Rise of the Dibor has had a week-long delay, but for good reason.

While I was using MS Word to lay out the interior design, it’s a fairly limited program (even 2011). Having experienced many of the same frustrations I was, Chris & Allan Miller of Spearhead suggested I try using InDesign instead, and Allan took the lead in creating a template we could use for all our future books, not just mine. Then Jason Clement further tweaked it and gave me a crash-course on InDesign last night during a summer gathering at our place. The tutorial was challenging, and stretched my brain a little, but super fun once I learned how powerful of a tool it is.

All of their labors will allow for a much better product, and at this point I want to make sure it’s done right. Looking for the final product to hit presses by week’s end. ch:

What’s a skill you recently picked up? Who taught you, and how did it make you feel?



Rachel H. · 18 Jul ’11 at 8:12 am

Absolutely love InDesign! Congrats on purchasing the best software for layout and design currently on the market… OK, a little biased here but the program give you so much creative freedom. Now, It might take a little while to get used to all the intricacies of the software — but it is truly worth the effort. 😀

    Christopher Hopper · 18 Jul ’11 at 8:23 am

    Ha ha thanks for the rousing boosting of affirmation in the right direction, Rachel. Good to know. Yeah, it’s certainly a learning curve. But I’m a PhotoShopPhreak so it’s not too bad. (Kinda’ surprised I hadn’t bout it earlier to be honest).

Bill · 18 Jul ’11 at 4:17 pm

Most recent software learning curve for me was Ableton Live Lite. Made me feel pretty spiffy when I had my first song all laid out in different sections, could go where I wanted. Soft-synths integrated, a drum beat that didn’t sound to shabby.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 8:12 am

    Good stuff! That is a challenging app for sure; I think I let my 30 trial run out after my first go around because of it’s depth. You use it a lot now?

Christian Fahey · 18 Jul ’11 at 4:33 pm

MS SQL Server 2005; MS Access 20003; Taught myself both. Made me feel awesome. Now to tackle the kazoo so I can play W.A. Mozart’s “Three Divertimenti for Solo Kazoo”. 🙂

    Christian Fahey · 18 Jul ’11 at 4:34 pm


    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 8:13 am

    Ah, beware the Kazoo v3.1. Very challenging. If it was a used one you might want to check for viruses first.

      Christian Fahey · 20 Jul ’11 at 2:08 pm

      Spy-Bot baby! Kills all those kazoolian viruses!

Seth · 18 Jul ’11 at 4:57 pm

I’m learning to use Evernote right now. Learning some from Michaelhyatt.com and mostly just picking it up myself.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 8:15 am

    I have almost fully integrated Evernote into my work flow. LOVE it and use it across my MacBook Pro, iPad, and iPhone. Is great for song writing, too! Little recordings PLUS song lyrics and add a pic all on one note? Get out! What are you using it for mostly?

      Seth · 20 Jul ’11 at 6:16 pm

      For me it’s mostly just a replacement for Word. I only have a PC. But I really like the organization you can do with it.

        Christopher Hopper · 20 Jul ’11 at 8:28 pm

        I could definitely see the replacement value, at least for layout. I think I’ll still do some word processing in it for letters etc, but between Scrivener & InDesign, I think Word may become a business/office app only for me. (Cool!)

Nathan R. · 18 Jul ’11 at 11:19 pm

I’m self taught on every piece of software I’ve used. Flash, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, etc… (remember all those websites I built for you?) I took some programming classes, but not of them had real-world application. Nowadays I try to get paid to learn new things.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 8:22 am

    You never took lessons on all those? …man, I thought you were smart before…now, umm, Einstein? 😉 But gosh!

    Getting paid to learn? That’s pure genius.

      Nathan R. · 19 Jul ’11 at 10:30 am

      thanks. 🙂

      With every new website I try to incorporate something new, it helps keep my skill set current. I just converted an all Flash site to CSS and Jquery.

Hilary Furrow · 19 Jul ’11 at 8:54 am

Ooohh I love inDesign, and am self taught as well. My newest endeavor is learning the ins and outs of website building.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 9:00 am

    Power to the self-taughters! 🙂 Web design? You go girl! What are you using?

Billy Jepma · 19 Jul ’11 at 1:36 pm

Will it be available as a hard copy? Just curious? Will be extra copies if so for friends. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Jul ’11 at 1:41 pm

    It will be a 6″x9″ soft cover book just like the previous ones. Maybe one day I’ll do a hard cover edition for collectors, but that’s big $.

      Billy Jepma · 20 Jul ’11 at 11:29 am

      YAY!!! Will buy those versions and a hardcover if you ever make one!! Can’t wait to get them!

Micah 6:8 · 1 Aug ’11 at 11:04 am

So when are the books coming out now??

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Aug ’11 at 11:07 am

    I’m hoping ROTD gets out to CreateSpace this week. I’ve been waiting on The Lion Vrie cover that needs to go in the back matter. Doing things right takes a little time. Thanks for staying interested!

Micah 6:8 · 19 Aug ’11 at 12:39 pm

So is Rise Of The Dibor ready? Your spearhead site still says it was supposed to come out last month…

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Aug ’11 at 2:35 pm

    It’s in final proofing and submission to print and eformatting. So sorry for the delay.

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