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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric


I'm in Vancouver this week and have limited connectivity. What time I have on-line seems to be occupied with job-hunting and managing the printing of our first book from Long Tale Press. So, I though while the family is still asleep, I'd use a few minutes to catch things up.

Well the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are this week and somewhere back before the job crisis we got tickets for the entire week and scheduled a week's vacation over DD's winter break. We're staying in a suite-hotel in downtown Vancouver that I managed to exchange a timeshare for, so lodging is unbelievably cheap. Parking is not, however. We spend about $20 (Canadian) a day for parking between the hotel and the Pacific Coliseum. It is great to see an international skating event at the venue that will host the Olympics. I hope they do some renovation. The rink is a regulation NHL rink which is a little shorter and narrower than Olympic Figure Skating. They say they can extend it for the Olympics. Too bad they didn't for the Four Continents.

Our tickets included twelve hours of practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday. We didn't attend it all, but it was fun to watch the skaters with their coaches. Then Wednesday was a long day, starting at 10:30 a.m. with Compulsory Dance, Pairs Short, and Ladies Short. It went until 11:30 at night. We barely got up Thursday morning in time to make the Original Dance at 11:00 followed by Pairs Finals and Men's Short. Some outstanding performances by the big names. Yu-Na Kim sent the crowds wild with a new record setting short program scoring over 72 points. Joannie Rochette turned in what would be a prize-winning performance in any crowd that didn't include Kim with over 66 points. In the Mens, Patrick Chen of Canada did a spectacular performance that netted 88 points, easily 12 points above the nearest competitor up to that time. But Evan Lysacek was yet to skate and he turned in a phenomenal performance. One simply can't understand why it was worth only 81 points in the judges' eyes.

Today we will get over to the rink around 1:00 to watch the Dance finals. Then tonight the Ladies Freestyle will start at 6:00. Exciting time.

Before I left for Canada, I uploaded the files for "This Side of Normal" to the printer and overnighted the contracts. Monday morning I got word from the printer that my photo images were too low resolution. I checked the file formats remotely, using Live Mesh to log onto my desktop computer back home, resave the files and re-output the PDF. Word back Tuesday morning was no good. The images were still coming in at 150 dpi. Back to remote access. This time I found the offending setting deep in Acrobat compressing the files and resampling them to 150 dpi. I corrected the files and resent them. Big difference between sending a 168k file and uploading a 35mb file! But this time I got the call that the images were all in tact. Great! I was notified this morning that the proof copy was being sent today. That means that we should have books by the end of the month (though they could be longer for shipping). If you are on Facebook, friend Eric Devine and follow his blog from an author's experience working with Long Tale Press. It's pretty cool (and so is he).

I found it unwieldly to carry the laptop to the skating arena, but have been carrying my notebook and pencil. I've come up with a lot of ideas and am writing quite a bit during the ice cuts. Have started extending my outline and fleshing out some of the minor characters into more major roles. The plot is actually becoming more interesting and plausible. The biggest problem I'm having is making the "thriller" aspect work in a time-constrained manner. It's coming, though. I need an expert on library security if anyone is out there. Specifically on the care and protection of rare books.

I've sent out many applications and have heard back from a few. Even at Microsoft where hiring managers are required to respond within 72 hours, I'm not getting timely responses. I've let my HR rep know and he's pushing the managers. Usually, I feel if they are taking a little extra time, they might actually be considering something instead of just sending out a "Thanks but no thanks" letter right away. Still, I'm a bit anxious and have several appointments (not technically interviews) set up next week.

So, Flist, that catches things up. Except this: I'm "preaching" at the Unitarian Church on the 22nd of Feb. My topic is "Friend Me" and focuses on the changing relationships in the world today based on on-line and virtual friends compared to IRL friends. Toughest thing I've had to deal with yet is whether I'll accept my sister's friend request on Facebook! :) If you have ideas about how on-line friendships have affected your life, lmk. You can email me if you prefer at the address in my profile. CU!


Good to catch up with you!! I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself and I'd love to read your sermon - would you put it on livejournal? I have a hard time with Facebook myself. Something about it is so impersonal and I sometimes feel like I have a couple hundred stalkers and no friends :/

I really miss the days when people had to talk on the phone or actually send emails to chat because I feel like I don't really KNOW half of my friends anymore.
I asked my friend Sarah about the care and protection of rare books.

She says that KCLS doesn't have a rare books collection, so they wouldn't have anybody on staff who could help (and I got the sense that's basically true for municipal lending libraries generally).

She did say, however, that there's an Emeritus Professor in the UW's MLIS program--the name of whom escaped her--who taught book conservation and would be your local resident expert. I tried looking him up on the school's website, but the only Emeritus of any kind listed is a Michael Eisenberg, whom Terina says isn't the right guy.

So I dunno. It's a lead, anyway. If Sarah remembers the guy's name, I'll let you know.

Failing that, Terina says that Goucher has a rare books collection, and she knows the librarian there. So if you want a good old fashioned letter of introduction or whatever, let us know.
Thank you. I'd love the introduction to the librarian at Goucher. I did check out the rare books & collections room at the new Vancouver Public Library while I was there and it was quite impressive, but nothing along the lines of what I've seen at, say, the British Library. I've also run into some very interesting material in digital form from UW. I don't recall seeing a name attached to it though, so if Terina or Sarah happen to come up with a name, I'd appreciate it.