Power Up Power Weekend

Jen, the queen of multitasking, doing some powerhouse Power Up edits... two laptops, a binky, and a baby on her lap. 

Jen, the queen of multitasking, doing some powerhouse Power Up edits... two laptops, a binky, and a baby on her lap. 

 

Well, the countdown is on to when Power Up goes to print! This weekend, Jen flew up so we could work on copyedits together, and actually work face-to-face. I think this is officially the fourth time we have worked on the book in the same room since we decided to write it two years ago. (Thanks, Google, for free Hangouts and shared folders and docs...and suggested edits. Couldn't have done it without ya). I have learned a TON in the process of writing a book (but I'll save those nuggets for a longer post at a later date). For now, here are three fun facts that I learned this weekend:

  • Publishers have copyeditors for a reason. Here's a real catch from our wonderful copyeditor. I was writing a vignette about a swim coach standing on the cement by the pool. Our copyeditor suggested we change it to concrete, noting that "Cement is just an ingredient—the “glue”—in concrete." Woah. 
  • Learning a new user interface for website development is like entering a black hole. Only go with the proper supplies (caffeine, good wine, a babysitter...), and plan on getting lost. When Jen and I were deciding between building the site on Weebly or SquareSpace, our conversation went something like this:
    • Diana: I've built sites on Weebly before. I feel pretty confident doing it again.
    • Jen: Yeah, but SquareSpace is so pretty.
    • Diana: I guess it would be useful to learn a new UI. We make our students do it all the time. We're so mean.
    • Jen: So you think you might try SquareSpace?
    • Diana: Yeah. Why not.
    • Jen: See you in 18 hours.
  • Writing with a partner makes everything easier. Over the weekend, "Auntie Jen" was the baby whisperer, most importantly by helping me find a path through my family room where the floors don't squeak to avoid waking the baby.