EVERYTHING TAKES MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK AND MUST BE DONE NOW
I am acutely conscious that I am not producing blog content – or updating the look of the blogs – very frequently.
I won’t say I’m sorry – that is lame. Or I am, but in a vague background way moderated by PRIORITIES.
The current priority? Getting the POD out of my new process (which involves going from Scrivener, to Word, to a pdf, to CreateSpace – with a stop at Pixelmator for a full front-and-back cover).
Why? Because then I will have some time during which I hope a proof copy will be winging its way to me – time I can use to fill some of the other holes in the process.
Jumping the priority queue: new business cards?
Today I will see someone who MAY be interested – and all of a sudden I realized I have nothing to leave with him. My old business cards are not suitable AND I’m out of them.
I figured if I’m going to go to the trouble of printing new ones, I should take a few minutes (I can hear the laughing starting up already – cut it out!) and make a new one.
After all, how hard can it be?
Whip out Pixelmator. Oops. Not sure I remember how to do this.
Whip out Word – the file where I have the old ones.
Spend a frustrating hour remembering my Pixelmator tools, and fighting against the fact that what I know about HOW to do things is woefully and intrinsically opposite to what graphic artists live with daily (don’t get me started on how masks work – backward and counterintuitive).
I manage to start regaining control when the file I change finally settles down at the size of a standard business card – 3.5 x 2 inches. The trick: store the canvas size you set FIRST – otherwise it assumes what you’re pasting in – the image of the book cover which will be a small part of the finished product – is the size you want, and your business card is now about an inch tall – and proportionately wide.
I won’t bore you with the details – it wasn’t really hard, just counterintuitive because computers do what you tell them to do, not what you WANT them to do.
Now I just have to remember my instructions to myself about where to cut these babies out of the page – so the finished product looks properly centered.
And then get back to whatever was next in the queue before this little project took over.
Next? Oh, yes.
Nap! And lunch! And then the appointment for which I did this.
You are now updated. I’m not lazy – just tired and massively overwhelmed by the delightful but unending learning opportunities that present themselves.