…Circles With Grandma was mentioned. I wasn’t planning on including it in the book, but I didn’t think it would help thousands of people either. It was just a little pencil game I played with my Grandma and my Aunts when I was little.
So, I suppose this is another opportunity for a poll.
Do you want tutorials on existing Hype games by Photics?
Yes! I would like a tutorial on Cabling and/or Circles With Grandma
It’s not so much about the tedium, as creating an Index is a welcome change of pace. I could finally put my computer back in dark mode (it’s been in light mode for better screenshots) and I could play my music — two things I can’t do while writing actual content.
The reason it’s a question is because an index can take up a large part of the book.
A typical index for an ordinary book takes up about 5% of the pages. That’s an index for a 100-page book that’s 5 pages long. But many books are not typical.
With about 60 pages left, and a big chunk of that is just the index, you’d think I’d just wrap it up. But noooooooo… I had to go crazy.
I noticed that a lot of people want to use Hype to build full websites. While that’s probably not a good idea, Hype can be very useful in certain situations. I started thinking about the advantages of Hype. That’s when I started liking the idea of building a website with Hype. Well… a landing page… and it would be for the book itself.
The last chapter in A Book About Hype is about building the landing page for A Book About Hype. It’s one of those Shakespearian “play within a play” kind of things. So, I started working at it… and I was hating it. I’m like, this doesn’t look very good. Am I sure I want to do this? That’s when I stumbled upon a nice effect…
It was created entirely in Hype — so nice! After making it, I hit the reload button a lot. (Ha ha, I was too amazed to simply put the animation on loop.) I don’t know if I’ll keep the effect, as it doesn’t work well on Firefox or Chromium browser, but it looks like the end is in sight. I think this is the right direction for the rest of the book.
UPDATE: HA HA… typical!
Looks like Lulu changed their book sizes when they updated their website. 8.25 x 10.75 doesn’t seem to be available. Looks like I’m going to have to reflow the whole book at 8.5 x 11.
Ah, that’s pretty close to the target. With about 100 pages of indexing left to go, I’m estimating that the Index will be about 20 pages. I didn’t even stretch it out either. I decreased the font size, lowered the leading, as compared to the regular body copy. I wasn’t too redundant, but tried to make it easy for searching.
Apparently, I like to use the word “quick” a lot, but that’s not in the index. The overwhelming majority of the list is just technical terms.
It’s kinda mind-boggling, how it takes pages and pages to list what there is to cover about a topic.
Anyway, it shouldn’t be much longer now. The last chapter is about building a webpage in Hype.
I wasn’t too keen on the idea when starting this book. I didn’t think Hype would be very good for building a website. Yet, I tried it. I knew other people were doing it, so I wanted to help them at least minimize the damage.
Creating the Index was fairly easy. Double-checking the Index — that sucked!
I’m waiting for the files to process, so I can order a proof copy.
If the book looks good, then I can open it up for sale.
Note — Since the plan is to only offer the book through Lulu, there is no ISBN.
Now that the project is done, and there’s not much to do but wait, I’m feeling kinda nervous. Heh, but then I saw this…
…they’re making the book! There really is something special about a physical book. I don’t remember this sense of excitement and anticipation over a digital book. Although, I’ve made printed books before too… somehow… this feels different. The project was massive.
Yet Another Update…
Looks like Lulu is pulling a Darth Vader.
I’m altering the date. Pray I don’t alter it any further.