earlier this year, Google took a number of state legislators on a test non-drive of their driverless cars.

“I had the pleasure of going out for a drive on the autonomous vehicle,” California state Senator Alan Lowenthal told Reuters. “I have to say that there are some still issues with it, but it’s a better driver than I am.”

Earlier this week, Google engineers announced that their fleet of self-driving cars have logged a combined total of 300,000 miles.