ePublishing? It’s Easy! Very Funny…

I don’t know how many times I’m going to keep posting this coming soon image!  I swear I am working hard to get this wretched epublishing thing worked out, and every day I think “right, tomorrow is the day”.  Then tomorrow comes and I despair as I gaze into my immediate future and see only a long long long line of tomorrows when I didn’t manage to publish!

Computers can be so frustrating.  You can’t ask them any damn questions.  And even when your questions are answered by humans in forums they don’t make any sense.  And they don’t understand why they don’t make sense.  And I can’t explain it to them because I don’t understand either.

There’s an ebook creator guide but surely whoever put it together never knew nothing.  Doesn’t know what it’s like to know nothing.  So of course it doesn’t make sense to a pleb like me. Anybody got any chocolate?  Maybe a cup of tea.  Right, that’s what I’ll do.  It might stop me wanting to chuck my computer out of the window.  Through the window, actually, just like in the movies.  That always looks so satisfying.

I have renewed respect for anybody and everybody who’s ever tried something new from scratch.  You start out with a kind of vision, and it all looks nice and neat, easily attainable.  The fantasy carries you for a while.  Then you start getting your hands dirty and clarity flies out the window but there’s nothing satisfying about it.

Soda water in the brain is more what it feels like.  You curse the day you ever had even a tiny spark of a dream or an idea, wish you hadn’t started, and you lust after the idea of giving it all up and never ever EVER starting something new again.  But it’s in your blood now, and something drives you on, through the dense fog of nothing.  making.  sense.

Downright sado-masochism, that’s what it is…


Love of Coffee and Chocolate – and Intelligent Presidents

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” [Franklin P. Jones]

 “I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.”  [Meryl Streep]

“I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.”  [Princess Diana]

Everybody’s got something to say about love, haven’t they?  Well, not everybody.  I watched again some of the BAFTA pre-awards the other night, and everybody went love-gaga for this decade’s British film icon-babe Colin Firth.  I wonder what he thinks about love?  I don’t know, I couldn’t find anything he’s said about it, so I chose this one instead “My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem.”

Is there any love in there?  Love of humor of course.

Michelle Obama said “Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, ‘Who are you as a person?’  Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul. When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good… You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole.”  [ Michael Y. Park. “Michelle Obama’s Secrets to Finding a Great Guy” People.com. 10/28/2009.]

Obviously she’s got something right.  Andrew Romano said of the Presidential couple “… I think it’s the Obamas’ willingness to act in public much how they act in private – open, informal, flirtatious – that has incited most of the swooning.  At the Youth Ball, I noticed the president do something that’s impossible to imagine any of his predecessors doing: resting his head, eyes closed, on Michelle’s shoulder.” [“Our Model Marriage” Newsweek 2/23/2009.]

Love – isn’t it a great thing when it’s the real thing?  Love of truth, love of freedom, love of chocolate and coffee.  Love of intelligent Presidents married to extraordinary women.

Even Einstein had something to say about love: “you cannot love a car the way you love a horse”.  Nicely put.  Not sure what he thought about men and women, though…  Or chocolate, for that matter.  Or American presidents.  But I bet if he was alive today he’d vote for Barack Obama come the elections.