It’s been more than 6 years (when I was Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper) since I stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning working on the layout of a print publication — until last night/early this morning.
Jen and I are doing the production for my Dad’s latest book, 100 Faces of Marin, and we’re in the final stretch. We were up until 4am last night/this morning, and it brought back many memories of the old days in the Misc. office (I have no idea what’s going on in that photo, Shrey; do you?).
From the minutia in the text… finding and replacing of correctly-formatted single quotes, double quotes, double spaces, en-dashes, em-dashes… to the tweaking of placed text, pull quotes, tracking… to the print outs of completed pages hanging on the walls of our office… it feels like The Miscellany News all over again.
Some of my best memories of college were working on that crazy paper with some of the most scarily dedicated people around, many of whom are still close friends. To this day, it continues to amaze me how much we managed to achieve week after week, some of us working 40+ hours in addition to being full-time students.