OK, the page trim is 5.5 inches in width, the left and right
margins are each six-eighths of an inch, and there's a quarter-inch gutter—quick,
what is the text width?
On the other hand, if the trim width is 140 millimeters, the
right and left margins are 20 millimeters each (140 – 40) and the gutter is set
to 6 millimeters—quick, the text width is 94
millimeters. Piece of soup.
It is simple arithmetic versus fractions and decimals, and,
well, buy a calculator.
Then you start comparing your document with a pile of open
books on your desk, measuring margins, print areas, and such, and you have to
stop and study your inch ruler. Are the little lines inside the inch tenths,
eighths, or sixteenths of an inch? And if it is either of the latter two, your
blood pressure rises as you try actually to use the measurements.
Clouded Ambitions is entering its
final stages of ink on paper. For me, it isn't the hunt for editing perfection
that challenges so much as facing the mounds of red ink that stare back like a
bad bank statement, and knowing I have to sort through them and type in changes.
Next comes polishing of page design for print, and then formatting for e-books. Clouded Ambitions will be released this spring in deluxe paperback and popular e-book styles including Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple's iBooks.
In Clouded Ambitions, Book 2 of the Gourmet Gamer Mysteries, murder again strikes the tech industry, this time in Seattle, where a video game startup is forced to hunt down a murderer using technology, junk food, and an unhealthy ability to sit indefinitely in front of screens and monitors, and never lose the urge to win.
August, 1611.Fortunately, our native brethren again stepped in to save
the day this spring, teaching us to fertilize our maize crop using dead fish
(they were giggling, so they may have been playing a gag). But now harvest has come
and we have corn growing out of our ears!
I'm a little worried about the Indians,
however. Apparently their long houses have been overrun by crabgrass, and they
seem rather cross about it. The issue came near to violence a fortnight ago, an incident averted only when Elder Schmidt, sitting out back all alone, suddenly and inadvertently invented popcorn, scaring the daylights out of all of us.
Welcome to the world of Owen Cash, a man pushed finally to conform with society and pursue his own slice of the Great American Dream: Homeownership. He journeys forth to battle house hunting (kids, go slice that family's tires) mortgage applications (you need an ultrasound of my kidneys?!), and more, all to please family and society and join the ranks of responsible, landed Americans—just at the height of the real estate boom (ka-pow!). Free 11/29 - 11/30 on Amazon Kindle (& Any Device).
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It was my first Thanksgiving as a homeowner
when my father gave me the book, The Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim,
and I learned about my first ancestor in America, of what really happened
at Plymouth Rock. It explains a lot!
Diary of Elder Owen,Mayflower Pilgrim
November 25, 1610.With the winter fast approaching here at Plymouth Rock, I
fear we may well have leftEnglanda tad late in the year. I'm not sure
what it is; it may be the snow on the ground and the fact thatthere isn't a thing to eat, or
it may be the way the Indians seem to chuckle when they walk by.
Spring, 1610.I fear we may have brought with us the
wrong seeds, for judging by the resulting sprouts, I fail to see any resemblance to wheat, barley, or other oats that should be evident by now.
So I checked the markings on the sacks, and,
alas, they say not "Wheat," "Barley," and "Oats"
at all, but rather "Crabgrass," "Clover," and "Other
Lawn Weeds," and frankly, the evening stew is really suffering in taste and in substance.
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