I have a motto I like to try to live by, “Everything works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.” It’s a nice thought to help you through the rough patches, because all too often it really does seem like it never will work out. But it does, even if not exactly the way we want. Oh, yeah. Did I ever mention I’m an unabashed optimist?
My previous blog post described 2014 as “the year everything happened at once.” Yesterday that seemed to happen in miniature, in regards to the proofs for both Star Power & The Ninth Wormhole and the second Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire omnibus. While visiting our friends to see their newborn for the first time, I was informed that both the physical proofs for the Dominic Deegan book had arrived at my doorstep (which I was far away from) and that there was a minor issue with the proof for The Ninth Wormhole. Having two major projects require my attention at once sent me into a minor anxiety attack, which is bad when you’re cradling you’re friends’ child.
Needing to review a pair of proofs may not be a big deal for some people, but for me it’s the most stressful part of the book printing process. It probably has something to do with a past experience of mine, where I learned that every single page of a book was messed up and it was all my fault. It’s a painstaking look at every single page. It’s revisiting years of work to make sure you remember everything is in its proper order. It’s a revelation of how much more work you need to do on a book you’ve already spent a significant amount of time on. Did the printer get everything I sent them in the right order, or do I need to go back and make a ton of corrections? Will there be things on the printed page that my monitor was unable to detect? Will a digital proof ease my various anxieties about this whole process, or should I request a physical proof? How much extra will a second physical proof cost me to ease those same anxieties? Even after the proof is approved, will the printer make a mistake anyway? Why am I talking to myself?
Today’s blog post is a little late because, as you can see, two proofs needing my attention takes up a significant amount of time, even over a day. While The Ninth Wormhole didn’t take me all that long to review, the seven hundred forty pages of the second Dominic Deegan omnibus was much more of a time commitment. And by the way, you can still pre-order the Dominic Deegan omnibus!
I’m going to remember 2014 as “the year everything happened at once.” The first half of this year was pretty mellow and uneventful, arriving as most years do. Once the summer came, everything started to ramp up, and now that same everything is now coming to its conclusion. Among these things happening all at once have been 1) buying a house, 2) getting ready for a baby, 3) getting the first Star Power book printed, and 4) printing the second Dominic Deegan omnibus. It’s been a lot of paperwork, moving things around, coordinating with others, and hoping nothing goes terribly wrong. So far, so good.
Have I mentioned you can pre-order the second Dominic Deegan omnibus?
The arrival of our baby is the biggest worry. Not that it’s been a difficult pregnancy for my wife, but it’s had the usual worries for anyone who’s going to be a parent for the first time. My best friend, whose story was the inspiration for the Altered States storyline in Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire, is the father of two adopted children and has been giving me fatherhood advice. A long-running joke between us is that I think my three cats are a lot like having kids, to which he calls me a “crazy old cat man” and warns me that I have no idea what I’m in for. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that my cats have indeed been training me for fatherhood.
Things about parenthood my cats have prepared me for:
- The sound of random things breaking in the middle of the night.
- Cleaning poop. A lot of poop.
- Finding vomit everywhere, and cleaning it up.
- Sudden yelling, whining, and crying.
- Cleaning a horrible mess in the car (Rascal got car-sick and also pooped all over her cat carrier when we moved).
- Trying to locate the source of mysterious smells.
- Getting aggravated at a creature, who can clearly understand you, not listen to a word you say.
- Watching the expensive, healthy food you bought get ignored and go to waste.
- Expensive visits to the doctor.
- Watching the expensive toy you just bought get ignored in favor of the box it came in.
So yeah, Dave. I think I’m ready for this.
Or at least I think I am.