John Oliver Coffey dropped me an e-mail the other morning about a new discussion forum for typesetters, aptly called . . . Typesetter Forum. It’s
a new (and free) forum for questions, answers and opinions related to the publishing industry with particular emphasis on typesetting.
Its not exactly a free-for-all (will be lightly moderated) and is oriented towards collaboration . . . and solving common typesetting challenges whether in applications or techniques. We will also post jobs, contracts, news and resources for everyone interested in the industry.
So, of course, because I was supposed to be getting ready for work, I decided to check the site out instead. And I ended up writing a 424-word comment on the first post I read: How can I set up a book in Adobe Indesign?. Because it’s not like I have, oh, a book to copyedit, a catalogue to lay out, three posters to proof, two illustrations to muddle through, and a metric donkeyload of other e-mails and blog comments to respond to. And it’s not like I was making myself late for work or anything. Not any later than usual, anyway.
Then, tonight, after a cranky thirteen-hour workday with no lunch, I decided to wind down by spending another few hours staring at a smaller backlit screen: I checked in at the forum again, and once again I got cruelly tricked into mouthing off about that work that I hardly even do anymore—this time, 685 words: Expectations of a typesetter (?).
So, if you’re wondering why I’m not saying much over here lately, it’s because I’m squandering all my genius in discussion boards you’ve never heard of. You could partially amend that by going over there and checking out Typesetter Forum yourself.