My brother doesn’t know it yet…
…but I’ve spent the past three days collecting all of the poetry he’s sent me over the past 2 1/2 years and compiling it into a book. Layout, graphic design, printing, and very primitive binding.
And a bunch of them are poems that I’ve put to music. So I decided to make an accompanying cd with 15 of the songs that resulted from his poems. The cd is included in a sleeve in the back of the book.
And although she told me that you can do layout of book signatures automatically with Adobe InDesign (they’re up to CS5 now!), and although I downloaded the 30-day trial, and although I spent about 18 hours struggling to figure out how to make it all print out correctly, I STILL, somehow, ended up learning the hard way. Every. Step. Of. The. Way.
In fact, I liken my InDesign skills to that of someone who buys a fancy car and then pushes it around town because he doesn’t know how to drive it. I literally laid out the entire book–some 76 pages–about 4 different times. From scratch.
Now my only challenge is to resist the temptation to spoil the surprise!