In a busy noisy world, projects in my life often find their way to the top of the list at various times while other may fall back. I have many projects going, it seems, and one is to get my book edited. This has turned out to be an even greater job than writing the book. I have been doing other daily writing, and some of what I have written may find it’s way to this blog. I also have been playing music. I play cornet in several bands, two of which I run.
With limited spare time to accomplish tasks for projects in my life, I decided to turn the time and energy I have available for this Technojungle project toward working on the book. I do a bit everyday and it moves along. Being my first book, I don’t actually know how to go about the project. I managed to get the book written. Then I realized that I needed to come up with an editing plan. I have some background in publishing had an inclination as to how I could have volunteers read and edit the sections. I realized that the editing was going to be a huge task, however, I may have misestimated just how long this might take. I circulated the section several times to several people and incorporated their suggestions, comments and edits into a new version for each circulation.
A project such as this could end up in an endless path of editing to an unreachable perfection. Knowing when to stop will certainly be an interesting time. I remember the day and the feeling when I decided that the book was written and it was time to start to consider the editing process.
While I may end up with more actual editing—well I am still editing, I suppose—I need to come up with a few images to scatter through the book in places I have indicated. I am also considering a glossary. So the project marches on at a somewhat steady pace. When it will be completed, I am not actually sure.
As of today, I am working on how to produce a glossary for the book. I think I have figured out a way, but it will take time to do. The idea of doing an index also crossed my mind, but that seems to be a specialized field. There are people whose only job is to create indexes. Some of these people specialize in particular genres. Indexing has been described and a profession a craft and even an art. I didn’t realize this, so an index shall have to wait. I do think that having a glossary will be useful and may assist in the creation of an index down the road.
Thus it is that, with this article, I am back to blogging for the Technojungle Project.