Jun 162016

I was back at it again yesterday, working hard to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal done. I thought I was doing pretty good when I noticed that I was at page 28 already of the 44 page paper. But then I had one of those rut-roh moments, followed quickly by frustration.

Usually the Meandering Down The Highway travelogue ends on about page 26 to 28, depending on the length. But then I realized I was only about halfway through it and already on page 28. What the heck is that all about?

As it turns out, a recent automatic update to Adobe InDesign, the program I use to put the paper together, had thrown me completely off track. I use 11 point type for the body copy of the stories in the paper, but InDesign was automatically changing things to 12 point when I completed a page and moved to the next one. This meant that everything I had pasted up in the last two days was completely out of whack. For example, if I put a photo on a page, and then the body copy that related to what that photo was about, once I moved to the next page the type changed size, which changed the layout, and nothing was where it should be.

So I had to change everything back to 11 point, reset the default type to 11 point, and reformat eight pages. I saved each page as I went to make sure that it didn’t happen again. And I’ll be darned if it didn’t do it again anyway! Fortunately I only had three pages re-done by then, so I had to go back and redo them once again. Like I said, really frustrating.

The recent update also changed the way I do several things, including changing the color of text for headlines, and putting the little solid boxes around photographs. I figured out the boxes, but when I went online to try to do a search on changing text color, everything on Adobe’s website referenced the previous version of InDesign, before the update.

I took a break for dinner and to get away from it for a while, and then got back to work and finally reached the point where I had been six or seven hours previously. About that time our friends Tom and Barbara Westerfield came by, and a few minutes later Al Hesselbart showed up, too. We spent a couple of hours visiting and it was good to just be away from the computer for a while. Hopefully I can get back on track today and still have the new issue done this weekend.

While they were here, I got a phone call from my daughter Tiffany, back in our old hometown of Show Low, in Arizona’s White Mountains. There is a major wildfire burning south of town that has already consumed well over 2,500 acres. This is the same community that was threatened by the massive Rodeo-Chediski Fire in 2002. Yesterday afternoon the fire was 16 miles south of town, and by evening it was much closer.

Tiffany lives on the north side of town, quite a ways from the fire line, and I’m hoping she and her family won’t have to evacuate. Terry’s folks spend the summer a few miles east of Show Low at the Hon-Dah RV Park near Pinetop-Lakeside and they have been notified that it’s a possibility they may have to get out of Dodge in a hurry and are awaiting word. Here is a photo taken south of Show Low yesterday afternoon.

Show Low fire

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  3 Responses to “Well That Was Frustrating!”

  1. You have to wonder about some of those software updates that are automatically fed into our computers to”make us more effective users”

  2. Another victim of my least favorite words: new, improved!

  3. Thanks for the plug!

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