After several people contacted me this last week to find out why I haven’t been blogging, I thought I better get back in here. It was a flattering feeling to know I was missed, so thank you, each of you. The thought is appreciated and the nudge acknowledged.
On my side of the computer screen there’s been a lot happening. Most of it has been preparing the latest issue of Space and Time magazine for the printer. I’m not the fastest layout person. Right now I think I’m sitting at about 45 hours or so on just this issue.
Tomorrow is the day I upload it to their system so I’ve been doing a million checks, correcting things the amazing proofread team has found, and making a million checks.
Right now it’s as perfect as it’s going to get before press… but I’m sure I will find three mistakes when I hold it in my hands. That is when I remind myself that books and magazines are crafted products with flaws like any work of art. Then I vow to make a million and one checks next issue.
There’s been another away from keyboard situation going on. One of my daughters and her husband have decided to divorce. It’s been a peaceful event, as far as these life events go, but a situation like this is never easy for anyone involved. I respect her privacy, so I won’t be saying much more about it here. Change is necessary for growth, but change is almost always painful.
Something not painful is all the thoughtful cleaning and de-cluttering I’ve been doing in between magazine layout and the like. I’ve been uncovering so many things I thought were lost and other things I’ve forgotten. De-cluttering is therapeutic.
The photo with this post is of some old newsletters I designed and published back in the early 2000s. I found some even earlier newsletters I did I didn’t think to photo. The earliest was laid out with pasted together text and clip art and then photocopied. I think the two in the photo must have been Microsoft Publisher. The poem by Carolyn Caliri is the first poet I ever published, and the first poem she ever published.
I’m glad I kept them. It reminds me I’ve always been this insane. So that’s about all from me at the moment. Rest assured, I’m fine and the blog isn’t going anywhere. It just took a back burner while I sorted some important stuff not about writing. Except the magazine.
Thank you for the emails, texts and Facebook messages. I sometimes wonder if anyone actually reads this. Now I can rest assured, a few somebodies do.