In which your author makes a difference

I received this e-mail yesterday from one of the graduate students I taught this summer:

Just wanted to let you know that I started an internship at (a classical-music magazine) last week, and they hit the roof when I told them that I knew Quark. They were really impressed to have a writer who also knew layout, and I’ve since become one of the main guys at the magazine. I want to say thanks for the painful, yet very useful Quark lesson, and sorry for busting your balls over making us learn it.

Before this last term, I strongly considered tossing desktop publishing and QuarkXpress from my syllabus in favour of some basic HTML/CSS or maybe more emphasis on number-crunching, spreadsheets, and databases. I’m glad it worked out for at least one student.

Bonus fantasy-baseball morass:

My hitting has yet to return from the All-Star break and I’m treading water in fourth place after losing my leads in the RBI and batting average categories. I won’t drop any further, but it’s starting to look like third place will be the best I can do.

.278 batting average (2nd)
171 HR (3rd)
658 RBI (3rd)
97 SB (4th)
4.01 ERA (3rd)
1.27 WHIP (2nd)
44 wins (10th)
21 saves (8th)

3 thoughts on “In which your author makes a difference

  1. Don’t ditch Quark! It’s a great base, even if most people use InDesign now…

    Wish there was an Adobe course: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign.

    I’d even pay for that.

  2. Just so you know, people have been impressed, very impressed that I am familiar with Quark… I know I took the class with Leo, but even over here people are using it… and it DOES look good on a CV… as does most of the programs I learned at ConU…

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