Before I proceed, it\’s probably worth informing those of you who, like me, had no idea what the term \’widows and orphans\’ meant before a month ago. My lovely wife with the fancy art school degree informed me of this when she perused my first draft of The Dig, noting all the words and lines stuck by their collective lonesome at the tops and bottoms of pages. In brief, a widow is the last line of a paragraph appearing by itself at the top of the following page, while an orphan is the first line of a paragraph on its own at the bottom of the preceding page. They are a nuisance and an eyesore.
I hate them! And that is the second level of hilarity, that of the Christian perspective. As James tells us:
So it\’s super ironic to me to think about how much I hate \’widows and orphans\’ in light of that bit of scripture.
But I went into this whole process knowing that I wanted to learn how to properly lay out and edit a book. Getting on in years (meaning in my early 30s) I don\’t like learning new things. Okay, I do but who has the time? InDesign was a skill I could set aside the time for, that I was eager to learn. If I\’m going to make and publish books it\’s important to get comfortable with the industry standard. And though I didn\’t throw myself at it with abandon, watching tutorials and picking the brains of experts, I had a good (and frustrating) experience learning as I went. The result is, I think, pretty good.
The Dig will be released this weekend.