November 11, 2020
After I made such a big deal about finishing the book yesterday, we found two niggling mistakes in section six and I got up in the middle of the night to fix it, went back to bed and then got up again at six this morning to go at it again.
Of course, we are all working in Slack, many miles apart from each other. On one level it is amazing and fantastic and then on another it felt at times like we were all in a virtual airplane hanger and we were all blindfolded and could only communicate through yelling "Where are you now?" "I'm over here by the door." I thought you were by the cockpit?" "No, I'm at the tail rudder? That is not an airplane, that's a blimp!"
In Slack there are comments like this: "Dan, I can't load Helvetica Compressed for some reason. Please convert Bob Boze Bell to outlines." Followed by, "I can't see what you are seeing. Please repost."
This is the new challenge. Not being able to see and when we communicate audibly, or, in text, every missheard word exacerbates the problem. "Text" becomes "narrative" rather than the "sidebar" copy. Oh, boy, some major tweaking needs to happen on Slack calls, but I trust they will be made. In some ways it seems like we are in the silent movie era of film. Here's a screen capture of the front and back cover.
I will say this: There may be tracking issues on the timeline, but this is going to be a good looking book.
"An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it."
—Robert Bresson, French film director