Friday, February 11, 2011

#13: A Rant

Is the number 13 really unlucky? For reasons that I can't explain as a rational being, I have never ended a paper on page 13, or even stopped chopping on 13 cuts. (And yes, I count, thanks to Sesame Street and Martin Yan.) SO you can imagine the trepidation with which I approached my 13th book. One never knows in what order they will actually be published, and if I were counting as I wrote or edited them, this would be further along, but I'm pretty sure it will be #13. There were serious nightmares dealing with contributors. Late late, lame, dropped out, replaced, followed no directions. The last chapter turned in the day the whole thing is due Feb 1st. Ask me who it was, I'll tell you. Then the past week has been the hell of fixing references. Entirely my fault for not making contributors do it themselves. But we're already a little over the deadline. Like that really means anything after two years! But I have NEVER missed a deadline before. Hate the idea.

BUT! HUZZAH! I turned the damned monster in today, with only two minutes (literally) to spare before picking up the kids. Two years makes it to the finish in 2 minutes. Weird. It's that number again. Funny enought the cover was set a long time ago, I suggested a nice 16th c. kitchen scene and they're using it. Maybe this wont be 13 after all. (BTW. This book is a Cultual History of Food: The Renaissance, one volume in a big set.)

OH, Also just noticed real BEAST of an encyclopedia (FOOD CULTURES OF THE WORLD) is up on amazon. Dare you to pre-order. And on Monday I start proofreading. All 4 volumes. GASP! CHOKE....

5 comments:

Vanessa said...

congratulations?

aidan said...

I have a feeling your book will be wonderful, just like the rest! Best of luck!

Ken Albala said...

Thanks. Hey does anyone know how to get an image in pdf format to paste into a blogspot entry? I'd love to put the cover up here but it wont let me.

chrismatica said...

On your mac, open the pdf in Preview, then Save As. In the center of the window is a drop menu called Format. Click that and then choose jpeg.

Congrats on finishing the buch. always a load off ...

Ken Albala said...

Don Christobal, I don't have no mac. There no save as option to make a pdf into a jpeg, and this blogspot program doesn't even let me cut and paste anything. I got it to let me paste text once, but I don't recall how I did it, however much I try.