27 Oct 2013

My dad passed away peacefully on October 25. If you’re a regular reader you know that this has been a long time coming, so it wasn’t a surprise. Okay, enough of that.

The format editing of the manuscript is nearly done. Next, the front and back cover art must be created. Once that’s done, it’s time to get a few test copies made up for the final review. There is a quote early in the book that has proven to be very true: `Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant.” – Winston Churchill. It means by the time you’re done writing and editing the thing, you never want to see it again!

To end on a high note, my videographer buddy compiled a 10-min video of Midlana at the autocross, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJXmuqNGO4s. The video doesn’t seem all that exciting, but for autocross, unless you’re really into it, or inside the car for that matter, it’s hard to get a sense of the dynamics at work. In a couple places you can see where the back end came out and instead of backing off, I kept my foot down to see what would happen. No smoky burnouts or huge lurid slides though, which is promising since it means that there’s nothing terribly wrong with the design. The video might also illustrate one reason why I’m now more into trackday events, but that’s just me.