Why the latest book is taking longer (the ugly truth)

Sometimes, life takes a turn you can't believe and you're left shaking your head at the strange, wonderful, and at times angry & frustrating world you find yourself in. And so it's been for me and my partner these last few weeks. And why? Well, to put it plainly - our house was struck by lightning. Strange, crazy lightning that blew out our telephone and internet access (now fixed) and also some of our important electricals like TV, freeview box and video player. But also my (now defunct) desktop pc that I was using to create the layout and production of 'red'. The files have been retrieved OK but further work has halted until my new computer arrives.

It's been frustrating but in a positive way as we've been 'forced' by circumstance into looking at shiny new upgrades that we otherwise would have put off doing for as long as we could. Living without full power in a modern house is also more difficult than I remembered. Having grown up during the miners strikes in the UK, during the 1970's I remember using candles to light rooms and putting up with boring evenings with the family while sitting in the gloom.
However losing electricity in a  house in the1970's is a very different prospect from a house in 2010. We have so many more gadgets and such a different relationship to technology, that days without internet or TV seem a more agonising and difficult prospect.
We get TV back in a few days. And so back to the modern life.......

However, despite this recent setback, there have been very positive developments since my last post. Geoff Crook's text for the new book was finished recently and looks and sounds great. Not absolutely sure where to place it for best effect. I'm leaning towards probably placing it after the photographs, as an afterword.

Seeing the text from my contributors take shape during production, has definately (as with 'pedestrian' and now 'red') been one of the greatest pleasures for me. Who to ask next?

Very tired now after another long night without much sleep. Will update again soon.


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