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An Update on the Podcast

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s been quite some time since my last podcast, or even my last post on the blog. Many of you have expressed very touching congratulations for our new baby from all over the world. My wife and I are very grateful for all of the warm wishes. We can’t wait to teach Brenna geography by showing her all the places on the map where people took the time to welcome her into the world.

Some people have also asked about when the next podcast episode will be, and expressed concern that everything was OK on my end. I can assure everyone of two things: there will be more podcast episodes, and everything is just fine. There are actually two new “babies” that have consumed all of my time and attention at the moment. The first—little Brenna—you already know about. The second “baby” is still in the works: a book I’m writing for Adobe Press called Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts, which will be available in late April.

I’m thrilled to be writing a book on one of my favorite InDesign subjects, but it is a lot of work, especially when adjusting to life as a new parent. As a result, podcast time has been impossible to come by. However, I am completely committed to the podcast. It’s what got me the book deal and many other opportunities since I started it. It’s also put me in touch with a community of fellow designers who I’m determined to keep helping with information, instruction and insight for the foreseeable future.

But, for now, the podcast is on hold until the book is 100% done. I’m in the home stretch now, so I will not keep you waiting any longer than necessary. I appreciate everyone’s patience in the meantime. There will also be more from me in 2009: presentations at two InDesign Conferences, a special event in Washington, DC, and more classes through EEI Communications, including a new GREP for Adobe InDesign class.I hope you’ll all be coming along with me for the ride like you have all along.

Thanks again for your support.


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9 Responses to “An Update on the Podcast”

  1. Great to hear all is going well, Michael, and I simply cannot wait for the release of your new book! Does there, by chance, happen to be an e-mailing list I can join myself to that let’s me know when you put up new video podcasts, by chance?

  2. Thanks for the update. Your stuff is always helpful, and we all appreciate your hard work. I can’t wait to see what the book is like!

  3. Im happy to hear from you. I always enjoy watching and learning through your podcast. thanks a lot for being a big help. I can’t wait for the release of your new book!

  4. Hi Michael,

    So good to hear from you again! I check your blog every day and it was pretty quiet around here. Glad to hear the family is well and that you’re working on a book. Can’t wait to get my hands on that.

    Best wishes,

  5. HI,

    I was hoping you could help me? I’m trying to get rid of all the orphans/widows in my copy. I’ve been messing with the “keep options” setting. But, I still see orphans. Another thing I’m unsure of is when I have left justified text how to fix it so that there isn’t extra spacing and the words don’t end up looking like this (hi how are you?) Is there a way to solve this without going into the justification panel for all the widows/orphans/irregular spacing? Do you have a podcast on this– because I couldn’t really find that.

    Thanks for any help!

  6. Jean-Claude Tremblay says:

    Hi Michael, with the new little one and a book coming up, It understandable you have not much time for a new episode. If your book is as good as the podcast, It will be “best seller” rapidly for sure.

  7. Anthony Huggins says:

    Hey Michael congrats once again on the new baby and hope to hear from you soon. Take care!

  8. Karleen Spooren says:

    Hey Michael,

    Good to hear everything is ok.
    It’s understandable with all those things going on, that something had got to give.

    I wish you good luck with writing the book and of course with Brenna!

  9. Dear Michael,
    I’ve just pre-ordered your book on Amazon.
    What a juggling act you must be performing these days…2 very demanding babys!
    I wish you and am sure you will attain, the very best of success with both!
    Kind regards,